Last week a small group of us rode our motorcycles to the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. Many of our friends and family were concerned that the event would be a free-for-all for covid, and in some respects, they were right. It probably will be a super-spreading event. Because of that, … Continue reading Cruisin’ the Black Hills
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”~Edmund Hillary New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary was born on this day in 1919.
“There is nothing more difficult to measure than the value of visible emotion.”~Gertrude Bell English writer, traveler, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist Gertrude Bell was born on this day in 1868.
I’ve spent the last few days reviewing the stories I plan to use in my collection. I took down the works as posted and am in the process of reworking them to fit the new narrative. While I have a long way to go, I can see a possible direction this compilation could take. I’ve … Continue reading When Art Imitates Life
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun I’ve been staring at a blank page for the last hour or so trying to think what to write. It’s not that my mind is empty, it’s not. Right now, my thoughts are a whirl of the events happening not just in the greater world, but events closer to home. I’m … Continue reading Anticipation
First Reader and I have spent many summer vacations traveling the western US from the saddles of our iron ponies. Back in 2008, a group of friends approached us about taking a two-week motorcycle trip to Yellowstone National Park. We thought it would be fun since we love to ride, and I had never been … Continue reading Looking Back on a Summer Vacation
After spending three weeks (and then some) riding from our home base to the Puget Sound region, then down the west coast, we were ready to get home. We had careers to get back to. We left California and rode east on Interstate 80—not our favorite highway—to Nevada. Now, Nevada is one of those western … Continue reading Trip of a Lifetime, Part VI
We left Port Orchard in the rain, of course. Wet was the theme down the coast. The misty conditions stayed with us until we left the peninsula and turned south onto US Hwy 101. The clouds stuck with us for the next few days. (C) 2014 JJ Shaun The cloudy conditions lent an ethereal beauty … Continue reading Trip of a Lifetime, Part IV
For a group that manages to get moving at the crack of noon, we got an early start to our last day in the Black Hills. Best Riding Friend packed up and got ready to head home. First Reader and I had a bit more to do to get the camper ready to roll down, … Continue reading Trip of a Lifetime, Part II
The day started out warm and sunny, a typical August day. Three of us loaded our iron ponies, mounted up, and headed north toward Rapid City, South Dakota. (C) 2014 JJ ShaunLeaving for Sturgis, South Dakota.L to R: First Reader, Best Riding Friend, me. The ride was uneventful until the weather near Torrington, Wyoming, turned … Continue reading Trip of a Lifetime, Part I