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NYC to Toronto - 8/16/14

I'm planning a trip from NYC to Toronto starting Saturday, August 16. I'll be taking the Tenere and riding 2up with my fiance. I'm definitely excited to take this trip. This will be our first multiday riding trip together and our getaway trip before getting married at the end of August. Should I feel bad that I'm more excited about the trip than the wedding?

Anyways, here's the plan:

Sat, 8/16 - ride up from NYC directly to Ithaca NY in the morning and revisit the sights around my old alma mater, Cornell.
Sun, 8/17 - ride up to Niagara Falls, ON and explore the area.
Mon, 8/18 - ride up to Toronto and explore.
Tu+W, 8/19 - 8/20 - meander our way back to NYC, probably head south into PA to ride through Allegheny National Forest and Sproul State Forest.

Any thoughts, suggestions, places I should try to visit, potential meet ups along the way?

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How about a chorus of "Far Above Cayuga's Waters" before you depart?

Seriously; enjoy the trip, have your passports ready to return to the states, and ask your insurance carrier for a Canadian Motor Vehicle Insurance Card(it's free) before you leave.

You should also ask your Health Insurance Company if they will cover you while in Canada should something happen.

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I just did this, but from central pa to niagara. I had to cut out toronto and a couple of the state parks and roads, cause it was my first big trip and idk wtf i'm doing haha.
I've been fiddling with pictures trying to clean up my cell phone shots, i'll have to get them up.

Check out Letchworth state park. I had to cut that out but i'm contemplating hitting it up on another trip. (google maps it and click explore). It looks awesome. Kinzau Bridge in PA was really cool. Lake Chautauqua was pretty. I would have rather spent more time riding in the allegany region than see lake Chautauqua tho. if you go that way i think they are doing construction on 430. the lakeview hotel/restaurant has wifi. rt 280 was fun.

Have you done niagara falls before?
canadian side was cool, i didn't see u.s. side. i failed to realize it wasn't just like a state park that you walk through at your leisure. it's time slot tickets, lines, and a lot of wasted time. But, i was behind Niagara falls, so that's pretty cool. If you don't care about that, i'd say go down to the parking section by the tours, slide around the barricade and park between the cars. walk along the river to horseshoe falls, and along the sidewalk till you feel like turning back, grab a coffee/bathroom or w/e at the tourist trap place then head up niagara parkway. once you're sorta away from the tourists pretend the signs are in mph, it's pretty fun road then followed by a bunch of wineries and orchards.

Marion Brooks Natural Area is on a top 10 list of views in PA, something about a forest of birch trees. It got cut out so i can't say from experience. Hyner View was awesome though and the PA grand canyon. rt 44 is pretty boring except where it meets 144. we probably did the two most boring roads there, 120 and 44 (and my friend still managed to wreck). If you go to Hyner though, the gravel road connecting the park to 44 is fun.

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If you go to Toronto, don't forget the Tower with the glass floor. I'm taking my kids next week there.

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Just got back from the trip yesterday. 5 days, 1300 miles, 2-up with the fiance. Visited friends and family in Binghamton and Toronto. Got to explore the parks out in western and central PA. Overall it was a good to get away from the everyday crazy.

The good: the Tenere handled the entire trip without complaints, loaded down, through interstates and twisties. The touring gadgets I bought for this trip worked out well. I went with a new Garmin Montana mounted and hardwired to the bike for navigation. I'm also glad I purchased a pair of Sena SMH10R headsets before the trip so that we could both communicate on long stretches of road or for my passenger to listen to music while I could keep an ear to the GPS directions. Expensive, but worth it to ensure we could keep ourselves engaged on the trip and because smart phones suck when there is no data reception. Visiting Cornell again was nice and brought back some good memories.

The bad: The rest of the destinations kind of sucked. Niagara Falls has become way too touristy and flashy. We got stuck in about an hour of traffic just trying to cross from the US to the Canadian side. We got some great food in Toronto, but it still felt overly crowded and we hit a lot of traffic for the one day we were there. Allegheny National Forest, Elk State Forest, and Sproul State Forest are kind of boring. I was disappointed by the lack of twisties going through the forests. Maybe it would have been different if we explored the dirt roads, but we didn't get a chance due to timing and rain.

I think I've been spoiled by the riding down south around Nantahala NF and out west by Utah / CO / AZ and CA. Plus I think I need a bit more storage space and may switch out my Givi Trekkers for the Trekker Outback cases. However, the upside is that we've successfully completed a 2-up trip together and know that we can do it again. The next moto trip will be either back to the dragon, up to Newfoundland, or out to Yellowstone.

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Sweet! Nice trip. Can't think of a better way to kick off the nuptials. The Super Tenere is at the top of my list of bikes to get next - though it'll be a while.
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Sounds like a great trip! Congrats!

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Yellowstone is awesome - +1 to that. I've yet to tour it on the bike....

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yea i didn't like how Niagara was mostly a tourist trap.. like going to the boardwalk or something in OC, MD.

which route did you take the state forests? i missed out on most the roads, but if you take the right map i don't see how you'd miss twisties.. although probably not as continuous and technical as stuff like the dragon.

Sounds like a good trip tho! congrats on the two-up also, i think that'd be a fun experience.

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glad you guys had fun. Les see some pics.

I've been out and about for a couple of weeks now on our family (wife and kids) cross country camping trip (jeep not the bike). Purposely avoiding the interstate, trying to go "off road" as much as possible and camping in the wild. We are having a blast. Your Tenere would do great on this terrain. Wish I had one behind my jeep right now.

Didn't mean to mess up your thread. Just wanted to give you some inspiration for your next Tenere adventure. Hope this answers your question why I left my VFR home. BTW,you were right about cell service, tracking app would be somewhat useless.

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Dang, that looks like fun, Zaq!

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That does look awesome. Enjoy!

Re: cell tracking app.
your cell's gps should function without cell service. if you have offline maps (osmand) it should work.

Also.. google is spying on you.. i used my cell as gps for my trip and i can go to google location history and find the whole route i took (as long as the phone was on) and in some sort of navigation (otherwise the spots are more sporadic like in my pic between MD and PA, no gps for that boring ride).
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There are satellites tracking you cell phone anyway..not just Google

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Also.. google is spying on you..
...^^ just means you've enabled Google Location and/or Google Now. Can be pretty handy, but yes, if you're trying to be discrete about something, turn it off.

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...speaking of discrete...

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