Archive for ‘Travel’

September 14, 2018

Don’t lose your pillion!

Hang On! Make sure your lassie keeps a good hold of you!

It reminds me of an old folk song we sang at school:


I’ve been to Haarlem, I’ve been to Dover,

I’ve traveled this wide world all over.

Over, over, three times over.

Drink all the brandywine and turn the glasses over.

Sailing east, sailing west,

Sailing over the ocean.

Oh, you’d better watch out when the boat begins to rock,

Or you’ll lose your girl in the ocean.

September 1, 2018

Drowned road trip

Wash Out- on our drive out of Chicago today for a weekend in Cleveland Ohio we encountered a flooded West Loop causing a 2 hour back up. We needed the Tiger with its long legs to splash through the deluge.

August 31, 2018

Full Circle


Lea Rieck, circumnavigating the world with Cleo, her Triumph Tiger 800 XCA.

August 15, 2018

Pitch Perfect

Base Camp – summer reminds me of continental bivouac camps whilst cycling or climbing my way across Europe. The motorcycle tent is an ideal version for the roadway traveler. The bike acts at the pole support and the fly sheet spans off the bars.

Adventure awaits!

July 23, 2018

Ten Reasons

Studies Show: Ten Reasons why couples who ride together stay together…


It’s difficult for riders to be negative when they are riding. Couples who have a positive attitude have a healthier marriage.


When you ride together, you are sharing focused, quality time. Couples who share their experiences have a happier marriage.


If you ride with a group of friends or in a club, you are sharing your social circle which can be healthy for a relationship.


Hobbies can be expensive. But if you share the same interest you can share costs.


The benefit of having common priorities can be a reinforcing bonding experience. The couple who strive together have less chance of conflict.


You will never again be at a loss for a gift to buy your partner. Just get some bike accessories or riding gear for your significant other or plan a riding vacation.


Growing old together is about sharing memories. Motorcycling offers the journey, exploration and the destination as reward.


Enjoying the open road together offers uninterrupted time together in a conducive environment to communicate. Chatting while riding and pointing out things you see as you go promotes good interpersonal discourse.


Have you ever seen the couple sitting in a restaurant, not saying anything, looking at their phones? Sharing a riding experience gives you so much more to talk about.


Being a rider and pillion develops reliance on each other to maintain a settled balance to ensure a smooth journey. A couple who support each other in life never feel alone.

Excerpts from “10 reasons couples should ride together” by Mark Hinchliffe 21st August 2016

July 20, 2018

Trial by Fire

Adventure Awaits – to those who dare to explore the road less traveled.

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

from Little Gidding (Four Quartets) by TS Eliot 1888-1965

July 7, 2018


Better than Sliced Bread – ninety years ago today saw the introduction of pre-cut bread. Sliced. Now it’s a term of superlatives. This bike, the current model Tiger 800 XR on/off road offering from Triumph meets the demands of the discerning rider on many fronts. The road in the image shows signage for the Ophir Pass which is a high unpaved trail connecting Silverton and Telluride in Colorado… next time I’m there I’d love to follow this mountainous path on such a bike.

June 30, 2018

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch – wandering the open market of Aspen earlier today we spied this delightful little Moto Guzzi Cardellino. A 73cc two-stroke single cylinder that saw use in the late fifties and early sixties. The ski resort seems like a suitable place for this delicate device to be settled. It felt like we were on the shore of Lake Como under an alpine Lombardy scene.

June 29, 2018

Mountain High

High Desert Heroine – we drove across the San Juan Valley today, taking in the magnificent sight of the Great Sand Dunes, and had our itinerary rerouted due to wildfires. Took the Continental Divide Independence Pass to Aspen. I’m definitely coming back to that road on two-wheels…

Here’s Friday’s fiery locked rider taking a long sweeping corner under, what now to me looks like, golden Colorado sunshine.

June 26, 2018

Rocky Mountain High

Million $ Highway – great day taking a BMW GS800 over one of the worlds great roads. 76 miles of curves, steep drops, rocky bluffs, wooded slopes, glistening rivers, craggy mountains, blue skies, and sublime scenery. Colorado at its best! And I did the ride TWICE! That smile is the genuine thing!

June 8, 2018

The Road less traveled

To Feed a Soul

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life ― and travel ― leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks ― on your body or on your heart ― are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” Anthony Bourdain 1955-2018

June 3, 2018


A or B – a modern retro such as the Thruxton, or the practical distance tool like the Trophy.

May 13, 2018

The Best Rides

Wisconsin Weekend- we had a night away trip to the Dairyland of America. Staying at a cool guesthouse in the Bay View district of South Milwaukee. A magazine had an article about this year being the 115th anniversary of Brew Town’s Harley Davidson. A snippet mentioned a scenic route through S Wisconsin that I need to put on my ride list.

May 10, 2018

Spaceman Spiff

Worldwide Wanderer – Jovian traveler Ted Simon looks quite snazzy in his mod shades as he rides across some dusty trail. This is an original Instagram photo.

April 18, 2018


Sidecar Camel – this little fella seems quite content to be driven around in this homespun combination. Turquoise Ural looks great under the Steppes sunlight.

This is a still from the 2008 Kazakhstan film Talpan (Tulip).

“a sweet and funny tale of a young Kazakh man, Asa, who has been recently discharged from the Russian Navy and lives in the remote steppes with his sister and her family. While he dreams of becoming a herdsman, he is also actively looking for a wife and has his eyes set on Tulpan, the daughter of a neighbor, who is also the only eligible young woman in the area.”