Thanks to all that contributed ! Certainly, the advice made out trip all the better !!!
To re-cap, we were in the area during one of the two wettest weeks on record. So, we were adjusting, dancing between the rain, and in some cases, sitting on the porch watching it pour.
We had a very nice house rented, in Fairfield close to Liberty Ski area. Great house for a group. There were 9 of us, and 6 had there own rooms, one likes a couch, and two were is a game room building about 50 yards away. Great porch for hanging too ! (Find it thru Airbnb - Corrine)
We were escorted on a tour of the Battlefields on our bikes by Phillip Cole. A licensed guide, and author. Great guy, knows his history, and I highly recommend. Half the cost of getting on a bus, and able to adjust and tailor to your interests. We are able to see a bit more of Firefighters, Irish, and Massachusetts aspects, as that comprised our group. We had two hours booked, and he stayed with us for about 45 minutes overtime. Contact him thru: [email protected]
We did eat at the Pike. Huge portions, average food. Surprising to us, Battlefield HD was re-stocked, only a week after the Bike Week. Or, maybe the rain had held crowds/sales down. Note, they had few new bikes on the floor.
Trying to stay dry, we did skip over a lot. We die breeze thru the HD plant in York. Added a stay dry un planned overnight stop in Bethlehem PA. Braveheart was a very good tavern. Excellent food.
As to other stops and sights:
Hunter Mountain Zip Line is awesome. Take the longer/expensive one. As the shortest of the 6 runs on that one, is longer that the entire short/cheap run.
Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburg NY is outstanding. Two almost full football field sized floors, filled with MC. The complete line of Indians, start to finish - plus. HD well covered, as are all other brands I am aware of. Henderson, Yamaha, Honda, Triumph, etc... Well worth the $15. ---- No we didn't bother with the other motorcycle places in Newburg....
West Point is great. I have been there 5 times. We had an active duty Major in our crew, so we toured on the MC's. Not sure if all can do that.
Avoid the Appalachian Motel in Vernon NJ. Worst entrance to any commercial business I have ever been to. Awful from both directions. On blind curves, switch back uphill going south. Blind left going north.
NYC Freedom Tower and 911 Memorial are must go experiences. We stayed fairly close, at the Four Points Sheraton on Platt St. Parking is close. The attached Break restaurant and bar were good. Felcia, an awesome old school Italian Restaurant is 75' away. **** I planned out approach to come into the city on 278, and over the Brooklyn Bridge. Longer, but safer IMHO.
This was our 4th year of longer trips. Certainly, our luck with weather ran out. But, we adjusted and were able to stay dry. Just lost out on some of the planned excursions. Next year, maybe the upper West Coast. Pacific Coast Highway, Redwoods. On thru to Washington State. Or, to some other still to be determined destination.
Next up, 7 of us going to the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Bruins vs Blackhawks. Then our annual Bike Week in Laconia NH, with a crew of 18 in June.
Thanks again all !
If you ever need advice on MC travel o New England, Nova Scotia, eastern NY State. Deadwood (Sturgis) send me a PM