Summer in the Pacific Northwest❤️

Wow, what a summer it’s been!

Here is a map of “most” of my summer travels. A few glitches in the In-Reach (and me forgetting to turn it on🙄) missed at least 1k-2k miles of travel. Still quite impressive, don’t you think? 🙌


Kicking off the summer was the big Tenere weekend in Nor Cal then the Giant Loop rally at Crystal Crane.  I made my way back into Washington to hang out with my daughters and the use of Elsa’s basement as my summer “home base”. 


I soon returned to Oregon to ride the Coastal Range with Ron Kelm to scout out a weekend ride for next summer. Such beautiful roads out there!


That weekend rolled into meeting my good friend Sherry who was on her first “mostly” solo 1 month ride across 6 western states. I say “mostly” because she travels with Blondie her lab and also meets up with other riders along the way to ride/camp with…. sounds familiar? 🤔☺️😁 After I showed her through Oregon and into Idaho, she went to Montana for almost a week then returned to California via the Pacific coast. Much cooler weather for Blondie.


I got to hang out at Elsas cabin on Lake Bronson in Sultan, it’s a great place to unwind and relax. I also stayed at a few other AANR parks in the Northwest.  For some it would be a step out of their comfort zone but so is adventure riding, isn’t it?


I finished up the summer with two weekends of riding with the PNWSTOG through the Cascade Mountains of Washington. One weekend was 6 passes in the middle of the state, the other was farther south near the Columbia river.  Both offer spectacular riding and even more magnificent views. It was so good to ride with the group I helped start. Thanks Chris Dantzischer and Kevin Russell for keeping it going!


There are so many people I need to say thanks to for letting me be a “driveway vagrant” 🙏🙌🙏 Woodie Krugel, Elsa,Anji & Glen Pettit, Jen Livingood, Tad Haas & Galia Gutierrez , Joe Benjamin, Ron Kelm, Bridget Hayes, Scott Lindley and Tom Poenitch.

Y’all helped make my summer a success! THANK YOU!

I’ll leave you with a ton more pictures in random order from the summer. The Pacific Northwest is such a wonderful place! I’ve called it home for about 22 years now, longer, in fact then I’ve even lived in Louisiana. I’ll always come back here, at least for the summers!


SOLOBOX Motorcycle Luggage


I had a nice ride up to Sedro-Woolley yesterday to meet up with Eric Nolan and his apprentice Asher. Eric is the “one man show” for making the best deal in motorcycle panniers. He is a self taught machinist and dirt bike gearhead that beats just about every other manufacturer on price for a full set of panniers. Yes, his prices are that good! This is his current price list.


Working out of his garage really does keep overhead low😉 He hand builds them from scratch, the only part of the process that’s farmed out is powder coating, but he wants to work toward doing his own soon so stay tuned! 


His main customers are V-Strom and KLR owners but I also know several highly satisfied Canadian PNW Super Tenere Owners that rave about Eric’s luggage.

  Eric’s main marketing is through Social media on Facebook and YouTube, he doesn’t have a website. I’d like to do what I can to help him by getting the word out about his excellent craftsmanship. Send him an email at or call direct 360-840-7139  to order yours today! 

Eric’s apprentice Asher

Oregon’s Coastal range


I hung out with Ronald Kelm the last couple days at his place in the town of Drain to ride the coastal mountain range of southwest Oregon. We were scouting locations for a spot to host next years Rendezvous, I many have found it😏!  There is so much area to go and ride! In the two days we logged about 450  miles and didn’t get through 1/2 of it! Most of the area is twisty, one or two lane  paved forest roads (of various conditions )  with lots of gravel logging or fire roads that cut across the ridge lines. I’m sure there is single track stuff for the riders that want to challenge themselves. There is also plenty of sand dunes along the coast for the riders that want to spend a day digging out a Super Tenere 😜   Another good thing is there aren’t many locked gates so most of the area is accessible🙌

I’ll set plans for the rendezvous in motion around the first of the year for a late May or early June 2020 timeframe. For now enjoy the pics!


