Get Your Kicks on “Route 60!”

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“How in the world are we supposed to get our Kicks on Route 60? It, just doesn’t work!” These very could well have been what Bobby Troupe was shouting as he listened to the studio musicians, behind Nat King Cole, cranking out a standard 12-bar ...

MS Walk 2017

MS Walk Group Shot

Contributed by: Mark Southerland I recently did the MS walk.  My family spent a bunch of time raising money for the walk, so I felt sort of “obligated.” Honestly, it is not really my thing. On top of that, it was an “off” day, but ...

The beginning

Mark Nap

Contributed by: Mark Southerland 99 Problems Before we begin, let me start off by saying that I am NOT inspirational, a role model, exceptional or any other box used to characterize people. To quote the comedienne and cerebral palsy advocate, Maysoon Zayid, someone in a similar ...

Just a Literal Fact. It Happened!

AH a little older in Dad's Morgan

It was just a literal fact. It happened ~ Cheryl Strayed, Author of the book Wild Two years and one month ago today, On August 16, 2013, I completed a two-month adventure on the Trans-America Trail (TAT), a day after my 12th wedding anniversary. Yes, I ...

TAT Update (The Whole Story is complete)

Wrapped around a tree 3

UPDATE on the TAT: So What Happened After the last Post? The Complete Journey is now available - Click here! Many folks asked what happened after the Luke Birthday post. The ride did continue and since most folks were following on Facebook and Twitter, things around here slacked. ...

Colorado to the West Coast Day 2

Well - day 2 has come to an end. Crossing into Nevada we have gained an hour which is always nice. We have arrived at one of my favorite places to bunk down, the Silver Jack Inn & LectroLux Cafe - decorated in the best ...

Colorado to the West Coast Day 1

Dad Utah Canyonlands

Today is a pretty surreal day. Our goal was to reach Green River, UT. That was foiled when the mercury got hotter than Freddy at Live Aid and we decided to call it in Grand Junction. This proved to be a great plan and we ...

Not Just Any Port in the Storm – Port Orford! : Trans America Trail:

Dad and me (ashes) at the end of the Trans-America Trail

Originally Published in my column for RoadRUNNER Magazine on: 10/16/2014 as Trans America Trail: Not Just Any Port in the Storm . . . Port Orford Even though Big Windy spoiled our vision of rolling out of the woods into an unsuspecting sleepy little seaside community, with our dirty bikes ...

The Wrath of Big Windy! : Trans America Trail

Big Windy Trail Closures

Originally Published in my column for RoadRUNNER Magazine on: 10/16/2014 as Trans America Trail: The Wrath of Big Windy! Good morning Shady Cove! This appears to be it . . . the last official day of the TAT. By tonight we should arrive in Port Orford. I make ...