Trans America Trail: The Blindside II

Jul 31, 2014 View Comments by

Continued from: The Blindside If you have ever had one of those moments when time stands still, you will understand my attempt to explain what happens next. My life is not passing in front of my eyes, but I am seeing the trip ending. I am not more than an hour from Fairplay, CO. Practically […]

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Trans America Trail: The Blindside

Jul 24, 2014 View Comments by

It’s our first full day ride together and we are getting a late start. I have been up for a while, but have yet to see my riding partner. Maybe he has a bit of altitude sickness, or it’s the spirit of my dad keeping things at a slow and easy pace, or possibly it […]

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Trans America Trail: Introducing Luke Swab

Jul 17, 2014 View Comments by

Heading out on the second half of the TAT lacks any real fanfare. It’s a day like any other, trying to get too many things done, in not enough hours—the girls are at school and Beth is at work so I merely get on the KLR and leave. As expected, the excitement of my return […]

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Trans America Trail: The Middle (Fanfare for Return)

Jul 10, 2014 View Comments by

Arriving home is a strange and bittersweet feeling. The journey is only half over but coming home in the middle creates some type of finality. From this point forward I will have riding companions for the majority of the trip. For many people the Colorado portion is the highlight of their TAT experience. It really […]

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Serious Bikes

Jul 05, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life waiting for that magical time when the kids were raised, the house was paid off, and I could go shopping for a “serious” bike. I loosely defined a serious bike as being something exotic, expensive, or possessing class-leading performance. I’ve always owned at least one bike, […]

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Trans America Trail: Salida, CO and Home

Jul 03, 2014 View Comments by

Ben arrives in time for dinner and once again the chef does not disappoint. Southwestern cuisine, in the form of cattleman steaks, is on the menu tonight and it’s soon in my belly. As we work through out steaks, I spy two riders rolling up outside. One on a KLR and the other on a […]

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Trans America Trail: Making a Pass or Two in La Veta

Jun 26, 2014 View Comments by

As promised, I pick up where I left off last week in the middle of a hail storm just south of Trinidad on my way to La Veta, CO, pronounced like the cheese (Velveeta). For almost 20 years I have insisted on pronouncing it with a short “e” sound, but upon arrival in town I […]

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Trans America Trail: Nothin’ New in New Mexico (It’s Still Beautiful)

Jun 19, 2014 View Comments by

Finally! Today is the day I leave Oklahoma. I am not so much excited to be leaving Oklahoma, as I am to know that I will soon be home in Colorado, my halfway point on the TAT. I have been on the road for about a month since first leaving Connecticut. I am really looking […]

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Review: Touratech Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, GD Hand Guards, and Handlebar Risers for Kawasaki KLR650

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the most versatile motorcycles ever produced, but it does have some off-road weaknesses that need to be addressed. Touratech, a world leader in touring and adventure-oriented aftermarket accessories, offers an extensive array of products for many motorcycles including the KLR. I selected three Touratech items: the headlight guard, hand […]

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Trans America Trail: Kansas Detour (I Don’t Think We’re in Oklahoma Anymore)

Jun 12, 2014 View Comments by

As I continue to pass through “No Man’s Land,” their wording not mine, the views become more and more desolate. Without a doubt the most prevalent street sign markers are for cemeteries. I have no idea why, but every few miles there is another one. You can’t see the graveyards from the road, and since […]

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Trans America Trail: The Great Salt Plains

Jun 05, 2014 View Comments by

Even when traveling on pavement, Oklahoma is still one big ol’ state to try to cross. As I approach the town of Jet I can’t resist a quick “selfie” with a town who’s name shares my initials. Following the morning’s photo-op, today is once again set aside for detours as I head up to the […]

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Trans America Trail: No Rest for the Wicked….but Plenty for Me

May 29, 2014 View Comments by

Soon, the beauty of the Illinois River gives way to what will be the rest of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma I expected after reviewing the maps; hard packed dirt roads that crisscross the highway back and forth extending the journey in an effort to stay off pavement. I oblige for a while before choosing to give […]

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Trans America Trail: Chewbacca Bridge!

May 22, 2014 View Comments by

When I look around at the roads that I am riding, both paved and dirt, it is hard to believe I am riding across America. I have driven across country before, but like others it has usually been with a focus on going fast, zipping down the highway, not stopping to learn anything. Simply traveling […]

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After the Ride

May 03, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve got a friend who takes great pride in the fact that the only water to ever touch his bike is rain. He rides a 1200cc adventure bike, and I suspect that he wants to cultivate that “Indiana Jones” world traveler persona despite the fact that his bike is rarely off the tarmac. Then again, […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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