What a year!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I locked the door and walked away from my house in Roy! There are so many people I want to thank for making this past year one of the best in my life! I hope I get them all 😉 Elsa Svensson, Chris Dantzschier
Portland Tenere send off crew, Stacey Griffith, Sherry Weiss, Stacey & Michael Jenkinson, Donna & Randy Sprouse, Gwenn Malham, Tana & Brady Todd/Allen, Alan Humes, Tirza Deflinger, Cole Ford, Pat Covington, Jaxon Fyffe, Bobbie Comeaux(Mom), Kris & Jon Martin, John Mustian, Staci Montgomery, Charlotte Holland, Jesse & Kelly Bailey, David & Lori Salisbury, Ninke & Nikita Westra/Whalen, Huckleberry & Hester Starns, Rakesh Rao, Glenn Carter, Sarah & Jimmy Comeaux/Johnson, Doris Randell, Jen Meaux, Steve Frazee, Alex Martens, JoJo & Russ Gout, Rick Wyllis, Eddie & Sandra Lopez, Joe Desrosiers, Marsha Hall, Steve & Patty Loster, Pete & Lisa West, Seth Laam, and last but not least….Woodie & Meredith Krugel.

I don’t have pictures of everyone but I’ll post the ones I do have and add their names to their picture.






Overland Expo 2019 10th anniversary

WOW! Is the only I can explain it! The venue in Flagstaff Az. was huge, it just kept on going… Everything outdoor related with Overland travel. Bikes, jeeps, Earth Roamers, even a Tesla😳  I’ll break up the pics by category. Bike and bike related, Van, 4×4, and the “big boys” expedition vehicles.




Expedition vehicles


There was also  WTF…..

Then there are the travelers, because that’s what makes a gathering like this so  special. I met up with old friends and even made some new ones.  Simon and Lisa Thomas,  Sam Manicom, Tiffany Coats, Tim Nortier and Ted Simon all had great presentations about life on the road. They are a huge part of why I do what I do(all be it on a MUCH smaller scale)

The vendors are what make the world go around for us travelers, they get us the gear we need. Pete and Ashley from Mosko Moto, Erik Stephens from Twisted Throttle, Ty from VanWife, Harold from Giant Loop, Jeremy from AltRider were just a few of the hundreds on hand.

I’d totally suggest getting to at least one Overland Expo to see it for the spectacle that it is. There will be another on the east coast in North Carolina in late September or October. This event is getting bigger every year so there will only be more to see next year.

SoCal then back to Denver

Made it back to Colorado for a bit then off to see what the Overland expo is all about. Anyone heading that way? 

I left Joes place in San Diego early last week, headed through Arizona and into New Mexico stopping  a couple nights for some boondocking in the desert. I did the “old 666” (US 191 ) from Clifton to Alpine in the van but will go back on the bike enroute to the Overland in Flagstaff. It’s an amazing road! Also picked up my 4th Airmail Arrow😁

Now I’m cabin sitting for a friend just outside Estes Park.  It’s looking into the RMNP with Elk, deer and the occasional wild turkey walking through the yard almost daily. Rough life 😉☺️ The riding up there is pretty good too! 

I’m getting to hang out with all the friends I made last summer. Tana& Brady (Tana is training for the GS Giants women’s team) Pete with his “Blinkys mountain riders” ,Tirza and Stacey with her new husband Michael and family. It’s so good to stay in touch with friends!🤘🤘

If you haven’t got your tickets for the Overland expo yet, they are going fast and always sell out before the event. You can look for my big blue van or if yo see a gnome in a kilt😊Stop by to say hi. Here is the link


Oh yeh, the map is my route from  June 2018 to Easter Sunday , over 20,000 on the van and about 8000 on the bike.