Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Metal Hammer

MHammer


Wednesday 07 August, 2013

Monument Valley


Wednesday 07 August, 2013

Through Moab


Tuesday 06 August, 2013

Back to Denver


The few days I had in Denver were hectic and fun. It was all about Sue and Tim’s wedding. Shaleah joined me for some of the time and I got to...

Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Dinosaur!


Again, a beautiful summer day, no trace of the dreaded storms that have haunted the region for the last few weeks. I did have a spectacular lightning...

Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Day 3 – Nevada through Utah


Another great day of gorgeous scenery and beautiful weather. For the third day the storm showers waited until I got to the hotel.


Route 50 from Fallon to Ely is officially the loneliest highway in America. It is indeed sparsely populated. It does have some beautiful scenery with...

Sunday 28 July, 2013

Western Loop – Day 1


After an early morning stop at Ponsfords for some coffee, provisions I said goodbye to my friends Stephan, Craig, and Dianna. It was overcast and...


Waking up in California felt like another day on the trip, not a return home as I expected. It was very cool to relate to my home state as a visitor....

Sunday 30 September, 2012

Day 103 – Utah and Nevada


As I blast through Utah I vow to return soon, it’s just so spectacular. The rock formations are unbelievable, and I’m only seeing a small...

Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Day 102 – West Colorado


My first trip through the Colorado Rockies was too short, a blast west on I70 from Denver to the city of Grand Junction. For an interstate it’s...

Thursday 20 September, 2012

Days 91 to 101 – Denver


I finally received my first speeding ticket of the trip, surprising that it took this long, all things considered. The state trooper had a british...

Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Days 88 and 90 – New Mexico


New Mexico, like west Texas was a surprise. I was unprepared for the beauty of the vast, open spaces. Something about the stillness and rugged...

Friday 14 September, 2012

Days 88 and 89 – Santa Fe


I had almost no knowledge of New Mexico so I decided to visit Santa Fe over Albuquerque. Echo had remarked that it didn’t seem like anything...

Monday 10 September, 2012

Days 83 to 87 – El Paso


Looking at El Paso Texas from a certain vantage point over the city, I couldn’t stop thinking of a certain Star Wars quote. First some...

Wednesday 05 September, 2012

Days 81 and 82 – West Texas


Austin is about nine hours from El Paso, fine for a car ride, too long for a motorcycle ride by a few hours. I decided to stop in Fort Stockton for...

Monday 03 September, 2012

Days 78 and 79 – Austin


Austin is such a fun, cool place, it makes me wonder why other cities are so lacking. Despite the oppressive heat, I thoroughly enjoyed my brief...

Thursday 30 August, 2012

Days 74 to 77 – Houston


I’m visiting Houston to see Jack and Marilyn Van Hesteren, Sally’s dad and his wife. It’s a huge sprawling metropolis. The lack of...

Monday 27 August, 2012

Day 73 – The Gulf Coast


Fleeing the strip mall purgatory of south side Mobile, I vowed to stay off the interstate and see some of the gulf coast. I take 90 west through...

Thursday 23 August, 2012

Day 72 – Alabama


I begin my day just outside Birmingham. I have healthy breakfast of coffee and a bacon donut and hit the road. I’m heading to Montgomery,...

Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Day 71 – Barber Motorsports


The Barber Motorsports Park is a world class racetrack and motorcycle museum. When I arrive the California super bike school is in session and the...

Tuesday 21 August, 2012

Days 60 to 70 – Atlanta


The ride through North Carolina to Atlanta was overcast but thankfully not scorching. The dull ache in my lower back from the day before had come...

Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Days 57 to 59 – Blue Ridge Mountains


The Tail of the Dragon is a legendary road among motorcyclists. People come from all over the continent and the world to ride this road and see the...

Saturday 11 August, 2012

Day 56 – Southern Pines


In January I was here in North Carolina for Philip and Rachel’s wedding (a really cool one, see pic below). Philip is Sally’s nephew for...

