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Yamaha Maxim X750 1985 – Shared Bike

Maya and Kevlar shared ownership, experiences, and riding (single and double) on this bike.  Maya's Experience - A near death collision causes Maya to give up motorcycling Kevlar's Experience - A new chapter in road bikes Road bike? WTF. Well, I didn’t quite know what I really wanted. It … [Read more...]

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BMW F650GS Dakar 2007

I spent a lot of time on the internet trying to find this bike. I specifically wanted the Dakar; it was set up slightly more off-road than the standard GS, more suspension and a 21” front tire. It proved to be a challenging task. In 2008 BMW no longer made this model. And there wasn’t a dealer in … [Read more...]

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The trail of closed lighthouses

We woke up in some town, not sure where. Was it Cambria? No wait. It was Monterey Bay. Losing track. We drove the coastal highway today, stopping at fruit stands and nibbling on fresh berries all along the way. We drove from state park to state park, looking to see what we could … [Read more...]

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The BMW has gone Utahn… or Utahan?

I lived in Utah for 27 years; you would think I would know the answer to this question. I guess it could easily be Utahian, or maybe an ite? How about Utahtite? Playing catch-up on the blog today, I thought I would wind my year up and finish lose ends. When last I wrote, Michael and I were … [Read more...]

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The names will be changed to protect the innnocent

What a crazy week! My anticipated weekend getaway in Seattle turned into a week-long marathon of driving, meeting family, and funeral-related activities. I lost my grandmother last Saturday. It was the passing of an Era. Her life touched many, as apparent to the number of folks that came by to … [Read more...]

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Would you like some cleavage with your cappuccino?

Welcome to Seattle! A quick three day trip to sip coffee, shop, and visit the motorcycle shops of the greater Seattle area were my plans. There are many good things about this area; good coffee, good food, my daughter lives here, great culture and art. The coffee is so good here that, perhaps, … [Read more...]

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Another marathon bites the dust!

The marathon here in France was a success! Both girls finished - at some point both doubted they would. I did not attempt the whole marathon as I was under doctor’s orders (if I wanted to return to the U.S), so I fudged and walked the first 5-6 miles and then waited for Nikole at the end and walked … [Read more...]

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They drive like amerikanas

We drove the countryside from Rouen to a small town near Alencon, France. The driving has been not too bad, but there are many roundabouts. We have named the GPS Bridget on account of her British accent. Nikole has adopted a British accent and has become a little irritating. She now states … [Read more...]

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Something unidentifiable on the plate…..

This situation occurred more than once. The first time we thought it might be celery, or something that sort of had the texture of jicama. It was mixed with eggplant, whatever it was. Neither the waitress or the cook spoke English, so we are not sure, but it tasted okay. The second time was a … [Read more...]

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Death, Catholic misery, and more bread…

It has been a whirlwind of a trip so far! We went to Notre Dame and toured the church, as well as sat across the street in a small café and sipped to the gargoyles and listened to the church bells. Apparently, only one of the original bells is left. We have done a lot of people watching from the … [Read more...]