Archive for May, 2011


Air can hurt you too / Some people say not to worry ’bout the air / Some people never had experience with air – Talking Heads, “Air”, Fear of Music, 1979 I have lots of time to think about things while I ride. Of course. I have nobody to talk to other than myself, and [...]


One of the things I’m learning in this trip is that flexibility in plans is key to happiness. To wit: I intended to make it to Lancaster PA or thereabouts tonight, which would have left me with about 150 miles into New York City, my destination for tomorrow. However, two things happened to thwart this [...]

Confronting With Passion

Yesterday I was delighted to have the opportunity to spend an hour with my friend Daniel, talking about our lives, my travel plans, and more. At one point, I made the comment that life is a terminal condition. Daniel replied with the following quote: Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is [...]

Onward and Forward

My time in Raleigh has come to an end. It has been great to spend time with my family and friends, but now that my ass has recovered from the cross-country trek*, I need to get moving again. Today I’ll travel only a short distance – back to Chapel Hill for a little more visiting with [...]


I was as close to this raven as it looks from this image. It was curious and fearless (undoubtedly as a result of being used to humans as food delivery mechanisms).  

RawHyde Adventures Delivers

After riding motorcycles with some regularity for eight years or so, I feel that I have become a reasonably competent rider – a good balance of cautious and thrill-seeking, with tendencies to avoid super high speeds and freeways. Despite this – and due to lack of experience riding off-road – I decided that some training [...]

Yosemite Valley

The view of Yosemite Valley from the Wawona Tunnel parking area.

Two Views of Half Dome

Half Dome is one of the most iconic and recognized rock forms in Yosemite Valley, and also one of my favorite features of the Valley. I took a few photographs of it while I was there a few weeks back.

Taking A Break

I’m in Raleigh, NC now. I arrived last night, to a wet and sloppy welcome – hard rain for the last 25 miles or so. If it weren’t for operator error, I would’ve been dry head to toe except for hands (I need waterproof gloves). However, I failed to zip my jacket liner and pants [...]

Only in San Francisco ...

Only in San Francisco …

… Can people find a way to misspell my name that is neither of the typical ways.

Bye-bye Twitter Updates

Administrative note: I’ve decided to disable the daily Twitter Updates feature. I’m working to find the right voice for this blog, and I don’t think that a regular automated updated fits. If you’re interested in keeping up with the random little thoughts passing through my brain that aren’t necessary blog-post-worthy, feel free to follow me [...]

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-12

It could be interesting today. The skies threaten to unleash a deluge. #adventure # Coffee break in Holdenville OK. Tell me there's not a whole town of 'em! # First clue I'm truly in The South: dry county. Glad I had a couple beers in my luggage from the other night. :-) # I'm getting [...]

The Road to Serendipity

I spent the last several days riding most of the length of US Route 270, which runs from the Kansas-Oklahoma border to south-central Arkansas. I picked this road because it offered a reasonably direct route from SE Colorado to Oklahoma City, where I spent yesterday visiting a dear friend. As I was route planning today, [...]

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-11

I sure have! RT @Wizards_DnD: Ever had a favorite #dnd character die? Mike Mearls examines death and dying in #dnd — # .@jonathanstray Have you been inland in the US lately? Newspapers are critical in rural America. # Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-10

Dear Wind, please stop trying to blow me and my motorcycle off the road, particularly on mountain passes. Thanks! Love, Stuart. #fb # just posted a pic: # 30mi back: humidity spikes, wind howls again, temp bumps up 3°. Set # nerves tingling, but no storm clouds. Whew! #fb # I didn't think about [...]

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-08

I was so looking forward to riding US Rt 666. Sadly, it no longer exists, having been renumbered to Rt 491 about eight years ago. Le sigh. # Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-07

Zion and Bryce are beautiful. Utah is weird. That is all. # Of course, since I'm in Utah, I'm drinking Polygamy Porter. # Powered by Twitter Tools

One Hell of a Ride

WARNING: Contains thrills, chills (thankfully no spills) and a little bit of geekery on the geology of the Southwest. I love exploring new roads, whether by car or motorcycle. It’s one of the big reasons I have done small motorcycle trips in the past and have embarked on this grand adventure – I want to [...]

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-05

I too am a member of the @loreleiseattle fan club. :-) in reply to loreleiseattle # Have I mentioned that I love the Basin and Range country? I do. # Hello, Sin City! # Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-04

At Jawbone Canyon General Store, close to the end of an awesome two day ride in the Mojave. w00t! # Gorgeous! # Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-03

Hey @AltRiderLLC – finished up RawHyde, and put your crash bars through the paces. They work great! Another brand bent on first impact. :-( # interpretive materials! /cc @javith # Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Updates for 2011-05-01

I'm at RawHyde Adventure Camp for the next four days, learning to be a better rider in rough / off-road conditions. # RawHyde Adventure Camp is so far an exhausting, ass-kicking wonderful learning experience. I am so glad to be doing this. # Powered by Twitter Tools