Snow Tires make winter driving fun!
March 01, 2016 - Driving in the snow is a lot like skiing or cyclocross biking. It has a lot of nice smeary flow. It's great fun! But GREAT TIRES are the huge key.
Probably AWD/4WD is also a factor but I've never had that. I'm pretty sure that TIRES are the #1 thing. A lotta rally racers never had no AWD...
Snows all around are what you want... > Read
Get Bad Drivers Off the Road!
July 31, 2012 - Driver safety is a relevant issue in the Outdoor Life, so I cover it here. In short: People who cause dangerous car crashes MUST be gotten off the roads! Wrecks are THE PROOF of unsuitability for driving. Testing that requires higher skills would be nice, since it happens before the wrecks and would obviously tend to prevent wrecks,... > Read
Visit to: Motorcycle Hall of Fame
May 04, 2012 - On our recent family tenting drive around Ohio we visited the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. It's worth a stop!
It features the guys and gals behind motorcycling and the place where the people make the most difference, I suppose, is in motorsport. So the Hall is a celebration of American motorcycle racing heroes for the most part. Ther... > Read
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The UP Overland: Dirt Road Moto Tour
August 08, 2011 - Ah, now here's something!
I've long championed the two-tracks and Seasonal Roads (Not Plowed) of Up North Michigan. Here's a group that actually goes whole hog for what I only do in tiny little droplets of the rare free time that I gather enough of to wander north.
They have the Eco idea, too. No need to churn things up. I'... > Read
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Hot New RV: the Airstream/Sprinter/Westfalia Hybrid
July 31, 2011 - I saw one of these in the Traverse City State Park campground.
The three distinctive names on the vehicle combined to kinda blow me away. Airstream. Dodge. Westfalia.
*Airstream means vintage trailers to me.
*The Dodge Sprinter van is also the new Mercedes van. It's a sweet new tall van -- headroom, the next horizon!
*We... > Read
Blessing of the Bikes! --this May 13-15
April 22, 2011 - [BUMP from 5/21/07. It's coming up!]
The 39th Blessing of the Bikes in Baldwin, MI, will be May 13-15. It's an amazing weekend of free events...and the biggest eyeful of *diverse* motos you'll ever see. Yet there's really none of the lawless style other meets are infamous for. It's always been family-friendly in our experience,... > Read
A Critique of Roadkill
November 18, 2010 - I've long known that *roadkill* has political and structural implications that are just ignored and denied in our fetishistically car (and commodity) biased society. (And I've posted about it, too, at OYB.) Here's a link to a paper that finally really spells it out.
Some quotes from the paper:
"Roadkill candy and ot... > Read
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Roadkill Etiquette: Let's Pick Up After Ourselves
October 19, 2010 - Memo to ourselves: If you hit an animal with your car, stop and clean it up. Pull it off the road. Keep a stick in your car if you're squeamish about touching it. Keep a bigger stick in your car to dispatch a critter that is wounded.
If we drive a car, we're responsible -- in every way -- for anything we hit.
It doesn't mat... > Read
Flint Gear Grinder's at Rocky's!
August 19, 2010 - ...At least that's what I think we saw.
Henry and his pal and I were out driving up near Flint, an hour away from home where we usually don't drive.
We tried visiting one certain destination after our errand was done -- Guns Galore in Fenton -- and it closed a minute before we got there. Drat.
Then we checked out a cool l... > Read
Cool Rigs, Spotted
August 09, 2010 - I like seeing nifty "everyman" type vehicles and rigs on the road or nearby. Here are a few I spotted recently... > Read
Now, THERE's a Rig...
June 23, 2010 - This photo is a bit murky but I hope you can see what's going on.
Superhost Dave canceled last Thursday's Poto Ride Revival because he had to go to Wisconsin to help clean up his grandma's house. Understandable. He had to leave early to catch the ferry across the lake. Cool.
So I just now get this photo showing HOW he got to W... > Read
Thrills! The Old Trailer Came Outta the Bush
May 24, 2010 - No photo for this one.
I went up north yesterday to haul our old vintage travel trailer outta the Baldwin bush and to pull it home for sprucing up. We plan on living in it up north this summer -- July/August -- while Martha does 7 art fairs. The plan is to have it planted mostly within Sutton's Bay, a walk from the beach, etc. Sh... > Read
MTU Winter Driving School: in the Keewenaw
January 28, 2010 - Here's yet another great reason to make a pilgrimage to the Keewenaw: MTU has a Winter Driving School for $150.
They have a great vehicle testing facility at their school and it's great that they open it up to students from the general public. That's the Keewenaw style!
I bet there aren't many other such schools and probab... > Read
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The New OYB Mobile!
August 27, 2009 - Here's this weekend's rig for the new OYBmobile.
I think it looks pretty good. Bold. Striking.
Red'n'yellow don't kill a fellow, I hope.
People say a rack don't matter, but I disagree and say that a parade is important. Not for everyone, sure, but if ya like to represent...
15-year-old stuff CAN look pretty good. Keep ... > Read
The 2009 Blessing of the Bikes, Baldwin
May 21, 2009 - We went up to Baldwin to see the 37th annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on May 16-17.
About 10,000 motos show up and drive thru a parade set-up at the airport to have the local bishop bless them with good luck during this riding season.
The family had never seen it in any detail.
They concluded that all motorcycles look alike. ... > Read