American Skid Marks
Setting out on a great American motorcycle roadtrip.

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Never Mind, It’s the … um … Regulator Rectifier?

August 10, 2010

A quick update on the bike: The folks at Santa Fe Motorsports have been back and forth on determining the cause of my electrical issues. Their lead tech came in on his day off to double check the issue and now believes that it is not the stator after all, but something called the “regulator […]

It’s The Stator Stupid

August 7, 2010

The bike is sitting at a Santa Fe motorcycle shop waiting on an new stator (alternator) to arrive from Suzuki. Looks like I’ll be stranded in Santa Fe for about a week waiting for this to get fixed. Keep your fingers crossed, I’ll get rolling again by Friday the 14th. I’ll also have to trim […]

If There is a God, He is F-ing Cranky

August 6, 2010

After a long haul last night I slept in a bit and had a long breakfast in Albuquerque. The morning ride north to Santa Fe followed highway 14. 14 winds through country that gradually becomes more and more rocky, filled with small canyons of an almost pink porous rock. The ride is winding but not […]

Carlsbad Caverns

August 2, 2010

I spent the whole day wandering around Carlsbad Caverns. Between the hike down to the bottom through the natural entrance, a thorough walk around “The Big Room”, a ranger guided tour of “The Kings Palace”, coffee and a sandwich at the bottom of the cavern and the evening bat flight, you can easily occupy yourself […]

Chicago

July 27, 2010

Chicago flew by in a blur. I barely had time to realize where I was before it was time to hit the road again. This is of course due to the fact that for the past few days, Chicago has really just been a backdrop for my baby. Pidge flew into town for a couple […]

Delaware, Annapolis and Finally to D.C.

June 30, 2010

Today the road was righteous. For the first time in weeks the temperatures dipped below 80. I had to tuck myself into my riding jacket, zippers all the way up, in order to keep from shivering; I had forgotten what it was like to get cold on the back of my bike. The air was […]

St. Louis to Land Between the Lakes

June 8, 2010

I rolled out of St. Louis and on into Illinois, following highway 3 South. This was my first border crossing that I wasn’t able to photograph for posterity. “The Man” frowns on stopping in the middle of a busy bridge to snap photos. Whatever, Man. After some suburbs of absolutely no interest whatsoever, highway 3 […]

St. Louis

June 7, 2010

No riding today. I was on foot all day, wandering around St. Louis. This city is small, but I loved the downtown area, the arch and some of the surrounding neighborhoods. First, if you’re like me, you don’t look for places that are clean and tidy. Clean and tidy is the whore’s mask the government […]

Kansas City to St Louis

June 6, 2010

I gotta tell you, either I didn’t spend enough time in KC, or I didn’t go to the right places, but Kansas City completely failed to make an impression on me. It’s not that the place is bad, it’s just kinda missing. You know, I gripe about the soullessness of suburbs a lot. KC had […]

Bum Fuck Kansas to Kansas City

June 5, 2010

Kansas has it’s charms, yes; however, after miles and miles of rolling plains I was ready for some civilization. Sadly, there is nothing much to say about Eastern Kansas that my previous post does not capture. Its more rolling plains, more fields of crops stretching out forever and more dust and heat on the road. […]