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Blue Dog Diaries: Stalking the wild truckadillo

(Fade in: On a long straightaway of Interstate 80 east of Battle Mountain, Nevada, a heavily laden tractor-trailer lumbers along. A lone motorcyclist buzzes about the diesel behemoth like a meat-bee buzzing a burger. As the semi rolls down the road, its right rear outside tire begins delaminating and is suddenly slapping the pavement with a long wide whip of ...

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One for the Road: As the mileometer turns

Our Western culture seems to be big on numerical milestones—for instance, it’s quite an accomplishment for a married couple to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, or for a business to reach the century mark. I’m certainly not immune to this social phenomenon, even if it’s just a marketing ploy (“The 10th caller wins two tickets to see Bon Jovi!”). But ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Birthrights

In July of this year the town of Hollister once again staged their Hollister Independence Rally, a commemoration of sorts of the shenanigans that occurred there over the 4th of July in 1947. We all know the story. A gathering of motorcyclists in town for the Gypsy Tour races got rowdy at the time, of that there’s no doubt. But ...

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Southern Rail: Changing chairs

Did you know that during the last few years the Associated Press has been toying with the idea of employing robots to write the news? Using an artificial intelligence program called Wordsmith, the AP has utilized the platform to prepare college sports recaps and company’s earnings reports and is currently working on using Wordsmith to cover minor league baseball games. ...

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One for the Road: Old bikes and new friends

I’d been looking forward to the 4th of July weekend for some time. Generally, I choose not to travel during holiday weekends, preferring to enjoy a nice, quiet weekend at home rather than battling traffic, crowds, and jacked-up prices. But this year, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Rhinebeck Grand National Meet moved from its usual June dates to July ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: This land is our land

Americans are not a disagreeable people. On the contrary, by and large, we are a very agreeable bunch of bananas—we just don’t happen to agree on much of anything, particularly when it comes to matters political, and especially the fitting and proper limits of governmental reach and influence in our affairs. That’s historically been a real sticking point among my ...

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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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