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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…

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…

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…

Skywalk

Skywalk is one of the stranger tourist places to visit on the Grand Canyon.  Located about 75 mile north of Kingman, Arizona, it is on the western and slightly less spectacular portion of the Canyon. The Hualapai Indians had a giant cantilever walkway built to extend out over the canyon. The walkway is clear, so you…

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…

Trouble Down Under

    In addition to the necessity of maintaining their technique, women riders have risks associated with riding that men don’t.  A story recently related to me by Joan brought this message home to me. Joan rode her own bike for many years, usually with the boys.  On one trip, she stepped into the women’s…

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…