Lake George is 260 miles from my house, I planned on leaving at 5am and get there in four and a half hours arriving just in time to meet the group for breakfast. I closed my garage door one minute after 5am and was soon heading north. I knew I was going to run into rain, I had checked the weather for the weekend and there was a 70% chance in Lake George and 50% by my house, the odds were against me avoiding the rain. I traveled north on the Garden State Parkway avoiding rain, 80 miles later I enter Interstate 87, also known as the NY State Thruway when rain drops started coming down. I had my waterproof jacket on but was wearing jeans and knew I had to put rain pants, I make my first stop for coffee and to put on rain pants. As you can see from the photo it had already rained heavily at the rest stop.
I continue north and for the next three and a half hours it pours on me, a constant heavy rain with spurts of torrential rain at times. Water managed to get through my visor and ran on the inside, got through the front of the jacket and got my pants wet, it even managed to get into my right boot and turn it into a pool inside. I had to slow down at times to keep it safe but mostly continued at 65 to 70mph all the while hoping deer wouldn't run in front of my bike.
I arrive at the Still Bay Resort just in time to meet the group already on their bikes leaving to go downtown Lake George where the vendors and everyone congregates.
Check out these three panoramas of the Still Bay Resort and no, the tree on the last one is not crooked and the main building on the right is not tilted, the stitching application had a problem with my pictures.
We arrive downtime about 10 minutes later and the rain continues to come down, on and off throughout the day. I take a few pictures and then head to a coffee shop for hot coffee and a muffin, I hadn't changed clothes and they were still wet leaving me miserable. Oh, the joys of motorcycling.
|The group at the coffee shop waiting out the rain|
We stayed at the coffee shop for a while joking and having fun at the expense of each other as guys do most of the time. I see these two guys go by and laugh at the thought of the guy on the left wishing he had some of the hair from the other guy. Life is cruel, one has no hair, the other way too much.
|The officer must have been at the donut shop :-)|
|The weather was so bad you could hardly see the other side of the lake|
|View from the restaurant|
We head back to the Still Bay to relax with a few drinks and smoke cigars. The resort is beautifully kept, has a nice boat house and its own beach on the lake . It's the perfect place to relax.
The next morning we have an early breakfast and start packing our bikes, time to head back. Some of the guys had gone out the previous night to a local bar, I won't mention names but someone had way too much fun and had picked up a girlfriend.
|My bike next to a side car rig|