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Why we blog; kind of like why we ride

March 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Someone asked me the other day why I blogged. I hemmed and hawed and didn’t really have an answer. It goes with the other question, “Why do you ride?” Ah, not so fast! They’re surely not from the same root! Maybe, maybe not.
I’ll get to the blogging point in a minute, but I have just […]

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Not what I had planned. Tales of Riding the Oregon Coast (for a day)

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s Friday night. It’s raining. I’m in a hotel in Tillamook, Oregon. This is not what I had planned.
“This is not what I had planned.”
More and more I have noticed myself having that reaction. Which more and more makes me reflect on why I have so many plans. I mean think about it. How many […]

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Meet Stu. He’s Cooler than Me or You. He’s Riding a Crapper Royal Enfield All Over India

March 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

One of my life-long friends and riding buddy has taken his family off on an around-the-world tour. Actually, let’s give total credit, the entire family have taken themselves off on an around the world tour.

They’re presently in India where they met a guy named Stu who is riding all over the place on one of […]

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Read "Seize the Journey” and get inspired about riding loooooonnnnggg

February 26th, 2008 · No Comments

“AChick” embodies so much of what many of us aspire to (or at least me). Here’s the lead on her most excellent and extensive Alaskan ride report called Seize the Journey.
I recently calculated that in the last 12 months I have ridden over 67,000 miles on two wheels. There are expressions in the motorcycling […]

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Take what the road gives you

February 24th, 2008 · No Comments

You take what the road gives you. You take what the weather gives you. You take what the ride gives you. That’s the zen of riding.
Riding any sort of distance has the tendency to bring out the philosopher in me. The philosopher, the dreamer, the schemer, the blogger, the critic . . . The opportunity […]

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On the road nearby

February 17th, 2008 · No Comments

 “I’m happy to be riding back into this country. It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that. Tensions disappear along roads like this.”  Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig. HarperTorch 2006, Mass Market Paperback, 560 […]

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A Journey Through Nothing Surrounding by Nothing

February 9th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a republish of a piece I wrote in 2005.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A middle-aged man wakes up one day and decides he just has to have a motorcycle. I thought so. That was me.
I could fill pages with the run up to this decision, all having […]

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Dancing on ice and other news from the North Cascades

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments

I’ve been riding about an hour. First merciless fog, and now the cold. I’m looking at the FJR’s temp gauge and it’s saying 34 degrees. I’ve got the Gerbings pumping but didn’t put on the electric socks. I have to pee. I’m thinking, “What the @#$ am I doing. Go home!” And then I thought, […]

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