City Escape: Topeka, Kansas

Mar 21, 2019 View Comments by

For folks who have the misimpression that Kansas is just one huge flat wheat field, the Flint Hills region is in fact a landscape of subtle beauty and fascinating history. If you’re not from these parts, and even if you are, prepare to be surprised.

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Motorcycling Makes You Happier, Healthier, and Smarter

Feb 08, 2019 View Comments by

Talk to any motorcyclist and you’re likely to hear how they love the exhilarating feeling of freedom they get while riding. The feel of the wind, the intensity of the smells in the air, the vibrant views that come at you as if you’re wearing 3D glasses … Even still, there are some people who […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: New Additions

Jan 10, 2019 View Comments by

A few years ago I wrote a column titled Four Legs, Two Wheels and a Grateful Heart (July/Aug ’15), in which I spoke of a new motorcycle and a new housemate (my dog Spud) that both came to me during a time when I was broken, physically and emotionally. Each served to help get me […]

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Gettin’ Started in Motorcycling

Sep 15, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycling used to be just another way of getting around, but now it’s one of a growing number of “powersports” that may also lay claim to major portions of your discretionary spending: ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and any number of four-wheeled and water-based diversions. However, for me, motorcycle touring is still much closer to bicycle […]

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Christa Neuhauser to Speak at Power of the Road Virtual Conference

Mar 31, 2014 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER Magazine’s Publisher and Editor in Chief, Christa Neuhauser, will be speaking on how to navigate through life’s changes during the Power of the Road Virtual Conference. The conference, which will take place entirely online April 7-11, 2014, will focus on the concept of “Strength Through Balance.” There will be 20 speakers from a variety […]

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Learning as You Go

Jul 07, 2013 View Comments by

Honestly, I’m not sure what to write sometimes. When that happens, I remember what Ernest Hemingway said to get started—write one true sentence. Well, here goes: Life is a lot like motorcycling. I know, I know, I’ve never started a post that way before… but bear with me. Remember your first days? You start out […]

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The Dad’s Trip

Apr 01, 2013 View Comments by

I don’t spend a lot of time with my dad. When I was a kid my dad was always very busy providing for our family so spare time was rare. On top of that, our interests have always been very different. He is a classic man who likes to hunt and fish and play basketball […]

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Stay Gold

Mar 24, 2013 View Comments by

One of my all time favorite poems is “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. I’ll admit I know it by heart because of the movie The Outsiders in which it figures prominently. As much as I love the poem I think I love the song “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder even more. As I understand the […]

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Thank You For Not Waving

Feb 28, 2013 View Comments by

“Thank you for not waving,” those were the words that popped into my head as I passed a rider heading north as I descended into Taos, NM. You just saved my life. Perhaps mom was right; maybe two eyes on the road and both hands on the handlebars are words to live by. You, my […]

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Wall Of Death

Feb 10, 2013 View Comments by

“On the wall of death all the world is far from me, on the wall of death it’s the nearest to being free.” – Richard Thompson. Richard and Linda Thompson’s final album Shoot Out the Lights (1982) contained a song called Wall of Death which I first heard performed by Nanci Griffith. Every time I hear it motorcycling always […]

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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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Remember Beginnings

Dec 25, 2012 View Comments by

Do you ever sit back and think about how important things begin? Maybe it’s watching your son or daughter walk across a stage and receive a diploma that makes you think about when they were first learning to walk. Maybe a sidelong glance across the room at your spouse reminds you of that fateful first […]

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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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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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