motorcycling california and oregon

Motorcycling Through Northern California and Southern Oregon

“Shit!… are you kidding me?!? I don’t know about this. Shit-shit-shit-shit-shit!” (Or possibly stronger oaths.) Those are the words I gasped in my headsetto my riding partner as the pavement […]

Death Valley Super Bloom - Val in Real Life

Death Valley Super Bloom

A few weeks ago, I got to shuttle myself out to Death Valley National Park for the Super Bloom. The timing was such that I had to be there President’s […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: Post-mortem

Back at the end of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, I gave a break-down of the journey in numbers and a couple of the larger take-away points. After chronicling […]


Death Valley with David Middleton and Brenda Berry

As you know, back in November I ventured out to Death Valley for the rare delight of a kidless adventure. It was a two-part trip of camping with friends and […]


Discovering Death Valley

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time in Death Valley National Park. Unlike a typical lengthy road trip with Fred and George, this was a […]


Postcards from Real Life: Stumbling for Words

You may have noticed I like to travel. I feel at home out in the world. It’s not always easy though and some trips are certainly better than others depending […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: The Road to Taos

In this episode of Overland Expo to TBEX, the Camp Granola crew starts the haul back east… the long way. Exiting California… After getting a west coast education from friends […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: Going West Coast

In true Val style, I’m taking the glacial approach to sharing the epic Overland Expo to TBEX adventure with you. Did you expect anything else really? Exit Stage Left… So […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: Three weeks in…

In a complete blur, we’ve completed the first three weeks of our seven week journey. As I mentioned before I set out, I knew Stage 1 would be completely bonkers […]


Postcards from Real Life: Nature

Dear friends, I’ve been inside too much in the last few weeks. Semi-convalescence is apparently not something I do well. I’ve been trying very hard to allow my toe it’s […]


George’s Birthday Adventure: Death Valley

I know I left you hanging on George’s Birthday Adventure with the story of the E.T. Highway but I promise I’ll keep sprinkling it in here between our other antics. […]


George’s Birthday Adventure: The Mojave

Well we’re at Episode 4 in the saga of George’s Birthday Adventure. This is where Camp Granola finally gets to breathe a sigh of relief for having finished the extensive […]


George’s Birthday Adventure: Episode 3

The saga of George’s Birthday Adventure continues as Camp Granola finally reaches the Mojave on Day 4. Show me the Mojave… After a grueling cross-country drive, we finally got down […]


Seeds of a Road Trip

So obviously I haven’t completed the tales of our last three months of adventures, but that’s because we’re so busy having them. That’s certainly a good thing. I figure I’ll […]

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