Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big Loop: Florida to California and back: June 2018

I have a little time “between jobs” so I planned a little unplanned ride. A bunch of my motorcycle enthusiast friends—mostly recently retired guys with time on their hands— inspired me to get my bike out on the road. So I threw a leg over my big Triumph yesterday morning and left Tampa Bay for a 5k + mile ride to CA and back.

I haven’t really planned the route out yet, but I plan to see some friends and family along the way.

I’ll decide on a fun route back when I get to Cali. Likely going to return via the I-40.

I’m not planning to Iron Butt it (1k+ miles a day) but you never know.

So far I’ve done a couple 600+ mile days. I ended yesterday’s ride in Gautier, Mississippi after a good 100 mile soaking, starting in Pensacola, Florida and all the way through Alabama. I finelly threw in the towel when my phone was found floating in a waterproof jacket pocket...DOA. I replaced that at a local store for a cost more than my first 3 motorcycles...combined!

I left Mississippi early and went right through Louisiana. I missed Houston traffic but caught the late San Antonio traffic. The weather wasn’t bad at all. A little warm at times but tolerable. Stopped in Kerrville, Texas for the night.

I was so wet from the Florida to Mississippi soaking that my jacket didn’t dry until Houston and my gloves finally dried out in San Antone! Good times.

I had a little scare when my rear tire got squirrelly at about 60 MPH in a lightning storm. Pucker factor 10!

I’m hoping to make New Mexico or Arizona tomorrow and I’ll roll into San Diego sometime on Friday.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Motorcycling: Lifestyle or hobby

I read an article on men’s hobbies this morning and motorcycling was mentioned. I sure do enjoy the motorbike lifestyle. I’ve met some of my favorite people on bikes.

Whether riding cross-country or tinkering in the garage, plenty of men enjoy being a motorcyclist. This hobby is sure to reward its practitioner in more than just gas mileage and technical knowledge, though — books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft argue for the many mental and philosophical benefits of motorcycling as well:

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” — Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for Eagle Mike

For those who know and love Eagle Mike, you may know that he’s facing some health challenges right now. And anyone who owns a KLR knows what Mike has done for the KLR community.

He’s a helluva guy and I know he and Geneva would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as he goes through chemo. #CancerSucks

Cards can be mailed here:

Mike Cowlishaw

c/o Eagle Mfg & Eng

380 Vernon St “D”

El Cajon, CA 92020