By far the most rides I did together with BillG. It is always a pleasure to follow his smooth and safe but still quick line and most of the times I was able to follow. In addition Bill is a good guide and showed me hundreds of nice little back roads in the area. And he helped me a lot with changing tires and other bike related stuff.
Other good things to mention
We did tours like this one to Vermont with Chris and Kevin
We had our preferred places like Hawks Nest (here with Bill, Paul, Bill and Pete)
or the diner in Port Jervis (here with Jim)
I learned to cope with cold by using heated clothes
or using head phones combined with GPS, MP3 player and radar detector which is unfortunately illegal in Germany
From time to time new riders appeared for a ride like for this one to the Hudson Valley
Or this one to the Delaware Water Gap
But again and again we had our great tours into the area (here Catskills with Paul, Tom, Pete, Bill)
And Bill was always there to help with tire changes and other technical issues.
The highlight was the Blue Ridge Parkway ralley where Wolfgang joined us
Here Kevin, Wolfgang, Tom and Jim on the way to Snowshoe
The group on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Tom, Jim, Bill, Randy, Kevin, Jim, Wolfgang)
Jim, Tom, Bill, Randy, Jim, Wolfgang (guess who took the picture)
Tom at the Blue Ridge Parkway
And there were the gatherings like this one in Stowe, Vermont
It was a wonderful time and I am very happy that I made this experience. It was a great additon to my work experience in the USA and it gave me some feeling of belonging to a family while on my own in a foreign country. I will miss all of my good friends. I hope we will meet again.
The Jersey Boys gave me a big farewell party hosted by Jim and his wife (which is an excellent chef).
Tom, Jim, Paul, Jasna, Ann Marie, Bill, Bill, Chris, Pete
Details of all my rides in the US are available at my tracklog page
P.S.: The bike has been sold. I will get a new one next year back in Germany.