Riding to Write

cropped-0912.jpgHave you ever thought about jumping on a bike and just rolling away? I do all the time. Motorcycles have always been a big part of my life. Writing about them has emerged as a new passion. This page is an effort to combine the two. So grab the bars and ride along as I fire up the keyboard and hit the road. Who knows what we’ll find.

My Rider Magazine articles to date

Arkansas Getaway 2014 Tiddler Run WindBlownAmy: Artist, Rider, Survivor The Haul Road: A Motorcycle Tour of Alaska’s Dalton Highway   Adventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and Beyond Kersting’s Cycle Center and Museum Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

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A Super KTM Adventure

Far be from me to turn down a test ride on a 160 horsepower $20,000 superbike. I was in the Kansas City area just back from riding the western plains, when the Letko Cycles sign caught my eye. A couple of my riding buddies have been raving about the KTM 1290 Super Adventure. It was … Continue reading A Super KTM Adventure

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cowboys and steel horses

I avoid taking long rides to hot places in August for obvious reasons. This year though, my goal is to do an article on north central Kansas from the Missouri to Colorado border. Since the Christian Motorcyclists Association state rally was slated for Hutchinson, pretty much in the center of the state, I figured I … Continue reading cowboys and steel horses

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In search of the laid-back cruise

For many years I rode a Harley Softail; you might say I was one of the Faithful. When I jumped to the Dark Side in 2002 with the purchase of a new Suzuki Bandit 1200, it was quite a shock to my riding buddies. With the move I begrudgingly admitted what many riders already knew: … Continue reading In search of the laid-back cruise

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Link to my Rider Magazine story “Arkansas Getaway”

Well, the semester at PNC is done and it’s time to attend to this long-neglected blog. I figured a good place to start was with a link to my latest Rider article from the May 2016 issue. The story ran pretty much as submitted. They did delete a favorite part about using my Indiana gun … Continue reading Link to my Rider Magazine story “Arkansas Getaway”

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Hook In!

It was a long day of riding and I’m tired, so here’s a short one. Plus, I’m heading for Kansas in the morning via the Pig Trail. My plan was to ride the Magazine Mountain loop, which I did. Magazine Mountain Scenic Byway is often compared to Talimena Drive. It was a stunner, but I … Continue reading Hook In!

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Ridge Riding

I rode what I’d envisioned would be my favorite loop today, Talimena Scenic National Byway. The Ouachita’s are rather unique as far as North American mountains are concerned as they run east to west rather than the more common north to south orientation. Since the route crosses into Oklahoma, I figured I’d ride it to … Continue reading Ridge Riding

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Chasing the Squiggly Lines

  I picked up this morning where I left off yesterday on Arkansas 9, just south of I-40. I had a vague plan that included riding through Hot Springs, which I did. Beyond that, my goal was to get off the beaten path and hit the roads represented by squiggly lines on map. I have … Continue reading Chasing the Squiggly Lines

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Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

  Here is the link to my latest Rider Magazine story. It was initially rejected for not having a “motorcycle feel.” Not one to give up, I reworked it using creative nonfiction techniques gleaned in Professor Sarah White’s  English classes at Purdue North Central. Education does have its benefits. Feel free to leave a comment, … Continue reading Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

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Rice Paddies and Rock N’ Roll

  I couldn’t have asked for a better day to head out with the temperatures hovering in the mid-seventies. And though rain was in the forecast, I didn’t encounter a drop until I was south of I- 64. As I approached the Mississippi at Cario, an impressive wall of thunderheads did little to dampen my … Continue reading Rice Paddies and Rock N’ Roll

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