Motorcycle Commuting: The Highs and Lows

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

Lately I’ve been commuting to work quite a bit, not every day (especially since here in North Carolina it’s rained at least once a day pretty much all summer long), but at least two or three times a week. The difference between commuting in my car and commuting on a bike is massive. For one […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1b: Keeping Dry in the Rain

Aug 29, 2013 View Comments by

As I arrive in Lynchburg, TN it is raining. But I don’t get down. I ride past the large stone and metal gates and park the KLR just as the rain starts to let up. I guess the clouds got the memo about Lynchburg being in a dry county! I head inside the large wooden […]

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Alpinestars Jet Road GORE-TEX Gloves

Aug 16, 2013 View Comments by

When it comes to thick, waterproof, cold-weather gloves, you have to be careful not to judge the book by its cover. A pair of gloves may look warm and waterproof in the store (or online), but a hundred miles down the road in January its true colors will come out. So let’s get this out […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Sun

Jul 18, 2013 View Comments by

We’ve all been there haven’t we? The weather report calls for rain and we have to decide; suit up and dive in, change the route, or park it on the couch. When you are traveling, “park it on the couch” is usually not an option. I usually don’t watch weather reports. I prefer to simply […]

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Risk and Reward

Jun 16, 2013 View Comments by

The other day I got a call from my mother telling me she had taken a bad fall, torn ligaments in her wrist, and had hurt her back. She had seen a doctor and was as comfortable as could be and there was not much I could do. I took a ride over to spend […]

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First Rain

Apr 24, 2013 View Comments by

I wait for the first rain of spring, or at least what passes for spring around here. It’s not because it brings May flowers, which are nice, or that it raises our lake levels and waters our crops—also good things. No, it’s because it washes the salt and sand from the roadways, and most importantly, […]

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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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Winter Already?

Dec 02, 2012 View Comments by

The time between the end of summer and the beginning of winter is usually my favorite time of the year to ride. It’s cool enough to wear full gear and not cold enough yet to shorten my rides. It seems like I just wrote The First Ride of Autumn (October 3, 2012) and here it […]

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