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Lucky Stars and Fall Colors: Rider Blog

Empty roads, fall colors and a crisp, sunny day. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Jim Hale
November 12, 2013

Sometimes good things just happen. It could be the alignment of the stars and the moon, it could be just blind luck or it could be a higher being smiling down on us on that day. I don’t know why, but when they do I don’t spend a lot of time asking why. After more than fifty years of living and more... Read more »

Blog: Goodbye Shadow

My 2004 Honda Shadow admires its own shadow along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jim Hale
September 10, 2013

My 2004 Honda Shadow admires its own shadow along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The other day I said goodbye to a friend of mine. It had been a little while coming. I went out to the garage and negotiated the obstacle course around the 1987 BMW K100LT that needs a new battery, the 1975 Honda CB750 that needs... Read more »

Blog: Rollin’ Down Route 23 and Beyond

My Honda Interstate overlooking the smoky Appalachian Mountains.

Jim Hale
July 11, 2013

Spring brings April showers, May flowers and, like clockwork, a call from my buddy Bob, suggesting we take a “little” motorcycle trip, something in the neighborhood of five or six days, two or three thousand miles, with plenty of twisty two-lane blacktops and few interstates. Since my wife and I... Read more »

Iron Ponies

Suzuki Katana

Jim Hale
August 27, 2012

Some things are just meant to be. I really believe that. I’m not saying people don’t have some say in how they act or what they do, but some things present themselves in such a way that you just have to surrender to the moment and say “OK, I’ll play along.” It had been several months since... Read more »

The Company You Keep

The sidecar-equipped Royal Enfield is old-school cool.

Jim Hale
March 26, 2012

So, I am officially a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina. The biggest changes I have encountered up to this point deal with the weather and apartment living. It’s a little cooler here than in South Georgia, but the sun has been shining almost every day, so the changes are minor. My adjustments to... Read more »

The Dance


Jim Hale
February 27, 2012

The last two weeks have been crazy. I’ve been thinking about another word to describe them and I keep coming up short. After having our home in South Georgia for sale for several months, two weeks ago a young couple from Alabama made us an offer. The crazy part is that they requested immediate possession.... Read more »