Archive for ‘Roads’

June 9, 2023

A marvelous jaunt

Lap of Wisconsin

A Week on the road: 1560 miles, 35 hours in the saddle, two Great Lakes, many adventurous memories. And I’m tired!

June 8, 2023

Washington Island

The punctuation of Door Co.

We took the small car ferry over to Washington Island at the top end of the peninsula beyond Green Bay. 25 square miles of woodland, farming, vineyards, cabins. A harbor to the farther Rock Island, itself a nature reserve.

A farm museum

Interesting real variety of farm buildings, tools and cabin of the day. Bleating goats gave noise to the location.

Leafy Roads

No need to go fast. Perfectly paced for the go-slow feel of the place. Relax.

June 8, 2023

National Forest

From Lake to Lake

We had a full day riding from Duluth MN to Green Bay WI. Lake Superior to Lake Michigan. Along Highway 70, the old logging road that cuts across the top of Wisconsin. Lakes open up occasionally and the mixed woodland provides a verdant backdrop to the perfect roads.

June 5, 2023

Gitche Gumee

Fresh water as far as the eye can see…

Got to the campsite right on the waters edge. Splendid sunset and campfire as the stars lit up. Super riding through the National Forests that speckle the area.

Of Pine & Aspen

There were signs warning road users of Elk crossing, beautiful trout streams cross-crossing the way and the occasional bald Eagle soaring overhead.

May 29, 2023

Quiet Corner

Reclaimed Nature

An early morning sprint to the far South Side with a good friend. Destination was a loop of Lake Calumet, an older material port amidst a lost industrial area. Mostly marshes now attracting many birds and habitat for fish, amphibians and insects. Perfect weather too! David was riding his Aprilia Dorsoduro, the perfect urban tool.

May 14, 2023

Tiger Stripes

Intersection interceptor

Zooming through the City here’s a white Triumph Tiger owner haring through South Rogers Park along Sheridan Road. I was heading home when I spied it.

May 6, 2023

Fine Run

Lake Loop

A great day up to Lake Geneva through McHenry County on roads bordered by spring blooming trees and emerging leaves. We stopped in at Morries Place where we spied another workshop filled with project bikes. An interesting cove called Jim was working on a 1929 Henderson X. A splendid Triton parked outside near to where Ed Zender was working on a BSA.

April 25, 2023


Water to Starboard

Fella ridin’ his aped Hog along Lake Shore Drive. Patches covering his jacket and regulatory safety ponytail.

February 19, 2023

February frolics

El Tigre awakens

With the temperatures in the mid fifties I decided to grab a quick spin up north through the Skokie lagoons. Nice to be in the saddle and running along at a healthy clip through the trees. Certainly cobweb clearing activity.

January 30, 2023

Packed like a Yak

Mountain bound

– a well loaded BMW GS heading up an alpine road. Hard case panniers, dry bags and spare tires. An adventure is certainly afoot!

January 29, 2023

Kitchen Sink?

On the road again…

If you want to put mikes under your wheels, and carry a few odds and ends, what better way than aboard a 1400cc Ninja rocket. Make sure your bags are well strapped down for the ton plus speeds you’ll be encountering.

January 23, 2023


All Motor Vehicles Prohibited

Seen on a street in Britain. Starts with a family car, ends up as forty buses.

November 6, 2022

A canopy flush

After the leaf drop…

Temperatures in the upper fifties and blue sky. So a run up along the Lake was called for. It would certainly have been rude not to. Pumpkin spice latte and chocolate chip cookie at a coffee shop in Lake Bluff gave the destination a purpose.

October 15, 2022


Starved Rock

Marvelous autumnal ride to a State Park south of the City. A good 200+ miler through cityscapes, rolling cornfields, and coloring woods. Old bascule bridges and the penitentiary in Joliet, hawks aloft over the River bluffs. Splendid!

Joliet Penitentiary
July 30, 2022

Gravel Roads

Crawford Road

A back lane in Lake County that is usually gated off. It threaded through corn fields, old oak savannah and a horse paddock. Two track and muddy puddles. The Tiger loved it.