I was hoping to get another couple trips up to Vermont under my belt, on the Kawasaki Versys, before winter set in up there. But already the air was nippy, and morning rides were chilled with the hint of the impending, frigid temperatures…
Got a chance to enjoy the scenery, getting some time on my favorite road, route 232 through Groton State Forest, as well as some gravel back-roads, which definitely put me through my paces. Although there are Kawasaki Versys owners who swear that the stock Dunlop street tires are OK for gravel, I am craving something with some more grip. It’s amazing how many of the roads in Vermont are hard-pack dirt, and a little more traction would be a welcomed change for this bike.
Ended up doing the ride up north in one straight shot, instead of taking my time over two days. While the 330 mile ride is not tough, doing the entire trip on the Interstate is a bit boring, but it gives more time in the Northeast Kingdom, so it pays off in the end. Planning the stops out make the 7-8 hour ride more bearable, and even Interstate travel offers some exotic people-watching, and interesting scenery along the way.
If you have been to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you know that the neighborhood is filled with Thai restaurants. Tons of ’em. Figures I couldn’t escape this cuisine, even on a trip hundreds of miles from the ‘burg. Tucked into the parking lot of a fuel stop in Brattleboro, VT, a small truck offering the only foreign cuisine around. Yep, Thai!
I have started to recognize that I need to eat better when I’m riding, to provide a little more fuel to the body, and not just to the bike. On both rides, up and back, I only ate Jerky. Not the best “meal” for riding, so I’m planning on packing a lunch for future trips. Low blood-sugar is not a good feeling, while navigating traffic at highway speeds.
What do you eat while riding? Do you take care to fuel the body AND the bike?