Climbing Mount Washington
No, I didn’t hike up this time. I went up the easy way. This Triumph Motorcycle climbed Mount Washington!
I had a nice fall Saturday all to myself. Headed up to the lake house to get a few things done. Since the girls were not showing up until that evening, I grabbed the motorcycle, stuck on my GPS and headed up to Mount Washington.
I have always wanted to climb the auto road via motorcycle. Attempted it many years back but we the group of us showed up at the base, the attendants had to inform us that they closed down the road to motorcycles due to the high winds.
I wish I knew at what speed the winds need to be before closing down the road. I did ask. The lady at the top replied 70 mph. The guy behind her politely looked at me and shook his head “no”… But did not correct her. So I still have no idea, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The ride to the mountain is roughly two hours for me.
Of course it is fall foliage time and there was a ton of traffic and “leaf peepers” as they’re called around here.
On the good side of it all, every hiking trail head was packed. Love to see people getting outdoors.
When I reached the base of Mount Washington, the parking lot was packed and there was a line of cars just waiting to get into the lot.
I met up with another motorcyclist from CT on a Harley. I regretfully don’t remember his name now, but a very nice guy and we decided to ride up the road together.
Once at the top we had to take the obligatory photo at the peak sign
As you can see from the photo, the top was engulfed in a cloud and there wasn’t much of a view until it cleared 20 minutes later. Even then the view was only fleeting.
It was a great day that took a long time. Lots of driving up north, waiting in line, slowly going up the road, hanging out, slowly going back down the road and of course the long ride home.
It was worth it. The day was just warm enough and the weather held out so it was perfect riding weather. Made it home in time for dinner and the girls to show up.
I wouldn’t mind doing it again, but I would make my leave earlier in the morning. Of course that would mean planning ahead vs me going on a whim in the middle of the day.
Thank you to my new Connecticut friend for riding the mountain with me and taking my photo.
Until the next adventure… Ride safe!