Category: BEDN

Flashback Friday: Riding the San Bernardino Pass – Yeah That Didn’t Suck

Flashback Friday: Riding the San Bernardino Pass – Yeah That Didn’t Suck

In September of 2010, Kenny and I set off for Italy to ride with our friend Pimmie who lives in the Netherlands. It was such an epic trip – the friendship, the scenery, the riding. All of it. I find myself thinking about it often.

Fuzz on the San Bernardino Pass

One of my favorite rides while we were there was taking the Splugen Pass to the San Bernardino Pass. Between the stark beauty of the mountains themselves and their the undulating roadways it was some of the finest riding I’ve ever done.

Just look at that… ::wipes tear away::

the san bernardino pass

Do you think you would ever tire of riding roads like that?

Road Songs: …These Two Lanes Will Take Us Anywhere

Road Songs: …These Two Lanes Will Take Us Anywhere

on the road in VirginiaWhenever I hear the harmonica breeze in at the opening of Thunder Road, I’m immediately transported somewhere else. Now, I’m not what you’d call a Bruce Springsteen fan but there is something nostalgically romantic about this song. It’s the kind of tune that makes me want to hop on my bike and ride off into the sunset.

Freedom, escape, hope… they’re weaved throughout the lyrics. The Boss reminds us  that taking a chance on life or maybe even redemption is tangled up in wheels, and gasoline and the wind in our hair.

Whatever that thing is that I’m seeking when I hit the road is just around the next bend. Or the next. Or maybe over the next hill? Wherever it is I’ve got to get out there to find out.

…roll down the window
And let the wind blow back your hair
Well the night’s busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back
Heaven’s waiting on down the tracks…

What are your favorite road songs?

Adventure, Motorcycle Muffs, Sex Galore and Free Paper Maps

Adventure, Motorcycle Muffs, Sex Galore and Free Paper Maps

For today’s installment of BEDN (blog every day in November) we’re going to take a look the top 10 search phrases that brought people to my blog this month. Some of them are motorcycle or travel related. Others? Not so much.

Are any of these your burning questions?

Inside Llewyn Davis Buzz Skelly Gas Station Location

What is Adventure

What is it indeed? As far as I can tell it is the act exploring or experiencing something dramatic. There is some sort of travel component to the process, in my mind anyway.

What do you think – Can it be defined easily or do you think it’s just one of those things you know?

Related post: What is an Adventure?

Free Paper Maps

I am an unabashed paper map lover. That’s how I came to find out that states are only too happy to send you free maps and travel brochures. Even in this age of GPS and mobile technology, there is something worthwhile about having an actual map stuffed in your bag.

Related post: Free Paper Maps

Billy Joel Motorcycle Museum

Billy Joel has a space here on Long Island in the town of Oyster Bay where he welcomes people in to see his collection of bikes. It’s called 20th Century Cycles.

Related post: Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles

Motorcycle Handlebar Muffs

Muff-tastic!

Before I had heated gloves, I was riding around on my Speed Triple with muffs during the winter months to keep my digits warm. Many people call these ‘hippo hands’ but that is an actual brand name. Sort of like ‘Band-aid.’

Related post: Cold Weather Gear – Handlebar Muffs

Three Times the Boot

Right. I have no idea what that means but it just so happens that I do have a post that features some giant boots. Lucky you!

Related post: I Got the Boot … Three Times!

Sex Galore

That’s me. (stop laughing)

Denali Lights

Last fall I put a set of Denali D2D lights on my Tiger to help with it’s poor lighting at night. Why can’t all motorcycle manufacturers outfit their bikes with some decent f-ing lamps right out of the factory?! As far as I’m concerned you can keep your fancy electronics and whozy-whatsits. Give me some decent lights, damnit!

Related posts: The Saga of my Denali Lights

Llewyn Davis Skelly Station

In the spring of 2012, I rode past the movie set where they were filming the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis. The set was a false front of an old Buzz’s Skelly gas station. It was lovely.

Related post: Buzz’s Skelly Gas Station – Coen Brothers Filming Location

Fuzzy Galore Blog

Never heard of it.

Why do People Ride Harleys

Why does anyone do anything? Because they want to. That “thing” that makes a person fall in love with their motorcycle is as varied as… some.. really huge number.

My question is why there is such a divide amongst riders of different styles of motorcycles?

Related post: What is it about Harley-Davidson that Makes them So Polarizing?

 

Give Me The Road – I Need to Feel Free

Give Me The Road – I Need to Feel Free

This year was… odd. There were all sorts of stops and starts and bumps in the road that caused me to lose my place, lose my footing.

One thing that I really missed out on in 2013 was taking a road trip on the bike. Each year I try to get away for at least one week+ long trip. Sadly, I just couldn’t work it out.

There is something so freeing that happens at the precise moment that I give myself over to being on vacation. The minute I turn on my Out of Office message it is like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders. It is in that moment and the following days that I feel free.

Free.

Living unfettered and in the moment.

Seeing, feeling, hearing the now.

I miss that. I need that.

rolling along in virginia

Are you able to zero in on that feeling of freedom when you’re doing something other than riding? Or is that your fix?

%d bloggers like this: