Blossom by Blossom, Spring Begins (on a motorcycle).

The title of this post is a quote by Algernon Charles Swineburne.  Although, I added the part about “on a motorcycle”.  It’s true though, right?  You could take any quote and pretty much add “on a motorcycle” and it would be better.

Today as I sat sipping my coffee, I felt the familiar energy of joy and excitement in my belly (nope, not the burrito I had for dinner last night) that can only come from thinking about new adventures on the bike.

I started to look back at my old posts, and they made me smile as I looked at some of the highlights.  I rode to many places alone, many with a dear friend or two, sometimes knowing exactly where I was going, sometimes just letting the wind take me.  Sometimes riding through pain, joy, anger, love, heartache, excitement, fear, bliss, or hope.

Regardless of how I was feeling, the miles under my wheels gave me time to reflect and appreciate all that is and be grateful to have the experience of being on a motorcycle.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos of some of my most cherished trips.


The Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado)


Animas Forks Ghost Town, Colorado


Schaefer Trail, Moab-UT


Mesa Verde Nat’l Park


Moab, UT


Zion Nat’l Park



Front gate of Area 51, NV


Moab, UT


Sunset at my campsite in Canyonlands Nat’l Park, UT


This photo was taken in Moab by my dear friend Dick West, and actually got published in Road Runner magazine


Titus Canyon, Death Valley, CA


Leaving Custer ghost town near Stanely, ID


Saw Tooth Mountains, ID

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My own back yard (sort of)-Downieville, CA

topaz fall trees

Fall colors near Topaz, CA.

Yep, as you can see by this collection of photos, I made these trips on various bikes I’ve owned and even one borrowed like this one in the photo below (thanks Dick).  I thought I’d leave you with a few Spring time photos from Death Valley, CA


Spring caterpillar in Death Valley, CA


Yes, even Death Valley can bloom in the right conditions

I realized there are just too many photos and memories to share, so at risk of losing your attention (if I haven’t already), I’ll end it here.  Now, looking up from my laptop, seeing the morning sun shine on spring buds, it leaves me wanting to start planning new adventures for the year.  As always, I’ll elicit the help of Pickles to help me decide and navigate.  Happy Spring everyone, more adventures are coming!


An evening of planning routes


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  1. An excellent way to reflect. Thanks for cool pictures. (And adventures)

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  2. Beautiful photos! I yearn for Moab again. It’s been too long (2010). Happy motoring!

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  3. Love it – such beautiful images! Looking forward to more of your posts from adventures yet to come.

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  4. I just found your site after seeing your comments on Bob’s Motoring Adventures.
    Those are some lovely photos, you’ve ridden in some spectacular places, I’m jealous!
    Ride safe, Dookes.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this. Your photographs are stunning. I share similar feelings and experiences from my own rides. The photos resuraface and hit my like a punch in the gut. Throttle happy. Yesterday I went for the first long ride of the year. A blessing like no other.
    Be well.


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