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The Truth about Riding Motorcycles

This blog was prompted, believe it or not, by a troll comment on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page.  This particular fellow was egging on Harley riders by posting pictures of his lime-green sport motorcycle, boasting about how it outperformed Harley motorcycles in every way imaginable:  better acceleration, better handling, better brakes… on and on. He might well… Continue reading The Truth about Riding Motorcycles

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Life, Liberty, and non-travel stories · Pennsylvania · Ride Back Roads

My Time in the Fast Lane, as Lived by a Moderately Slow Man

A story about life, liberty, and riding motorcycles, written by guest author Brian Kohl: You ever plan the way something is going to go, and it blows up in your face? Like most people, I have faced a few life-changing decisions in the past few years. I exited the military after almost 8 years of… Continue reading My Time in the Fast Lane, as Lived by a Moderately Slow Man

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528 to Foxburg

Words cannot describe last night’s ride.  I’m going to try, but I’m sure I’m going to fail miserably.  The ride cam wasn’t set up, but even if it had been, I’ve not been thrilled with it lately so I don’t know how good of pictures I would’ve gotten.  One final caveat – I’ve been proclaiming this… Continue reading 528 to Foxburg

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An all-around Awesome Ride (including a free Pyrotechnics Guild show)

More than anything, I loved this ride because the scenery was absolutely sensational and the roads were incredibly twisty, winding, hilly bastards that demanded focus and energy.  It was an all-around great ride.  I would highly recommend you try it.  There are a ton of things to see, down, eat, and experience all along this… Continue reading An all-around Awesome Ride (including a free Pyrotechnics Guild show)

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The Trip that Started it all… (Part 3 – DC to Pittsburgh – 380 miles)

Leaving the DC area wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  Route 50 was, once we got outside the urban sprawl, an unbelievably beautiful ride and road. It cuts straight through some of Virginia’s oldest colonial villages and farmland. The presence of American history along this old trade route is so prevalent… Continue reading The Trip that Started it all… (Part 3 – DC to Pittsburgh – 380 miles)

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The Trip that started it all….. (Part 2 – Richmond to DC – 125 miles)

Saturday’s ride from Richmond to DC provided us with ideal weather – high 60’s to low 70’s, mostly clear with a couple cottony clouds breaking up the uniformity of the bright powder-blue sky.  After back-tracking on 250 West from Richmond, we picked up 522 North. The first 20 – 25 miles on 522 wound and… Continue reading The Trip that started it all….. (Part 2 – Richmond to DC – 125 miles)

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The Trip that started it all….. (Part 1 – Pittsburgh to Richmond – 375 miles)

A couple quick thoughts before I begin.  First, this map is close to our actual ride, but not exact.  I removed the destinations to protect the privacy of those we visited.  Second, this ride (and blog) was broken up over three days – Pittsburgh to Richmond, Richmond to DC, and DC back to Pittsburgh.  Third,… Continue reading The Trip that started it all….. (Part 1 – Pittsburgh to Richmond – 375 miles)

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Fern Hollow – 15 miles

So, you have to write when the muse is around, right?  So I’ve heard.  Anyway, I’ve been sitting on the back porch with Sammy, enjoying the beautiful weather, reading and working on my beer, and the mood struck.  I’ve really wrestled about which back road that I wanted to write about first – should I… Continue reading Fern Hollow – 15 miles