Day Three...The Finale'!!
I woke up to Bright sunshine with just a few high puffy clouds after some heavy rain Tuesday night. I was concerned that I had maybe miscalculated the total miles of the route I had planned. I had completed 215 miles and wasn't quite to the third corner yet. I still had to complete the last two corners and make the ride across the north top part of the state back to home. I knew this was going to be the tough part of the ride going into the northwest hills and those noises from the day before were still on my mind. I gave Bunny a good going over, checking everything, making sure nothing had loosened or broken. My headlight was blinking from the day before, so I switched the leads and checked the ground. Everything seemed to be fine for the push home.
My son had voiced his concern about my route through Bridgeport and I was sure which way I should go. There was no easy way to get around it and still end up on Rte. 58 where I would make my turn north. It wasn't quite 8 am when I pulled out of the drive onto Rte 1 south towards Bridgeport. I had decided that I would keep going and if things started looking too rough or seedy that I would then take an alternate. It was early enough that there was really no one on the road so I just continued on. Again the Garmin was a big help getting me through the city without incident. I began to relax as the sights of woodlands, ponds and VERY EXPENSIVE houses became more prominent along my route. Rte. 58 is TRULY a scenic road, very well maintained and just a joy to ride slow on. Bunny was loving the ride and I was loving this adventure more and more. Before I knew it I was in Bethel and Rte. 302 over to Rte. 53 heading to Danbury...WOW!!! That was quick!! Rte. 53 became Rte. 37 so fast my head was spinning. And it was all happening at a mind blowing speed of 30 to 35 mph! I stopped for a Bobbie stop at the corner of Rte. 37 and 39 in New Fairfield. As I was having my coffee I was looking out over the mountain scenery and thought of the climbs to come.
I headed off on Rte. 39 heading into those hills where I would connect with Rte. 37 again and over to Rte. 7 and before I knew it again I was in Kent. I made a couple of 9-10 mph climbs but no where near what I was expecting and I seemed to find myself doing more down hill then up hill for some reason. I was holding Bunny back, not letting her get over 38 mph and keeping the throttle open some. It seemed to work better and she responded in kind as well. Following Rte. 7, I was in North Canaan for lunch. I stopped at the MacDonald's there. I was at 306 miles total and knew I could make it home barring any mechanical problems. I filled up at the Mobil on Rte. 44 before heading home on the last leg and I went for it. Bobbie had warned me of some thunder storms in Winsted and the sky did look a bit menacing but it was clear over me so off I went.
In Winsted I turned north on Rte. 8 to connect up with one of my favorite roads, Rte. 20 around the Barkhamsted Reservoir. Bunny was running absolutely wonderful. I was keeping her speed under control and I felt much better that we would make the trip without a problem. I stopped to take my last pic in front of the Riverton Inn. At 1:30 pm I made the turn onto the air museum road around the airport heading for home. I filled up again at the Sunoco where I started. I arrived home at 2 pm. Total for today ended up 145.9 miles and total fill ups were 1.18 gals. Total for the day 123.64 mpg!!!
Total trip 362.4 miles and took 2.95 gals for a trip total 122.85 mpg.
I have such a WONDERFUL feeling of accomplishment with this trip. I have always loved small cc bikes and motorcycle travel so getting the opportunity to combine them was totally AWESOME!! What I got to see along the way is that we truly live in a beautiful state. I won't wait so long to plan my NEXT moped adventure.