Blog Section: Adventure Hermit

SPECIAL REPORT: Colorado College Students Consider Majoring in Ark Building!

Sep 14, 2013 View Comments by

Every adventure rider knows there is nothing better than a great water crossing. I know I love a good one. You can ride miles of slab and your frown is instantly turned upside down the moment you roll through a solid (or more accurately, liquid) water crossing. I admit big water crossings were my biggest […]

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Trans America Trail: Santa Clause and Mermaids

Sep 12, 2013 View Comments by

One thing I have never gotten used to is seeing mountains to the south of me. Growing up in Connecticut, mountains were to the north where Santa Clause lived, of course, and sea level was to the south where mermaids roamed and our government kept a close eye on Cuba. This is the type of […]

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The Trans America Trail: A Touch of Home in Tullahoma, TN

Sep 05, 2013 View Comments by

After my Lynchburg excursion yesterday I backtracked to Tullahoma, TN for dinner and a place to stay. Upon check-in I am virtually smacked in the face with a memory of home. What grabs my attention is the sound of undeniable New England accents. Not a haughty type of enunciation but the more rural immigrant style […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1b: Keeping Dry in the Rain

Aug 29, 2013 View Comments by

As I arrive in Lynchburg, TN it is raining. But I don’t get down. I ride past the large stone and metal gates and park the KLR just as the rain starts to let up. I guess the clouds got the memo about Lynchburg being in a dry county! I head inside the large wooden […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1a

Aug 22, 2013 View Comments by

As the miles click down closer to the starting point in Tellico Plains I feel the excitement and anxiety that comes with exploring a new place. I do not get this feeling when I ride on pavement, but the extra challenges associated with riding off road and in remote locations come with a little more […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day I

Aug 15, 2013 View Comments by

Mmmm, the day’s first sip of coffee. I am waiting for the sun to wake up so I can make the trek from Knoxville to Tellico Plains, TN (paved) where the Trans America Trail now begins. It used to be Jellico, TN but that has changed since I started planning my route. As I wait […]

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Riding “The Beast”

Aug 08, 2013 View Comments by

“We just want to be free to drink espresso, ride our machines, and not be hassled by the Man.” ~ motto of the Time Warp Tea Room File this under, “Are you kidding me?” As I mentioned in my last post I delayed heading out on the TAT by a day due to an invitation. […]

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Dual Sport Riders Guide to the Galaxy

Jul 25, 2013 View Comments by

After leaving Maggie Valley, I headed west towards Tellico Plains to begin my route on the “Trans-America Trail.” At some point along the ride I had an epiphany and realized I had been incorrectly referring to the route as the “Trans-American” trail for about 2 years and 3 months and 4.5 days. I am sure […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Sun

Jul 18, 2013 View Comments by

We’ve all been there haven’t we? The weather report calls for rain and we have to decide; suit up and dive in, change the route, or park it on the couch. When you are traveling, “park it on the couch” is usually not an option. I usually don’t watch weather reports. I prefer to simply […]

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Horton Hears a Horn: What Dad Would’ve Done

Jul 11, 2013 View Comments by

And with the addition of the horn the final piece is in place. After three months of repairs and several days in the garage poking and prodding the KLR, my preparations are complete. My dad’s KLR, the bike that dragged him kicking and screaming out of the garage and onto the trail, is ready to […]

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Part-time Adventure Hermit . . . Fulltime Dad

Jun 27, 2013 View Comments by

There is always an air of excitement when getting ready for a big trip. However, with little ones at home it can also be a struggle. The road beckons, but family does too. Several years ago when I was still a touring musician and a stage manager I missed my oldest daughter Sophia’s loss of […]

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Ride to Live . . . Live to Ride . . . Keep on Riding!

Jun 20, 2013 View Comments by

“When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I have just finished entering the VIN number onto the state of Connecticut’s Form H-13; otherwise known as the OFFICIAL REGISTRATION […]

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Another Blog About Mexico

Jun 13, 2013 View Comments by

Well the good guys and the bad guys Well they never work past noon around here They sit side by side in the cantinas Talk to senoritas And drink warm beer – Mexico by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Convincing my wife that driving to Mexico with our kids was no big deal wasn’t easy, […]

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New Jupiter’s Travellers Announced!

Jun 06, 2013 View Comments by

A mere 60 years after Carl Stearns Clancy completed his motorcycle trip around the world, a young 42-year old man named Ted hopped aboard a Triumph Tiger and for the next four years, followed some of those same routes. Me? I was three years old. I believe there are two types of motorcycle riders in […]

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Motorcycle Touring: It’s Not Where You Go

May 30, 2013 View Comments by

I am often asked if it is scary riding alone. The answer is always the same. “Sometimes.” For example, when I am off paved roads for extended periods of time. I know there is always a risk that something could happen and I may need help. I also know that in some remote locations it […]

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