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Twas the Best of Times, Twas the Worst of Times

My biking buddy Nathan Gibson and I have typically taken at least 2 multi-day bike trips annually for the past 5 years.  Our most notable trip was in 2015, a 3 week/3,000 mile adventure trip to the Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota. This spring, Nathan suggested we ride to Branson, Missouri.  Given the old saying "it's the journey, not the destination", I was immediately on board with his choice. Our trip to Branson would be a 2 day ride, first to Paris, Texas, then to Eureka Springs, Arkansas (just an hour from Branson): Thus it was, in mid May, ...
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The Queen’s Revenge

Almost 2 years ago I realized a long-time dream.. acquisition of a 1953 British Ariel Square 4 motorcycle. Mine came sight-unseen from an East Coast owner, who represented the engine as having been "overhauled" less than 2,000 miles ago. Overall I was pleased with the initial physical condition of the bike. Not a show bike, but not a beater, either. As is my normal M.O., my first step was to join up with online owner websites, both the US and British clubs, and began to scour the forums for information on my new baby. I have made some modifications from ...
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Mexico 2017 Part Siete

<< PREVIOUS This will be the last blog segment as we prepare to depart Mexico.  It is with mixed feelings that we contemplate leaving Queretaro, as our time here has left an indelible memory of mostly pleasant surroundings, experiences and encounters. The kindness, patience, and courtesy of Mexican citizens can't be over-emphasized.  Every aspect of life here seems to resonate a quiet, self-sufficient spirit, with a happy, contented sense of well-being, regardless of material possessions or financial status. We have been most impressed with the fastidious cleanliness of the streets and shops, the "after-you" courtesies that pedestrians (and vehicles) accord ...
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Mexico 2017 Part Seis

PREVIOUS                                 NEXT >> Miercoles 27 Julio Today was the big day! The day my bespoke hand tailored pantalones were to be ready. I eagerly skipped next door (literally) to the tiny tailor shop and had to wait outside while another patron took up the only remaining space inside the shop.  It gave me a chance to reflect on the freshly washed sidewalk outside, a daily practice of all the shopkeepers (likely government mandated as well). Finally it was my turn.. I stepped inside, and yes, ...
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Mexico 2017 Part Cinco

PREVIOUS                                 NEXT >> VIERNES 21 JULIO We are beginning to develop a workable routine for our days here in Queretaro.  After a long full day, we generally reserve the following day for rest and relaxation. At first my farm boy work ethic was resistant to the idea of just laying around all day, but then, when you think if it, the average American is just that:  Go to some fancy beach-side resort for a week, and lounge by the pool guzzling one of those fancy ...
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