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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

Olympic Peninsula Ride – NW Corner

After riding up the length of California and Oregon, we rode up the Pacific Coast of Washington following the thin corridor between the water and the Olympic Range. The west side of these mountains are one of the wettest places in the United States as the tall mountains extract the moisture from near constant fogs…

Olympic Peninsula Ride – Fires

My ride up to the Olympic Peninsula was longer than planned to skirt the huge fires and resulting smoke plumes in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Not only was staying clear of the fire danger important, but staying clear of all of the fire fighting personnel and equipment was the least I could do help…

Hoover Dam

This is the view looking down the concrete face of 726 foot-high Hoover Dam. The dam also happens to be 660 feet thick at the base. That is one pile of concrete. The dam was a Works Project completed in 1936 during the Great Depression and it still holds back monstrous Lake Mead. I wonder how…

Victory is History

  Victory Motorcycles are gone, Their parent company, Polaris, who also manufactures the Indian brand of motorcycles, just pulled the plug and shut Victory down. Victory made a serious run at Harley Davidson with many attractive models and a notably powerful 106 cubic inch engine. To be sure, the engine looked a little odd for an…

Pizza Box

I have never been a big fan of large boxy tour packs on the back of motorcycles. While admitting that they are immensely practical for carrying and storing stuff including helmets, to me they make the motorcycle look a bit blocky. If you are traveling two-up, that is an appearance trade-off that is pretty much required…

Death Valley Revisit

Late October of 2016 saw a group of 8 of us taking a 5-day ride to Death Valley. The route took us up into the mountains for an overnight at Big Bear Lake and down the back side of the San Gabriel Mountains to Ridgecrest, next to the China Lake military facility where the Space Shuttle…

Glacier Park

The wind was so bad the day after my storm encounter at Wolf Springs, Montana that I only rode half a day before calling it quits. Riding at 65 to 70 mph into a solid 50 mph head wind had the bike tossing from side to side and sucking gas like a starving Yellowstone buffalo…

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…