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: When My Ship Comes In

Oct 25, 2015 View Comments by

Enjoying the Ride – One of my father’s catch phrases was “when my ship comes in.” What he really meant to say was “We don’t have the means to afford it now, but one day we will.” Mr. Bud was a Navy man who, after his discharge, worked one job for the rest of his […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Do What You Love

Oct 18, 2015 View Comments by

“Do what you love, it’s gonna lead to where you want to go.” -Wayne White When I was a kid we lived in the country, and I loved running at night, even in the winter. I treasured the silence. There were no cars, no birds, and no barking dogs. There was nothing but the moon […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Advancing is Perfection

Oct 11, 2015 View Comments by

What’s Your Dakar? – “Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.” – Khalil Gibran I once saw Kevin Muggleton, founder and president of Redverz Gear and Dakar Rally competitor, give a talk at RoadRUNNER‘s Touring Weekend. Kevin spoke […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Coming Alive

Oct 04, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle Meditation – “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Harold Thurman I like the mental exercise of thinking and writing about the ways in which motorcycling has made me come […]

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Touring Tip: Riding In A Proper State Of Mind

Jun 10, 2015 View Comments by

A Mental Checklist for Riders – It’s been observed that operating a motorcycle is 90-percent mental and only 10-percent physical. In addition, scientists tell us that we are not consciously aware of most of what the mind is doing in everyday life. Do you consciously think about breathing or making your heart beat or which […]

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The Voice: When Your Mind Affects Your Ride

Mar 08, 2014 View Comments by

With several decades of riding under my belt, I’d like to say that I’ve got it down pat and take to the road with unflappable confidence and consistency, but I don’t. I consider myself a fairly decent rider, one who has a reasonably accurate assessment of his limitations and abilities, and who doesn’t venture too […]

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The Romance of Riding

Dec 01, 2013 View Comments by

A comment on last week’s post contained a quote that led me to do some reading about President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1883, at just 24 years old, near sighted and asthmatic he set foot, for the first time, in the American West to hunt buffalo. As the story goes he endured horrible weather to pursue […]

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