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Dodging the Roadkill: Never Leave Your Wingman

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – On my recent trip to the Smoky Mountains, I was riding with a group of seven bikers.  Most of our riding was together, and other than a quick trip to the grocery store, we were always together.

On this particular day, two of us were ready to beat the heat and head back to the hotel so he and I went one way and the group went another.

The trip back to the hotel dictated that we ride the Tail of the Dragon.  Once we were at Deals Gap, we had two options to Robbinsville, NC. 

The Foothills Parkway with my crew. (Hank Bonecutter)

The Foothills Parkway with my crew. (Hank Bonecutter)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Getting What You Deserve

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I just returned from a four day three night trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.  It’s a trip I make at least a couple of times a year.  The Smokies are just a couple of hours down I-40 so it’s an easy ride for me.

What began as a three man trip turned into a group of seven brothers eager to take whatever the landscape could throw at us.

Of course we did the Devil’s Triangle, Tail of the Dragon, Wayah Road, the Moonshiner and a day trip to Helen Georgia.  We had hot and steamy weather, for the most part, although a portion of the group were drenched in a downpour on Friday afternoon.

Hank with Lt. James Hyde

Hank with Lt. James Hyde

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Dodging the Roadkill: Looking Back

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – There’s a popular internet meme that says, “don’t look back, there’s nothing to see there.”  My understanding is that it refers to your life BEFORE motorcycles, and while that’s true, I think it’s healthy to take stock in where you’ve come from and how you will move forward.

Self improvement is a never ending process.  Learning from your mistakes is critical. To just simply ignore the things that happen in your life as coincidence is wrong.  In my opinion, I believe that things happen for a reason, and I’ve got to recognize that.

I don’t want to be better than everybody else, I just want to be better than I was yesterday.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – The Ride Home

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I spent three days in Ouray, Colorado with my friends, Kim and Craig.  Their hospitality was amazing!  Their home is beautiful, and with mountains at the front door, and mountains from the back deck, I couldn’t have been more blessed and fortunate.

We spent the days riding the mountains, visiting Silverton and Durango Colorado and all points in between.  My only regret from my time in Ouray, is that i didn’t get out to visit any of the locals, or take a walk downtown.  I also didn’t visit one of their famous “hot springs.”

As I said before, this part of the country gives you MANY reasons to come back again, and again. 

Ouray Colorado

Ouray Colorado

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Dodging the Roadkill: Boots

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I seem to be able to find inspiration for my posts in the most unlikely places sometimes. 

Today as I was taking off my boots from an afternoon ride, I looked at them and thought, “these things have supported me for a lot of miles.  Oh the stories they could tell.”

While I DID buy a new pair of boots last year, I just keep putting on the old ones because they just feel better and as superstitious as I am, I don’t make many changes in my riding style.  

They’ve been with me since the beginning.  We’ve been together a long time. I couldn’t possibly throw them out. 

Boots

Boots

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Dodging the Roadkill: Looking Back At 2017

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – As this year comes to an end, I wanted to take some time and review some of my favorite memories from this year’s journey. I promise not to review every single mile of my year, just a few of the memories that stand out.

If you’ve been following my story and the journey I’ve undertaken, you know what a real lifesaver this motorcycle has been to me. And don’t think that the irony of that statement has been missed by me.

I’ve said it MANY times, that I never EVER expected to be in this place in my life, owning a Harley and traveling all over the country. When I tell people I’ve put 70,000 miles on my bike in just under two years, they look at me with total misbelief.

Hank and his Bike

Hank and his Bike

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Dodging the Roadkill: Weekend In The Smokies – Part 2

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I spent another weekend in the great Smoky Mountains this past weekend, not so much for riding my Harley, but to ride my Harley with friends and family.

The family were 3 cousins who hadn’t seen each other for over thirty years.  Family who had lost touch and finally were able to connect.  And it was the motorcycle that made that connection happen.

Jay and Roy hadn’t seen Diann for years, and she was coming to Tennessee to ride the Smoky Mountains.  To get back up after falling on the Tail of the Dragon.  To hang out with her cousins she hadn’t seen for so long.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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