Motorcycle Riding Heaven

by tom on July 30, 2012

“Not all who wander are lost”  J.R.R. Tolkein A ride report.  A REAL ride report.  Highlights of my journey home from Spokane, Wa. I intended to leave on Thursday, July 19, and I actually did.  About 6:00 pm.  It turned out that my friend George was diddling around in Canada and headed more or less [...]


Motorcycle Riding and Contemplation

by tom on July 15, 2012

In Memorium, in Celebration, in Respect of Motorcycle Riders! This is going to be a mismash of various and sundry.  Quite a lot going on in my life, on and off the motorcycle. First:  I love my Connie.  What a great ride.  It is fast and strong and reliable.  I now have 35,000 miles on [...]

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Motorcycle Riding Again!

July 8, 2012

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…” It’s been a while, I got so disgusted with not being able to ride, that I let this part of my life go away.  Well, guess what?  I’m back. I was able to take my first real ride three weeks ago today.  Rode up to Prescott [...]

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Riding a Motorcycle: The end is Nigh!

April 29, 2012

    It’s coming.  It comes to us all.  The end of our motorcycle career.   I didn’t write my blog post last week, I have multiple reasons (excuses). The one I’m going to lay it on is a bad back. I caught a motorcycle that was falling off the worktable about a month ago. [...]

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Motorcycles to Moonshine

April 13, 2012

“If you’ve never been to the Moonshine Lunch Run, you are not a real rider.  You simply own a motorcycle!” That’s a mostly direct quote from my friend, Terry Hammond.  He started the MLR in April, 2005 by inviting his long distance riding buddies to come have a moon burger in Moonshine, IL,  population 2. [...]

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Motorcycle Camping

April 8, 2012

Motorcycle camping and the resource to do it Right! So. I have wasted a significant amount of time in the past couple days trying to decide A: if I need to carry an auxiliary tarp when I camp and B: how to carry the poles if I do decide that I must have the tarp. [...]

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Riding the Pace

April 2, 2012

How to ride the corners with aplomb. I’ve been reading about the pace program for at least 20 years. The first time I recall reading about it was a motorcycle magazine, probably Cycle World. It described a method for a group of  riders to enjoy an afternoon’s ride on a twisty mountain road. The rules [...]

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Motorcycle Rants and Raves

March 25, 2012

You want to know what makes me angry?  Really angry?  Motorcycle things? Start with the infamous “I never saw him” defense for 4 wheel drivers that have just killed a motorcycle rider.  I know that the weather has been really good, and motorcycles are out, BUT CAGE DRIVERS NEED TO LOOK FOR THEM! Case in [...]

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Motorcycle Shadows

March 18, 2012

The Shadows of my Motorcycle Rides Earlier this week a friend of mine got me to thinking about motorcycle shadows. He said “the sun was just right, and I could see my shadow on the road. Damn I look good on that motorcycle.” Don’t tell me you never look at your shadow on the road, [...]

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Anza-Borrego State Park

March 11, 2012

Borrego Springs, California A sprawling state park set in a region not only of geologic history, but current geology. The park ranges from low desert  to wet alpine  and everything in between. The park is bordered on the West by new upthrust coastal mountains. To the north, older upthrust mountains with a big basin that [...]

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