Saturday, March 30, 2013

One of our friends asked about some interesting riding routes down in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire….

"something for a 50cc machine".

Developing trips is our forte, so here is a nice roughly 23-mile ride that will take our friend passed some wonderful buildings, "spooky" cemeteries, a few historic forts, and a great place to grab a "Maine" lunch – all the while riding on country lanes close to (if not right alongside) the ocean.

Trip Map….

The starting point is at the Martin Hill Inn, two early nineteenth century buildings that are nice on the eyes and, if one was a guest there, the stay would be easy on everything…

Martin Hill Inn….

A short ride will bring you to the Wentworth Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses, classic examples of Georgian architecture from the 1700's.

The Wentworth Gardner Houses….

Jumping across two islands that lay at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River, will get you to New Castle Island, home of the Town of New Castle, the only town in the state composed solely of islands.  Immediately upon reaching the island you'll find Riverside Cemetery, a neat row of older stones nestled in amongst the new, sitting between the road and the sea.

A wandering ride through the ocean-scented streets, ends at Fort Stark, one of seven forts built to protect Portsmouth Harbor.

Fort Stark….

When you leave the island, and are back on the mainland, a short ride brings you to South Street Cemetery…. The Haunted Cemetery…

South Cemetery….

Where Ruth Blay lies: hung one hour ahead of time, so the Sheriff could get to dinner, negating the pardon that arrived minutes after the hanging…. She prowls the grounds, angry and resentful….

On a more cheerful note, a moderate ride further will bring you to the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden.


A Georgian Mansion that has been open to the public for more than 100-years.

Now it's time to jump across the river into Maine, wander along the riverside road and stop at the First Congregational Church and the Old Burying Yard.

Congregational and Old Burying Yard….

But now it's time for a bit of chow, so a little ride along the riverside road will get you to

Robert's Maine Grill….

Stuffed with loads of good food, and full of Scooter sightseeing, you head down the Old Post Road, cross the river and head home.

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's beginning to look like Spring.

The water's peeping through.

Life is starting up again…

Things are looking up….

Tom, of Scooter By The Sea fame, and I, took a ride up to Brunswick, a mere 33.3 miles to the northeast (53.6 km), to take a quick gander at a campsite we will be using one weekend in July.

It's still shut down: snow still reigns here, but we were able to give it a quick once-over, and to enjoy the whimsical little goodies that lay sprawled here and there.

The main house is spectacularly beautiful.  Tom and I both lusted over potential ownership.  The little connecting "shed" has some interesting items stored within, and the barn was one BIG structure.  The photograph's distort reality: compare the size of the car to the barn's door.  This thing is BIG.  And, as is customary, Tom is getting ready to take a picture of me taking a picture of Tom, taking a…..

Here are a few shots of the area, and some of the interesting "pieces" that either blatantly, or subtly adorn the campgrounds.

Looks like it will be a fun weekend.  But that's July…. We still need Winter to go away, and for Spring to arrive….

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This is not a test.

This is a real, soon, perhaps too soon, about to happen event.

Yet another bare-brawned,  right-lobed-brained, exciting adventure.

Bear with me here. (Pun intended.  I am in Maine you know.)

I am riding down to the

Blue Vs Grey Scooter Rally

June 14th through the 16th

In beautiful downtown Nashville, TN

'N since I'm but a 110cc Honda Elite, that sometimes catches 50 mph, I'm leaving on

11 June 2013

(I'm thinking it'll take me three days, no?)

Here's my plan…,+South+Portland,+ME&daddr=13+Main+St,+Goffstown,+New+Hampshire+03045+to:Peterborough,+NH+to:Athol+Foursquare+Church,+Main+Street,+Athol,+MA+to:The+Black+Sheep,+Main+Street,+Amherst,+MA+to:Gypsy+Joynt,+Main+Street,+Great+Barrington,+MA+to:50+John+Street,+Kingston,+NY+to:11+South+8+Street,+Stroudsburg,+PA,+North+America+to:Harrisburg,+PA+to:the+eatery+bedford+pa+to:Buckhannon+Pike+to:770+E+Main+St,+Jackson,+OH+to:Lexington,+KY+to:1108+Kirkwood+Avenue,+Nashville,+TN&hl=en&geocode=FRvHmQId9yXQ-ykP53uwgJ6yTDFYkIHapCYxCw%3BFYFskAIdk3i7-ykNXIBvtzfiiTFajSvjtM0hDw%3BFU0njgIdxRq2-ylz7yjX79XjiTHE8FwH-yfslg%3BFcnuiQIdudyx-yHKbSYuFVDR5Cm5QyHwJUThiTHKbSYuFVDR5A%3BFeKZhgId4XWt-yFvxdkNx4-TFylhZlpa9s3miTFvxdkNx4-TFw%3BFV_VgwIdlpKg-yHMVyacjKsFfikTaPDZ52bniTHMVyacjKsFfg%3BFfbbfwIdaIyW-ymT92mdgg_diTHr1zgdxvzyXA%3BFYRfcQIdSZqE-ynnfT35S4jEiTEjcv03gluGYg%3BFSSHZgIdPtZq-ymXnge4FsHIiTHVRo0SyEJuuw%3BFTSkYgIdDyBS-yHuH1cypsMZjikzFWXUWFLKiTHuH1cypsMZjg%3BFVAqVwIdGUg2-w%3BFdG5UwIdozIT-ykdGaZJn0tGiDEvKWfgL4M9jQ%3BFQh0RAIdXJP2-ikl65zMKURCiDHdT4yQQYPwhA%3BFWopJwIdt7DT-il9HZZIMGRkiDEMyWy-XnEbPA&aq=1&oq=770+E+Main+St+Ja&sll=38.246809,-81.5625&sspn=3.558781,8.02002&vpsrc=6&dirflg=ht&mra=mru&ie=UTF8&ll=39.232253,-81.210937&spn=7.018761,16.040039&t=m&z=7

First day should get me to Stroudsburg, PA.

Second day, I'm shooting for Parkersburg, WV.

Third day, Nashville, TN.

So, here's the deal…. Do you know anyone that:

1.  Is on my route that might want to jog along just for giggles and kicks?

2.  Knows of any good eateries along the way that would help fill a hungry rider without needing to break-open my piggy bank?

3.  Know of any good, inexpensive (okay, cheap) places to stay along the route?  Campgrounds are okay.

4.  Have any suggestions as to gear, things to take, etc.? Other than, stay home you crazy fool).

Let me know, I am, as always, willing to listen and to learn, and remain….

Yours truly,

Johnny Dollar.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


By Popular Demand!

The Latest Adventures of Those Young, Dynamic Scooter Riders, As They Fearlessly Continue To Fulfill Their

Scooter Riding


Join Them As They Brave The Elements In Search Of…..

A Cuppa Coffee And A Muffin!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

This is a test.  This is only a test.  If this was reality, money would be falling from out of the sky…

Is money falling from out of the sky?

This must be only a test.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hold on!  We are trying something extraordinary!

A Joint effort between

Tom, of Scooter By The Sea fame

And Yours Truly,

Johnny Dollar (Reference to Old Radio Program).

It's a one-minute look at the hazards we brave as a team, dedicated to….

Winter Scootering…