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Phat Pat ties the Knot!

 

So Mrs OSJ and I have been lucky enough to attend a few weddings in the past which we were able to ride our motorcycle too.  With no kids invited and good weather its been a pretty easy choice to make.  We both love riding so much, and most of my good friends know this so they are never surprised to hear that we will arrive on two wheels.

The time it was our good friend Phat Pat

We met Pat maybe 6 or 7 years ago thru the New England Riders message board. It turned out Pat lived right down the street from us, and he rode a nice Honda VFR800.  The first ride we took him on was a 400 mile hooky day ride on good Friday.  After that ride we figured either we would never see him again..or we would ride together many times.

thankfully the latter happened and we shared many great rides over the years.

One thing we noticed right away about Pat was his loyalty to family and his friends. He was always missing rides because he was taking care of his elderly grand mother, or off visiting friends in FLA.  Pat is a stand up guy and we were so happy to hear that he found someone that made him happy.

Pat and Rachel were to get married in Washington NH, which was just a few minutes north of their summer house.  Mrs OSJ and I were honored to be invited and really looked forward to spending a few nights away from everyday life.  We decided to leave early Friday afternoon, however we needed to drop off one of our kids to our daughter at UNH. 

Grace and Mrs OSJ drove the car while I rode the bike to Durham NH.  We left Grace and the Mazda with our oldest daughter Victoria.  The weather was just perfect for spending the day on two wheels.  Michelle gave me a extra big hug from behind as we pulled out onto RT4 and headed west.  It was late afternoon on a Friday so traffic was pretty heavy.  However i didn’t plan on staying with rt 4 for very long, just after the rotary we took a right onto our first of many back roads.

We didn’t stop for any photo’s, because our gps said the arrival time to the Bed and Breakfast was gonna be around 7pm.  We needed to check in before 8 and I knew we would have to stop for food at some point.  Like all our trips we have a rule about fast food.  We don’t*+ do it!

Another rule that I like to follow is that I always try to put interesting things on the route to see.  Usually these are surprises to Michelle. I bring them up on the intercom while we are under way.  Today’s first stop was in Boscaven NH at the Hannah Duston statue.

Now Hannah is the first women in the United States to have a statue erected in her honor.  Her story is tragic, it goes a little like this..

She along with her 6 week old baby was captured by Indians in Haverhill MA in 1697.  Shortly after her capture they killed her baby and put her with 13 other people that were being held captive.  Several days later while camped on that little island in Boscaven NH she lead a revolt against the Indians that held her.  She killed 10 of them with a tomahawk, and two escaped.  She scalped the dead Indians to prove what she did and escaped in a canoe paddling back down the Merrimac river back to Haverhill.

The statue stands on the island where this all happened

 

the statue is rather tall so its hard to see what she is holding on to. But in one hand is a tomahawk and the other is the 10 scalps of the dead Indians!

We crossed the river here and took a few back roads thru Concord up to route 103.  103 would take us all the way to the lake Sunapee area.  It was just getting dark as we pulled into the parking lot of  The Appleseed Restaurant in Bradford.  Both of our phones had dead batteries so we couldn’t take any more photos for the night.

Well I should say I did get one more shot in…a dinner photo of course…

we both like the service and the atmosphere of Appleseeds.  Its in a old country inn and has a very rustic feel to it.  However the food was just okay…nothing special by any means.

After we ate we rode up to Goshen and checked into the “back side Inn”

We checked into the Mountain View room.  No TV, phone or internet to keep us up…we slept like the dead!

tomorrow we ride!

But first I must put in a great big plug for the “Back Side Inn”  If you find yourself riding around the Kearsarge Valley of New Hampshire and need a great place to stay, or just eat make sure you ride around the back side of Mount Sunapee and visit Anne.  She runs a great little country inn, very clean and you will not believe the food she cooks!  

Of course our day of riding and celebrating with good friends must start with a hearty breakfast.  Mrs OSJ enjoyed a tasty omeltte while I had my normal fried eggs and bacon

After a relaxing breakfast we sat out on the front porch and just enjoyed the warm fall morning.  

The wedding wasn’t until later in the afternoon, we had a few hours to kill, so this means some riding was in order.  

The temps were warm but the was a chance of showers so we didn’t want to ride too long or far . The last thing we wanted to do was show up at the wedding soaked to the bone.    We explored Sunapee, Newport, Goshen and finally Washington NH.  

All typical small New England towns, small grass commons surrounded with old white buildings.  If you live up this way its too easy to take these small scenic towns for granted. 

 

On our way down the dirt road that leads to the lodge the wedding was being held at I noticed this old graveyard.  For some weird reason I am attracted to this place and love to walk around them and snap photos.  For this one I let Michelle get off and stand next to a old run down house.

Just as she took this shot she heard this women thru the window.  ” You hear to see the grave of the leg?” she asked.   Now Michelle and I have intercoms on our helmets so I could hear her talking with someone, but couldn’t hear what they were saying.  As I turned around to come back and pick her up she asked me if I knew about a grave for a leg?  

Of course I do!  I just didn’t know it was right here!   

You see a few years back I put together a season long treasure hunt, and every month I would have a bonus location, and it usually was a riddle people would have to solve before the ride.  Once such bonus locations was going to be this grave, and the rest of the person which is buried in MA.  

We had to check it out!

We chatted with the local women that showed us the stone for a few minutes.  Then it was time for the wedding.  

For some reason I didn’t take any photos at the wedding,  however here are a few stolen from Pat’s facebook account 

We only knew a few people there, and the table we sat at we knew no one.  However many people would say, ” Your Pats motorcycle friends?”   It was fun sitting and watching the effects of all the beer and wine being consumed, while we sipped our soda and juice :)

Being there for Pat’s best friend speech was something special.  It had many people in tears from laughter and seeing the love he had for his best friend.  It was one of the most touching things I’ve witnessed.  Pat and Rachel are two very lucky people,  we were very honored to be part of this celebration.

We were one of the first to leave, not because we were not having a great time but because the weather was changing fast and the temp was to drop quickly as nightfall came.  

We stopped at the local store to pick up some wine for dinner.   Which was going to be back at the Back Side Inn, not only do they offer up a awesome breakfast, they also put on a great feast for dinner.    

We sat by the fire in the living room and enjoyed our drinks and talked about the day.  We had some great roads that we explored and then were lucky enough to enjoy a great celebration with a good friend.   Sitting in front of the fire with my wife was just a perfect end to such a great day. 

 

    Until Dinner came!  

Wow what a great meal we had!!

One of the best steak dinners we’ve had in a long time!

It was a great day, and a perfect night. 

Sunday morning we awoke to grey sky’s and much cooler temps.  

After another great breakfast we went back up to our room and relaxed a bit..I think we even took a nap.  We were in no hurry getting home, and we wanted to wait until later in the morning for the temperature to warm a bit.  Our plan was to head to our daughter dorm at UNH and pick up the car and our youngest daughter.     

No highway’s were used, all back roads!  We even snagged a ADV tag on the way!

Some photos from the backseat…

 

We arrived at UNH late in the afternoon, visited with Victoria for a bit, then we all headed home via 495 

It was a great couple of days of riding with my girl, watching two people in love make a commit to be together in front of family and friends and finally realizing after thousands of miles wearing my hi viz suit its time to retire it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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