Ride to Camp – Camp to Ride

Battery Bank

I don’t know if I have a charging problem or just a weak battery, but lately I have been having trouble starting the bike. Not all the time; in fact, very rarely, but always when the weather is miserable, and I am trying to get home. It happened again yesterday. I had...

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A February Excursion

This story first appeared in  International Sidecar Traveller #29 December, 2016   It’s been a cold winter, with temperatures in the single digits. Storm after storm has swept in from the ocean, dumping rain and snow across the Pacific Northwest. We've had some...

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Why I Am Not A Cat Person

It was one of those spells we get in January; a couple of weeks of clear, dry weather with the temperatures stuck in the teens. I had seen an ad in the paper for a BMW powered reverse trike up in The Dalles. I envisioned something like a Morgan. Two wheels in front,...

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January Rain

Five to five and the last patients have left the office. The doctors are finishing their dictation; the office staff have locked the doors, turned off the lights and gone home. I clean the surgical instruments and shut off the machines, flipping the breaker on the...

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New Years Solo Camp with Dogs

December 31, 2018 Sunset 4:33 PM  January 1, 2019 Moonrise 3:28 AM, waning crescent Sunrise 7:49 AM   I found myself at loose ends for New Year's Eve. Amy was in California visiting relatives and both my brothers were busy. I had to work that morning, but I had...

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Throwback Thursday-New Years Day 2015

Several years ago Andy and I went for a little New Years Day ride up Lost Lake Road to Lolo Pass. Turning off FS 18, we followed a spur road which ran a short way along the West Fork of the Hood River, before ending in a clearing above a stream flowing into the river....

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A December Excursion

Saturday morning, I installed a fresh tire on the front of the bike, a match to the new knobby I put on the rear last weekend, complete with ice screws. Now that I was ready for Winter, the temperatures had risen above freezing.          ...

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Throwback Thursday – The Solstice Tree

Walter, Andy and I decorated a random tree out in the woods on Solstice Day. The  snow was deep and it took us several attempts to get up the ridge. We tried Pinemont Road and I got stuck.       Even with chains on his KLR, my brother didn't make it...

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Throwback Thursday: Beaver Creek Run Part 3

Beaver Creek Run Part 3 It was early afternoon but it seemed much later. The sky was dark and the clouds came right down to the pavement in torrents. Water streamed across every flat surface, cold and black and dirty. When we got to Corvallis we stopped at a...

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