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Colorado to Louisiana - September 2011

February 27th, 2012 | No Comments

The road was narrow and twisty as it was following a small creek. Old adobe houses and rustic buildings were along the road for the first few miles as well as an old Mission Church which I made a short stop at, but when the road left the creek there was nothing. I only crossed paths with one pickup truck in 50 miles along that stretch of road. I had never felt so isolated, it seemed like hours traveling down that stretch of road, but I was in the land of enchantment and when I stopped to pee there were Indian paintbrush flowers blooming on the roadside and I didn’t really feel alone, I felt alive.

Mount Evans Ride

July 17th, 2011 | Comments Off

By David Parden
It’s the day before the Mount Evans ride and I am really excited about it! The road to the summit is the highest paved road in North America climbing to 14,264 feet. I spent the afternoon getting prepared. There was no way I was going to take my trusty mount on this adventure [...]

The Buffalo Chip Campground

May 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

In August 2010 we rode our bikes 1500 miles, from Hammond Louisiana to Sturgis South Dakota for the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. We wanted to be in the center of the action and get the complete experience of the rally so we stayed at the Buffalo Chip Campground. Our group consisted of three guys, Craig on his Road King Police bike, me on my standard Road King and Bernie drove his Chevy pickup truck with most of the camping gear . I can’t tell you how much we had looked forward to this trip and staying at the Chip, we certainly had a lot of expectations.

Discombobulated - September 22, 2010

September 28th, 2010 | No Comments

This was a crazy year, my brother David and I had made a ride in May, but we didn’t get our mid summer ride in because I had planned a trip to Sturgis in mid August. The time constraints that put on my schedule as well as the fact that he was not working because of the failed economy affected our ability to schedule more rides.

Sturgis & the Buffalo Chip Campground - August 2010

September 28th, 2010 | No Comments

Our journey started at the Exxon station in Albany, Louisiana on August 5, 2010, right at daylight. We were headed for Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual motorcycle rally, which none of us had ever attended but had always dreamed about, and now finally we were going to do it!

Sturgis Trip…the plan

July 21st, 2010 | No Comments

Here are our plans for our ride to Sturgis, SD from Hammond, LA. We need your ideas and feedback on what to bring and what to be prepared for!

May 2010 Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico

July 21st, 2010 | No Comments

It’s may 13, but a good day because I am on an airplane heading to Colorado to visit my brother and to ride my 89 Goldwing for the first time.

Planning Our Trip to Sturgis - 2010 Part 1

April 17th, 2010 | 1 Comment

My buddy Craig and I decided it was finally time for a real road trip from our southern location, one that every biker or miker (see article in Ramblings) needs to make at least once in your life time. Perhaps this would be the ride that lets us graduate to full fledged bikers, I mean you need to have a serious ride like this under your belt, or a wife or girlfriend with a rose tattoo on her boob with your initials on it to be a real biker, right? Well since the tattoo thing is out of our hands, I think this ride may do the job since the route we are planning is about 1700 miles one way. Fortunately for us our friend Bernie who doesn’t ride wants to come along with us as our escort, which will allow us to pack more gear for our camping adventure at the Buffalo Chip campground as well as be there for us in case one of our bikes can’t make the journey.

There will be many edits to this article as we plan our trip and we really need your comments and suggestions on this one because… well we just need them.

River Road Loop

April 3rd, 2010 | No Comments

By Ray Parden
One of my favorite local rides is a loop on River Road (44)  from LaPlace on the east bank, then up river past the Veterans Memorial bridge at Gramercy  to the Sunshine bridge at Donaldsonville, then across to the west bank and back down to the Hale Boggs Memorial [...]

2009 The Summer That Never Was!

September 15th, 2009 | No Comments

By David Parden
It is mid September here in Colorado and the quality riding days are mostly behind us now but it isn’t too steep a price to pay for being able to ride daily in some of the world’s most pristine country. Still, it is hard to imagine facing another seven months without being out [...]