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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

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…

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…

Group Riding & Leading

Pretty cosmic picture eh?  A long lost old photoshopping software of mine had a psychedelic color screening feature and I used it on a few photos I managed to save years ago. The safest and most effective way to ride in groups of motorcycles is controversial.  Not everyone agrees on what is proper and works…

The Best Rider I’ve Ridden With

The absolute best rider I have ridden with is a woman.  Cathy is so smooth and in control of her bike that it is a treat to ride with her.  She picks a line in a turn and that line stays so amazingly steady you would think someone drew it on the pavement for her…

Riding Buds

After a quick dip in the motel pool at the end of a hot riding day these riding buds express the warmth and friendship that are a unique part of sharing life on the road. Friends are one of the greatest treats life hands to us.  The respect, the support, the play, the sharing all…