Wednesday 08 August, 2012

Days 53, 54, 55 – Durham, NC


Every once in a while you meet someone that changes the course if your life. They are the lynchpin in the chain of events that make up your life....


While at the Air and Space museum gift shop I noticed a book called America’s Hangar. It told the story of the Udvar-Hazy center. It’s a...

Friday 03 August, 2012

Day 51 – Mucho Art


Today was a smorgasbord of art galleries and museums. From 10:00 until 7:00 I toured the Renwick, the American Art Museum, the Cocoran, and the...


The national gallery is another amazing museum that’s composed of several buildings. The modern, east building covers modern art. The...

Friday 03 August, 2012

Day 50 – The Air and Space Museum


The Smithsonian is not one museum (as I assumed), but several. Since I was a child, I have wanted to see the Air and Space Museum. It’s an...

Thursday 02 August, 2012

Day 49 – DC


I set aside three days in the nation’s Capitol. The I would try to see as much as possible, but the sheer enormity if the task was daunting....

Wednesday 01 August, 2012

Day 48 – Brandywine River Valley


The Brandywine River Museum is located in Chads Ford, Pennsylvania in a converted mill. It has a nice collection of still life and landscape...

Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Days 46 and 47 – Philly


There is so much I want to say, but the words are not coming together, so I’ll keep it simple. Stinson is family, and staying in the home he...

Friday 27 July, 2012

Day 45 – Pennsylvania


Under gloomy skies I depart for Philadelphia. The route I’ve chosen winds through rolling hills that are thickly wooded. The roads don’t...

Friday 27 July, 2012

Day 44 – Pittsburgh


I don’t know about the rest of the country, but I’ve never given Pittsburgh a first, never mind a second thought. It’s always been...

Thursday 26 July, 2012

Days 42 and 43 – Grand Rapids


I first met Sally’s family in Michigan for a family reunion in the mid nineties, just after we were engaged. Her paternal relatives we’re...

Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Days 39 to 41 – Chicago


I travel through picture perfect Wisconsin countryside – rolling hills dotted with small farms and ranches. Horses and cows grazing by the road...

Saturday 21 July, 2012

Days 37 and 38 – Spring Green


I have always wanted to see Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. I made reservations and rode the 99 minutes to spring green. I...

Friday 20 July, 2012

Day 36 – Small Town respite


Because Milwaukee is rotting from the inside, many important businesses are relocating or shutting their doors. The motorcycle shop that I found was...


The Art Museum is an amazing set of buildings housing a really good art collection. The Veterans Memorial was created by Eero Saarinen 40 years ago....


The Museum is world renowned for its wildlife displays, dioramas and it’s revolutionary depictions of early life on earth. Some of my best...

Thursday 19 July, 2012

Day 34 – Milwaukee


I was really looking forward to seeing my old hometown again. Despite leaving it 25 years ago, I still think of it fondly. I budgeted three days...

Monday 16 July, 2012

Day 33 – Oshkosh


I could have pushed on to Milwaukee, but I spend the night in Appleton so I can see the EAA museum the next morning. It’s home the the Oshkosh...

Sunday 15 July, 2012

Day 32 – The River Keeps Rolling


I should have planned this better. I am searching for my grandparents cabin on Sundog Lake. However, there are a few problems. I last saw it over 30...

Saturday 14 July, 2012

Day 31 – What State is This Again?


I have fond memories of my grandparents cabin in Upper Michigan and decide to try and find it. Unfortunately, they sold it 30 years ago and...

Friday 13 July, 2012

Days 29 and 30 – Minnesota


To add insult to injury, it seems Aberdeen is either in the process of replacing many of its roads, or they’ve decided to just let themselves...

Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Day 28 – Badlands


I marvel again at how much can change in just an hour or so of travel. The lush and dynamic black hills give way to the badlands in less than 100...

Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Days 26 & 27 – Bedrock City


The small town of Custer is the location of Bedrock City, a Flintstones theme park (sort of) and campground that Sue discovered. My expectations are...

Sunday 08 July, 2012

Day 25 – The Black Hills


I got an early start, wasting no time in leaving Deadwood behind. One of the biggest motorcycle rally’s in the country happens each August in...

