Motorcyclists gathered in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas this weekend for the annual Blue Ridge Bike Fest and many riders showed their support for wounded veterans and their families with the Freedom Ride on Saturday. The ride, a motorcycle poker run, began at Roanoke Valley Harley Davidson Saturday morning as bikes overflowed the dealer’s
After a strange, and often nasty, winter in our area, Spring officially arrives on the calendar this week and it appears Mother Nature is cooperating as well.
For many of us, the focus, of course, is on motorcycles. Why? Why not?
Put close to 200 miles on my Harley Switchback Thursdya, observing the approaching Spring and knowing that two days of rain are coming before Sunday brings a stretch of sunny and warmer weather for the upcoming week. Technicians gave the electrical system a once-over after last week’s glitch that put the newer bike in the
An electrical glitch sidelined my Harley-Davidson Switchback Sunday shortly after I headed out for a long-overdue ride in beautiful weather. Thankfully, Amy ventured out with a pair of jumper cables and I was able to get the machine started again and limped home from downtown Floyd. The Switchback will sit in the garage until I
Next month will be the second anniversary of the great cow encounter on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on Nov. 9, 2012 — an accident that kept me off a motorcycle and in rehab for extensive physical therapy for 21 months. Before the crash, I often rode 200-300 miles a day, and
The sun is coming up on another cool but beautiful morning, the Harley is waiting in the garage and I will be on it soon for a ride and breakfast. A few months ago, it was still a question over whether or not I could ever ride a motorcycle again. Doctors resolved that question in
In more than a half-century of reporting news, the hardest stories to write have always been about death. In the 1960s, as a young reporter for The Roanoke Times, one of my assignments for the paper required contacting the families of soldiers killed in Vietnam to obtain information for stories about their deaths. I encountered
With wife Amy obtaining her motorcycle license over the weekend, we will be a motorcycling couple as soon as we pick up her new Can-Am RTS at the dealer in North Carolina later this week. A lot of people asked why I would even consider getting back on a bike after my cow encounter in