Blog Section: Luke Swab

How to Pick a Hotel

Sep 04, 2016 View Comments by

I’ve never done a how-to before, and maybe I’m not the guy for the job, but I do know that I am happy with pretty much every hotel that I pick so I’m going to go ahead and give it a go anyway. As a warning though, I have picked hotels many times that the […]

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Farewell Maui

Apr 02, 2014 View Comments by

Must all good things come to an end? In this case, it’s true. My one-month temporary dream job being an off-road motorcycle tour guide in Maui is over. Oh, how a month can fly by. It feels like just yesterday that Mr. Mike picked me up at the airport in his F-150 on that hot […]

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Tyler Kinkade: Trouble for a Tour Leader

Mar 17, 2014 View Comments by

I’m not the best rider, I’d honestly just call myself average with lots of potential to improve. The thing is, I don’t ride every week; I don’t even ride every month. Yes weather (winters in Michigan) is part of the reason, and in the past finances were part of this equation as well, but the […]

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Like Father, Like Son

Feb 24, 2014 View Comments by

Robb and Kellen are a father son duo hailing from the mountain lion and bear infested state of Montana. Eight years ago Robb (51) gave up riding to instead wash the bikes and take his son to the track for races and practice. You see, there isn’t much single track out in Montana. It’s all […]

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Escape for Winter

Feb 17, 2014 View Comments by

I have managed to do what a lot of people in the north (and south) would dream of this winter. With more snow and colder temperatures than normal, riding a motorcycle, for many of us, has been put on hold. The weather this winter has been crazy. At my home in Michigan, over Christmas an […]

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Lake Turkana

Oct 28, 2013 View Comments by

As Nick and I crest hill after hill, we wonder how much further we should go for the day. It’s getting late, but we’re really hoping to get to the lake to camp. We have been driving through desert for the last three days, so camping next to some water would be a treat. Finally, […]

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National Park Shutdown

Oct 14, 2013 View Comments by

The government is shut down, but what does that even mean? I don’t follow politics very often, or even like to talk about them much because I usually just get worked up and upset. It’s hard for me to look past all the corruption, greed, and self-centeredness of it all to see the good that […]

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Framing the Shot

Sep 30, 2013 View Comments by

Framing a photo is an art, or at least an important part of hitting that shutter button.  Framing allows us to manipulate a scene. It lets us focus on what is really there. It can highlight something that would otherwise be overlooked; conversely, it can also be used to hide objects. I’m choosing the above […]

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Passport to Paradise

Sep 23, 2013 View Comments by

My heart is still pounding from the scare. Just a few moments ago we found my passport. Let’s back up to two hours ago. I’m in Bolivia right now visiting my friend Bianca for a week. I found out about a place that rents motorcycles by the day and not just for a big guided […]

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Finding a Tire: Racing Unlimited

Sep 09, 2013 View Comments by

Coming back from my trip out west I met up with my roommate Grant Plaxton in Lewiston, ID. Only the Snake River separates the sprawling town from its sister town of Clarkson, WA. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to put two and two together, especially since I had been riding Highway 12 […]

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How to Pick a Hotel

Sep 02, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve never done a how-to before, and maybe I’m not the guy for the job, but I do know that I am happy with pretty much every hotel that I pick so I’m going to go ahead and give it a go anyway. As a warning though, I have picked hotels many times that the […]

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Snakes

Aug 26, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve been on the road for 16 days now exploring mostly west of the continental divide aboard my half pint sized (do the conversion) WR250R. The most memorable experiences for me on this trip have been seeing the wildlife. The WR has put me in some remote locations where I have stumbled across a few […]

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Building Friendships on a Motorcycle

Aug 19, 2013 View Comments by

For the last nine days I have been riding with Joe Trey from where I met him in Fairplay, CO, to the end of the Trans American Trail in Port Orford, OR. Joe is my new friend, as I had never met him before this trip. One of the beautiful things about traveling with someone, […]

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iPhone Addict

Aug 12, 2013 View Comments by

Last week I was embracing the simple life while being cut off from the world with my lack of Internet and technology. That was nice and my “detox” felt great, but I’m back baby! My iPhone 5 is in full force, barely making it through the day on a full charge. Here come some examples […]

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Detox

Aug 05, 2013 View Comments by

  I’m back! I was gone, per usual, fishing for sockeye salmon in Alaska for the 11th summer in a row. It was a successful season with no major hiccups, except that it got in the way of my blogging for RoadRUNNER. Being away from the Internet (and society) for nearly two months every year […]

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