Archive for ‘Travel’

February 22, 2018


The Healing Road – I’ve just finished a very good book: Ghost Rider. Written by maestro drummer Neil Peart of Canadian band Rush, it involves the outward experience and personal introspection on a 55,000 mile journey around North America. Carried out in late 1998 and through 1999 is occurs after a double family tragedy. With a world seemingly in tatters he uses the continuous movement on his big BMW GS to keep ahead of his emotional demons. Well written and heartfelt about the experiences of the ‘open road’, his descriptions of the many 500 or mile-a-day travels make me want to get on a big bike and aim for the horizon.

February 21, 2018

Look Out!

Ogri’s Ancestor – further to the previous post here’s a series of cartoon panels, published over a century ago, illustrating the travels, or more accurately travails, of Motorcycle Mike. Quite destructive in his quest for a suitable worldly destination.

December 5, 2017

A to B

Black Electrical Tape – this about sums it up. After poring over maps to memorize roads, junctions, towns, and other landmarks; you’d take a folded-up map and either stuff it in a front pocket or, as in this case, tape it onto your bike. Ideally in a waterproof Ortlieb clear map case.

November 26, 2017

Irish Hog

Bottle Cap Bike – headed home back through Dublin.

November 24, 2017

Pig & Chicken

AWOL – during the past couple of days we’ve been in the wanney wilds of the Border Forests at Kielder.

Normal service will resume presently…

October 16, 2017

Half a Guinea

Hatter – “in this style 10/6” At an average daily distance of 650 miles for one whole month you need to be slightly eccentric to ensure success.

October 15, 2017

Phileas Fogg

Madman – Nick Sanders takes long distance riding to another unreachable level altogether. He takes perfectly sensible sports bikes and thrashes them in a circumnavigation ofvthe globe. Here he stands next to his Triumph Daytona which he sped a land-orbit of the earth in 31 days back in ‘98. He would repeat the journey a few more times on a Yamaha R1… taking the time down to 19 days. Nutter!

October 12, 2017

Sur la Route

Normadie. – an image taken during a weekend cycling trip along the north coast of France in ‘97. I spied this couple zooming across the countryside under crisp April skies as I took a break from pedaling the same landscape. “That’s for me!” I said to myself. 

Pentax ME Super 50mm Fujichrome 100 

September 11, 2017


Mountain View – September is a good month to be in the hills: lush flanks with a promise of snow on the rugged peaks. A curvy road and distant views. Full tank of gas, sunglasses, and no immediate place to be…

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


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!”

July 8, 2017


City of Brotherly Love – cool photo of a busy motorcycle workshop in the near north of Philadelphia. Yorick & Sons Moto is a full service repair and build garage. Located in the blue-collar hipster neighborhood of Fishtown.

July 3, 2017

Ohio River Road

Biker Memorobilia – leather jacket, old lid, tasseled shirt and vintage photographs of a bygone motorcycling scene. We’re in Pittsburgh today so the Prowlers jacket seems appropriate…

July 1, 2017

Hols part 1

Vacation Day 1 – The Queen City.