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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.

October 09, What no fall this year?

October 29th, 2009 | No Comments

This year, somehow mother nature decided to skip fall down here in Louisiana, those cool dry days when you can open your windows and it feels just perfect, instead, we had 90 and 100 degree heat indexes and then it just turned cold and wet.  It has been mostly hot and wet down here which made riding [...]

On the road again

May 21st, 2009 | No Comments

By Craig Carter

Now that I have acquired a bike that I’ve thought about since my early days, I find myself in a state of detachment from work, girlfriend and other life events because I now find myself in a position that forces me to constantly update my plans and dreams to the next riding adventure and trust me, with the characters that I ride with, every trip is an adventure.

A Few Comments About Small Group Riding

May 16th, 2009 | No Comments

By Ray Parden

A few weeks ago my Louisiana friends, Craig, Moak, and I took a ride down to the Mississippi coast. I was the designated leader of the ride, which is something I don’t have a lot of experience at because until recently I did most of my riding here in Louisiana alone and when I’m riding in Colorado my brother David or brother in law Allen lead the ride.

Buying a Motorcycle

April 24th, 2009 | No Comments

By Ray Parden

Recently I had the pleasure of helping a very good friend buy a motorcycle. Actually, I was just there for moral support and to offer what advice I am capable of providing. My buddy, Craig Carter’s dream bike was a ” Harley Cop Bike” and as luck would have it the day we decided to take a trip down to Mike Bruno’s Harley Davidson in Slidell Louisiana was shortly after they had gotten back about 40 leased bikes from the New Orleans Police Department. It was a pretty impressive site seeing all those 07 Road Kings lined up in the store and outside in the parking lot. That first trip was just to test the waters since we didn’t know what to expect, but it certainly gave us something to think about.

Have You Ever Dropped Your Bike?

March 28th, 2009 | 1 Comment

By Ray Parden

I wish I could say that I’ve never dropped my bike, but I can’t. In fact I can’t even say that I’ve only dropped it once. All I can do is thank God that I had taken the motorcycle-training course, which taught me how to pick it up after I had dropped it, because my Harley Road King weighs over 700 pounds. First, I should tell you that I am not a seasoned rider. I had owned a 650 BSA back in the 70’s, which I only dropped twice, once on ice and once when I got on it when I was very angry and gave it full throttle and somehow it went straight up and straight down, but it did calm me down a bit when that happened. Over 30 years later I am riding again.