(June 2 - 7, 2014)
Billed as the largest multi-brand touring motorcycle
rally in the
world, Americade is held each year in Lake George New York. Boasting 100
thousand strong, bikes are everywhere. Offering great riding
opportunities in the Adirondack mountains and the surround area, there
is fun to be had both on and off the bike. This was my wife and my
first Americade and there was much to see and do. From seminars to
demo rides to guide tours, the week was kept busy.
We arrived Monday June 2 to register and pick up our
event tickets. That day featured a new-comers meeting and open ceremony
dinner and prize give away. My wide walked away with a new set of
Kenda tires and several excellent motorcycle books by whitehorse press
including Clement Salvadori's 101 Road Tales and Staying Safe by
Tuesday was a couple of seminars on accident
management and intersections and an afternoon walking through the 200
plus vendors in attendance at the rally. Dinner at the Lobster Pot was
excellent, but our evening activities were shortened by a steady rain.
Wednesday morning was sunny and warm and we were off
on a 7 lake guided tour and catered lunch at the Silver Bay YMCA resort
followed by dinner in Lake George at the Barnside Barbeue.
Thursday featured a guided tour of covered bridges in
New York and Vermont and catered lunch at Mt Anthony Country Club in
Bennington Vermont . That evening we watched all the activities along
the main street and a light parade later that evening. A light rain did
not dampen the spirits of the thousands of party goers.
Friday was demo rides on a CanAm Spyder and a new
Indian Classic cruiser followed by an afternoon ride around Lake George
and lunch in Bolton's Landing. The ride was cut short as the road
was closed due to a serious accident, so it was back to town, a last run
through the vendors and dinner before the closing ceremonies and grand
prize drawings. Fireworks followed with live music in the "Big
Top" tent before we retired to our hotel room to get ready to head home
the next day.
Saturday we headed to Buffalo for the nights stay and
a afternoon trip to Niagara Falls before continuing on home Sunday June
The eight day trip cover 1,800+ miles, many memories
and a longing to go back for a second dose of Lake George and Americade.