Sunday, May 22, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway - 2014

Two years ago Teresa and I spent a week travelling the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Here's a post I wrote but never shared here from that trip.

Over the past 4 1/2 days Teresa and I covered all 469 miles of the the Blue Ridge Parkway and every moment I was awe struck by the beauty of God's creation.
We saw a black bear near Gatlinburg - was a little concerned that the stopped traffic would park there a little too long (no protection on the bike) - elk in Maggie Valley and deer scattered all along the way. We even saw a rafter of turkeys the would fill several dozen holiday tables.
It was a leisurely pace, seldom riding more than 6 or 7 hours a day. That stop-and-go-as-we-want attitude provided the opportunity to take more of our surroundings in than if we forced ourselves to make a certain destination by a particular time.
Travel on the parkway was such a pleasure. With the exception of Gatlinburg, there was hardly any traffic. Only 4 times did other vehicles follow us or we followed others. We would travel 8 or 9 miles before we would encounter on coming traffic. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say we saw more biclists than cars and trucks. This weekend will be different with all the holiday travelers.
Tomorrow, we route back to the interstate and once again join the real world congestion where everyone is racing toward their destination at 75+ miles an hour. The forecast is for more perfect weather - thank you God. Too bad the Parkway doesn't head to Ohio.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Be Real

I stumbled across a blog from The Cheap Biker today that pretty much nailed important aspects of the biker community or any group for that matter.  He speaks about being genuine and being authentic.  These attributes speak to character.   You can read the blog post here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I might be coming back with more regularity.  Two years is long time away...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Slow Start to Spring

Two weeks at her new home and less than 400 miles on the odometer.  I'm telling myself that it's due to the slow start to Spring that central Ohio is getting this year.  The lawn has been cut twice in that same time, but I've only enjoyed one day trip on the Road Glide.  Let's hope that doesn't become a habit.

The news events of the past week have been saddening: the Boston Marathon bombings and the factory explosion in West, Texas. The news of the death and capture of the suspected bombers does nothing to lift my spirits.  I'm glad they have been apprehended but I cannot celebrate their demise or capture.  My thoughts and prayers are still with the victims and their families, not for the two brothers that caused so much pain.

And then I learned that as many as 12 bodies have been found in West, Texas, presumably, those of first responders.  What a loss to the small community of West, Texas. 

I still have not decided on a name for my new lady.  I anticipate a long relationship, so choosing a name, if done at all, requires due consideration. 

Ride Safe!

Doug C

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Farewell to Lady

      For five seasons I have enjoyed the company of a fine Lady logging more than 50,000 miles, a few heart aches, and more fond memories than I could ever find the time to share.  The Lady was a 2007 C50T and yesterday she went to a new home.  I know that she will continue to provide good times for her new owner.

    Lady moved on because I have a new interest in my life.  Oh, I'm not putting away my riding gloves, yet.   Over the years, the lady with whom I share a bed, has made it clear to me that while Lady was a great first bike, she lacked certain amenities, amenities like a seat as comfortable as a Lazy Boy.  That's one of the reasons why my new interest is a 2013 Road Glide Ultra similar to the one pictured above.

   The new bike is approximately 350 pounds heavier than Lady, but you couldn't tell by the way she handles.  It has such a low center of gravity I barely need to shift my weight for "U" turns.  The air ride suspension turns even the most washboard road to new pavement.  However, the feature that my life long lady appreciates most is...  the radio/sound system.  It's almost as if she would rather listen to music than hear what I have to say.  I can't blame her, I know I would. 

More later.  Ride Safe!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

I saw this posted by a friend about my town and had to share it. Rule #17 - Never take yourself too seriously.