Blog Section: Outside the Lines

Appalachian Tough

Aug 31, 2013 View Comments by

Finding new small town diners while riding is one of our favorite pastimes, and we found a great one in southeastern Ohio recently. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and we get a sense that the owner really cares about the place. It’s the kind of establishment where it’s fun to sit quietly in […]

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Bittersweet

Aug 24, 2013 View Comments by

This blog could be about one of our favorite late fall activities; riding the rural southern Ohio roads in search of bittersweet for seasonal decorating, but it’s not. It’s about the frame of mind a ride from last year put me in. I’ve been debating on whether to write it or not, seeing as it’s […]

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The Roads Less (not) Traveled

Jun 11, 2013 View Comments by

Anyone following my blogs knows by now that I’ll take a good dirt road over tarmac any time, and I feel that we’ve got some of the best right here in southern Ohio. A lesser known fact is that a fair number of the “roads” still shown on county maps exist in a completely unmaintained […]

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Ethanol Free Recreational Gas

May 21, 2013 View Comments by

Last weekend was fairly typical; play one day and work the other. The work being the kind that doesn’t pay anything, of course. For some reason, I wasn’t satisfied purchasing a house with a normal yard. I wanted, and got, an “estate” (at least in terms of the yard), though I lack the funds necessary […]

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Hot Shot: Motorcycle Photography

May 14, 2013 View Comments by

Great photography is one thing that distinguishes RoadRUNNER from most other magazines. Having no photographic background, other than the usual family album shots, it’s quite a challenge taking worthy pictures with a rather basic compact digital point and shoot camera. We usually take around three hundred shots while on a tour, most of which are […]

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“Haunted” Marietta

Apr 30, 2013 View Comments by

Word count requirements are a reality of writing, and although I’d rather trim words than add them, sometimes the cuts are deeper than I’d like. Such was the case in my recent Haunted Ohio article. After submitting what I felt was the minimum of necessary information, I still needed to ax well over a thousand […]

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Ridin’ the Storm Out

Apr 23, 2013 View Comments by

Our recent Haunted Ohio Tour (in the May/June 2013 issue), my favorite to date, by the way, was interrupted on the first day by possibly the most brutal storm I’ve ever seen here in Ohio. We’d had a great morning, albeit hot, and were en-route to The Buxton Inn in Granville, which is not far […]

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Beater Bikes

Apr 17, 2013 View Comments by

Temperatures climbed into the low forties last weekend, not ideal but sufficient for a ride with the assistance of some heated gloves. I headed straight for one of my favorite destinations, Roscoe Village in Coshocton, OH, for a stop at the local coffee house. The trip isn’t much of a ride on pavement, but I […]

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Spring Forward

Mar 23, 2013 View Comments by

A form of precipitation meteorologists call a “wintry mix” blankets the ground as I write this blog on a cold Wednesday morning, but memories of the weekend before last are still on my mind. Temperatures had soared to seventy degrees that Sunday, and the weekend marked the long anticipated change to daylight savings time. I […]

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The Twenty-Buck Bike

Feb 26, 2013 View Comments by

Ever notice how twenties can fly out of your wallet like confetti if you’ve got several of them, but how long one can last if it’s all you have? I’ve occasionally made it through a week on twenty bucks for lunches and afternoon coffee, and while it wasn’t quite business as usual, it wasn’t bad. […]

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Thinking Small

Jan 29, 2013 View Comments by

What displacement does a serious two-up touring bike need to be? I haven’t taken a survey, even an informal one, but my guess is that most people would say that true touring capability starts at around the 1000cc mark. I started looking for a bike suitable for touring in 2003. Our children were getting old […]

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Decisions, Decisions

Jan 18, 2013 View Comments by

The close of a riding season is the perfect time to reassess the state of one’s two-wheeled stable and think about the possibility of a new bike. Three of my four bikes are beginning to acquire that well-worn patina, and I thought I’d share some of the thoughts that have been swirling around in my […]

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Tis’ the Seasons

Dec 24, 2012 View Comments by

I can’t believe December has rolled around again already. The countdown to Christmas has begun, and there’s barely time to finish up remaining fall lawn chores, get the house decorated for the holidays, and finish (or perhaps start) shopping for gifts. And which of these daunting tasks did I tackle today? Sorry, but with temperatures […]

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A Different Approach

Nov 29, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes distilling a problem down to the barest essentials leads to clarity of thought and surprising answers. One problem confronting those who enjoy short rides around home is how to keep these rides on familiar roads enjoyable. Let’s start by asking, what makes a ride enjoyable? The most common answer to this question would probably […]

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What the…?

Nov 06, 2012 View Comments by

My wife Sharon and I recently returned from several days of riding in the North Carolina and Georgia mountains with our friends Pete Tamblyn and Jackie Hogue. Pete is one of the few other riders who seek out scenic dirt roads to explore on his bike, which coincidentally happens to be a Suzuki 650 V […]

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