Autumn motorcycle riding is exhilarating. For various reasons I have not been able to ride my bike lately. That is unfortunate but I hope to address it soon. Meanwhile, I have some terrific memories of rides past. Riding Sylvia the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, here at its highest point. Riding Josephine alongside … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
Yep, it's that day again. Happy Birthday Mom! She's looking great, here's a recent picture of her. Perhaps "recent" is a relative term and she is certainly my closest relative! Actually a more recent and more fun picture of us together came a couple of years ago when I traveled to Florida to celebrate her … Continue reading Very Special Birthday Wishes to my Mother!
As warm weather returns, May is designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. If you are out and about on the roads, please watch out for motorcycles and let them ride safely. I wish I could get out but cannot currently. Ironic as it is one of my favorite ways to socially distance myself. While still … Continue reading National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
For the last eight months this blog has addressed, from time to time, my health challenges. No need to go over them again, you can revisit previous entries in the Footnotes series and other related posts. But as I have recovered strength and mobility one thing has been missing. Josephine. Josephine is the name of … Continue reading Footnotes #22 – The Return of Josephine
The second Saturday in October is National Motorcycle Ride Day. I've missed much of the Northern Hemisphere riding season but even with my recent injury I dream of the freedom of riding my bike. So if you own one, get out and ride responsibly. If you don't please watch carefully for motorcycles and give them … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
There is a trend on social media to overshare online with the tag line "TMI (Too Much Information) Tuesday." Do not go looking for it if you are faint of heart. I've seen some pretty weird things I can't unlearn on other TMI Tuesday blogs. But I tend not to overshare. One follower of my … Continue reading FootNotes #6 – TMI Tuesdays?
Today is the start of the Long Reach Long Riders 2019 Altimeter Tour, plying the twisties and scenic routes of Colorado. This is a group of theatre technicians and motorcycle enthusiasts that gather annually to tour different parts of the country each summer. I joined them for the tail end of their New England ride … Continue reading Start of the Long Reach Long Riders 2019 adventure
I am always an optimistic sort and just figured out the great advantage I have with my broken ankle. I only wear one sock at a time. Thus less wear, less laundry, less carbon footprint, better results for climate change. It does make it more difficult to track pairs after laundry, but hey, I'll take … Continue reading FootNotes #2 – A terrific advantage with a broken ankle!
Not very sporty but very useful and very necessary. See, I broke my ankle riding my motorbike this week and this little trolley gets me around while keeping the ankle cast elevated and stable. And a nice little basket for carrying the mail! I take it seriously. Warning label says right on it - Not … Continue reading FootNotes #1 – My latest ride, unplanned and hopefully for not long
Last Sunday I went on the annual Cold Finger Run sponsored by radio station WBAB on Long Island. They traditionally start off the year by inviting motorcyclists to contribute to a children's charity so they can partake in an hour long group ride escorted by police. The sea of motorcycles They gather at the Cradle … Continue reading 2019 WBAB Cold Finger Run
This is a continuation of the post started on Monday, check back if you lost your place! Final video today: As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes NEXT: TBD
I hope you enjoy this trip down the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. As Wikipedia notes: The 69 original bridges were designed by George L. Dunkelberger. Each bridge had a unique design that represented various 1930s architectural styles, such as Art Deco, Art Moderne, French Renaissance, Gothic, Neoclassicism, and Rustic. See if you can call out the style from driving under these bridges! … Continue reading The Bridges of the Merritt Parkway Part 1
I'm still sharing quick one minute clips of my recent Blue Ridge Parkway trip because seeing them replayed brings me much pleasure. I love that road. This segment features persistent early morning fog and enchanted forest land. And yes, one more fade to tunnel, there are a lot on this stretch but will disappear the … Continue reading BRP Still Foggy Blue Ridge Parkway Ride
Today is National Motorcycle Ride Day. You can peruse my blog to see videos of various rides I have taken recently and documented with my GoPro camera. Like the Henry Hudson Drive, with the Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR.ORG), with my mom on her first ever ride (My Motorcycle Mama) or my recent ride on … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
Another Blue Ridge Parkway one minute sampler as I climb higher into the clouds toward Craggy Gardens. I didn't stop there because it was entirely fogged in, you get a hint of that in this quick video. I place these in the blog to return to that Zen like time of riding this most beautiful … Continue reading BRP – The Smokey Mountains
During my recent Can-Am Spyder trip I took a detour to visit Highlands, North Carolina. A small town in the middle of the Nantahala Forest, it is a bustling tourist town during the summer and has fewer than a thousand citizens over the long cold winter. I've spent several summer stock seasons there and one … Continue reading The Franklin Road to Highlands
A medallion on the front of my Can-Am Spyder has the letters BRP. While it is really the initials of the mother company that made my vehicle (Bombardier Recreational Products), I insist it stands for my very favorite road - Blue Ridge Parkway. It is beautiful and I saw wild turkey, deer and a black … Continue reading BRP – First leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway
On my recent trip south I made sure to schedule the Blue Ridge Parkway as part of my ryde home. It was the first focus of my first long distance trip on my first bike. It has been the subject of many return trips. Now with my GoPro I can share with you. The Parkway … Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway – other motorcyclists
While the instigating reason for my trip south on my Can-Am Spyder was to celebrate my mom's birthday, I took advantage of the trip to visit friends and family along the way. In Chapel Hill, NC I stopped to see my cousin Myra and her husband John. They were the consummate hosts and it was … Continue reading Friends and Family along the Trail
When mom decided she was going to throw a pig roast to celebrate her birthday, all three of her kids decided to join her. When I told her I would ryde down on my Can-Am Spyder she requested that I bring an extra helmet to allow her to take a ride on my motorcycle. She … Continue reading My Motorcycle Mama
When I was a child living in Ohio we would sometimes vacation in Florida to visit grandparents, DisneyWorld, the beach and sometimes all three. The trip was always down Interstate 75 and I loved to watch the scenery roll by as we had no tablets or electronic devices to hold our attention. Not because I … Continue reading Childhood memories of the Plantation House
As I noted recently, I am riding my Can-Am Spyder down to Florida to celebrate my mother's birthday (which is actually today) - a very special one - but I will not mention the exact multiple decade number. She is celebrating this weekend by preparing a pig roast. Can't wait. One characteristic of my mother … Continue reading Happy Birthday to my Mom!
My mom is having a very special birthday and I am taking my Can-Am Spyder to Florida to celebrate with her and family. She is hosting a pig roast in celebration and promises it will not be me thrown in the oven. During this week I will be heading down the east coast and stopping … Continue reading A Ryde to a Roast
Happy Friday. Quick lead into your weekend. Recent Ryde on my Spyder through the West Rock Tunnel on Route 15 in Connecticut. We don't get many tunnels in the east, this is easy to find near Yale and fun to ride. Takes about 30 seconds to ride through. Enjoy and have a great weekend. Go … Continue reading Ryding through the West Rock Tunnel on Route 15 in Connecticut
OK, one more Long Reach Long Riders video as we swoop out of the lovely town of Shelburne, MA and ride through some quiet countryside. Hope you enjoy it as it will have to last you until next year when we will have new adventures in Colorado! You can learn more and donate to good … Continue reading One Last Long Reach Long Riders Video