Monday, March 21, 2011


The OL and I were leaving after visiting with some friends at a local pub for St. Patty’s day.  She needed a night out without kids and it was great night for a ride temp. wise.  I thought I parked in a safe spot, next to a curb in a parking lot, under some low tree branches.  My thinking was that all the cars were parked at least 20 feet or more away and should someone be intoxicated when leaving, then surely they would see the tree and know the curb was there, thus preventing my bike from getting hit.  I don’t like parking at places where people are partying and not being able to get a view of it whenever I feel like it but all the parking up front was taken due to the St. Patty’s festivities. 

Well we go out back, start the bike and the motor warms as I help my wife get her helmet strapped on and just generally prepared for the ride home.  She doesn’t ride much because she usually has the kids when I ride, but has been expressing a whole lot of interest lately.  Get her set, zip her purse up in my jacket so she doesn’t have to worry about anything but holding on, relaxing and enjoying the short cruise home. 

Both on bike, kickstand goes up, clutch in, downshift into first, give her “you ready?” and WHAM from behind, Jeep Cherokee bumper on my bike. I don’t let the bike go over, back into Neutral, kickstand down, look back “you alright”, a quick reply of, “I think so” she says, quickly glance at the back of the bike to see my new home made / custom fender with 2 week old paint laying bent over the rear tire.  The guy pulled up about 3 or 4 feet after he hit us and by the time he put it in park he was greeted by a man who felt like this guy just tried to seriously injure my wife.    There was no discussion after his door was opened for him.   My wrist and two outside fingers hurt like a son of a bitch for some reason now.  J

Anyways, riding season is here, keep your heads up, eyes and ears open, and rubber down.  All your ever going to get out of the asshole who hits you is a “I’m sorry…I didn’t see ‘em.”  Thankfully this was just a little reminder for me and the OL is doing fine. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Making a sissy bar

Getting it positioned.
Another look.
The tools I used.
Just need to add an extra bend, weld and paint now.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan's 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami

I cannot help but sit and ponder what the residents all across Japan are enduring throughout the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude. The shape of their country will literally and figuratively be altered forever. My heart hurts for them and my prayers are with them. My mind will not allow me to conceive any notion other than compassion and concern for these individuals. My Grandfather is a WWII vet who is still alive and was almost killed fighting the Japanese. As I have fought individuals and later had compassion for them and become friends, my blood is my Grandfather's blood, and I know he feels the same as I. The people of Japan are wonderful people who have a lot to admire and offer the world. Please keep them in your heart and mind as they struggle to understand and endure what has happened to them.


Cool Pic


Monday, March 14, 2011

Dismals Canyon

Go here because this place is awesome. The roads there are exceptional and is a great ride from anywhere in MS. Bear Creek is located directly next to the Canyon and has both 4 and 8 hour canoe runs. Also, this Sipsey Natioanl Forest and more camping is not too far away. Check it out at

Cool pics

I wonder what she's thinking.
Don't try this at home, and I'm wondering when people are going to stop.
Reminds me of my high school job watching people throw their paychecks at cherry machines for hours on end. Great pic.
Some things are essential on the road. Another super great pic.

These photos were taken by Steven Stone. Check him out at these two places.

Awesome Book

More Natural Bridge in Alabama

More Natural Bridge Trip

Above is my friend Michael I rode with.

Natural Bridge Trip

Finally got to put some miles on the bike this weekend. About 220 miles or so, and got to check out this neat little find in north Alabama.

Below is an indian face in the side of the rock.

Natural Bridge in Alabama. Spans over 126 ft. and is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Pics and work can be seen at

Some think sissy bars on swing arm chops are stupid. Personally, I think it's awesome, especially if done correctly because it looks good and helps add function if you actually ride the bike more than just to the local bike night. You gotta have a place to strap shit to.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stop Raining

Mann it just won't stop raining. It's suppose to be warmer, bluer skies this weekend though. Looking forward to taking a break from the office and putting some miles under the scoot.

Nice Scenery


Monday, March 7, 2011

Day Trippin'

This photo speaks volumes. Minimalist. I love it.

Not mine, took it from somebody who took it from somebody who...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clean and Simple

I'm pretty sure a dyna will be the next bike I own. It just doesn't take a whole lot to make one look super clean.