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R2R Intro to Dual Sporting – A moto camping adventure

The first (hopefully annual) Ruts to Racelines – Intro to Dualsporting event in George Washington National Forest in VA was a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Part rider training, part ladies only adv/dual sport trip, lots of fun:) As … Continue reading

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Hiking Bearwallow Mtn and Trombatore Trails near Chimney Rock, NC

If summer hiking in NC, go early and go high. 7 miles before lunch, with elevations over 3000 ft, the highest trails we could find in the immediate area, were thankfully not too bad for heat and humidity (my nemesis). … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Ina Coleman

Ina Coleman – Australian trials rider, and hard enduro racer. She has skills for days: I love watching people ride like this, especially women my size. While I have no desire to race, much less hard enduro, it inspires me … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Life has many risks. The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”  – Randy Komisar, The Monk … Continue reading

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What is Adventure Motorcycling?

When asked to explain adventure motorcycling to the uninitiated, I usually distill it down to something like: “Traveling by motorcycle both on and off road on multi-day or longer trips.” But that explanation isn’t really sufficient. I doubt I could … Continue reading

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“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

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Moto Heroes – Taye Perry

I have a lot of admiration for the determination and perseverance of rally racers. You have to really want it to rally race, especially at the world rally level, and even more so to race the Dakar. It takes a … Continue reading

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“In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy. In the vast library of socialist theory (and in all of … Continue reading

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GPMX

What a difference a year makes. I took this GPMX dirt bike class a year ago, and just had such a good time, I signed up for it again this year. After the class last year, I bought my first … Continue reading

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Hiking the Rock Castle Gorge Trail VA

Hiking 11 miles and over 1800 ft of climb in elevation (which we then had to descend) in one day is more than we’ve attempted in recent years. It turned out to be entirely worth it. We’d never hiked the … Continue reading

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“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Megan Griffiths (Megs Braap)

Megan Griffiths, Megs Braap, Megan Griffiths Enduro/Racing – Canadian off-road racer, dirt bike enthusiast, general moto riding phenom, and creator of much appreciated video tutorials. I just discovered her recently, and her skills are blowing me away. This is the … Continue reading

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“I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, no matter how badly it’s written, has a distinct therapeutic value because all of it has as its primary postulate that the world does … Continue reading

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Mayo River State Park

Most of North Carolina’s State Parks have been temporarily closed due to the pandemic. I had hoped that our small local Mayo River State Park would remain open, but it was finally closed off as well until sometime in May. … Continue reading

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Ride and hike – Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve (Bent Mountain Falls)

We don’t usually combine the two, but since the weather was too perfect to decide between going for a ride, and going for a hike, we decided to do both. Inexplicably, we’re still occasionally finding new places to explore within … Continue reading

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“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

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Moto Heroes – Joey Evans – Death before DNF

“I’ve realized that when things are really tough and there seems no hope for the future, it’s sometimes just Chapter One of a really cool story, and the ending is entirely up to you.” – Joey Evans How far would … Continue reading

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“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold … Continue reading

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TET – Trans European Trail

If I could do whatever I wanted in life, I would definitely spend some time touring around Europe on a motorcycle via riding the TET. (Not right now obviously. This is assuming the Covid-19 outbreak calms down and we’re all … Continue reading

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“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” ― Milton Friedman

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Spring

March in NC is the time of year when we’re reminded where all of the pear trees are growing. Earlier this month, we enjoyed the show from some wild trees along our evening walk.

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NEBDR

The tracks for the new 1400 mile North East Backcountry Discovery Route (NEBDR) were published in January this year. I pre-ordered the Butler map for the route before it even started shipping in February. I’m pretty excited about riding it. … Continue reading

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“Many people die at twenty five, and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Moto Heroes – Linda Bick

“57 Years of Global Biking. Port Lincoln’s Linda Bick is a global adventurer. From finding herself in the middle of an earthquake in Pakistan to negotiating bordercrossing across Asia, she’s travelled by motorbike to five continents since the 1960s. And … Continue reading

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Trans America Trail (TAT)

This is a pretty neat article on the Trans America Trail, a cross country route of mostly off-pavement travel developed by a very dedicated motorcycle enthusiast. ( “Dirt Road America” was published in The New Yorker in November 2019. Hopefully … Continue reading

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