A journey to Vermont on the Kawasaki Versys: Part 2

Kawasaki Versys at the lake cottage

Kawasaki Versys at the lake cottage

The first long ride of the season, the first big miles on the Kawasaki Versys.  The destination on this trip to Vermont was a cottage (called a “camp” in New England), on a small lake called Joe’s Pond.  The lake is located in Central Vermont, at the southern part of what is called the Northeast Kingdom.  Grandiose titles for a grandiose land…

The trip up had been done in 2 days, through some incredible scenery and roads that make riding in Brooklyn seem like torture.  The wide open spaces, followed by tight canopy of trees over the roads gives the ride a dreamlike quality.  This is something I could get used to.

The northern part of the state is yet to be ridden

The northern part of the state is yet to be ridden

The video below shows my favorite riding up in this area, Route 232 through the Groton State Forest.  I rode here a year ago, and at that time the tarmac was fresh and perfect.  The road is still decent, but the cracks and heaves show you what one Vermont winter can do to a roadway.  Last year, I was alone on Route 232, for the entire 16 miles.  Two days in a row!  This year, there was a bit of traffic, but I still enjoyed about half the distance unencumbered.

The Kawasaki Versys handled the twists and turns pretty well, but it was obvious from my riding that I was still getting used to the bike.  Soon, these turns will be taken at speed, and the bike turn in and laid lower, much easier…

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