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The Wayback Machine: Weirdness on the Road

As a blogger one of the things that I often struggle with is how to call back older content. There comes a time when posts reach the point of no return.

So – this week while some new posts are cooking, I’m going to be calling back some oldies from Memory Lane and the Wayback Machine.

Here are a few Sight from the Road tagged posts that you might have missed the first time around. The world is a weird and wonderful place.

Thanks for reading!

  1. Best Car Ever v 3.0 – the Burgermobile!- May 2009
  2. Uniroyal Gal Awesomeness: Nitro Girl! – August 2008
  3. California Love: Rendezvous at the Big Shoe – Septmeber 2011
  4. Gorilla Holding a Volkswagen – September 2008
  5. Funky UFO Car – January 2009
  6. A quick pit stop at Roadside America: Amish Zombies – July 2009
  7. A Symbol of Hope and Inspiration on California’s Route 36 – September 2011
  8. The Elephant and the Motorcycle – August 2011
  9. The Wind Beneath My Wings: Soaring with Horseshoe Crabs – December 2009
  10. A Detour to Fort Bragg – Glass Beach – September 2011

The Wayback Machine: 10 New York Blog Posts from the Archive

As a blogger one of the things that I often struggle with is how to call back older content. There comes a time when posts reach the point of no return. They get their sleeping mask out, curl up with a blanket in a dusty corner of the blog and prepare for a loooong nap.

So – this week while some new posts are cooking, I’m going to be calling back some oldies from Memory Lane and the Wayback Machine.

Here are a few “New York” tagged posts that you might have missed the first time around.

Thanks for reading!

  1. Bridging The Gap – July 2007
  2. Welcome Back to the Empire State – July, 2011
  3. A Ride to Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital – November 2010
  4. Long Island: Roadside Giant – Mr. Millennium Snowman – July 2010
  5. Unexplained Sighting on the Road: Your Theories Needed – April 2010
  6. Fruit and Vegetable Art Car: The Best Car in the Whole Universe – April 2009
  7. Back in the Game – March 2009
  8. Sights from the Road: New F’n Yawk Staw – September 2007
  9. To Tell The Truth: Will The Road You Are On Get You To My Place? – July 2008
  10. Ringing in the New Year – Island of Man(hattan) Ride 2011 – January 2011

2011: My Favorite Five – Motorcycle Photos

The blog “All Things Rogey!” recently posted a blogging challenge: Post your favorite photos of 2011 and the reason why they are your favorite. The rules: the photos must be taken by you and you must include a photo of yourself in the 5.

Narrowing a list down to just five photos is much harder than I thought. 2011 was a really good year. But, in no particular order here they are:

Monkey & Me Riding Off Into the Sunset

Why I Love This Pic: Because nothing can compare to watching your kid triumph. This photo of me following Chloe off into the fading winter sun represents in my mind something that I hope continues throughout our lives. Love that kid so much.

Original Post: Riding Motorcycles With My Daughter Is Heaven

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

Why I Love This Pic: In June, I took an impromptu long weekend trip on the bike. In the warmth of the late afternoon sun my friend Bill and I found ourselves on a nearly deserted stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a perfect moment in time and one of my fondest riding memories of the year.

Original Post: Two Ugly Ducklings on the Blue Ridge

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Golden Hills on Hot Spring Drive

Why I Love This Pic: The heat was so oppressive but there was something so wonderfully beautiful about riding along in the the dry golden hills. This was taken on our first day of meeting up with our friend Ed in California, whom I am always happy to ride with.

Original Post: California Love: Golden Fields on Hot Springs Drive

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Motorcyclists Dream – Twisty Road Next 140 Miles

Why I Love This Pic:  This is the kind of sign that inspires 1,000 motorcycle daydreams. Taken near Red Bluff, California on Route 36.

I’ve seen some blogs re-post my photo and chuckle that the curve in the photo doesn’t look like much – and they’d be right. But only a person who has never ridden CA36 could make such a silly statement. It’s what’s around the next bend for the next 140 miles that counts. Awesome road.

Original Post: Here It Is! The Greatest Road Sign In The World

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Me and Sunflowers

Why I Love This Pic: I have a little bit of the fugs going on, so I’m kind of camera shy.  This is one photo of me I actually like! It was taken while we were out riding in the woods during the summer. A nearby farm had a plot of sunflowers stretching all the way across the field. Being that they are one of my favorite flowers, I just had to sneak over for a peek.

Some Other Moto Blogs Participating in the Challenge:

Did you post your favorite 5, too?

Blast From The Past: Emblem, Wyoming

My parents were vagabonds in the early 70′s, crisscrossing the States in my mom’s ’68 Firebird. I wrote of it a few years ago.

This past week on the heels of my photographic trip down memory lane, I asked my mother for a copy of a photo that was burned into my mind as a child. It was a picture of my dad standing near the Emblem, Wyoming sign.

This photo was taken in 1971:

My Dad in Emblem, Wyoming - 1971
My Dad in Emblem, Wyoming - 1971

Here is the photo I took while on our bike trip to Yellowstone, 34 years later:

My stop in Emblem, Wyoming - 2005
My stop in Emblem, Wyoming - 2005

In over 3 decades the town never grew in population. I find that fact pretty amazing.

How about You?

What is the “smallest town” you’ve ever been to?

Housekeeping: Road Tripping Through Photo Albums – Wyoming

I’ve been trying to do a little housekeeping around here. One of the projects I’ve been working on is to clean up, catalog and put my photos in to galleries.

With years of “stuff” piling up this is no easy task but I must admit, it is proving to be an enjoyable one. Being a sentimental fool, I love the trips down memory lane.

I came across this photo that was taken in May 2005:

The photo itself was a throwaway, most likely taken by “accident” before snapping the next photo. It was taken on a stretch of route 14/16 that was loooong and straight. I’d pulled over watching the antelope running on the side of the road.

With the years piling up in front of it – it felt good to see that little route scribbled on paper. I pulled it up on Google maps:


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I can remember that day distinctly. We’d spent the night in Belle Fourche, SD after visiting Mount Rushmore and Custer. We were making our way towards Yellowstone National Park.

Following the route on my sheet we made stops at Devil’s Tower, ate gigantic pancakes at Donna’s in Moorcroft, talked to a nice Goldwing rider in Sheridan about how it might be snowing in the Big Horns where we were heading, experienced the grandeur of Shell Canyon, ate lunch in Greybull and stayed in Cody, Wyoming for the night.

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If I hadn’t started cataloging my photos this morning, those thoughts probably would never have crossed my mind today. I’m glad they did.

How About You?

Do you love looking through your old trip photos too?