Saturday 07 July, 2012

Day 24 – Devils Tower and Deadwood


When I was 11 I saw Close Encounters and it had a profound effect on me. Just six months before, Star Wars had dazzled me with its spectacle of a...

Friday 06 July, 2012

Day 23 – Wyoming


Cody left me with very low expectations for Wyoming, but the morning ride turned out to be one of the best of the trip. A peaceful calm pervaded the...

Thursday 05 July, 2012

Day 22 – Yellowstone


Awesomeness! Wikipedia has this to say about the park – Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its...

Wednesday 04 July, 2012

Days 20 & 21 – Montana


With a heavy heart I leave Fernie and Canada, vowing to return soon. The border crossing into Montana is through a small, almost quaint...

Tuesday 03 July, 2012

Days 17, 18, &19 – Fernie!


My friends Karina and Marcus live in Fernie, BC. They are originally from the UK and recently emigrated to Canada. I took an indirect route there...

Thursday 28 June, 2012

Days 15 & 16 – Calgary


A three hour rides brings me to Alberta’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Calgary. I have discovered an even more miserable way to travel...

Monday 25 June, 2012

Days 12, 13 & 14 – Edmonton


Surrounding Edmonton is a landscape that is highly reminiscent of the photo of the Knudsen’s farm in The Big Lebowski. Still, it has a certain...

Sunday 24 June, 2012

Day 11 – Alberta


Morning in Jasper is beautiful. I explore the park a bit before getting back on 16 east. You could easily spend days here hiking and relaxing. If you...

Sunday 24 June, 2012

Day 10 – Kamloops to Jasper


The weather again called for rain, and again it was a gorgeous, sunny day until the minute I arrived in Jasper when it began the most halfhearted of...

Saturday 23 June, 2012

Day 9 – British Columbia


The forecast was rain, and lots of it all over BC. I left early to get as much riding in as I could before the downpour started. I didn’t spend...

Saturday 23 June, 2012

Day 8 – D’oh! Canada.


I highly recommend Geraldines Counter for breakfast in Seattle. Best egg sammich I’ve ever had. Preparing to get underway I accidentally bent...


My plans were dashed this morning as a key road was closed due to snow (in June!). Hwy. 25 was my link from the town of cougar to the east side of...


As I packed the bike, Kevin made a great salmon and asparagus scramble (leftovers done right!) and then rode with me into town to make sure I got to...

Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Days Four and Five – Bend, Oregon


The weather forecast was for rain, the first of the trip. The slight mist that was falling didn’t worry me, but the ominous clouds to the east...

Sunday 17 June, 2012

Day Three – Crater Lake


A morning trip past Klamath Lake up 140 brought me to Crater Lake National Park. An enormous and lush forest that stretches for miles around the lake...

Saturday 16 June, 2012

Day Two – Klamath!


After a short scoot around Yreka (turns out it was much more charming than previously stated) I followed a whim and headed opposite my destination...

Saturday 16 June, 2012

Motel ennui


Friday 15 June, 2012

Day one – To Yreka!


It seemed like a good idea to put as much distance between myself and the bay area as possible the first day so I chooses the farthest point north in...


Friday 15 June, 2012

Saying Goodbye


It’s never easy, but having good people in your life helps. The night before departure my neighbors Amy, Peter, Alice and Evan came over to say...

Wednesday 13 June, 2012

T minus 24 hours and counting


It’s real! The house is packed up, waiting for a last minute cleaning. Being here while it has emptied out slowly over the past three months...

Tuesday 05 June, 2012

Test


Beginning to prepare for the trip. Trying out WP publishing software. Photo taken in San rafael seemed to summarize my state of mind.

Thursday 18 August, 2011

Portfolio has begun

FireBeast

I have started uploading my portfolio. It will be slow going as I am adding comments to all the pieces.

Monday 01 August, 2011

Introducing…


Hello everybody!  I have just updated my website using WordPress (and joined the 21st century). You can view my artwork using the menu at the upper...