Dreaming of the Oregon Trail

For some strange reason, I awoke this morning dreaming of my 2012 ride on the Oregon Trail. It was a 6,000-mile, 21 day adventure. But, why this morning? Maybe I’m just dreaming of another motorcycle adventure. 

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Chimney Rock in Nebraska, a landmark for travelers on the Oregon Trail.

See you on the highway. 

Brent

2020 Year in Review: Missing in Action

What a year it has been. Or, has not been is more like it. Self-isolation has been the standard operating procedure. Staying home. Wearing masks when running the necessary errands to sustain life. Eliminating travel.

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Staying safe created a horrible, lonely year, and in review, I made a short list of all the things I have missed.

Things I missed:

  • Handshakes and hugs
  • Eating at a restaurant
  • Going to the movies
  • Fishing with friends
  • Horizons Unlimited Virginia Motorcycle Travelers Meeting
  • Wandering through the vendors at art fairs and festivals
  • The Labor Day Taildragger Fly-in Breakfast at Red Stewart Airfield
  • Hugs and handshakes
  • Motorcycle camping with friends
  • The Family Picnic
  • Entertaining friends at our house, or their house
  • Motorcycling to coffee/breakfast/lunch with friends
  • Did I mention handshakes and hugs? The human touch

Using the internet and technology, I found a way to stay in touch with friends. Maybe you have too. Do you Zoom?

Campfire Chat 07-22-2020

Things I managed to do:

  • Walks with Lin
  • Motorcycle rides, but no touring
  • Cooking, but I’m the cook at our house anyway
  • Zoom meetings with family and friends
  • Drastically reduced my alcohol consumption despite the pandemic, which really goes against the grain in these circumstances
  • Binge-watch programs on Netflix
  • Watch more college and pro football than ever before
  • Spend way too much time on Facebook
  • Bought and sold motorcycles
  • Turned 70 years old in November. BTW, 70 is the new 50.
  • Made love to my wife, Lin, 24/7/366. 2020 was a leap year.

Yeah. What a year. 2021 starts tomorrow, and vaccinations are just around the corner. Can I start planning now?

See you on the highway.

Brent

New Header Photo

From time to time, I like to change the header photo. It is one of the ways to keep the web site fresh, and it shows that I am actually paying attention to it.

This is the full photo. The header image is cropped to fit a specific size space. The photo was captured at the Horizons Unlimited Virginia event–a gathering of adventure motorcycle travelers. I use this dock and another one to teach “Fly Fishing for the Motorcycle Traveler.”

See you on the highway.

Brent

 

The end of November

Today is the last day of November. The 30th. It seems like the year has gone by so fast, and yet perilously slow as caution and quarantine take priority.

November 30 - 2020

The weather has finally turned. What was a comfortable temperature in the low to mid fifties, is now in the mid to low thirties, raining and forecasts of the first snow that will slow down traffic and cause a little havoc on the roads and highways.

For the most part, the flowerbeds have been cleaned. The hydrangea have been cut back and hostas trimmed of their wilting leaves. It is hibernation time for the plants, and feels the same within the house.

It is a curious time going into winter. Outside activities are being replaced with indoors. Daylight is dwindling still, and yet only three weeks remain before this globe of ours starts its path around the sun to a place when a minute here and there of daylight will be added to our days. I am already anxious for that.

See you on the highway.

Brent