CT Backroads Have My Heart
Wow, an epic motocamping trip this Memorial Day weekend! Although it was a quick trip, it couldn’t have been better!
Sunday we took our favorite twisty route from the North Fork to Port Jeff, stopped at Salsa Salsa for some Mexican and got on the ferry bound for Bridgeport CT. Because of the social distancing mandates, the ferry wasn’t crowded, and it was nice enough to sit topside and enjoy the sun and the Sound.
Once we got to CT, we rode some of the most beautiful roads I’ve ever seen - most curved alongside rivers, lakes, and even small waterfalls, There was hardly any traffic which allowed us to take it at our own pace, and enjoy all the beauty Mother Nature had to offer. So glad we had both of our Go-Pros going - so video highlights DEFINITELY coming soon!
We didn’t even have to go on any major highways or crowded roads - seriously there were gorgeous roads all the way to our campsite on the NY/CT border. As mentioned in my previous blog, we found our campsite on Hipcamp.com. It was a small horse farm with tons of wooded property along a small brook. It worked perfectly for us as we could leave our bikes safely near the house, and the campsite was relatively close (no hiking our gear too far) yet still felt secluded, private and quiet. The host, Kevin, made us feel welcomed the moment we arrived, offering us to park the bikes wherever we felt comfortable on the property, and provided us with wood so our kickstands wouldn’t dig into the soft ground. We promptly set-up our tent and unpacked our bags and took in the beauty of our surroundings which included a small brook just behind our site.
Then our host gave us great recommendations for more riding roads which included a covered bridge! Being a fellow rider, he knew just what we were looking for. So we went to check out the bridge on our way to a small town, Kent, for dinner. We stumbled upon an awesome restaurant - The Kingsley Tavern - that was seating guests outside - SCORE! We were finally able to have a relaxing dinner at a restaurant for the first time in three months. We enjoyed every moment - from the perfect Palomas to the fresh food to the stellar service. We were so grateful to have spoiled ourselves even while we we were supposed to be “roughing it”. We even purchased an amazing bottle of wine - Chardonnay from Hess Vineyards - to enjoy around the campfire.
So we had a beautiful ride back to camp watching the sunset over the hills and valleys. We enjoyed our bottle of wine with a nice toasty fire, and I even surprised my dessert-loving boyfriend by packing a S’mores kit. It was the perfect ending to our epic day of riding and fell asleep listening to coyotes and owls.
Unfortunately, we woke-up to a damp morning, so we quickly packed our gear, and got on the road. Again, we enjoyed breakfast at a small Mexican eatery in Kent, and continued on our way through Cornwall, Litchfield, Goshen and even stopped at Sunken Meadow Winery. Due to the misty, chilly weather, the winery was quiet, but they were serving guests under a tent outside. The staff was very polite and informative, and we were able to pick a bottle and a few cans to “take home” with us. And yes, there was just enough room in the Kreiga’s for the extra goodies - another benefit of having soft, convertible luggage as opposed to the hard structured luggage - it’s expandable, and can cinch down to fit snug around all of our gear. A separate gear blog coming soon - since there's so much to rave about!
Lastly, our trip wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome Scenic App. This allowed me to plan our route in advance - find twisty “scenic” roads, and save it. So when it came time to ride, I didn’t have to “think” about it, or take time to plan. I just had to follow Scenic's voice commands, or look down at the Scenic navigation. But it was also easy enough to edit a route on-the-go (due to the rain, and wanting to shorten the ride a bit) or set a new route (like when Kevin told us about the covered bridge and the quaint town of Kent). So far, this app has been key in finding, planning, and enjoying road trips. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the Cardo communication devices that allow me to hear the navigation, communicate with my fellow rider (my love, Clayton), and listen to some easy tunes along the way.
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