Autumn Melancholy

Inscription for fallen soldier at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.Passage of Time I noticed 100 years had passed since Mr. Dickey died in the Argonne Forest in World War One.  The museum displays memorials to individuals,…

Joys and Losses

Reminders of Days Long Past The sad news of the death of Marty Balin, a founder of Jefferson Airplane, transported me to being a teenager in college, connecting to a new world of ideas and…

Deceived by Sunlight

Vespa GTS scooter in the free motorcycle spaces on Allen Street in State College, Pennsylvania.Early in this season of cooler weather it’s easy to be tricked by the sun into believing it’s warm and pleasant…

View Camera Photography

Zone VI 4×5 view camera with 240mm Fujinon lens.After a long hiatus from shooting film I’ve put my Zone VI 4×5 view camera back into service for a new project.  It’s too early to describe…

Seeing With New Eyes

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust, Novelist (1871-1922) Channeling Proust Don’t remember the last time I’ve ridden through a new landscape, one…

Ride in the Country

Let the Ride Begin My friend Paul and I planned a short ride in the country culminating in breakfast and a return home.  Can’t always go on long adventures.  For awhile it seemed like I…

Finding the Past

My brand new 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie scooter at Kissell Motorsports.Love at First Sight in 2007 Doing a little housekeeping in Adobe Lightroom, I stumbled upon the first picture I made of my 2006 Vespa…

In Pursuit of Wildness: Zion National Park

In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two bank- and train-robbing bandits sought these red canyons as their hideout from the law. I was mesmerized by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in this modern-day…

Zen Motorcyclist: Breaking Chains

I’ve had the idea for this essay in the back of my mind for what seems like years now. It’s a natural part of the independence and self-reliance of motorcycling to want to do at…

Inflatable Airbag Vests and Jackets

Airbag technology has come a long way. The idea of absorbing impact with air goes back to the 1950s, but only in recent years has it become feasible and affordable for motorcycle usage—not just for…

Discover Kentucky’s beautiful State Parks

If you’re looking for delightful riding and country scenery, fall is the perfect time to discover the Blue Grass state and its 49 state parks, some of which feature resorts and campsites that offer special…