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The weather here in Massachusetts is getting really nice. It’s warming up and there are days when going for a ride is the first thing on my mind. I got my new to me GT1000 registered and inspected and ready to rampage through the hill country. Only one problem really. There is nowhere to go. I’m 72 so I need to avoid contact with a lot of people, and the governor has ordered all restaurants in the state closed except for take out.
i guess coffee houses are out, restaurants are out, and I don’t even want to go to the bike shop to pick up an oil filter.
The next few weeks will be spent working on my 1958 AJS and 1971 Yamaha XS650. Of course I can still ride the GT1000 a little, but there’s nowhere to hang out when I get there (wherever there is).
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Pack a lunch and head out to a public park or roadside camping area. Still lots of ways to get out and enjoy. Where in MA are you?
 

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Pack a water bottle that you fill at home, grab a couple of trail mix bars, make sure your phone is fully charged then go fill up the bike.

You are now free to roam the countryside without having to worry about making any more stops along the way. Unless you need to stop and take on the view.

I'm 70 and my GT loves the attention!
 

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I’m living here in western Mass. , Southampton. It’s a little farming town south of, you guessed it, Northampton. The roads are great and the coffee houses are too. For me going to a small restaurant or coffee house is the point of the ride.
When I was young, in my 60s, I road with a group of crazy people. We road fast and the ride was the thing. Now at 72 I have sold the 999s and the RC30 and my pace is much more sane. The GT1000 suits me just fine. But now I like a destination. I’m a social animal and I like to go somewhere to be with other people. I’ll take short rides so the bike doesn’t get neglected but the big rides will have to wait till the virus runs it’s course.
You folks take care of yourselves and I’ll see you at Shelburne Falls Coffee House this summer.
 

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Pack a water bottle that you fill at home, grab a couple of trail mix bars, make sure your phone is fully charged then go fill up the bike.

You are now free to roam the countryside without having to worry about making any more stops along the way. Unless you need to stop and take on the view.
This is what I usually do anyway. :)

I do like to stop for lunch sometimes. May not be doing that for a bit.
 

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This is the big catch22, we have to self isolate but also keep the economy going.
We have a club ride on tomorrow and I will be going. We have communities here in Australia that have been devistated by the fires, and now the virus, and they need money to come in, so we are going, and we will buy coffees and lunch, and help in the little way we can.

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You folks down there have had a rough couple of years. I wish you all the best.
 

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The weather here in Massachusetts is getting really nice. It’s warming up and there are days when going for a ride is the first thing on my mind. I got my new to me GT1000 registered and inspected and ready to rampage through the hill country. Only one problem really. There is nowhere to go. I’m 72 so I need to avoid contact with a lot of people, and the governor has ordered all restaurants in the state closed except for take out.
i guess coffee houses are out, restaurants are out, and I don’t even want to go to the bike shop to pick up an oil filter.
The next few weeks will be spent working on my 1958 AJS and 1971 Yamaha XS650. Of course I can still ride the GT1000 a little, but there’s nowhere to hang out when I get there (wherever there is).
JohnnyC
As long as I can buy gas and have food to pack a lunch I can ride... Jen and I got the Tiger and Ural covered with mud on Friday just heading out to an arbitrary destination (riding up into the hills to check out the windmills... there has been a lot of noise locally about how loud they are and that we shouldn't let any more be built). So... throw a dart at a map on the wall... and go.

The comment in your followup about looking for the social component more as you get older makes sense, maybe we should start using the regional boards more to look for riding meetups (well... here in NY the weather is still not there, but getting close), on a motorcycle you can maintain social distance and STILL meet new people... if you have a sena or cardo you likely have locals who you can connect with for a ride and conversation. Maybe check out the non-denominational riding boards to cast a wider net.
 

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This is the big catch22, we have to self isolate but also keep the economy going.
We have a club ride on tomorrow and I will be going. We have communities here in Australia that have been devistated by the fires, and now the virus, and they need money to come in, so we are going, and we will buy coffees and lunch, and help in the little way we can.

Rob
stay safe... those fires looked terrible, and now this.
 
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