Category: Motorcycle Musings

A Parkway paving mess

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.76″ custom_margin=”|||” custom_padding=”0px|||”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”″] Had a chance to climb onto my Harley this weekend and cruise county roads to enjoy the good weather. Of course, if you want to ride the roads in our area

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It is better than the alternative

With luck, I will turn 70 later this year.  I can still use a motorcycle for much of my daily transportation and ride the tight turns on Squirrel Spur or our other challenging roads.  I can still cover courts and the board of supervisors for the paper and I will wander the vast areas of FloydFest later next month for photographic and video coverage.

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Four days & 1,143.7 miles of fun

Early on Wednesday of this past week, I fired up my Harley Davidson Switchback shortly before 0600, set one of my two trip odometers to 00.0 and headed Northeast on U.S. 221 towards Roanoke for the first of four days of the Merging Mountains Motorcycle Rally staged by the Harley Owners Group (HOG). As a

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Watch out for motorcycles

Expect to see a lot of motorcycles in our area for the next few days. The Harley Owners Group (HOG) is sponsoring the Merging Mountains Rally, starting today, bringing more than 2,000 of the two-wheeled machines into Roanoke for four days of riding and the roar of pipes throughout Southwestern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley

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The sounds of Thunder

He snapped awake at 0500, a full 30 minutes before the alarm was set to go off. For more than 50 years, he has awakened at 5 a.m. It didn’t matter which time zone he was in or even if it was daylight savings time. When the big hand was on the 12 and the

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Good day to ride with good friends

The temperature sat on 30 degrees at 6:45 a.m. as I fired up my Harley Davidson Switchback Sunday to ride over to Tuggles Gap to meet up with Nick Piazza for a ride down Woolwine Mountain on Virginia Route 8 to Stuart and then East on U.S. 58 over to Martinville and South on U.S.

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Another nice day: The road awaits

Celebrated quality time on Presidents Day Monday on on two different motorcycles — my Harley Switchback and Amy’s Can-Am Spyder. Different bikes, different styles, different ways to ride. The Switchback is a classic cruiser, based on Harley-Davidson’s tried and true Dyna chassis.  Dynas have been upgraded and improved over the years and the Switchback  —

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Live to ride and ride to live

The thermometer is already 58 degrees at 6:30 this morning and is expected to hit 65 by 2 p.m. I’m heading north towards Roanoke shortly to join members of the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for breakfast and a possible ride down where the high is expected to top 70 degrees.

Live to ride and ride to live are mottos of those of us who enjoy time on two-wheels.

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More riding time

After some rain in parts of the county and Southwestern Virginia overnight, the outlook for Friday is cloudy with a slight chance of moisture and then clearing for the evening, bringing a pleasant time for music on the street in Floyd and bull riding at Chantilly Farm. After the wet, wet August, September has —

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Rain? Maybe so, maybe not

Heading out this morning for a ride on the Switchback over to Black Bear Harley Davidson for a belated 22,500 mile service and tires. With luck, I may find a way to miss the “scattered thunderstorms” scheduled to start around noon on the way back. Dodging the rain hasn’t been that hard on most outings

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