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"It gets to the point that some part of the riding bud relationship begins to go bad as some lifestyle
issue or riding style issue starts growing like those green mold spots on an old block of cheddar."

~ Jefe Smith from his book, LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD to KEY WEST

Monster Storm

On my last cross-country motorcycle ride in 2016, I found myself fighting weather front after weather front as I rode west. My eastbound trip out had been cake since I could just slot myself between the weather fronts which all flow east and I could keep myself under sunny, or at least no-rain skies by adjusting…

Route 66 and Oatman

It’s December and not much riding gets done this month. We get some lucky days here in Southern California that get the bike out and exercised, but most of the time the nearby mountains are too cold and what riding gets done tends to be short and near the coast. In some parts of the U.S.…

WWII B-29 Bomber

In my book, LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD   A Biker’s Perspective, one chapter is called Lessons From Bert. Bert was my father and in that chapter, I described the experience of taking off in the huge B-29 bombers he flew off Pacific islands during WWII. Those big new engines tended to overheat while trying…

Colorado and Utah Tour

  In late May and early June I took a beautiful ride through Arizona, Colorado and Utah. I took some nice photos and assembled them with short commentary and had them uploaded onto the YouMotorcycle blog site. I enjoy most of the stuff that appears on this site and it gives me a wider audience…

Yuma Prison Run

 These are the Glamis Sand Dunes we passed on the way to the Yuma Prison Run motorcycle rally. Yuma is mostly just a stop on the I-8 where it meets the end of the Colorado River. However, it used to be the home of the Yuma Territorial Prison, which housed many of the old west’s…

Ron Roedel

Old college friend, retired professor at Arizona State University, prodigious explorer/hiker of about everyplace there is to set a foot in the state of Arizona and the rider of a vintage Moto Guzzi motorcycle, Ron Roedel (on the right in the pic) is one interesting SOB. He and I rode the desert near the corner…

The Jacket

It was a deep shade of black when it was new and had that wonderful rich smell of leather. Ten years later the black has faded to dark gray from thousands of hours in the sun, wind, heat and cold as well as the occasional pounding from a rain squall and a few beers I…

Canyon de Chelly

Pronounced Canyon de Shay and located in the northeast corner of Arizona, this gorgeous red rock canyon is off the beaten path which is why the Navajo chose this place as their last refuge while fighting the U.S. Army lead by Kit Carson who wanted to drive them out of their ancestral lands and onto…

Gas Prices

Everybody is just happy as can be about the sudden drop in gas prices. It helps all the right people – average Americans and hurts all the right entities – Russia, Iran and oil companies. It comes at just the right time, immediately before Christmas, so much of the windfall that Americans find themselves with…

Joshua Tree

A Joshua Tree is a bizarre looking cactus-like plant that grows in isolated pockets of the Mojave Desert. A pile of them grow in one part of the Mojave that has been designated Joshua Tree National Park, not too far from Palm Springs, California.  Strange and beautiful rock clusters along with the “trees” themselves make…