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Published on January 31, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

For over a week in the middle of January, I was one sick puppy. I had a fever that flirted with 103 degrees and the energy resembling that of a slab of meat. Concensus is that it was the flu, and if there is even a remote chance it can be prevented in the future,

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I have been giving my blog address to a few fellow travelers I meet along the way and I have mixed feelings about it. As you know, I make a lot of mechanical errors in my writing. It’s one thing to share my blog with family that overlooks my bad grammar but quite another to

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Published on January 13, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

In the place where I’m parked there are several pretty, young ladies all around me. Someone said I should try to hook up with one of them, but I’m afraid I would have better luck winning the billion dollar Power Ball lottery than that ever happening. However, if I was to win the lottery, it

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Published on January 8, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

Quartzsite has been pretty dull for a week now. The weather for the last four days has been rainy and cold and the desert empty of boondocking RV’S. Yesterday, many more rigs started filling the area where I was camped. I found myself trapped between a group advertising themselves as Solo SKP’s and another with

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Published on January 3, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

I’m parked on a lonely stretch of desert, just off Plomosa Road, nine miles north of Quartzsite AZ. There are a few RVs about but nothing like I have seen before. It is still early for the influx of snowbirds that come here for the mega reunion and event know as the big RV tent

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Published on November 19, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Yesterday I rode Honda up the Apache Trail. The road is paved for the first few miles and then becomes dirt just past a tourist settlement called Tortilla Flats. Along with hairpins turns and steep sections, the dirt surface is filled with potholes, ruts, and washboard ripples. It is a road suited more to motorcycles,

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Published on October 27, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

After four months of touring the northwest, I will return to the Phoenix area in a few days. I have seen a lot of beautiful country and enjoyed the rambling lifestyle that has become the trails of my retirement. People ask me what part of the country is my favorite and I have to say

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On Thursday I left the California coast and drove Rt. 299 from Eureka to Redding. In the small town of Big Bar there were dozens of PCT backpackers lining the streets all looking for a ride north. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has been ravaged by fire causing officials to close the trail and reroute hikers

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Published on October 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Highway 101 along the southern coast of Oregon is spectacular. The road is cut high in the cliffs and open to expansive views of ocean meeting land in violent beauty. There are many pull-out places scattered along the highway and it is hard to pass by even one. Last Sunday I rode down 101 from

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Published on October 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

What a ripoff this place is. I will steer clear of a laundromat like this in the future if I can help it. All the machines use something called an “easy card”, a credit card type of plastic that all washers and dryers require to operate. The card itself costs $.49 and is only good

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Published on October 7, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

One thing I’ve noticed about the back roads in Oregon is the lack of any shoulders. Only inches from the edge of the blacktop and lane marker the ground falls almost vertical to a deep ditch or dropoff. There is hardly any place to safely pull off the highway. In the event you are startled

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Published on October 2, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I drove back towards the coast and found a free campsite in the Tillamook State Forest. From there it was only 15 miles to the town of Tillamook and only 8 miles further to the Oregon Seashore. From my campsite here it is an easy ride on Honda to explore the coast. Tillamook has a

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Published on September 29, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Seattle is no fun to drive around. I stayed overnight at a Walmart a few miles north of Everett Friday night, took the tour of the Boeing plant the next day, found a fairground where the guy let camp for $5 Saturday night, and got up early to drive around Seattle on Sunday morning. Now

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Published on September 25, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Washington State is the location where the books and movies of the Twilight saga are based. The pacific northwest, because of its cloudy and rainy weather, is supposed to be the best place for vampires to live. We all know how vampires hate the sun and I’m getting to understand why they like it here

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Published on September 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

State Route 20 is a very scenic drive across northern Washington State. The highway snakes it way over passes and through meadows, meandering only a few miles south of British Columbia. I drove by pristine lakes, wide rivers, and dense forests that stretch for miles and miles on end. I would have liked to have

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Published on September 20, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

For a while now I have been wishing for a cup of hot chocolate on these chilly evenings. Every time I get groceries I mean to pick up some of those packets of powdered, instant hot chocolate, but I either forget or rule it out as a snack food that’s unhealthy for me. Then the

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On the second day of my stay near Troy, MT, a game warden stopped and informed me I was not allowed to camp there. I said I thought I was on national forest land. He said it was but a lumber company held the lease and didn’t allow camping. I like to think of it

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Published on September 15, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It has been raining a lot. I guess that is good as I head west into Washington where fires still burn. Northern California is still in bad shape and most who live there hope they get some rain soon. Mother Nature surly influences my journey while I try to evade the devastation she is causing

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Published on September 13, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

They figure that by 2030 all the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone. I guess it’s a good thing I decided not to wait until I’m 85 to see this park again. The campgrounds are expensive but also the best place to set up a base to see the park. I came in

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Published on September 10, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Great Falls, Montana turned out to be an expensive visit. As I entered town I saw a McDonald’s ahead, and being that i have not eaten a burger in several weeks, turned down the side road to park. I thought I would turn around and park heading out to make my departure easier. While making

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Published on September 7, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I hope I can get out of here in the next couple days. With all the rain over the last week, and pickup trucks driving back and forth across this muddy spot in the road, I’m a little concerned about making it out. When it is dry you can sometimes straddle the ruts, but if

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Published on August 27, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I spent the night in Gallatin National Forest at the end of a dirt road. It was a parking lot for a trailhead and not really a camping spot but nobody seemed to mind. In the morning I drove to White Sulphur Springs and stopped at the Ranger Station for the Lewis and Clark National

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Published on August 26, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It is time to move to a new location. I have enjoyed the area around Red Lodge with many motorcycle rides, visits to interesting landmarks, and trips into town. The weather has been almost perfect. A few chilly mornings and a little smoky haze from the western forest fires have not been a problem. Richard

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Published on August 21, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Yesterday I rode the Beartooth Highway to the top of the pass. It was a beautiful day for a motorcycle ride and a beautiful road for a motorcycle ride. The road is a marvel. My admiration to the engineering and building of such an awesome stretch of highway. After winding up through miles of switchbacks

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I’m in Montana at a town called Red Lodge. I stopped and talked with a ranger working at the Custer National Forest. He told me of some dispersed camping that sounded nice, so I will go check it out. He says there is no cell signal there so I will be out of touch for

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Published on August 16, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The mountain road that I’m camped on continues up to the Bridger Wilderness. I drove up the other day and was surprised to find about 50 cars parked at the trailhead. Some girls loading up backpacks told me it is a very popular trail system. These rugged mountains are home to grizzly bears so everyone

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Published on August 12, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This is just a quick post to report my position. The cell signal here is poor so I may not stay very long. It was an uneventful drive of about 200 miles into Wyoming. I found a campsite in the Bridger – Teton National Forest a few miles north of Pinedale, WY. Pinedale is about

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Published on August 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The weather was better this morning so I decided to ride to Flaming Gorge Dam. I also needed drinking water and thought I could find a campground with a spigot. The highway to the dam was above 8000 feet for most of the way, so it was a chilly ride until the road dropped 2000

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Published on August 7, 2015, by admin in Pieces of my Mind.

Here’s my dilemma: When it’s rainy or cold I spend more time inside watching tv, and that means I use more electricity than my solar can recover. I can run the generator to charge but it’s not free like the sun, so I decided to construct a way to use my small tv when I

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Published on August 5, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Minnie and I are in the Ashley National Forest, a stones throw from Flaming Gorge National Rec Area and the border of Wyoming. We only traveled about 150 mile today. I was pretty lazy this morning and didn’t get on the road until 10:30. It seem like the longer I stay in a place the

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