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Zen Motorcyclist: The Road Not Yet Traveled

Jul 31, 2017 View Comments by

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. —”The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost When I started blogging for RoadRUNNER five years ago or so, I used the title “The Road Often Traveled” for my first few posts. Commuting by […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Old is New Again

May 23, 2017 View Comments by

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau It’s early February and I haven’t ridden much in weeks due to weather, but I have kept myself busy with other motorcycle-related projects. I find myself at a crossroads physically, dealing with the still lingering side effects of Lyme disease […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: More Alike

Mar 27, 2017 View Comments by

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” —”Human Family” by Maya Angelou There are times when the deadline to finish this chronicle sneaks up on me. I am by nature a procrastinator and work better under pressure. As it happens, I’m writing this one from a hospital waiting room as my mother […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Better Shared

Jan 30, 2017 View Comments by

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. —Mark Twain As I sit down to write this, summer is over and we’re well into autumn. I try to ride all year here in eastern Pennsylvania, but from late fall until spring I have very little company on the […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Teammates Old and New

Nov 25, 2016 View Comments by

A few weeks ago I received an email from the athletic department of DeSales University, which I graduated from with a degree in mathematics way back in 1987. I was to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet in late September during alumni weekend. The news came as quite a surprise […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Means to Notice It All

Sep 22, 2016 View Comments by

This past Mother’s Day, my girlfriend Erica and I rode to a farm not far from my home that she had lived on for a time. We were visiting the owner, Sally, who Erica had grown close to during the time she spent there and who she’s remained friends with ever since. As I approached […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Best Lessons

Jul 19, 2016 View Comments by

I have a tendency to meet people at the supermarket when I take the motorcycle for my weekly supply run. I like the looks I get carrying my grocery bags and helmet; people wonder where I’m going to put everything. I’ve written before about others feeling at ease walking up to me when I’m dismounting […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: To Feel Normal Again

May 03, 2016 View Comments by

“I believe that half the trouble in the world comes from people asking ‘What have I achieved?’ rather than ‘What have I enjoyed?’” Walter Farley, author of The Black Stallion I’ve always loved movies with first-person narration, one character telling a story and his thoughts about the events. I’ve quoted The Shawshank Redemption before and […]

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Night Rides

Apr 12, 2016 View Comments by

I remember my first night ride. It was late summer just a few weeks after I started riding. My brother said we should take a ride over to a cousin’s house at the foot of the Blue Mountains near Point Phillips, Pa. At the time you weren’t legally allowed to ride after dark with only […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: To Each His Own

Mar 15, 2016 View Comments by

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day—or to celebrate each special day.” —Rasheed Ogunlaru I’ll admit I was at a bit of a loss regarding this column. I had the “bones” (as I like to refer to the overall theme), but the structure was […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: You Can Go Home Again

Dec 16, 2015 View Comments by

“All that he knew was that the years flow by like water and that one day men come home again.” – Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again Last Sunday I left a friend’s home early in the morning. I had ridden my motorcycle there the night before with a suit and dress shoes neatly […]

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Reasons to Ride: Living Twice

Nov 23, 2015 View Comments by

I took a ride tonight at dusk, just an hour-long dash around new roads in the cold air. The temperature was in the 30s and as I rode along my hands started to get numb but I kept riding, content to watch the sky change color. I turned left and right on a whim. I […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Cajun Burgers, Memories, and Outer Space

Nov 15, 2015 View Comments by

Riding Contemplations – Occasionally when I sit down to write, I stop and think, “What would I like to come across in these pages that would make me stop and spend a few minutes reading?” Today I thought I would recount a ride I took one Memorial Day, the kind of ride where the universe sneaks […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Every Time I Turn Around

Nov 08, 2015 View Comments by

Taming Time – I’m a reminiscent sort. My girlfriend, Cori, says I never forget anything. I often find myself thinking back to the events in my life that have led to my writing, and for the last 15 years many of those occasions have taken place on the seat of a motorcycle. I wrote a […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Beautiful and Broken

Nov 01, 2015 View Comments by

In the Aftermath of a Crash – Kintsukuroi (or kintsugi) may sound like the name of the latest model from one of the big four Japanese motorcycle companies. Actually, it is the Japanese art of repairing the cracks in broken pottery with gold or silver—literally “golden repair.” The belief is that an object is more […]

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