Blog Section: Adventure Hermit

The Not Yet: Your Future Travels

May 23, 2013 View Comments by

Have you ever ridden in Istanbul? No. Have you ever ridden in Ireland? No. Have you ever ridden in Italy? No. Have you ever found yourself in one of these conversations? Being asked question after question about rides you haven’t done and destinations you haven’t been to? Do you find yourself replying—“No?” If you do […]

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Motorcycle GPS – No Batteries Required

May 16, 2013 View Comments by

Last week I had some fun with the concept of calling people versus email and texting. In fact, smartphones have to be one of the greatest inventions ever for travelers. Case in point, whenever I rent a car I immediately hook up my phone and turn on the GPS. Don’t even get me started on […]

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Making the Call

May 09, 2013 View Comments by

The following story is a 100% true! . . Except for the parts that have been made up. While TV is certainly the single most life sucking invention in history, smart phones are working hard to overtake the throne. It is evident, not only with the unceasing texting as people drive, but also in the […]

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Go Out for Adventure…Come Home for Love

Apr 25, 2013 View Comments by

This week’s post is dedicated to the riders who have loved ones at home who may not always ride along with them . . . A couple of years ago, I attempted to create a mirror frame for my wife, a gift for our 10th wedding anniversary. While our anniversary is in September, the project […]

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Riding Switzerland in Colorado

Apr 18, 2013 View Comments by

Born in Japan but taking its name from Africa’s south central Sahara, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the catalyst that is attracting a group of riders to the appropriately nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Before I get into the details of the event, I want to emphasize the motorcycle neutral aspect of this free weeklong event […]

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Opening Day: Play Ball! Nope . . . Let’s Ride!

Apr 11, 2013 View Comments by

Baseball Season is upon us and that can only mean one thing—less people on the roads when I am out riding. Don’t get me wrong, I like baseball, but what I really like is that Coors Field can remove over 50,000 fans from the road during each game. However, you can’t always count on that […]

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There’s a Man on the Wing!

Apr 04, 2013 View Comments by

My flight from Denver to Phoenix has just pulled out of the gate. It begins to taxi down the runway when a salt and pepper haired man sitting in a window seat above the wing begins to yell. “Stop the plane. There’s smoke coming out of the engine. Tons of it! Stop the plane!” I […]

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Up Hill Both Ways

Mar 28, 2013 View Comments by

To the best of my knowledge I’ve never experienced traversing a hill that is actually “uphill both ways.” This ecological marvel seems to have met extinction soon after my parents grew up. I really wish there was such a thing. Personally, I will always choose charging up a hill over death-gripping my way down. My […]

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The Biker Code: Sewing Circles and Secret Handshakes

Mar 21, 2013 View Comments by

Have you ever been out for a ride when suddenly another motorcyclist passes you? Then another. Then another. Before you know it, you are hugging the right side of the road as a very large group of riders begins to roll by. When I see these groups I often wonder what it is that has […]

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Lowe Pro Saves the Day

Mar 14, 2013 View Comments by

Every motorcyclist knows that having the proper tools can mean the difference between getting out of a jam quickly and an extreme change of plans. A few years back I learned this lesson the hard way. This story begins with a simple weekend ride to the annual Irish Festival in Fort Collins, CO. In typical […]

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President’s Day

Mar 07, 2013 View Comments by

It is Friday the 15th, 2013. I have survived another Valentine’s Day. Yes, survived. It is not that I am not romantic, I simply feel that Punxsutawney Phil being hoisted from his hovel by stove pipe hat wearing gentlemen gets astronomically overshadowed by all the hearts and cherubs. Years ago, I actually bucked tradition and […]

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Thank You For Not Waving

Feb 28, 2013 View Comments by

“Thank you for not waving,” those were the words that popped into my head as I passed a rider heading north as I descended into Taos, NM. You just saved my life. Perhaps mom was right; maybe two eyes on the road and both hands on the handlebars are words to live by. You, my […]

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Snow Day

Feb 21, 2013 View Comments by

I can remember as a kid waking up earlier for school in the winter for one reason, to see if the local newscaster would make the ultimate announcement . . . Snow Day! Today the ultimate snow day is not really a snow day at all—it’s when you get unseasonably warm temperatures during the winter. […]

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The Detour

Feb 14, 2013 View Comments by

As I sit here in my hotel room in Estes Park, CO outside the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park I have to ask myself, “why did I drive up here instead of ride?” The weather is a pleasant upper 40s compared to the single digits we have been experiencing; but it’s my wife’s birthday […]

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Family Riding (Meeting Everyone There)

Feb 07, 2013 View Comments by

By now you can tell from my other posts that I am a self proclaimed “Adventure Hermit,” someone who tends to ride alone. It is not to avoid people. In fact, like many of you who ride alone I tend to meet more people when I am by myself. However, as a husband and father […]

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