Day 9: July 1, 2000
Branford, CT to Lincoln, NH
(354 miles)

I got could not get out of bed this morning, and got a very late start at 10:00 AM, I'm ashamed to say. I rode through some beautiful farm country in Connecticut, including CT Route 169, which went through numerous old small towns, with incorporation dates from the 1700s. One that really caught my eye was Woodstock, CT, which has a lot of old restored homes in the "downtown" area.

I went through Massachusetts on the freeway, and I thought the traffic was pretty heavy for a Saturday. When I got into New Hampshire, the traffic was really bad, with lots of stop and go. But it seemed that most of the tourists were headed for the lakes region of the state, because when I got past that area, it cleared up.

Finally I reached the White Mountains, and this area is so beautiful. I stopped around 5:00 and checked into a motel in Lincoln, New Hampshire, as I was concerned about finding some place to stay in this resort area on this Fourth of July weekend. After checking in, I continued riding my planned route, and came back to the motel around 7:00 PM. A short riding day, and I am approximately 100 miles behind my planned schedule. This could be a problem later in the trip, as I have some high mileage days planned in the west, and it will be hard to catch up. This sounds like the same thing that happened on the BBG3000!

I am sometimes criticized, and justifiably so, for riding past some of the more beautiful sights on these trips, so I want you to know that I did the tourist thing here in Franconia Notch State Park, including actually getting off the bike and walking a few trails to see some of the sights. The sights included the Old Man in the Mountain, Indian Head, the Basin, and the Flume. All are unusual mountain and rock formations. I vacationed here as a kid, and it really is a beautiful area. For dinner I had a sandwich at Bill & Bob's Famous Roast Beef joint in Lincoln. How could I pass up a place with a name like that! It was great.

After 9 days on the road, I have finally caught up with myself. Today's trip report was written ... Today!

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Rick Brookes
ST1100, VFR750F, Hawk NT650GT
1998: 50cc Quest
1999: Bun Burner Gold
Summer 2000: BBG 3000, Four Corners Tour

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