Brussels

Funny what temporal conditioning does to you. It turns you into an idiot. Speaking for myself, of course. Spring has been trying to bust out for what seems like weeks in St. George, the earliest recipient of seasonal graces in Utah. My little gray matter filed that tilting-earth expectation under Spring in Europe, a context…

The Isle of Man

If I had a bucket list, touring the Isle of Man would be in the top three for two reasons; the Isle of Man TT – home/mecca of the world’s oldest motorcycle race, and the film Waking Ned Divine, one of my favorites, shot entirely on the Isle of Man. So when resources and opportunity collaborated…

Great Britain

The next morning we rose early to best play out our options; catch the early ferry to Heysham to find passage to London, or catch the afternoon ferry to Liverpool spend the night and goof around there. I trotted to the ferry terminal and found a package deal – ferry and train to London for…

Huntington Canyon

  Tough to name this trip as I’m trying to get away from geographical titles like “Huntington Canyon.” Places might not mean as much to the discriminating reader as say, “Neckskin flappin” or “Chip Seal & Tar Snakes” or “The GSH” for Grand Staircase Highway. All of which will play out in the prose to…

Monument Valley Ride

There is no such thing as all-weather gear. This is a muse to sell you something, more deluded, in fact, than one-size-fits-all. Nothing tests this fallacy better than a motorcycle trip in the high desert of the Southwest. Any trip east for us begins through the portal of Zion National Park, setting a high mark for the…

Mesa

Really, it should be The Best of Arizona, because St. George to Mesa sounds pretty mundane. And for all intents and purposes, Mesa is, the whole Phoenix area is, mundane that is; suburban sprawl and clogged arteries called freeways. The mundane disappears when the Joshuas line the Carefree Highway and the Saguaros are crowned with blooms that look…

The PCH

  DAY ONE We got off to an evening start, about 7:30 pm when Mindy finished her shift. Not much from SGU to Vegas except for the most expensive stretch of Interstate 15, which is the Virgin River Gorge. From Wikipedia: The Virgin River Gorge, located between St. George, Utah N37° 6′ W113° 35′ and Littlefield, Arizona N36° 51′ W114° 1′,…