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July 22, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 9

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July 21, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 8

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July 21, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 7

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July 18, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 5

I awake to find that the stormy weather last night has passed. It is cloudy but nice. I have a lite breakfast and I’m off to see Gettysburg! It’s just over 2oo miles to get there.

First stop is to to a general store. My Sidi Adventure boots are “squeeky” because they are not yet broken in. So I stop off for some Mink Oil. It’s the best stuff for treating new leather. Now on to the big battlefield.


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I arrive! The welcome center is new and large. This is a very popular destination for Americans as it should be.


I decide to do the “full package” deal. Which includes a twenty minute movie, cyclerama, and two hour guided battlefield tour. This painting is the largest oil painting in the north American continent. IMG_9120 IMG_9121 IMG_9122 IMG_9123 IMG_9124 IMG_9125

This is the unity monument with the eternal flame on top. It is here to represent the confederate states being joined back with the union to make one country.

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After a full day of touring the Gettysburg area I am getting ready to leave and relentless rain begins to pour. The clouds were nice during the tour to keep it from being so hot. However afterwards it wasn’t so fun to ride in so on the outskirts of Gettysburg myself and all the other riders of the day decided to call it quits. IMG_9132

I have pizza at a local italian restaurant then it’s off to bed. Tomorrow I will attempt to make it to Delaware…

July 17, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 4

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July 14, 2014

Northeast Adventure Day 2

Day 2 begins… My my is it humid out.

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Time to go sleep in my hammock.

June 20, 2014

Packing For a Long Term Motorcycle Trip

January 7, 2014

Wild Wild West 2013! Day 19

Wake up and head over to meet my new friend Mandi from Texas and her dad.

July 6, 2013

Wild Wild West 2013! Day 17 Heading to Steamboat Springs!

It’s been two wonderful nights camping with friends in Canyonalands Park but today they ride to Salt Lake City and I head to Steamboat Springs CO. I’m going to miss them but I have a feeling I will see them again.

Heading out of the park.

I rode Hwy 128 out of Moab. It is a beautiful road that runs along a river and in a canyon. There were two Harleys in front of me and nobody behind so I rode the entire road without stopping to actually take a photo. This was fine by me because my helmet camera was taking pics. The only problem was that a bug hit the lens. It left its guts all on the lens so the pictures didn’t turn out. After getting off of Hwy 128 I jumped on I-70 east. Stopping to have a much needed junk food lunch at Wendy’s. Then I continued on where I got of at the Rifle exit.

Heading north on Hwy 13 towards Craig Colorado.

Summertime is the only time they can work on these roads so you get traffic delays quite often. Its’s usually pretty exciting because I get to practice riding on a chewed up gravel surface.

I turn right onto HWY 40 and at some point roll into a small little town. It does have a McDonalds though. In front of that McDonalds is a true hardcore adventure rider. So I do a U turn to go say hello. It turns out to be a guy named Rich from California. He has been doing mostly dirt roads on his KTM. Rich just has the adventure rider look! Maybe one day I will have the look…

We have different bikes but the goal is the same… Adventure!

It appears that another rider ( KTM#2 ) is adding the onechancelife sticker to their bike. Awesome!

Good placement!

Rich and I decide to ride over to Steamboat Springs together. It’s fun to just meet up with someone and head off in the same general direction.

When we get to town we say goodbye and each go our own ways. I stop for a photo op. The sign below is the name of a family friend back home. You are one popular guy Hammond Law.

Sweet! I’ve arrived at one of my favorite towns. Let the good times begin. Well actually they started a long time ago but let’s make some more fun.

Home sweet home! At least for tonight.

Dinner time at Rex’s American Bar and Grill. This is the same meal I ate one year ago. It’s good to be back!

Yes that is chicken friend chicken with gravy! Not to mention a little bit of cheese spirals.

My “office” for the night. It takes quite a while to get these photos and words onto the web for your viewing pleasure. Does anybody read this blog? If they do I really appreciate it. I write this blog so that I will be able to remember all the experiences from this journey. There is also the memory of the lessons that I learn. Also perhaps other riders or potential travelers might be inspired and go do a journey that makes mine look like a walk through the neighborhood.

It has been a good day of riding. I am blessed. My friends and family are so wonderful. Wherever you are right now decided to do something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t. Start now and have no fear! Goodnight

July 1, 2013

Wild Wild West 2013! Day 16 Let’s Ride the Shafer Trail!

After a late night I wake up and climb out of my tent. I slept well and I am the only person left at my campsite. Everybody else has either left or gone hiking. So I wonder over to the hammock and prepare for a cozy nap since it’s still early. However next thing I know two little girls are poking my hammock and asking me if I would like to come join them for breakfast. It’s Brian’s daughters. Although I was sleeping really good I am always game for being invited to breakfast. So I head on over.

When I arrive Brian is cooking what smells like eggs and bacon on the stove! Good morning he says! I’m so excited to have a fresh hot breakfast at camp.

There was bacon but I ate it all!

After having breakfast with Brian and his kids John and Janie show up. Brian being the awesome guy that he is offers to cook them some food too. They gladly accept his offer but were courteous enough to bring their own eggs. Where in the world did they get a dozen eggs from?

Nap time after a big breakfast.

The men figuring things out.

This rig Brian has is incredible. Let me know when we are going on our next road trip Brian. I can’t speak for John and Janie but count me in!

We say our goodbyes and head back over to campsite number twelve to do a very important task. This is next thing you witness is a big part of being an adventure biker!


John just added the cool Moab sticker and now is considering the placement for the One Chance Life sticker. 

Good choice! John has a really cool bike with a custom “wrap” down the side. The stickers just add a little extra character.

It’s been a tough morning so now we have brunch in the hammock. The next few hours for me were spent doing some variation of what you see in this photo. The weather was high seventies with a breeze. Laying in the hammock considering life was a wonderful way to spend the midday hours.

I decide around two o’clock to stop relaxing and go see some sights. I’ve got to be in Moab to meet my friends for dinner at the Moab Brewery so I better move. That Shafer trail is still in my head. So I will check out Canyonlands a little more then go look at that trail. Do I have the time and more importantly the off road skills to make it? Time will tell! As I get on my bike to ride out I find the following note. It’s always nice when people are courteous enough to take time to write a thank you note. This day just feels special!

There it is. I think the Shafer Trail is ready to be ridden! I mean it is a “direct” route to Moab so why not? Let’s ride!

This is going to be quite a ride!

Hello, Trouble. I know you are out there. I hope you know, I am too!

I made it to the canyon floor. Not a lot of pullouts to take photos on the way down.

Thank the good lord for asphalt! I am cursing the canyons at 75mph heading towards dinner!

Riding down Main Street I spot my friends bike and pull in next to them downtown. Off to find them and hit up the brewery.

I almost bought this shirt for somebody at the Moab Brewery since it looks so cool and say “no bad day”. However the person who would have received it is so “real” and they wouldn’t agree with the motto. I for sure would though! So would these awesome people here in Moab. After making it down Shafer Trail I didn’t take to many more photos. I believe I am pretty tired. The heat and sweating has caused me a bit of dehydration too. So the picture taking got put on the back burner for the evening.

I had a fabulous morning with my friends! Rested up in the hammock while preparing for the Shafer which I conquered! Then a wonderful dinner in Moab with friends which was followed by a fabulous ride back to the campsite under a super moon. This has been a great day in the desert. Into the tent and off to sleepy town. Goodnight world! Don’t forget tomorrow is another opportunity to “ignite”!


Below is the video of the first and most exciting part of Shafer Trail. Get your bike and come try this “trail” out!