Americade 2015 Ride Report
Just came back from spending the weekend at Americade in Lake George NY. We lucked out and got beautiful weather the whole time despite some predicted thunder storms so that made me happy as I hate riding in the rain.
Route there was essentially back roads to Rt 2, then Rt 112 (my personal favorite, all those lovely twisties next to the river) to the Vt 100 and then NY 149 to 9. VT 100 has some major construction going on - they have pieces of it down to dirt and are clearly re-grading as they were laying down a lot of dirt too. But, we only hit about a 6 mile stretch of it I guess so that wasn't too bad all things considered. Worst part of it was it made the bike dirty.
Unfortunately we had a major delay while still in VT as we were riding through the pretty farm areas - guy passed part of our group, and then slowed down and waved the two guys in the lead and then passed them at over 100 mph so close he was like 12 inches from their mirrors. He then proceeded to run himself right off the road, through a road sign and into a cornfield. I really, really think he was trying to get my SO who was riding his bright yellow Ducati ST4 to race with him and I think he was looking in his rear view to see if he had taken the bait. We were a group of five but my girlfriend is a newer rider and we took a more leisurely pace than the guys and often let them go ride "zesty". The guys estimated he was doing 120 when he ran off the road - but the state police walked over his speedometer - it was reading over 90 when it broke in the corn field. He was pretty lucky as he was alive - the corn field was a pretty soft landing - it was freshly tilled and newly planted. Just past the cornfield was a large stand of pine trees, not exactly a forest...but if he had done this less than a quarter mile from where he was he would not have survived. Turned out to be a 65 year old diabetic. As a reminder to everyone - he was begging for his helmet to be removed and the guy who got down to the field before me loosened his strap. Don't loosen the strap or remove a helmet unless you HAVE to to give CPR. That helmet being removed right can be the difference in walking again.
We finally made it up to Americade in time for dinner and the fireworks. Saturday morning we got up early and had breakfast together and then split into the guys and gals. Us gals hit the vendor tent while the guys did a ride up towards Lake Placid, my guy wanted to ride hurricane road or something though I don't think they went that far. We met back up at lunch time and then we did a little more shopping before riding around the lake. Two of the guys went and did some more riding and we got together and rode out of town to one of the quieter towns for a nice dinner at a brew house. We all headed over to the event area to see Aaron Lewis (way too much bass). I can see why they are calling this year Junuary locally *brrrr* it got quite cold. Last year we melted all day at the vendor fair - I barely took my sweatshirt off this year.
Came home on Sunday a slightly different route - cut of the part of VT 100 that had the construction but hit the nicer section we didn't do on Friday. Not sure how that happened, but great roads and then went through the hairpin turn in North Adams that is kind of fun.
All in all a great weekend, this was my second trip to Americade. Maybe stay longer next year and do a little more riding. I got over 500 miles on over the weekend which is a lot for me - especially this early in the season.
2003 Roadstar - "Princess"
2003 Ninja 500 R
2003 Vstar 650 Custom (sold)