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Free Range: Family tradition

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I had a less-than typical childhood and skipping around between different scenarios is a lot of what went into making me pretty adaptable as an adult. Or at least that’s been my rationale as I’ve bounced around from place to place for the last decade or so. I was a tomboy girl in pigtails riding horses, and eventually dirt bikes, ...

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Free Range: Brain bucket

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I flew into Milwaukee for a little work, a bit of riding and a lot of hanging out with biker folk I love and respect. I’d planned to meet a few new people and there would be parties and gatherings with everything based on riding. Needless to say, I was pretty jazzed about the whole trip. One of the things ...

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Free Range: Vampires vs. zombies

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I’ve been taking the time to do some basic tending to myself, which includes stuff like blood work to check cholesterol levels and all the normal testing that goes with a tuneup, so I trudged on over to the lab and sat down to wait for my turn at bat with the guys I hate the most. The guys with ...

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Free Range: Bravado

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“So, how do you like that thing? Awful big, isn’t it?” the tall gal in pink leather asks. I smile and tell her I love the Beast as I sort out my groceries to carefully load the saddlebags. “I’ve never really been a Harley girl, myself. Especially not a bagger,” she offers in a disgusted tone. “I have a 2016 ...

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Free Range: Free fun

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I’ve made my way back to Arizona for the winter. Again. It’s been home for the last three winters and is an arrangement I’m looking at as permanent, or at least as permanent as there is in the life of a drifter, I suppose. It’s the perfect place to lay up while waiting for Mother Nature to bless us all ...

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Free Range: Arizona ambassador

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I’m sitting at the train depot of a ghost town, waiting for the next departure of the narrow-gauge tourist cars. It’s all but deserted, sans a few of us curiosity-seeking folk who are interested in the crusty old relics that remain as evidence of a town long ago abandoned as a gold mine. Or so it appears on the surface. ...

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Free Range: Road trip

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My first street bike came to me in the most unconventional of ways. A gal I knew had been gifted the bike from her boyfriend, who just happened to be my father-in-law. He’d lovingly built the bike from the ground up and filled her head with stories of how much fun it would be when the two of them could ...

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Free Range: Supernova

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Back in 2009 I got a call from a guy who was putting together a cross country, coast-to-coast run and wanted some help with organizing it all. He’d heard about me from a mutual business acquaintance so he conducted a phone interview to see if I’d be interested in helping out. He warned that he had no experience in promotions ...

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Free Range: Alternative lifestyle

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I’d been wandering the streets of a town in Wyoming, shooting riders as they cruised along in the noonday sun, when I decided to duck into a cowboy bar and soak up some shade. At a table near the door was a smartly dressed lady. The attractive man across the table smiled, tipped his hat at me and I felt ...

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Free Range: Thunder Press proud

I’d stopped to get some landscape photos and peeled off my jacket, the mountain sun was boiling me in my leather. I’d lit out before sunrise since there was a whole lot of desert between me and the Tetons and the morning ride had been picture perfect. The further east I got, the more bikes I found and the energy ...

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