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Rider to Driver II

Jan 27, 2013 View Comments by

Back in June of 2012 I wrote Rider to Driver , which made the case that riders and drivers can share the road with each other if we act on a case-by-case basis and don’t label a group based on the irresponsible or reckless behavior of a small percentage of that group. This morning I had an […]

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Precious Cargo

Jan 20, 2013 View Comments by

One of my favorite quotes is, “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” By Khalil Gibran. Cori and I visited her stepmother Gladys last summer on a riding/hiking weekend. Gladys is a kind soul, a family matriarch much like my own […]

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Too Cool for School

Jan 13, 2013 View Comments by

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in prior posts that my first bike was a 1981 Yamaha Maxim. The Maxim was impressive in its day, with narrow cruiser styling draped over a Japanese 4-cylinder. Mine was flat black with gold lettering and a missing air box, my brother found it for me for $400 back in ’98. […]

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Watching Louie

Jan 06, 2013 View Comments by

Tonight I’m watching an episode of Louie, one of my favorite shows. In a few episodes he can be seen riding a Triumph Bonneville. This is a holiday episode in which Louie buys his daughter the doll she wanted, only to discover that its eyes had become dislodged and were missing. A hilarious montage follows […]

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Errands and Adventures

Dec 30, 2012 View Comments by

The other day I was out riding in the rain on a cold dark day, just some errands around town. I’ve always liked the feeling of being warm and dry while all around me everything is wet and cold. You can only get a sense of the weather on the parts of you that aren’t protected, your […]

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Comfort Zones

Dec 23, 2012 View Comments by

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot. I’ve always loved that quote, but for me I’d alter it to “Only if you are willing to risk going too far can you possibly find out how far you can go”. This is my 50th […]

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The Walk Around

Dec 16, 2012 View Comments by

There have been a few occasions on which I failed to do a quick “walk around” before setting off on a ride. It’s easy to forget sometimes, we get in a hurry and want to hit the road and, honestly, how often do things just stop working on today’s modern bikes? It does happen on […]

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Soothed Through Movement

Dec 09, 2012 View Comments by

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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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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There and Back Again

Nov 22, 2012 View Comments by

The title for this post just came to me one day last week while I was writing in a coffee shop. I realized only later that it was part of the original title to The Hobbit, one of my favorite books. It’s hard to believe that Tolkien published it as long ago as 1937. Another favorite, […]

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These Are The Days

Nov 11, 2012 View Comments by

Today is Election Day, or rather, I’m writing this on Election Day. It is actually most likely Sunday and the results are in by now. I vote in a one-room schoolhouse in Lower Saucon Township in Pennsylvania complete with smiling ladies with colorful scarves and three little voting booths (the old school kind with the […]

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The Darker Side of Autumn

Oct 28, 2012 View Comments by

When I started riding I had no idea what the term “rut” meant. I knew there were a lot of deer in my home state of Pennsylvania but had no idea that they fought and mated primarily from Mid-October until December. It’s at these times of the year when deer are aggressive and on the […]

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Forgive and Forget

Oct 21, 2012 View Comments by

Yesterday I had a near incident on my evening commute with a distracted driver. Having been a commuter for the past ten years or so I’ve developed a knack for trusting my instincts and knowing when I’m about to be cutoff and in this case my instincts served me well. What surprised me this time […]

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I Got Myself Here

Oct 14, 2012 View Comments by

Cori and I have a lot of interesting conversations. We’re lucky in that we share a certain temperament and view of the world so when one of us has something to say, the other always knows it’s something we’ll want to hear. One night we were talking about the significant trips we’ve taken; significant not […]

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Conspicuity

Oct 10, 2012 View Comments by

Last Saturday afternoon I was driving in my car and found myself behind a couple riding two-up on a Harley out for a weekend ride. The weather was gorgeous, bright and clear and I found myself envying them being able to get out and ride while I was stuck in my car. As a motorcyclist […]

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