Took a long ride to VT on the “new” 1200 GSA. Spent about 8 hrs in the saddle and felt pretty good. Can’t imagine doing a 1,000 mile day though. I only managed about 350 miles in 9 hours (40 mph on average)! Of course, I was heading up the Eastern Corridor, probably the worst area to try to make distance over time… Based on my objectives of 600 mile days on the trip to Alaska, I will be riding 12+ hr days – gotta get the old butt in shape here… Assuming that I will be able to increase the average speed on the cross country ride – I hope.
Rediscovered the joy of riding long distances and seeing the countryside. Found myself in a bit of a “zone” while riding, beautiful day and weather was perfect (in spite of the forecasted rain). Wasn’t even getting irritated at the tourists enjoying the fall scenery at 30 mph in a 50 mph zone. Could definitely have put in another 4 hrs or so on the road if I needed to.
On a side note, am currently up in VT taking a Timber Framing course by Yestermorrow Design Build School – given to me as a Christmas present by my wife last year. Pretty neat and could easily become my next obsession… Might throw in some pictures here of the week’s activities.