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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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My annual Spring ride is now complete with a ride up to Gloucester to visit Joe Hot Dog. Joe Hot Dog is run by a man I dubbed Surly Joe because, well, he's surly. One word answers and an oft repeated joke is what you get. The food isn't gourmet truck spectacular, this is a man with a truck pulling a trailer with boiled hot dogs, mustard and some other fixins'.

Here are some photos of the trip.


Joe has scaled back a bit this year. His awning is rolled up and the bar stools aren't out in front of the cart. He also was only serving hot dogs today. No Italians or beef. Sorry for the dodgy photo, I took it quickly with the zoom lens from afar and didn't give the camera time to focus.


The meal. A hot dog with mustard, relish and onions, bag of chips and a water. And yes, when I asked for water Joe pointed out to the harbor and says, "you can have all you want", I told him I wanted something less salty, he told me, "you'll get used to it".


Do you see the structure in the middle of the frame. On the fourth of July they grease the pole and put a flag at the end. Then swimmers go out to the structure and one by one try to reach the flag by crawling or hanging from the greased pole. That's total no-money fun on a summer day.


I really like this statue, dedicated to the fisherman who were lost at sea. It sits right before the memorial.


Here is part of the memorial. It lists the year and names of the fisherman who never came back.


I spliced the starting stone with the last, 1716 - 2011. The dates up to the early 1900's make up most of the plaques.


Afterwards I took a ride down the coast on HWY 127.


I took a short hike through Rafe's Chasm Park. Apparently the story is it was named after a former slave who lived in the area after the Civil War. A sign stated that many of the stonewalls in the area were his works.


The park leads to the ocean where I happened upon an artist. This is fairly common site in New England, seeing artists out in the wild.


Looking south.

I made my way home after that, still putting the break-in miles on the new Versys. Only have about 150 so far. I'm going to add to this thread in the future, there are so many neat little spots to eat in this area. I will add the address or in Joe Hot Dog situation the general area in case anyone inclined and nearby wants to visit

Joe Hot Dog
Western Avenue
Gloucester, MA
near the Fisherman's Memorial

Please feel free to add photos and names of places you've found on your ride to this thread. The more the merrier.
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If your going to break in a new bike, might as well do it on a scenic ride, and looks like you did.
Damn that hot dog looks good, and Joe sounds like the kind of man that should be operating a hot dog stand.
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He sounds like the "Soup Nazi" from the Jerry Seinfield Show.

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He sounds like the "Soup Nazi" from the Jerry Seinfield Show.
Nah, Joe isn't angry. Much more low key and he has a certain brusque charm.

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Great pictures, thanks for posting. The coast looks remarkably like Nova Scotia.
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Great pictures, thanks for posting. The coast looks remarkably like Nova Scotia.
I was thinking the same thing. The coast looks a lot like Nova Scotia. Rode my Harley to cape Breton in 07. Most beautiful place I've ever been. Not some, or even most, but ALL of the people their were by far the friendliest people my wife and I have ever met. Ate lobster in Cheticamp. Delicious.
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...The coast looks a lot like Nova Scotia. Rode my Harley to cape Breton in 07. Most beautiful place I've ever been. Not some, or even most, but ALL of the people their were by far the friendliest people my wife and I have ever met. Ate lobster in Cheticamp. Delicious.
I'll probably do THAT in July, as I'm planning a cross-Canada ride on the GREEN HORNET TOO, as far as Cape Breton Island, before turning back W.
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I'll probably do THAT in July, as I'm planning a cross-Canada ride on the GREEN HORNET TOO, as far as Cape Breton Island, before turning back W.
Make sure you hit the Bay of Fundy. Way cool place. Wifey and I hung in Nova Scotia for a week last year. We'll be back.

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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I'll probably do THAT in July, as I'm planning a cross-Canada ride on the GREEN HORNET TOO, as far as Cape Breton Island, before turning back W.
Used to live in Halifax up until fairly recently, and have made the Ottawa/Halifax trek too many times to count, so I can give you lots of good suggestions when you head that way. Probably worth taking the ferry from NS to NF too. The friendliness can verge on annoyingly creepy some times

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I'll probably do THAT in July, as I'm planning a cross-Canada ride on the GREEN HORNET TOO, as far as Cape Breton Island, before turning back W.
Be sure to go to Meat Cove at the top of Cape Breton Island. The view is unbelievable.
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Used to live in Halifax up until fairly recently, and have made the Ottawa/Halifax trek too many times to count, so I can give you lots of good suggestions when you head that way. Probably worth taking the ferry from NS to NF too. The friendliness can verge on annoyingly creepy some times
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Be sure to go to Meat Cove at the top of Cape Breton Island. The view is unbelievable.
Thanks for the suggestions. I've been to the Maritimes MANY times, both driving and flying, BOTH RCAF and Air Canada (where, because of the CRAPPY weather, it was sometimes known as the "Swamp"...), so I'll more than likely skip NFLD (which I almost 'lived-in' because of the number of flights I had to there).

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Today I put 50 more break-in miles on the Versys and took a ride to the town of Arlington just west of Cambridge, MA. I went to Greater Boston Motorsports looking for a tailbag and decided to amble a few miles down the road to have lunch at Blue Ribbon BBQ.


Rock star parking right in front of Blue Ribbon BBQ, this is a rare gift midday on a weekend in Arlington.


A modest sized shop that serves the best BBQ around. I've only found Red Bones in Davis Square and Blue Ribbon to be the only places worth making time for great BBQ.


The staff likes to get goofy.


My meal, burnt end sandwich, mash and gravy, green beans and sweet tea. This food is so filling you don't need to eat for a few days afterwards if you finish everything.

If you're in the area I highly recommend. Wait for warmer temps and you can dine outside on the sidewalk, the inside is usually crowded and cramped.

Blue Ribbon BBQ
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This week I put a few more break-in miles on the new V, got about 260 on her now. Decided to ride out to my favorite fried seafood shack, Farnhams Famous Clams.


A brief stop along the Ipswich River, enjoying the peaceful scenery before continuing on.


The specials today.


I got my old standby, haddock bits, french fries and an ice tea. I like to sit outside along the salt marsh, the tide is very low at the moment.


This little bird wanted to share lunch with me.


One last look at the Versys before rolling down the road.

Had one of the waitress's ask me if I were a race car driver because of my riding jacket. Told her I was riding a motorcycle, she didn't seem as impressed.

Farnham's Famous Clams
88 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA

Another great place to stop by if you are ever in eastern Massachusetts. The roads and scenery around here are pretty good too.


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More miles, more food. Very close to the 500 mile mark for break-in. Yesterday I stopped off at Metzy's Taco Truck near Plum Island, he is permanently parked at the Plum Island Airport from Spring till Fall. The food is a little pricey but is generous in portions and quite good.


The Plum Island Airport.


Lunch with a view. Still got that new bike love, always like to have her in view. I'm having chicken tacos.


When you're done eating or maybe before you start you can play a free game of Cornhole or Bean Bag, depending on where you are from.


Look for the bright yellow-orange truck next to the airport.

Metzy's Tacos
24 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA


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...When you're done eating or maybe before you start you can play a free game of Cornhole or Bean Bag, depending on where you are from....
WHERE I'm from, we would tend to NOT call it "Cornhole"....


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WHERE I'm from, we would tend to NOT call it "Cornhole"....

Yea, I always had trouble with that too.


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