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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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…