Labor Day Adventures, Part 2 (Sunday)


After riding Ohio State Routes 83 and 339 on Saturday (Sept. 4), I did a shorter and less technical route on Sunday. I had a lot to do around the house during Labor Day weekend and couldn’t spend a lot of time on the road all three days. I made Sunday my short ride day and decided to explore a section of freeway I hadn’t ridden before.

Three Things I Am Looking Forward To at the 2021 MSTA Mail Pouch Fly-By Rally


Of all the motorcycle events I attend each year, the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association’s Mail Pouch Fly-By rally is perhaps the one I look forward to most.  As best I can recall, the Fly-By was the first MSTA regional rally I attended and -- though I now don’t live too far from the rally’s host… Continue reading Three Things I Am Looking Forward To at the 2021 MSTA Mail Pouch Fly-By Rally

The Most Uplifting Five Miles I’ve Ridden


My first motorcycle ride of 2021 was a scant six miles long, but it was one of the meaningful rides in my 14 years of practicing the motorcycling lifestyle. I didn’t go anywhere exciting, didn’t stop anywhere noteworthy or break some personal mileage record. It was meaningful because it was a symbolic victory for me, and I haven’t had many victories lately.

A Glove for Every [Touring] Occasion


Those who have talked with me about motorcycle touring have more than likely heard me use the phrase, “It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.” This maxim applies to many aspects of packing for an overnight motorcycle trip, but really hits home when it comes to riding gloves.

Ridin’ in the Cold with Friends


After a few busy weekends, I finally had a free day to get some saddle time in on Oct. 25. The rather chilly few hours on the bike with two friends in tow featured some good times on fun, twisty southeast Ohio roads, as well as some experience riding in the cold for the least-seasoned member of the group.

Looking back on my SaddleSore 1000


Well, it was finally done in the wee hours of the morning on June 7, and I still don’t know how to feel about completing my Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 1000 ride. On the one hand, it’s great to have a membership in the IBA pending. That said, the ride was anything but exciting. For… Continue reading Looking back on my SaddleSore 1000

Unexpected Fun: My End of May Rides


After a couple successful outings on my Yamaha FJR1300 during Memorial Day weekend, I decided to try out a couple loop routes the next weekend that I had created on Google Maps . The routes included some roads I had ridden before -- though that was five or more years ago -- but I was… Continue reading Unexpected Fun: My End of May Rides

Ride Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2020


With travel restrictions in Ohio freshly lifted, I was ready to put a few hundred miles on my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 during this year’s Memorial Day weekend. Though I didn’t achieve the 700 miles I had hoped to ride, I ended up getting a chance to ride with a friend/re-entry rider; got to ride one… Continue reading Ride Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Ride Report: Beaverdam and Back 2020


Despite chilly conditions, I used Saturday afternoon to take my first “real” motorcycle ride of 2020--my traditional season-opening run to Beaverdam, Ohio. While the ride over mostly flat terrain was cold and unimaginative, the shakedown cruise went smoothly--spare realizing I had forgotten to reinstall a couple small parts--and Jadzia the Yamaha FJR1300 is now ready… Continue reading Ride Report: Beaverdam and Back 2020