Archive for ‘Travel’

October 19, 2018

Eryri Fenyw

Shorties get to Play too! The Tiger has quite tall legs in stock form and with the saddle set high. But it can also be fettled for those of smaller stature. As is written about in Gail Biddulph’s blog here it doesn’t lose any of the moto’s superlative characteristics. She takes it for a sporty whirl over the Snowdonian passes between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed. A familiar stomping ground from my mountaineering youth. Once I went over the Llanberis Pass on top of a mini bus, at night. Now I’d be happy scooting over on a Tiger…

October 15, 2018


Early Start – the new day broke clear, though chill, with a bright low sun and temperatures in the mid twenties. The Tiger started easily and took her packs without a shred of notice. I stayed at the friendly Homestead Inn ($39.95 a night) being fed the promised fresh coffee and ginormous cinnamon buns made by the proprietress Mary. Wrapped up against the chill and a steady road home I made good progress back to Chicago. All in all 930 miles and 5 1/2 tanks of gas. Good outing with a huge variety of riding conditions.

October 14, 2018

House Stark

Winter is Here – there was hints of ominous weather in the forecast; but not a wintery outlook! A couple of hundred miles on the highway back to Chicago the white stuff got the better of me. And rightly so! A good hand dryer at a rest stop to dry the gloves; full set of sturdy waterproofs from a hunting shop; to keep cozy; but the driving snow gives poor visibility. So I find a comfy “mom & pop” motel in Millston just off I-94. “The rooms open, key’s inside, just make yourself at home hon” said the friendly voice of owner Mary on the loaned ‘phone at a local gas station. Apparently the best cinnamon buns in Wisconsin are made for breakfast.

Tiger performed more than admirably… I think we’re on to the start of adventures together!

October 13, 2018

Old Man River

The River Road – after an early hoar frosted morning the sun finally managed to peek out. Here just south of Red Wing Minnesota overlooking the Mississippi. Leaf color a suitable backdrop to the bald eagles soaring above the bluffs. Tiger running like a Top!

October 12, 2018

Hot Stuff

The Magic Button – a chilly evening ride to Madison Wisconsin to start my weekend trip up to Minnesota. Temperatures dropping to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The handgrip warmers were more than welcome to at least keep my paws comfortable.

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!