Blog Section: Luke Swab

My Fourth of July

Jul 22, 2013 View Comments by

Happy (belated) Fourth of July to all of you Adventurers. Today I am sitting on anchor in Egegik, AK. It’s a small fishing village that is part of the Bristol Bay Region. Our sockeye season came fast and early and now we are all standing down, waiting for more fish to show. Typically the peak […]

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Laundry Day

Jul 08, 2013 View Comments by

I haven’t been posting the last few weeks because I am in Egegik, AK (google it) trying to catch my share of salmon for the year. This is the job that floats me through the rest of the year allowing me to ride so much. This season has been really strange, as always, so today […]

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Closing Time

Jun 10, 2013 View Comments by

Today is my last day riding for most of the summer. Tomorrow I start a 24-hour journey from Lansing, MI to King Salmon, AK to be a part of the 2013 Sockeye Salmon run in Bristol Bay. For the next 2 months, I will only be thinking, “fish, fish, fish,” aboard my 32’ aluminum boat, […]

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Robbed in Africa

Jun 03, 2013 View Comments by

This photo is a screen shot of a video interview I did just after I was robbed in Africa.  Here is an excerpt from my blog (www.lukeandnick.com) telling the story how I wrote it the day after the event. I drive to Djibouti watching my fuel light and doing math in my head. I see […]

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Motorcycling in Africa: Camels are Funny

May 20, 2013 View Comments by

Camels are funny. I didn’t know this until I was stuck behind a camel convoy in Djibouti, Africa and couldn’t stop laughing and smiling. Luckily, Nick and I had intercoms so we could laugh together as we passed truck after truck hauling camels. It’s like riding a Segway; it’s impossible not to smile while driving […]

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Motorcycling in Africa: Kids

May 13, 2013 View Comments by

This morning I woke up already knowing which photo I would use for today’s blog. It is one of my favorites from our Africa trip, but there really aren’t 600 words of a story behind it. One morning in Ethiopia, Nick and I woke up to find kids outside our tent playing and spying on […]

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Just What the Doctor Ordered!

May 08, 2013 View Comments by

As I close out my three-week vacation down here in Costa Rica, I feel recharged and ready to take on life again back home. Getting through the Michigan winter was harder than normal for me this year. The main problem was getting my leg and ankle back in shape after a complex surgery in September. […]

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Pura Vida, Costa Rica

Apr 29, 2013 View Comments by

It is 3:54 am right now and I am typing this from Montezuma, Costa Rica in my $15 dorm room. One of my dorm mates from Montana just stumbled in from the bar. As he flops into the bunk over my head I realize it’s close enough to wake up time anyway. I need to […]

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Wild Rider

Apr 22, 2013 View Comments by

Last week I was talking about just going for it, and my itch, need, or whatever you want to call it, to go on a trip. I worked all winter and before that I was letting my leg heal up from a bad break (eight pins and one plate). Anyway, I have been planning for […]

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If You Put Your Mind to It…

Apr 15, 2013 View Comments by

Here I am sitting at home in Lansing, MI writing my weekly blog for RoadRUNNER Magazine. I should have just picked a photo an hour ago, but I can’t stop looking through the pictures on my hard drive. The memories from my Africa trip are flooding in faster than I can hit the next button […]

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Stealth Camping

Apr 08, 2013 View Comments by

There is an art to what I call “stealth camping,” and as traveling motorcyclists, it is something that we have probably all done at least once. Camping along the road is often necessary for a variety of reasons. However, it does not come naturally for many, but it is a very useful tool. Using this […]

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The Dad’s Trip

Apr 01, 2013 View Comments by

I don’t spend a lot of time with my dad. When I was a kid my dad was always very busy providing for our family so spare time was rare. On top of that, our interests have always been very different. He is a classic man who likes to hunt and fish and play basketball […]

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Camping…Whoops!

Mar 25, 2013 View Comments by

Less than one week into Mexico, I find myself staring into my GPS, and then back at this “road” that has become more or less a goat path. At a dry creek bed, I dismount my Husky TE610 and track on foot to see where the path leads. I don’t want to get stuck out here […]

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Stuck in Africa

Mar 19, 2013 View Comments by

This is a picture of celebration. Five minutes ago we left the Yemen Embassy in Djibouti, Africa. We were told to come back in the afternoon to pick up our visas. We finally have a way out of Africa!!! Backstory: In 2011 Nick Rader and I went on a five-month trip from the bottom of Africa […]

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When Nature Calls

Mar 11, 2013 View Comments by

Let’s just be honest here. Traveling on a motorcycle in a foreign country will eventually have you in an inconvenient place when nature calls. As an American, we have this taboo not to talk about it. Some people even take such extreme measures as turning on the faucet to hide their bathroom noise. After traveling […]

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