Live Music: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano

Loved the passionate performance by ex-Blasters guitaris Dave Alvin and legendary blues legend Jimmie Dale Gilmore this evening at the venerable Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. They played nearly half of their recent album including a heart-felt cover of the 1960s anthem “Come On People Now.” Always great to see Dave, one of my […]

Old Friends & Old Cars

I made some time to visit a best friend going way back to high school. Although Rob and his wife Julia and I live just twenty minutes from each other, I don’t visit him often enough. I’ll see him now and again at family events as I’m good friends with Julia’s sister Angie and the […]

The Tally And Back In The USA

My flight landed this afternoon at Dulles Airport here in Washington DC. Looking forward to spending time with my brother Jonathan and his family before flying to California later this week.   The Tally: Three Months Eleven Countries 5,489 Miles My bike is stores safely in Athens and I’ll return next July for the next […]

The Overheating of Doc & The Hillside Select. Finding Corks & Forks in Athens. Goodbye Greece, for now.

I look around my apartment here in Athens. My helmet sits on a chair in the living room, my riding suit stained from over 5,000 miles of riding takes up the sofa, and I strew more laundry and loose items from the kitchen table to the side tables in the bedroom. I’ve made a mess. […]

Podcast #33: Musings In Macedonia With Mhasa Homayounfar

Musings In Macedonia With Digital Nomad & Not Just A Tourist Mahsa Homayounfar Chatting With Motorcycle Travelers Mahsa & Gerald Lakeside in Ohrid Sometimes the stars line up or there’s the perfect storm that brings people together. I’d been chatting with Mahsa via text and Skype for more than two months. Hoping we would connect […]

Goodbyes. Where Journeys Begin And End.
Do All Roads Lead To Athens?

The sun is up early today and basks my room in a glorious glow. So I roll over and cover my head with a pillow. It’s time. Not to get up; instead, it’s time to go home. In less than a week, I’ll be clutching my own pillow and soothing to the purring of a cat—my […]

Perchance to Rendezvous Fellow Riders Lakeside In Ohrid Macedonia

It takes some water, toasted bread, and a few nibbles to recover from the night before and my hangover. There are two routes to Lake Ohrid, each about a three-hour ride. I plug the shortest into my GPS and bid my cat and friends at Royal Winery Queen Maria goodbye. Because of construction and lack […]

Wine-Stained Memories At the Oldest Winery In Macedonia—Kitten Included

The last time I crossed the border and into Macedonia I came through Bulgaria. It was a grey, cold, and threatening rain. As with the Kosovo crossing, the Macedonia officers at that Bulgarian border station wouldn’t let me in without insurance. It was Sunday, and they suggested I wait a day or head south and […]

Kosovo Krazy & The Tranquil Ride From Serbia to the Border

There’s some confusion where to cross the border into Kosovo. “Google maps and Apple Maps both show a route that would take me southeast to Skopje in Macedonia and then back north into Kosovo to Pristina. This makes no sense to me. There is a border crossing in Merdare, but locals here in Nis don’t […]

Niš Nightlife, Craft Beer, and Live Music

I feel a youthful beat of energy as I wander the streets of Niš, the southern and third largest city in Serbia. The city is rooted in history, stretching back many millennia with influence from the Celts, Romans, Turks, and Austro-Hungarians. Early today, I uncovered some of these influences and history through Nis’s food and […]