Tag: Memory Lane

Notes from the Road: Paper Memories

Notes from the Road: Paper Memories

How many times have you been riding along on your motorcycle enrapt in the most brilliant, concise and clear thoughts? With each passing mile the answers to life’s questions making themselves plain. Your problems? Solved. The great novel that is your life spills through your mind with brilliant clarity.

Then as soon as you turn the key off, those strokes of genius dissipate into the ether.

Damn.

In even more simple terms, I find that even remembering where I saw something, what was said, what town I passed through on a given day has become more of a challenge. Given that I have always been the type to chronicle things, writing these snippets down when I’m traveling is a natural fit.

This morning I cracked open a little notebook that was in my tankbag and found this gem written in there:

I feel beautiful when I’m riding my motorcycle.

Since I wrote it down, I guess that is something I figured I would forget.

A few years ago, in addition to having little notebooks or pads tucked away in my bag, I started to make little books out of old cardboard and sheets of paper. While I’m traveling I stick scraps of paper, postcards, pamphlets and notes in to them. I seem to make one for each big trip that I take.

Even if I just jot down the most rudimentary outline of information, like the date and a town name – that in conjunction with the photos I took help to jog my memory and keep the story straight.

euro trip notes in homemade book

Do you chronicle your trips while you’re in the middle of them?

Throwback Thursday: Pitstop at Yellowstone Lake

Throwback Thursday: Pitstop at Yellowstone Lake

In 2005, Kenny and I spent some time visiting Mt. Rushmore. It was something I’d always wanted to see. We did very little planning for the trip. With little more than a few scribbles on paper, we threw our clothes in our bags and set off. At that time in my life, I was much more apt to say “Yeah, let’s go!” at the drop of a hat. These days it seems like I’m a little slower on the draw.

While in the neighborhood, we decided to swing over to Yellowstone National Park. It seemed like a good thing to do since we didn’t know if we’d ever pass that way again. And as it turns out, we haven’t been back since. Maybe it was a smart decision after all?

Kenny’s black Speed Triple was brandy-new then. If memory serves, it had just crested it’s break-in mileage right before we set off. My old ’98 6R was just happy to be along for the ride.
stopping at yellowstone lake

Throwback Thursday, popular on Twitter and Instagram is a great opportunity to dig back throw old photos and take a walk down memory lane.

The Wayback Machine: Weirdness on the Road

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

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
Blast From The Past: Emblem, Wyoming

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:

Emblem Wyoming 1971

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

Emblem Wyoming Sign 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?

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