Lee got real hurt in a wreck recently. Buy a support sticker to help him with medical bills and cycle parts. Go to www.onesickrace.com
for the info.
You probably know Lee but if you haven't met him he is as genuine a guy as they come and a great photographer. The wreck wasn't his fault but did some damage. The details are at the link above. So glad you are still with us Lee!
This a friend of mine from Japan. She was flown to Michigan and got wrecked in the 70s (who didn't....). She then underwent reconstructive cosmetic work but never was the same afterwords. She fell in with a rowdy crowd. When I met her in 2010 she was depressed and deep into midlife crisis after a few abusive relationships. I helped uncross some old wires so to speak. She has since traveled with me to from Alabama to Texas and Kentucky and has proven to be a dependable traveling companion. She still smokes sometimes and I wish she wouldn't but considering her past I feel like I should take the good with the bad.
I have been pouring back through old point and shoot photos from the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley North Carolina. Before blogs had really become a thing connecting motorcyclists from around the world Dale and later his son Matt would welcome me in to their collection space. Sometimes I would go alone, sometimes I would go with my only riding buddy at the time, J.T. This was 9 years ago. I would creep around the museum, which feels more like garage space, take pictures with my little camera or even a phone if thats all I had (remember phone pictures from 9 years ago?!). I would stay in their for three or four hours at a time just in a haze, as if some of the folks who rode these machines 50 to 110 years ago were hanging around in the rafters. It felt like they were sharing something with me, their ideas for making their machines go are left in the hand hewn details of of their machines. Machines with purpose. To go faster, to climb further, to deliver ice cream, to show a new date what a wheelie feels like. Anyway this place is great. I can't wait to get back.
November 2012. Phone pictures from a ferry/bicycle trip to Sadoshima Island in the Seto inland sea. I took the morning ferry peddled about 20 km halfway up this mountain, then walked the rest of the way up. I finished by coasting back down at dusk and camping on the beach.