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Published on July 29, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

Sometimes you get a feeling you should check something. I pulled apart Minnie’s air breather and took out the air filter to find it had been chewed by a rodent. I’m not sure how long Minnie’s engine has been suckling dust through the hole, but it gave me a new perspective on keeping an eye

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Published on July 25, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

After spending 10 days camped in the Dixie National Forest in Utah, I packed up and headed for Great Basin National Park, located just inside the eastern border of Nevada. The Park was not far from the circular route of my summer plans this year so I decided to check it out and spend a

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

My sister Donna drove her motorhome to Flagstaff a few days ago and camped three days with me in the Coconino National Forest. While she was there we rode on Honda up to Lowell Observatory and took a guided tour of the restored original telescope. It was quite interesting but we both agreed the tour

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Published on June 27, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

Flagstaff has a few interesting tourist sites in and around the city. I have been to most of them on past visits but I find there are reasons to see them again. First of all, the places are fun to experience again, and secondly, I am building my trust back in Honda as I ride

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Published on June 26, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

You never know what you’ll find while out walking in the woods. The other day I discovered an abandoned, family dump area only a few hundred yards from my camp that held the remains of discarded metal parts and tin cans. A lot of the trash was remains of some broken appliance or car part,

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Published on April 29, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

I was getting tired of all the cold and rainy weather near Payson so I broke camp this morning and headed south. Just a few miles from Phoenix there is a recreation area I had read about in another blog and I decided to check it out. Buckeye Hills Recreation Area lies a few miles

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Published on April 19, 2016, by admin in Adventure.

For the last three weeks I have been camping a few miles north of Phoenix, AZ near the towns of Payson and Cottonwood. The temperature is about 10 degrees cooler at both those locations than it is at the lower altitude around Phoenix, and it has been a good compromise between the weather near Flagstaff

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

There was a story told to me by two people camped here at Gunsight Wash about a woman and her son who lived in the desert behind the BLM boondocking area. She was known as the crazy lady. Sometimes people get an unflattering label attached to them just because they are different than what we

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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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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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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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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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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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