Author: Fuzzygalore

Rider, adventurer, traveler, weirdo, lover of love, and all around curious person. Trying to squeeze the fun-juice out of each and every day.
So Long, 2017 – Onward Towards the Future

So Long, 2017 – Onward Towards the Future

When I started writing this post my intent was to summarize 2017 and the things that made their way across these pages. Then, I erased it all. I don’t want to do that today, the last day of the year.

Maybe my feelings will be different an hour from now, tomorrow, in a month. Who knows? Who cares? Right now, in this moment, I want to look ahead.

Where can I go? What can I do? What can I achieve, change, feel in the days to come? I think I’d like to concentrate on that today instead of rehashing the past.

Dare to Dream

When I allow my thoughts to roam unchecked or unfettered by the guilt of being selfish, they take me far from home. If I don’t cave to my inner turmoil, what is the harm in stretching my boundaries and getting a little uncomfortable? That’s where the good stuff happens – in the places where you color outside of your own lines. Sometimes you get scared, you’re unsure, and sometimes it even hurts a little. But, in the end, when everything is done and dusted, life is changed there.

My dream for 2018 is to follow some of the secret wishes that tickle my fancy when my brain isn’t busy helping me to be a responsible adult. No one can help me do that. I wish to find my own strength.

Onward toward possibility, friends. It’s just past hope, a left at whimsy, straight to laughter, and finally, arrive at joy.

Happy New Year.

Ask Me Anything: What Do You Actually Own?

Ask Me Anything: What Do You Actually Own?

A few people have asked something similar to Doc’s most recent question:

“I have a simple question – you post pictures with many different types of motorcycles. What do you actually own, or do you rent them? …And what do you prefer?”

Without further ado, here is my current riding stable:

’15 Triumph Bonneville

’14 KTM 690 Enduro

’11 Triumph Tiger 1050

Over the life of this blog, I have had quite a few other bikes so you’ll see those peppered throughout old posts. Some I miss, some I don’t. Everything seemed to serve a purpose towards moving on to the next thing.

The bikes I’ve rented: Triumph Tiger 800/1050, BMW 700GS/800GS/R1150R, Harley-Davidson Road King.

What do I like best? Having choices 🙂

The bikes that I have to ride right now each have their own niche. My riding desires ebb and flow so they each rotate in and out of the favorite spot. The Tiger can hustle on the backroads and eat highway miles, the Bonnie is an easy-does-it ride, and the KTM can go everywhere and is like sex on wheels. I’m happy with this lineup. The only change I’ve been toying with is getting rid of the Tiger. Not to replace it with anything else but just… because. We’ll see.

This post is in response to an: Ask Me Anything question.

One Year Later: My Desert Awakening Went Back to Sleep

One Year Later: My Desert Awakening Went Back to Sleep

One year ago today, December 28, 2016, I stood in the golden sun of the California desert taking in Salvation Mountain. The day shimmered with magic, possibility, and the excitement unique to being on a journey.

noun: salvation
preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.
synonyms: lifeline, preservation; means of escape, help, saving, savior

During my week of desert solitude, I found and lost myself a hundred times over. Each new vista that spilled away to the mountains that sit at the edge of eternity breathed new life into me. The cycle tore me down to the raw meat of who I am – weak and scared, and then mile by mile, it built me up again. I found salvation in the controlled burn.

By the time my ride came to an end, I thought I came away with some understanding. I was so sure that I took with me a change. But here I am, one year later, and I don’t think I have. I am that same uncertain person who went fumbling around in the desert for answers. How could I have learned nothing?

Seeking LOVE in Monterey, Virginia

Seeking LOVE in Monterey, Virginia

After leaving the town of Buckhannon, West Virginia then stopping at the tiny Randy Brown Memorial Chapel – I wound my way across the mountains down 219, across 250 and into the town of Monterey, Virginia.

I’ve ridden this section of Route 250 quite a few times and it never disappoints. After all, it has big wide valleys, toe-scraping hairpins, and little traffic. But, there was actually a method to my madness.

Since I was in the neighborhood, I thought that I would stop in to see one the many LOVEworks that Kathy has documented in her travels. There’s always room for a little more love in your day.

Done up in a barn quilt motif, the LOVEWork sits in a park just south of the intersection of 250/220.

After snapping a few photos, I made my way back to the Bonnie in search of twisties. In this corner of the world, they aren’t hard to find.

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