My BMW R1150 GSAA at Deals' Gap

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Tuesday
Jul122011

Day 5 - Vermont Trip (Burlington, VT to Hazleton, PA

Sunrise came too early and it was once again time to climb on the GS and start our trip back. Heading south out of Burlington, we got an early morning surprise! A ferry ride. Apparently, GPS units routinely determine that the best way around Lake Champlain over to the Adirondacks of New York is to send you across the lake! I wonder what the GPS does in the winter when the lake's frozen over?

Waiting for the 8AM ferry over to Essex Township, NY

20 minutes across the lake. Beats riding around.

The beautiful scenery along Lake Champlain soon gave way to mostly deserted two-lane roads through the Adirondacks of New York. I can imagine that Sunday traffic would be much different. We pretty much had the roads to ourselves all morning. One note: The winter really takes a toll on the asphalt and in places we were bouncing off the seat. Yikes. I was glad we were on a GS, but even it was complaining.

New York gave way to Pennsylvania and we were soon heading down the interstate again, bound for Hazleton. After 8.5 hours and (only) 403 miles on the clock, we arrived at the Hampton Inn.

Brian the bartender at the Top of the 80's restaurant took care of us once again. This hotel and the attached restaurant have to have one of the nicest views in all of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, we're headed for Rehoboth Beach, DE. We've never ridden in Delaware, so it seemed like the thing to do. Besides, Rehoboth Beach is the home of Dogfish Head's brew pub. A taste (just a taste) of 120 Minute IPA will be calling my name.

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