Effective September 1, at the ripe old age of 56 and after 23 years of a research career at a large pharma company, I pulled the plug and retired. One of the things I plan to do is ride more, and what better time to do that than in the Fall?

The trip at the top of my list was a camping trip to New England (VT) to see the fall foliage, so I went this week. I mayÔÇÖve been a little early, but I had a great time and saw some good color. The roads still curve even if the colors havenÔÇÖt peaked.

I left my home in southeast PA on Monday, the start of the (non)work week, with a goal of getting to the Adirondacks and Ausable Point SP, near Plattsburgh. The description of the state park as a sandy point that juts into Lake Champlain sounded interesting and I could ferry to Burlington from there.

Monday morning was electric jacket cool and I left the house by 5:30. Since the first hour or so would be in the dark, I took interstates and highways to MarshallÔÇÖs Creek near Stroudsburg, where I picked up PA 402 north.

I watched a bit of the sunrise over Silver Lake.

I picked up I-84 east and crossed into NY state at Port Jervis.

NY 42 north had lots of gentle curves. The school buses were out, but I made good time.

At one point, I came to the Neversink Reservoir, which I believe feeds NYC.

At this point, I knew I had missed my turn, so backtracked and eventually picked up Frost Valley Rd, a road IÔÇÖve ridden in the past. Unfortunately, the effects of Irene are still being felt.

I saw lots of damage still evident from Irene in NY and VT.

I mayÔÇÖve been able to get through, but I turned around to find an alternate route. IÔÇÖve ridden this area before when attending the Airheads at the Aerodrome rally and the Color in the Catskills at Hunter Mountain. The roads looked vaguely familiar and I eventually ended up on Peekamoose Rd. What a roller coaster.

IÔÇÖd ridden this road twice before with MOA members - once in a heavy rainstorm and once after the road had just been chip sealed ÔÇô neither time was all that much fun. This time though was very enjoyable.

I eventually made my way over to Grand Gorge to pick up NY 30. In the spirit of practicing what you preach, I recently recommended NY 30 to a Forum member as a great way to travel south through NY state from Canada. I rode this road several years ago, and have wanted to get back there.