Archive for October, 2018

October 15, 2018


Early Start – the new day broke clear, though chill, with a bright low sun and temperatures in the mid twenties. The Tiger started easily and took her packs without a shred of notice. I stayed at the friendly Homestead Inn ($39.95 a night) being fed the promised fresh coffee and ginormous cinnamon buns made by the proprietress Mary. Wrapped up against the chill and a steady road home I made good progress back to Chicago. All in all 930 miles and 5 1/2 tanks of gas. Good outing with a huge variety of riding conditions.

October 14, 2018

House Stark

Winter is Here – there was hints of ominous weather in the forecast; but not a wintery outlook! A couple of hundred miles on the highway back to Chicago the white stuff got the better of me. And rightly so! A good hand dryer at a rest stop to dry the gloves; full set of sturdy waterproofs from a hunting shop; to keep cozy; but the driving snow gives poor visibility. So I find a comfy “mom & pop” motel in Millston just off I-94. “The rooms open, key’s inside, just make yourself at home hon” said the friendly voice of owner Mary on the loaned ‘phone at a local gas station. Apparently the best cinnamon buns in Wisconsin are made for breakfast.

Tiger performed more than admirably… I think we’re on to the start of adventures together!

October 13, 2018

Old Man River

The River Road – after an early hoar frosted morning the sun finally managed to peek out. Here just south of Red Wing Minnesota overlooking the Mississippi. Leaf color a suitable backdrop to the bald eagles soaring above the bluffs. Tiger running like a Top!

October 12, 2018

Hot Stuff

The Magic Button – a chilly evening ride to Madison Wisconsin to start my weekend trip up to Minnesota. Temperatures dropping to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The handgrip warmers were more than welcome to at least keep my paws comfortable.

October 11, 2018


Pen & Ink. I just love the quick line of this sketch. Minimal lines with a dab of color wash. Work by Tomas Pajdlhauser. More can be found about this talented guy here:

October 9, 2018

Instant Karma!

Imagine – John Lennon would have been 78 today. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.

October 8, 2018

Classic Car

White -The late thirties saw the creation of what is sometimes considered the most beautiful of American cars: The Cord 812. The visual brainchild of noted automobile designer Gordon Buehrig; its sleek lines, emphasized by flip-up headlights, hidden hinges, and the classic wraparound ‘coffin’ grill, had looks that heralded a bright future. Cutting his teeth as head bodywork designer for Duesenberg he stated that a large influence on his design ethos was architect Le Corbusier’s book “Towards a New Architecture”.

October 7, 2018


General Motors – Pontiac designer Bill Mitchell created a devilish muscle car for the ’74 Car Show circuit. The Firebird Banshee was the concept and the creative team behind the aerodynamic body accompanied it with an inspired custom 500cc Honda.

October 6, 2018

MI Motos

Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corner, Michigan. One barn at the excellent automobile museum here in south west Michigan held a good selection of two-wheeled delights. From barn- fresh Harley Flathead to a polished to the nines Vincent Black Shadow. It was a good collection covering a century of motorcycling. One of The Fonz’s Triumph TR5 was there too; as well as an immaculate ’59 T120 Bonneville and a gutsy looking Indian hill climber.

October 5, 2018

Painted Legs

Raccoon Tail – the inked lady with platinum blonde ponytails has a cheery disposition with the aptly sized cherry red ’64 Tiger Cub.

October 4, 2018

Looking Down on me.

Drone’s Eye View – a spy in the sky filmed the start of the DGR last weekend. I spotted myself turning onto Ashland from Fulton.

October 3, 2018

Light up the way ahead

Indian Summer- the weather today topped out at a balmy 85 degrees so I took the feline flyer out for an evening spin. The cat eyes lit up the road well as the rosy glow of a setting sun illuminated the West.

October 2, 2018

1 Shot style

Kustom Kulture – whilst the bikers were waiting for ‘kickstands up’ this artist was showing off his talent of freehand pinstriping on a kid. The long bristled brush is traditionally squirrel fur and the bamboo handle short and rounded for easy control of smooth lines.

I wouldn’t mind getting some on the Bonnie’s tank…

October 1, 2018

Read All Over

Reportage – here are a few choice photos from Sunday’s outing. As folks gathered there was a promise of sunshine, but it failed to emerge. The cool overcast sky was a good backdrop to the urban scenery. The numbers swelling to 700 plus, rumbling engines and rock music played over the tannoy. The Cobra Lounge serves a buffet breakfast and cold brew coffee took care of thirst and caffeine. The two-wheeled caravan too a direct route along Randolph into The Loop, horns pealing and bystanders waving. A loop up Lake Shore Drive gave the bikes a little more leg stretch as side lanes were blocked off from cars and trucks.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Always Fun