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Connect Deep

The people and places I’ve encountered on my travels have taught me the importance of connecting with the natural world and to other people in ways that have made me more human and humane.

It’s Never Too Late!

Shirly learned to ride a motorcycle in her 70's! Isn't she radiant?

Earlier this week I talked about relaunching your life and blowing out the cobwebs. If you think I was talking to someone younger than you, I’m going to introduce you to someone who will inspire you to think differently. Meet my friend Shirly, from southern Idaho. I met her in …

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Getting Unstuck

Tamela and her motorcycle helmet

Three years ago this month, I took the first step to re-launching my life by signing up to take the Motorcycle Foundation Safety (MSF) class at my local community college. Here’s a video clip from that class.   People at all stages and walks of life get that stuck feeling …

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Great River Road and Women With Drive

When I talked about the headwaters of the Mississippi River earlier this week, I didn’t mention that you can ride alongside the Mississippi from there to the Gulf of Mexico. Ten states collaborated and cooperated to form the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, which runs from north to south in this order: Minnesota, Wisconsin, …

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Mississippi Headwaters and Aspiration

We think of the Mississippi as a mighty force, which it is, but I want to talk about the headwaters near Lake Itasca in Minnesota. It’s pretty ordinary looking, eh? Little more than a stream. Here’s a video I took from there. There, the average flow rate is 6 cubic …

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Motels without Ratings

  I’ve said before, finding a place to sleep near the oil region of North Dakota is a challenge.  I had planned to get to Miles City, Montana before the end of the day, but a storm blew in west of Dickinson. I took the snapshot above from the gas station …

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Water, Gravel and the Serenity Prayer

Learning to ride a motorcycle through deep water has allegories to navigating a tough spot in life. I learned that if you try to dash through deep water as fast as possible, you’re likely going to take a spill because you create too much wake, which pushes the bike over. Slow and …

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An Old Yeller Moment

Denbeigh, the beloved Corgi

My first roadtrip in 2010 began with a premonition that my beloved dog Denbeigh wouldn’t live to see me return. He’d been having seizures for about nine months and the vet advised that even if he could figure out what was wrong, which would be expensive, there was not likely to be …

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Who’s Controlling Your Story?

Here I am on my first solo road trip, crossing the Mississippi River.

Before I hit the road for the first time in 2010 I carried a heavy load of guilt and shame for a failed business. Family and friends had backed me and the debt was more than I could hope to repay. I let my life be filtered through the lens …

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Take a Chance

Baha'i Temple in Wilmette IL

Although I’ve been a declared Baha’i since 1990, it took my first cross-country motorcycle trip in 2010 to bring me to the Baha’i House of Worship, situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Wilmette, Illinois. I caught my first glimpse of its lacy dome over the treetops as I …

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Celebrating Outlaws

Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum

There’s a pervasive spirit out west that celebrates and immortalizes its scofflaws and outlaws. Josie Morris, a cattle rustler and bootlegger, is even immortalized at Dinosaur National Monument, where her cabin is an interpretive site. I visited the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum in Rawlins on a recommendation from Roadside America, which …

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