The leaves were turning, the weather was perfect with a light cooling mist washing away the heat of the summer. A twinge, a tightness, ignored in the ecstasy of freedom on the trail. My non-medical diagnosis, I’d been sitting in the car to long and just needed to stretch a bit more, and clearly just … Continue reading Hitch in the Giddy-Up
At our farm in West Virginia, my dad built the “throne room.” He felt that business, if conducted outside, should be accomplished with a spectacular view in every direction. One could take their private meetings by sun, shower, or star. Our trip so far has offered a varietal of "business" opportunities. Some more promising than … Continue reading Ode to “Go”
As I said hello again to Buck for the next segment of our journey, we said goodbye in style to Yousuf and Stephanie with one last adventure in California. A hike into Lake Aloha, a teal blue oasis amid the peaks still capped in summer snow, was a perfect send off. We stopped briefly at … Continue reading Aloha, Aloha
3000 miles down, 8k+ to go. This van was no cat purring it's way across I-90 like a bat mobile in stealth mode. Manual crank windows, non-adjustable seats, and zero-cruise control. Zero to sixty in 420 seconds, this baby can roll with the best of them, but boy is it noisy. We wandered through DIY … Continue reading DIY $15 Fairing
I convinced a body building protein eating machine to play the endurance junky game for a couple days; hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountain Bike in Truckee, and play in Lake Tahoe. Truckee, I love the name of this place, so fun to say. Truckee, Truckee, Truckeeeeeee! I did a little digging on Trail Forks … Continue reading Public Lands, how I love thee.
Yousuf and I made our way through the devastated remains show signs of renewed life. We found the Broke-off mountain trail provided enough challenge to satiate my daily adventure goal with a magnificent view of Lassen Peak proper at its summit. A photo reflection.
Bug, age unknown, was tragically lost on highway I90 this past month. Though its' passing was sudden and unanticipated, death was instant. Bug was survived by millions of siblings, both parents were lost only moments before in similar circumstances. The family of the decedent may soon follow their ancestors fate in future vehicular encounters. Bug … Continue reading Obituary
Buck flew to San Diego I enjoy rolling solo. I enjoy being on my own schedule, I enjoy doing random things. I enjoy chasing my own adventures. I DO NOT enjoy driving. .... Mission: convince Yousuf to take a 4 hour late night greyhound bus and meet me in Redding for more adventures.
I would compare our first month on the road to a spirograph. Starting with the circle and back again, slightly askew for a few unplanned adventures. Da Doo... The wild fires decimating the north west filled our path with smoke, and the impending eclipse, we had to modify our trajectory a couple of times. Shoop … Continue reading it was a total eclipse of the sun…almost
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