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Zen Motorcyclist: Lost (and Found)

Jul 29, 2018 View Comments by

This year marks two anniversaries for me, one joyous, one tragic. I’ll celebrate 20 years of motorcycle riding (and nearly 250,000 miles) and also commemorate the 20 years since the premature death of my father, Mr. Bud Miller. This is also the third year since the purchase of another home in my beloved Hellertown, PA, […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Dandelion Rides

Jun 04, 2018 View Comments by

“So, raise a glass to 
turnings of the season
 and watch it as it arcs 
towards the sun” —Don’t Carry It All, 
The Decemberists   It’s the beginning of February as I write this. February in eastern Pennsylvania is usually a bitter month for me and this is always the most difficult chronicle to write […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Why We Go Away

Mar 30, 2018 View Comments by

    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors and the people there see you differently too. Coming back where you started is not the same as never leaving. —Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: It’s Not Poison

Jan 19, 2018 View Comments by

My brother and I recently attended a cars and coffee event at SteelStacks, the old Bethlehem, PA, steel site. A gearhead from birth, he was driving a Dodge Challenger, his dream muscle car. I met him on my V-Strom. I had been toying with the idea of getting a new ride, and after hearing me […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Company Along the Way

Sep 15, 2017 View Comments by

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” —William Butler Yeats I’m currently suffering from jet lag after a busy few days that included taking an Uber 50 miles to purchase and ride home a Triumph Street Triple, then packing, dropping my boy Spud at the farm, and catching a flight to […]

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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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