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Seven bikes, mostly red .  14 September 2018.  Film  Motorcycles 
Sep 14, 2018
  Film, Motorcycles  
Aliens.  15 September 2018.  Film  Motorcycles 
Sep 15, 2018
  Film, Motorcycles  
Traveling in time.  12 June 2020.  Film  Motorcycles 
Jun 12, 2020
  Film, Motorcycles  
Biking in the snow.  13 June 2020.  Film  Lee Vining  Motorcycles 
Jun 13, 2020
  Film, Lee Vining, Motorcycles  
Biking in the summer.  14 June 2020.  Film  Motorcycles 
Jun 14, 2020
  Film, Motorcycles  
Bikes in The Hague.  16 June 2020.  Film  Motorcycles  Netherlands  The Hague 
Jun 16, 2020
  Film, The Hague, Netherlands, Motorcycles  
Arcosanti.  29 June 2020.  Arizona  Film  Motorcycles 
Jun 29, 2020
  Film, Arizona, Motorcycles  
State lines.  30 June 2020.  Arizona  Film  Motorcycles  Nevada  New Mexico  Utah 
Jun 30, 2020
  Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Film, Motorcycles  
Around Death Valley.  4 July 2020.  California  Death Valley  Film  Motorcycles 
Jul 4, 2020
  Film, Death Valley, California, Motorcycles  
 
 
 
Seven bikes, mostly red
Fri 14 Sep 2018      Film - Motorcycles 
Seven bikes, mostly red
     Fri 14 Sep 2018      Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

I had a motorbike period that started when I lived on Fell Street in SF. My first bike was a simple second-hand Yamaha, it was green, but I soon moved on to more sophisticated German models. During this time our travels were largely by bike. We rode through most of the states in the western US. It was an interesting way of seeing the country, with minimal gear, all exposed to the elements. It was also good for meeting people, especially old guys who used to ride a bike, they'd approach when I happened to be at a stop, always wanting to bend my ear with their motorbike memories.

This period of motorcycle touring lasted about a decade. This was was well before my first digital camera so I've not got much photographic evidence. It ended pretty much as suddenly as it started. I sold my last bike, the Ducati, and went back to travelling the old-fashioned way, by airplane.

The photos below are all scans, using negatives. Funny, I once thought I had a lot of old paper photos, a whole huge box full, but now, after years of accumulating terabytes of files, all those pre-digital photos don't seem so voluminous.

 
 
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My first, a Yamaha      
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
 
My first, a Yamaha      
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
 
My first, a Yamaha      
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
The electric K75s ++      
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
 
The electric K75s ++      
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
 
The electric K75s ++      
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
My second, a K75s      
 
 
My second, a K75s      
 
 
My second, a K75s      
 
Paul's K1100      
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
 
Paul's K1100      
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
 
Paul's K1100      
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs      
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs      
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs      
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
Land of enchantment      

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
 
Land of enchantment      

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
 
Land of enchantment      

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
Well that sucks      

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
 
Well that sucks      

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
 
Well that sucks      

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
The Monster      

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
 
The Monster      

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
 
The Monster      

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
Elemental yet elegant      
 
 
Elemental yet elegant      
 
 
Elemental yet elegant      
 
Paul's slick ST2      
 
 
Paul's slick ST2      
 
 
Paul's slick ST2      
 
 
Aliens
Sat 15 Sep 2018      Film - Motorcycles 
Aliens
     Sat 15 Sep 2018      Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

 
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway ++      
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway ++      
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway ++      
 
 
Traveling in time
Fri 12 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles 
Traveling in time
     Fri 12 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

I'm scanning a box of pre-2004 photos, that being the year I got a digital camera. I'm scanning negatives and ignoring the prints. Each strip of negatives feeds into a Nikon LS-40 which spits out a jpg every 2 minutes. So far I'm at 475 photos. I figure they'll be done by the end of summer. It's not a bad task: each photo slowly reveals on the screen then is automatically saved as a jpg, then the machine moves to the next. It's something that can be done while doing something else. I even scanned whilst on a Zoom board meeting, the webcam mic didn't pick up the scanner whir.

The scanned photos were taken with the simplest of Nikons, a camera I'd now find curious as it offered no adjustments at all. This is the opposite of current cameras, at least the ones I buy, covered with buttons and dials and embedded with pages of menus. My newest camera came with a 300+ page manual yet the coverage of many of the functions is so cursory you have to go online for guidance. But I digress.

