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One for the Road: Sturgis bound

The summer solstice has delivered longer days and brighter sunshine, and although I don’t leave for Sturgis until next month, I’m already daydreaming about my annual pilgrimage to South Dakota. Since my first ride there in 2003, every year has been a mystical adventure, with more than a decade’s worth of people, places and experiences stored in my psyche. Most ...

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Southern Rail: Riverdance

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus stated, “No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Of course that applies to most things in life and, to a rider, it has special significance when concerning the highway. During the last 12 years since coming on board with THUNDER ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: What’s in your wallet?

Five bucks total. Five limp frogskins was the sum of my cash holdings when I checked my wallet at a charity run a hundred miles from the house. Scant reserves, but no big deal in this the age of the ATM, and I was confident I could get a fresh round of financing at any bank or store en route. ...

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One for the Road: Two degrees of separation

It’s rare that I get to spend a holiday at home, with no big plans, and this Memorial Day I was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful weekend around the house. That is, until I got an invitation from Diva Dawn to join her and her husband John on a trip to New Hope, Pennsylvania, for the 3rd annual Rock ...

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Southern Rail: Fountain of youth

May 11, I rolled out of bed early, invigorated and anxious, ready for one fine day. By five o’clock the coffee was ready and I was out of the shower and dressed, headed out to the shop, a spring in my step and a song in my heart. It was May 11 and I was 62 years old. In celebration ...

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One for the Road: With a little help from my friends

The Switchback started. And stalled. And wouldn’t stay running, unless, as I soon discovered, I kept the revs above 2000 rpm. Even then, it was running rough. I was 400 miles away and slated to head home the next day, but I wasn’t sure the bike and I would make the trip safely, if at all. I couldn’t imagine what ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Just say the word

What little I know about hip cultural trends I get from glossy in-flight magazines, and that’s not exactly cutting-edge journalism, I realize. Nevertheless, it’s all I have to go on since my usual reading fare is limited to a steady diet of motorcycle books and periodicals and websites which, without the occasional fortification of airline fare, would steadily stunt my ...

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Southern Rail: Skin-deep memories

At the end of April, I had to drag the Shovelhead down to the inspection station for its yearly checkup. I never used to worry about an inspection until TX DOT changed the rules last year and mandated your vehicle receiving a equipment inspection within 60 days of your registration renewal. It’s all handled by computers now and no actual ...

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Southern Rail: Where there’s a will

Several quaint idioms came to mind as I stood there glaring at the TV. “The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” “Come hell or high water.” But the one that would garner my immediate attention was, “You can’t get there from here.” Oh yeah? We’ll see about that… I was on the flip side of my ride from ...

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