For nearly 30 years I'd been planning on riding the Kancamagus, but it was one of those things I kept putting off until "someday," which in my experience is a day that almost never arrives. Fortunately serendipity took matters into her own hands. I needed a weekend ride (badly), and I also wanted to spend some time with my friends, Dan and Judy Kennedy, proprietors of Whitehorse Press/Whitehorse Gear, and their pup Buster. Since the Kennedys live in Center Conway, New Hampshire, about three gearshifts and a hard twist of the throttle away from the Kanc, and had graciously offered to put me up for the night, the plan was pretty simple. I'd burn up to their place on the first weekend in November, spend the evening with them, then hit the Kancamagus on a leisurely return trip.