An evening in Vikingsholm

In the summer, this place is packed. The Vikingsholm parking lot is overloaded with cars on top of the $10 usage fee that goes to the state parks. What about in the fall, on a Tuesday, at 5 PM? The parking lot is empty. I don't mind the $10. It's actually complementary with the California... Continue Reading →

The 5 o’clock ride

Yes, it is true that it is always 5 o'clock somewhere. At this moment, it's 5 o'clock in Lake Tahoe, California. And yes, it's time to go out on the motorcycle. One of the key things I look for in a location is the 5 o'clock ride. What is the 5 o'clock ride? The 5... Continue Reading →

The Climb to Eagle Lake

Getting to Tahoe has been a journey. At first, I thought I wanted to live alone and rent an Airbnb. However, I'm so glad I rented a room from friends I know up here. I didn't know if I was going to have much time both during the day and collectively throughout my entire stay... Continue Reading →

Farm Road 109

This is my first motorcycle ride back from the Sierras since moving to the East Bay and it was decidedly different in good and unexpected ways.  I did my first long ride in almost 3 years. That in and of itself is awesome. When riding I'm often a stickler for mileage as it helps place me... Continue Reading →

Mountains of gold – Highway 88

Autumn is in full swing! While there is not one chorus of yellow, orange, and red singing in unison across the mountainside like other years, all of nature is now is in the chorus. I've been tracking this Aspen tree sitting in the front yard since I got here. Each day its voice would be... Continue Reading →

Highway 89 – Crossing Monitor Pass

Ask any experienced photographer "what is the best camera?" and they will almost always tell you "the one you have with you." Having had a few solid point and shoots, a big SLR with interchangeable lenses, and a few iPhones I can now clearly see the wisdom in that statement. With the advent of Lightroom... Continue Reading →

The Squirrley Rear Sprocket

That rattle in the sprocket was really starting to worry me. Whenever I'd touch it before it always seemed solid. I called Santa Clara Cycle who recently (< 350 miles ago) put a new tire on it and they offered to look at it. I was 200 miles away and not really interested in trailering... Continue Reading →

Retrieving the bike

So it's day two in Lake Tahoe. To say it was cold was an understatement. The morning started off in the low 20s. A friend of mine was traveling from South San Jose up to Lake Tahoe with a motorcycle trailer the day before I left. The good news is I didn't have to trailer... Continue Reading →

Finding Next

Ever have those callbacks to odd cult films in your childhood? Mr. Destiny is that movie for me. Every so often I come back to the scene where Michael Caine and James Belushi discuss how decisions and outcome affect the future trajectory of life. I always find it interesting how actions and reactions pave the... Continue Reading →

It came upon the midnight clear

I remember that warm, summer night lying in my bed at camp just before midnight looking out at the thousands, no hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of stars just beyond the trees. All of camp was quiet. Not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse! The Sierras are a place I hold close... Continue Reading →

Coworking in Lake Tahoe

I spent a lot of time thinking on the Memorial Day Mingle when my last long motorcycle tour really was.  On that ride, a lightbulb went off that it was the Memorial Day Mingle last year.  A whole year had gone by without focused time in the Sierras with my motorcycle.  Because of that, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

2015 Memorial Day Mingle

There are two rides I’m really proud to have contributed to Homoto’s riding culture: The Mid-Winter’s Tour down the Central Coast and the Memorial Day Mingle through the Sierras.  The Memorial Day Mingle celebrates togetherness between riders and the opening of the Sierra passes for the summer.   Riding the passes on opening weekend for me... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day Mingle – Day 3

Ibuprofen is a God send. Michael suggested I take some to help reduce the inflammation from the bug bite. It worked like none other! While I wasn't quite normal, things were looking a lot better. We were originally slated to take US-50 down to Ice House Road to Wentworth Springs Road. A number of us... Continue Reading →

2014 Memorial Day Mingle – Day 2

I was tired last night.  I was surprised how hard I had slept.  I knew something was not right the moment my face moved.  The insect bite really had swollen up overnight.  We iced it again which helped, but there was going to be a little extra fluff in my helmet on the ride today. ... Continue Reading →

2014 Memorial Day Mingle – Day 1

The Memorial Day Mingle is our "season opener" as most of the Sierra passes are open and it's time to brush off the winter coat and go have some curve carving fun up in the hills.  Sure, it's California and we ride all year, but there's something really special about being deep in the mountains. ... Continue Reading →

Kings Canyon through HDR Photography

I came over the pass at Grant Grove at about 4 o’clock.  Why is that significant?  I’m well within “crappy afternoon light” part of the day.  What is “crappy afternoon light?”  By no means is this a standard industry term, I just find photos taken in the late afternoon before the golden hour surrounding sunset... Continue Reading →

The Southern Sierras

Saying goodbye to everyone on the third day of the Death Valley trip is always hard.  Many of us see each other only once a year as the group comes from the far corners of California and even places beyond.  I slept in as many of us were out late last night and the ride... Continue Reading →

Off to Death Valley

Photography takes a fair amount of time and money to really make photos look great. If you like my work, I'm asking for $5 to be donated for each image to Homoto to help better motorcycling. I'll then send the full resolution for your use (print, social networks, etc).  Use the contact me page to... Continue Reading →

Flat Stanley Comes to California!

Background A few weeks ago I got a special package in the mail from my niece.  I had been selected for a Flat Stanley project.  Flat Stanley is a children’s tale where Stanley gets a new bulletin board for his room.  One night as Stanley is asleep the bulletin board falls on top of him... Continue Reading →

2013 Memorial Day Mingle

Steve and I talked about doing a ride in Lake Tahoe back in October during the Death Valley ride.  It sounded cool since it was far out there and one of those rides that would come together "in time."  In about March the "wow we have a lot to do" came up and it was... Continue Reading →

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