Archive for ‘Roads’

July 12, 2017

Tempera on Board

Stop – A single rider stands at an anonymous stop light in an off-color rural America. A grey sky holds the promise of rain yet the sun shines down on the motorcyclist. It’s one of Andrew Wyeth’s pieces from a decades long career of creating raw American art. It is stripped away and emotional imagery. We saw his home and studio last week in Brandywine PA. Today would have been his 100th birthday. 

July 11, 2017

Full Circle

Back Home – we finished our road trip with a couple of stops in mid Ohio then a zoom back west to Chicago. Picked the dog up from his carer then home to the talkative cat. Plenty of fun Americana seen on the venture. It’s a big country and so much to see across its wide miles. We weren’t as adventurous as this Norton powered couple; but that looks like one of the many scenes we saw on our travels.

July 10, 2017

Gulf

Fill ‘er up! Or so you would have asked Dick Dunkle, proprietor of the Gulf service station on the old Lincoln Highway (Route 30) that went cross country in the days before the Interstate system was laid. The terra-cotta tile work and old mechanical pumps as atmosphere. As did the rain stotting down on Bedford PA. The Minx sits in the forecourt: “one for the album!”

February 3, 2017

Chin Strap 

Mirror, Mirror – sometimes it’s best not to see what’s rearing up behind you, nor see where you’ve just been. You should ideally concentrate on the road ahead whilst making sure you’re looking good when traveling upon it.

December 31, 2016

Annual Goals

NYR – New Year’s Resolutions: the time of year when you need to take stock and wistfully ponder on what the heck you got up to and wonder what bedevilment you can get up to in the ensuing year. Here’s mine: project; new bike; travel; go places with my lass.

September 26, 2016

Two Wheels Good

DGR – LOOP – LSD 

The bikers took over the City yesterday. Nearly 400 en masses snaked through the grid aligned streets. Horn blared, engines roared and pedestrians cheered. Everyone was smiling. 

September 13, 2016

The way ahead is your future

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.  Dag Hammarskjold

September 11, 2016

Lean Left – Lean Right. Repeat

Favorite Roads – talking about the PCH yesterday inspired me to have a quick spin along a local road with sweeping corners. No Pacific sharing the curves, just some lagoons. But hey, you gotta get it where you can!

February 23, 2016

In the desert you can remember your name 

  
Park Boulevard passing through Joshua Tree National Park (formerly Monument) is sixty miles of perfect blacktop that meanders with the natural geography of this 800,000 acres of Californian desert. The monzogranite rounded by eons of water and wind erosion give an otherworldly atmosphere. You really feel like your venturing across a Martian plain.

10 out of 10 

February 15, 2016

A Sine Curve

  
Heading north along the Wisconsin shoreline of Lake Michigan you’ll end up in the narrowing peninsula of Door County. A Midwestern backwater of the northwoods with freshwater on your port and starboard. Highway 42 dodders along in a lazy meander through the trees which from the look at these images can be enjoyed any time of year. Autumn is of course the best.

My recommendation? Don’t order the Fish Boil!

February 9, 2016

The Road

  
 The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. Also known on the maps as NYS 97. Following the meandering state line between New York and Pennsylvania with a few winding sections overlooking the Delaware River for 70 miles.

Fall would be a good time to visit!