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Today I Ride

May 27, 2012 View Comments by

I ride along a perfect ribbon of pavement as a myriad of shades of green appear in the distance, lose focus, and then disappear behind me in a blur – the green rushing toward me and disappearing ahead at the same time into an endless single shade of blue. There’s no yesterday, no tomorrow, no […]

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Leading

May 24, 2012 View Comments by

I started a motorcycle touring group back in the fall of 2010. I got the idea after returning from a solo ride over three days from Pennsylvania to North Carolina via the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. We have over 100 members now, and plan a dozen or so rides throughout the year. The […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 2

May 16, 2012 View Comments by

Back in March, I wrote a post called Tips & Tricks Part 1. Here is another installment with a few observations that occurred to me today while commuting 40 miles in the rain. Wait for it: When pulling out from red lights, I try to wait a heartbeat after the light turns green. Frequently, and […]

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Mothers Day

May 13, 2012 View Comments by

Today is Mother’s Day. I’ll take my annual ride to Wind Gap, PA, to see my mom, Mary Claire Einfalt. I’ll pick up a plant and gently pack it in my top box. Mom loves flowers and has a bit of a green thumb. Every year she points out the flowers my siblings and I […]

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Living In The Moment

May 09, 2012 View Comments by

Personally, one of the best things about motorcycling is that it necessitates living in the moment. No past or present; only now matters. It’s a Zen concept but one that certainly applies to riding. It’s a time to recharge your batteries and go places deep within yourself that are better reached without words, places we […]

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Our Pet

May 06, 2012 View Comments by

One of my all-time favorite movies is Creator (1985), starring Peter O’Toole. It’s a quirky film that appeals to my nostalgic and sympathetic nature. The main character (Dr. Harry Wolper) is talking longingly of his late wife when he says: “When Lucy and I first met, Paul, the world was a pet. It came along […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Sound Familiar?

May 01, 2012 View Comments by

Motorcycle riding, and especially the morning commute, opens a rider’s eyes to all kinds of bad driving behavior. I was somewhat amused coming up with this list of offenders. If you’ve ridden long enough, I’m sure you’ve come across some, or possibly all, of these. The Decelerating Merger: This is the driver who’s afraid to […]

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Long May You Run

Apr 24, 2012 View Comments by

The title is from a Neil Young song, a favorite of mine which begins: “We’ve been through some things together with trunks of memories still to come, we found things to do in stormy weather, long may you run”. The song was the title track of the Stills-Young Band album of the same name from […]

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Paying It Forward

Apr 18, 2012 View Comments by

When I was 25 I worked as a Land Surveyor. I started out in the field as an apprentice and eventually worked my way up to party chief; which meant I had client contact. I would show up to do the work and quite often the clients were home. I’d let them know what we’d […]

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When It All Clicks

Apr 15, 2012 View Comments by

I listen to music when I ride alone. Everything and anything from the classic rock I grew up with (AC-DC, Boston, Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison) to contemporary artists like Blue October, Amos Lee and Band of Horses. Bach and Yo-Yo Ma are sprinkled through my playlist too. Every once in a while I hit a […]

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Shared Experience

Apr 11, 2012 View Comments by

I’m not sure what it is about group riding that is so desirable, enjoyable and inspiring. Cori and I were talking about it the other day. In most cases there is no communication other than hand signals, so as group activities go, it’s a strange, yet somehow totally fulfilling one. We decided it has something […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Rage Against The Machines

Apr 08, 2012 View Comments by

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Siddharta The quote applies directly to motorcycle riding. Last Thursday was a beautiful day for late March here in southeastern Pennsylvania. I had an appointment with my optometrist […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Staying Alert on Familiar Ground

Apr 01, 2012 View Comments by

My commute is 40-45 miles one way, which is about an hour on a good day. I’m fortunate in that the ride is varied in terms of terrain and traffic, with a mix of country roads, highways, and some city riding. I’ve ridden it so many times that I’ve taken to naming different parts of […]

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To Feel Strong

Mar 28, 2012 View Comments by

I am a huge fan of mountain climber and author Jon Krakauer. He is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (the thrilling first hand account of the Everest tragedy of 1996). Into the Wild, which he wrote in 1996, was made into a film in 2007, and has one […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 1

Mar 20, 2012 View Comments by

The repetition of riding the same roads in varying traffic over 12 years has taught me a few things. Obviously proper gear and training are the main factors that contribute to your safety while on the road, but there are other techniques that I’ve found work well to help make my commute a safe one. […]

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