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« Reply #100 on: June 05, 2013, 05:28:40 pm »

Thx Shil

I have a nice proposal on a nice lodge in Windham/Hunter Mt area (north central Kats).  Good rates.  Near town pub.  What could not be right about that?

My concern is their cancellation policy.  14-days advance notice required for cancellation.

Is that a deal-breaker as far as you guys are concerned?

If not, I'll add it to the poll.  There are always a few last minute changes at every meet, especially if the weather looks great (like Jack who suddenly found out he didn't have to work OT on the weekend after all Twofinger yeah I remember you at Submarine Fest) , and a few cancellations (like Shil) who are forced to cancel because of a change in plans even though the weather was looking great.  That puts you on the hook for room charge if you can't find someone to take your room.  And let's just say you are forced to cancel within the last 2 weeks and the weather looks crappy.  You take a chance on getting stuck with the bill.  It's not a big risk from my perspective because my schedule is fairly firm, but I know some of you have demanding work schedules and travel on tight budgets and that is my concern.  
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« Reply #101 on: June 10, 2013, 11:17:04 pm »

Hey Guys,

I have not been on the forum in a while. It looks like we don't have a date or location for the event. May I sugguest having it conincide with Octoberfest and MAX BMW - Colors in the Catskills scheduled for October 5&6 at Hunter Mt.  A great opportunity for members with German heritage to dust off that old pair of Lederhosen and show us what you're working with. We could either have it at Hunter Mt or at one of the surrunding towns. The only problem is that hotel rates are on the high side between September and October due to peak fall foliage time in the area, but there will be no lack of beer and entertaimnet.  

http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/festivals/summer-festivals-bmw.aspx
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« Reply #102 on: June 11, 2013, 08:11:58 am »

Okay...while I'd be okay with a meet in the Catskills...I'm gonna throw a wrench in the thread (*clang!*) and suggest a completely different option, mainly for the purely personal reasons that I've never been there: the Finger Lakes region of NY.  Bigsmile

I've been hearing for years about how beautiful it is...and how awesome the towns are. But that whole area is completely off the beaten bath to anywhere---which is probably why I've never been there (unless that's your destination, you pretty much have to go out of your way to get there).

I'm sure all the auto racing junkies will go on and on about how they've been to Watkins Glen a zillion times and its always mobbed...but that's just one place in a region bigger than the Catskills.

SO...I'm sure lotsa folks here have ridden all over that area...so if anyone thinks the riding sucks and the Catskills are a lot better, feel free to strike the idea down.  Smile

In general (and maybe this is because I'm too accustomed to West Virginia, Western Virginia, and Western NC) I'm a fan of going places where there are basically NO PEOPLE. Less traffic, cheaper hotels, better scenery. Consider the map below...



Again, I know nothing about NY riding outside the Catskills...but just looking at the map, that large area to the right of I-81 looks like there's a lot of nothing with some potentially nice roads!

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« Reply #103 on: June 11, 2013, 08:29:03 am »

Trying to kill this in the same way the National got killed...eh?
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« Reply #104 on: June 11, 2013, 08:47:06 am »

Scott,

The final plan for ESTN 2013 will be announced shortly by this years benevolent dictator, SKEE. It *will* be the Catskills on Sept 20-22 in either Hancock (Capra Inn) or Goshen (Comfort Inn).

You can ride those areas you posted on your way to/from ESTN if you want. I've been to the area right of the Finger Lakes on the way to Lake Placid/Vermont. Mostly straight roads through farm country as I recall.
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« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2013, 09:42:44 am »

I was born and raised in the Finger Lakes Region.  I was just up there last weekend on the bike. Mostly straight roads through farm country is correct.
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« Reply #106 on: June 11, 2013, 09:55:16 am »


Trying to kill this in the same way the National got killed...eh?
Headscratch I didn't hear about that...was the National killed? (Due to waffling?)


Scott,

The final plan for ESTN 2013 will be announced shortly by this years benevolent dictator, SKEE. It *will* be the Catskills on Sept 20-22 in either Hancock (Capra Inn) or Goshen (Comfort Inn).

You can ride those areas you posted on your way to/from ESTN if you want. I've been to the area right of the Finger Lakes on the way to Lake Placid/Vermont. Mostly straight roads through farm country as I recall.


That's fine---I only posted the alternate location because it appeared as though both the location and hotel were still up in the air (as per BigBen's post above, which nobody responded to). I'm perfectly happy with the Catskills—as long as we're reasonably sure the roads won't be clogged with cruisers and tourons from the Greater NYC region.  Smile (And I did see Frank's comment that the back roads are generally clear.) At my age, I admit I'm becoming less and less tolerant of other vehicles on roads I ride.  Lol

My vote is the Capra. Goshen is getting scarily close to the supernova of traffic that is the Greater NYC region...

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« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2013, 05:06:16 pm »


 Headscratch I didn't hear about that...was the National killed? (Due to waffling?)



That's fine---

My vote is the Capra. Goshen is getting scarily close to the supernova of traffic that is the Greater NYC region...

Scott


You'll prolly run into more traffic around the Finger Lakes than Goshen.  The advantage of western location is it affords access to the Lakes or the Daks if you are so inclined - as others have stated - I think there is a lot of flatland in between either.  The southern area has generally quite back roads - interesting but not particularly challenging - long as you stay away from eastern edge. You could even visit "the Eye".  
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« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2013, 09:27:03 pm »

We should do a 500 miler.  The 'Dak and back!
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« Reply #109 on: June 12, 2013, 06:07:34 am »


We should do a 500 miler.  The 'Dak and back!


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« Reply #110 on: June 12, 2013, 03:27:50 pm »

Pick one and run with it, make it official. Thumbsup Thumbsup Thumbsup Thumbsup Thumbsup Thumbsup
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« Reply #111 on: June 12, 2013, 03:35:09 pm »


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+1. I'm ready to get my reservation in.
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« Reply #112 on: June 12, 2013, 03:45:19 pm »

Just call it, Mr. Skee.
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« Reply #113 on: June 12, 2013, 04:47:46 pm »

Call it Skee. I'm ready to make a reservation too!
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« Reply #114 on: June 12, 2013, 04:49:40 pm »


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« Reply #115 on: June 12, 2013, 04:50:55 pm »

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« Reply #116 on: June 20, 2013, 04:23:59 pm »

Meanwhile, in a town near the Catskills...

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« Reply #117 on: September 22, 2013, 06:30:53 pm »

So I guess this as a good as any place to post my follow-up comments.

I had a great time!  Weather cooperated!  Great route on Saturday.
I finally got to see the "eye" (or vag) of the Catskills.
(Google maps 2515 Platte Cove Rd., Elks Park, there is a street view)

Sorry I don't have any pics to post.  Maybe some others do.

Many Thanks to Skee for doing the legwork
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« Reply #118 on: September 22, 2013, 08:09:43 pm »

Jamie and I just rolled in around 7:30pm after a fun but chilly ride. Neither of us really came prepared for cold weather, so the last hundred miles was kinda grueling.

GREAT meet! I'll post more later (with pics)...

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« Reply #119 on: September 22, 2013, 08:36:55 pm »

Home safe and chilled!!!
Thx to all who made it happen, organizers and participants!!!
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