Archive for August, 2020

August 31, 2020

Oak Tree

Mighty Canopy

– half way around yesterday’s circle tour was a shady spot under some Oaken woodland. Cool verdant breeze gives a promise of colorful Fall rides ahead.

August 30, 2020

Owld Shed

Fox River Valley Fliers

– late summer weather is spot-on today. So a new loop added to the local repertoire. Out along Ogden Ave to Oswego then north along art 25 which follows the Fox River through the historic towns of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St Charles, Elgin and Algonquin. Finally turning for home back down the leafy swoops of Gilmer Road from McHenry. This building is a hint of the various levels of decrepit industry that supported the River corridor in the past.

August 29, 2020

Smoky Scene

Campfire

– Triumph company advertising photo of a couple of adventurers parked up in the woods with their Tigers getting a fire going to boil up for a brew.

August 28, 2020

The Tattooed Lady

Half the Sky

– Friday’s gal Triumph.

August 27, 2020

Sun & Tiger

Feline Fun

– Entertaining graphic of some striped cool cat ripping over the rugged font of the Triumph logo.

August 26, 2020

Black Ink

Joint Efforts

– Bringing strength together with prowess; agility with power; and tenacity with fortitude, a Tiger partnered with Triumph is the ideal team.

August 25, 2020

Lakeview

Promontory – Jackson Park

– there are many places along the 18.5 miles of Lakefront to stop and enjoy a view across to the changeable waters of Lake Michigan. This particular day it was flat with a hint of turquoise.

August 24, 2020

Pioneer Court

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite

The original settlement location on the Chicago River is just by Michigan Avenue Bridge. A nice spot downtown to enjoy the skyline and waterway. Here’s Dean with his cool Triumph Street Scrambler.

August 23, 2020

Windy City Wanderings

Lake Shore Drive & The Loop

– Early Sunday morning ride down LDS to a near deserted Loop. Millpond-calm Lake on the drivin’ side and glistening buildings lit up by a bright and crisp sunlight.

August 21, 2020

Crescent Moon

Dusk

– Perfect weather for a ride around Lake County as the sliver of a waxing moon hinted its presence in the evening sky.

August 20, 2020

Citrus triumphant

Orange is not the only fruit

Parked in a lot on my way home from a swim. The bug-eyed Street Triple R is quite spare and purposeful. The 675cc engine was a detuned Daytona Unit with useable midrange power for day-to-day fun.

August 19, 2020

Monochrome

Black ‘n’ White

A grainy b&w photo reminds me of countless hours spent in darkrooms developing 35mm negatives into sheets of glossy Ilford multigrade. Ah I love the sharp smell of Stop Bath under a red safe light…

August 18, 2020

The Daily Star

Newspaper Strip

Back in the eighties there was a comic strip drawn by the extremely talented Ron Smith of the judicial escapades of Judge Dredd; lawman of Nega City One from 2000AD, now heading into its fifth decade of publication. The strip appeared weekly in the Daily Star newspaper allowing the commoner to delve into the classic character and his world. Ron’s ink work is pure perfection and his representation of Joe renowned. This quick story published in late October 1981 is about the capabilities of a Judge’s motorcycle.

August 17, 2020

Forest Green

Woodland Road

-The Tiger looks quite at home under the leafy canopy of a tree’d lane. A clear understory offers near distance glimpses into the bower of a stand of oak trees. The sunlit glad ahead provides a beckoning destination.

August 16, 2020

Fox River

Fabyan Windmill

– standing proudly on the east bank of the Fox River near Geneva IL a mid Nineteenth Century Dutch mill offers an historic backdrop to my early morning ride along the Tri-City region between Elgin and Aurora. The all wood structure is fully functional driven from its fabric covered sails. This pre-industrial age technology was a stark contrast to the particle accelerator at nearby Fermilab with its circular Tevatron which runs its circular path around a prairie grassland.