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Snappy Lunch

I enjoyed this article on the history of a local favorite: Snappy Lunch’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwich It’s the only Mount Airy business ever mentioned during the eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show. And it’s not only the show … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Oak Ridge TN to Home

Oak Ridge was more or less “on our way” back from Alabama, and the riding in eastern TN is always something to look forward to. The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN, while touting the area’s … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Birmingham, and Huntsville US Space and Rocket Center

After the noise and chaos that was the very fun Barber Vintage Fest, neither of us really wanted to spend time in a city, and would have preferred to camp somewhere quiet for a night. However, who knows when we’ll … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – 12th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

2016 marks the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. The Barber Motorsports Park is home to an excellent road-racing track, as well as the annual vintage festival, which has become a very large … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Home to Barber Vintage Fest

Somehow, we managed to squeeze in a week+ long moto trip into 2016 after all. The Barber Vintage Festival is an annual gathering at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. Word has it that the festival has become quite the … Continue reading

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Moto Day Ride – Reed Creek Mill

Of course its a hydropower site visit, made even better because we took the bikes. On a hot summer day, we look forward to riding at higher elevations. Twisty roads in slightly cooler air in the mountains make for a … Continue reading

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MSF – Intro to Trail Riding

Despite not having any time lately for anything but work or house build related activities, I’m really glad we made time last weekend to travel to Georgia for another moto riding clinic. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my … Continue reading

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Moto Photos

Its not all work and house build – the weather is getting really nice, and we were able to take a day off to go riding. I only have these few moto tag cell phone photos, but right now that’s … Continue reading

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Woodsons Mill

Back in October, we took advantage of a beautiful sunny day to ride up to Woodson’s Mill in VA, a historic, working grist mill with two waterwheels. We talked to the owners about various technical approaches for converting this micro … Continue reading

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2015 Blue Ridge Trail

So we finally got around to riding the rest of the Blue Ridge Trail (BRT).  We hadn’t actually taken any overnight moto trips since our epic Alaska adventure last summer, so by late summer this year, we were ready to … Continue reading

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Cornerspeed at VIR

It’s time to share another incredibly fun motorcycle experience: Kevin and I attended the Cornerspeed riding school recently, which is held on track at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Neither of us had ridden on a track before this school, and … Continue reading

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Scenic Ride

A few pics from a recent ride in Jefferson National Forest, which included a few miles of unpaved forest roads:

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MotoMark1 Maximum Control Level 1

A few years ago I set an informal goal to take one moto riding skills class every year. I started with Cornerspin in 2012 (which set the expectations mighty high for excellent moto riding class experiences, plus Kevin took that … Continue reading

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January Moto

This weekend, it turned out that Sunday was even warmer than Saturday, when we went on a hike (evidence below), with highs in the 50s and sunny. In the middle of January. This is part of why I love North … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Great Adventures – crossing paths again

Remember when we met Andrew Siess this summer at a rest stop in North Dakota, on our way to Alaska on an epic moto adventure? (Third picture down on this page.) Andrew is walking (and sometimes running, or sailing) around … Continue reading

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2014 Moto Alaska Photo Gallery

This gallery contains 126 photos.

There are too many photos to put the entire trip into one gallery (hundreds just seems too many to me), but I still like having a photo gallery as an easy way to scroll through the photos without combing through … Continue reading

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Moto AK – Trip Stats

As an aspiring map geek, you know I love to post maps of our trip routes. However, I’m annoyed, because GeoCommons, the usual service I use, is totally non-functional right now, and won’t let me upload any data. So here’s … Continue reading

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Moto AK – Back Home!

8/22/2014 – 464 mi – NE to IA Iowa is the last new moto state for the trip, and makes the 44th state overall we’ve ridden in.

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Moto AK – Black Hills SD

8/20/2014 – 346 mi – MT,  SD Maybe every trip needs bunnies. They’re pretty cute. They wander somewhat fearlessly (for rabbits) around the campground in Hardin, MT.

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Moto AK – Glacier National Park MT

8/18/2014 – 184 mi The “Going to the Sun Road” through Glacier National Park in Montana is another famous road on the “must ride” list, and since I’ve never been to GNP, it seemed like a nice place to explore … Continue reading

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Moto AK – South to the Lower 48

8/15/2014 – 340 mi south on the Alcan to Pink Mountain The Alcan north of Fort Nelson is very scenic, and makes for fairly fast traveling (excluding any construction zones obviously). South of Fort Nelson is oil country, and the … Continue reading

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Moto AK – So long for now Alaska, South on the Alcan to Liard Hot Springs BC

8/12/2014 – 385 mi – So Long for Now Alaska, Ride from Valdez to Alcan, headed south Once again, 50 Miles north of Valdez, the weather was dry and sunny. Valdez was the last hurrah for this trip. It’s a … Continue reading

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Moto AK – Valdez Kayak Tour

8/11/2014 – Valdez Kayak Tour I really, really wanted to do some kayaking while in Alaska, and Valdez was my last chance. We signed up for a tour with Anadyr Adventures to fresh water kayak in the glacial lake created … Continue reading

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Moto AK – Flight seeing to Talkeetna

8/9/2014 – Flight seeing to Talkeetna The Alaskan way to see Alaska is by air, so when we were offered a flight seeing trip from one of our awesome hosts, of course we said yes (we actually had multiple offers … Continue reading

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Moto AK – Anchorage Aviation Museum and Moto Maintenance

8/7/2014 – 213 mi Tomorrow is a scheduled moto maintenance day, so we needed to be close to the Anchorage area so we could get to the shop and do some oil changes and put new tires on Kevin’s bike … Continue reading

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