Sojourn Chronicles

How many angry Veterans are there?

February 17, 2014 Sojourn Chronicles

The volunteer stood at the corner of intersecting hallways to give directions and assistance, but one young Veteran was not satisfied with that. Anger spewed from his mouth, as if the whole world was out to get him, he needed to take the elevator to another floor. Eight or nine men, most likely all Veterans […]

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SideStand Up: the end of an era

September 18, 2013 Motorcycling

Recently, I participated in the chat room and listened to the last episode of an online radio program/podcast of “the world’s largest motorcycle podcast,” SideStand Up, hosted by Tom Lowdermilk. It was a sad moment, but also one of accolades and congratulations, for Tom and his crew were ending on a high note. Sad because […]

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A Luncheon Homecoming

August 25, 2013 Destination

I grew up in Pekin, Illinois. Grade School. Junior High. High School … Class of ‘68. After I moved away, I visited occasionally because that was where family lived. But, for the past decade or two, none of my immediate family has lived there. We have all moved for jobs or opportunities or retirement. What […]

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Damn you, brother

August 23, 2013 Flying

“Let’s go for an airplane ride.” “I don’t need to go flying.” “Come on. We’ll take out the little Chief and putt around the sky.” “No. I don’t need to go flying. If I go, I’ll just get to thinking about how much I miss flying.” The conversation ended there … for the time being. […]

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Post trip gear review

August 12, 2013 Highways

The “Fill in the States Map” Part 1 tour is over, and I want to share some information about the motorcycle and riding gear. It’s always good to look back, and pay attention to how effective was the planning. The Motorcycle Just after starting out on this trip, the 2008 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 rolled past […]

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Home Sweet Home

August 11, 2013 Highways

Day 6, August 10 A decent night’s rest and drying out is what I needed most before the final push home. And, it was to be a short one, only 275 miles—about a five hour ride. Checked out of the motel. Gassed up and headed north on I-75. Of course this tour would not be […]

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Rain, rain, go away: Georgia, South Carolina and north

August 9, 2013 Highways

Day 5, August 9 The day started out as a beautiful ride from Augusta, Georgia, and it didn’t take long to complete my mission: fill in all the states of the Southeast. South Carolina was the last one. I actually had been in North Carolina last year when I attended the Horizons Unlimited event. About […]

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