June 28, 2017
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Destinations: Granville Country Store

Of all the roads in southern New England, Route 57 in Massachusetts may be the most enjoyable and exhilarating for motorcycle riders. Running east-west and stretching nearly 40 miles from New Marlborough on the west to Agawam on the east, it’s serpentine and extremely hilly. It’s also sufficiently rural that …

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Springfield Museum in “Roadster Guide”

Motorcycles are only a minor consideration in travel writer Michael Milne’s latest book, “Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions,” but the fact he mentions the collection of old Indians at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Massachusetts and the bikes on display at …

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Overnight Ride To Woodstock, NY

WOODSTOCK, NY – We were getting back on our bikes outside of a trendy coffee shop in New Paltz, NY when a man approached, got in my face and growled menacingly, “You guys on your (blanking) cool Italian bikes.” Before I could ascertain whether he posed a threat, the guy burst …

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Revisiting Willimantic Brewing Company

WILLIMANTIC, CT – There’s always a risk when visiting an eatery a second time that it won’t measure up to pleasant memories of an initial visit. A stop this week at the Willimantic Brewing Company/Main Street Cafe fortunately confirmed my positive first impression. The atmosphere was enjoyable, the service prompt …

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More Than Pizza In Phoenicia

PHOENICIA, NY – Just inside the front door of Brio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant is a wood-fired pizza oven. “Signature” and “Gourmet” pies are the eatery’s specialty, but

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Crossing The Line At Whetstone Station

BRATTLEBORO, VT – It’s not often that you hear the word “whetstone” used in conversation; a whetstone being a sharpening stone for knives. Having grown up on Whetstone Road in Harwinton, CT, though, it’s a word that always perks my ears. Hearing of a craft brewery and restaurant here called …

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Dodgin’ Trolleys In East Haven, CT

EAST HAVEN, CT – Times change and so do the hazards faced by motorcycle riders. A big worry for us these days are inattentive drivers who text. While I haven’t inquired of any old-time riders, I’m guessing that decades ago trolley cars and the tracks embedded in the roadway were …

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Kent Coffee Open In New Spot

KENT, CT – After getting evicted from its longtime home at 8 N. Main St., Kent Coffee & Chocolate Co. has moved up the street to a new and larger location in the former Bank of America building at 45 N. Main St. Java-seeking motorcyclists, who have made the shop …

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Kent’s Good Gallery Exhibits Bike Pics

KENT, CT – Besides being machines, motorcycles may also be regarded as artwork. Now, Gary Halby’s exquisite pictures of motorcycles and their riders have gone from high-end coffee table book to illuminating gallery exhibit. “The Art of the Ride” opened Saturday at The Good Gallery here with

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“Motorcycles and the Open Road” Opening

STONY BROOK, NY – It’s a bit of a journey, and time-consuming no matter whether you take the ferry from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson, NY or drive the long way around to Long Island from New England, but the Ward Melville Heritage Organization is staging its

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Facelift For Peaches ‘N Cream

LITCHFIELD, CT – A facelift at Peaches ’N Cream, the ice cream shop near the Litchfield-Torrington town line on Route 202, means more seating options for ice cream-loving motorcyclists to enjoy their

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Millbrook, NY For Farmers’ Market, Food

MILLBROOK, NY – If Goldilocks owned a motorcycle and had only a few hours to ride through the forest, she might say that the Catskills or Adirondacks are too far and that the usual haunts in Litchfield County are too near, but that the Duchess County village of

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Man of Kent And NY Breweries Visit

HOOSICK FALLS, NY – Occasionally, plans fall through. When that happens, it’s sometimes the spur-of-the-moment alternative that turns out to possibly be even more fun than the original scheme. Such was the case over the weekend. My friend Paul and I had decided to drive to

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Along The Road: Muddy Weekend

Mud season usually doesn’t come so early, but an unseasonably warm winter – one in which, so far, it hasn’t been necessary to put bikes into storage – has resulted in many of us riding throughout February. Many motorcyclists were out over the muddy weekend in the Northeast. RIDE-CT & …

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