 
 
 
Paul taking a break      
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. My gut says Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Paul taking a break      
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. My gut says Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Paul taking a break      
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. My gut says Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Biking in the snow
Sat 13 Jun 2020      Film - Lee Vining - Motorcycles 
Biking in the snow
     Sat 13 Jun 2020      Film - Lee Vining - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

A lot of my old photos are of motorcycle trips. These two, from 1998, are of our attempt to ride our bikes to Death Valley in winter. No this wasn't very clever. After a few days holed up in Lee Vining we abandoned the effort and hitched a ride out of the snow.

 
 
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We tried heading east into Nevada ...      
 
 
We tried heading east into Nevada ...      
 
 
We tried heading east into Nevada ...      
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop      
 
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop      
 
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop      
 
 
Biking in the summer
Sun 14 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles 
Biking in the summer
     Sun 14 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

A couple of photos from a 1996 bike trip. I was on a grey K75s, Paul on a red K1100rs, both well suited to hours of riding. We went from the bay area to Tonopah, a small mining town in southwestern Nevada where we always stayed at the preserved-in-olden-times Mizpah hotel.

When I was a little kid we moved from Texas to Tonopah. My father worked for a defense contractor that used the nearby desert as a testing (i.e. blowing up things) area. But my mother quickly grew to hate Tonopah so we cut our time there short and returned to Texas. If only they'd kept heading west.

 
 
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Sierra Nevada foothills      
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
 
Sierra Nevada foothills      
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
 
Sierra Nevada foothills      
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
On to Tonopah      
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
On to Tonopah      
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
On to Tonopah      
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
Bikes in The Hague
Tue 16 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles  Netherlands - The Hague
Bikes in The Hague
     Tue 16 Jun 2020      Film - Motorcycles  Netherlands - The Hague
 
 
 

My scanning progress is currently at roll 42, or just over a thousand photos. Seeing as how I've been on a motorcycle theme here's one more. It's 1997 and we're at the tail of a tour of Holland when we caught this fleet of BMWs in a plaza in The Hague.

 
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
Arcosanti
Mon 29 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film - Motorcycles 
Arcosanti
     Mon 29 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 
My bike

I'm still traveling vicariously so instead of cool Vancouver Island in annus horribilis 2020 it's hot Arizona in 1997.

Today's photos were taken from a moto tour of the southwest. We hit Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Uneventful weather, just a little snow off the side of the road at high elevations.

We spent a couple of nights at the Arcosanti experimental community. It's about half way between Phoenix and Flagstaff, in the Arizona desert. Designed to integrate ecology and architecture it had some visually stunning perspectives though overall we thought it a bit eccentric and threadbare. It's populated by architects, students and their assistants plus the occasional tourist who rents one of the four sad cinder-block guest rooms.

 
 
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Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
 
Arcosanti      
 
Arcosanti bells      
 
 
Arcosanti bells      
 
 
Arcosanti bells      
 
Arcosanti accomodations      
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
Arcosanti accomodations      
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
Arcosanti accomodations      
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
State lines
Tue 30 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film - Motorcycles  Nevada - New Mexico - Utah
State lines
     Tue 30 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film - Motorcycles  Nevada - New Mexico - Utah
 
 
 

Still in '97, still on our motorbikes. We left Arcosanti then headed east to New Mexico, north to Colorado, west to Utah, then Nevada and home.

 
 
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Welcome to New Mexico      
 
 
Welcome to New Mexico      
 
 
Welcome to New Mexico      
 
Welcome to Colorado      
 
 
Welcome to Colorado      
 
 
Welcome to Colorado      
 
Welcome to Utah      
 
 
Welcome to Utah      
 
 
Welcome to Utah      
 
Yours truly in Utah      
 
 
Yours truly in Utah      
 
 
Yours truly in Utah      
 
Utah arch      
 
 
Utah arch      
 
 
Utah arch      
 
Earthlings welcome      
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
Earthlings welcome      
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
Earthlings welcome      
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
Around Death Valley
Sat 4 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film - Motorcycles 
Around Death Valley
     Sat 4 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film - Motorcycles 
 
 
 

It was 1999 when we headed out yet again for Death Valley via motorcycle. (By car? that's easy.) It was a more successful trip than the previous motorcycle trip.

 
 
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Heading to DV      
 
 
Heading to DV      
 
 
Heading to DV      
 
Panamint Springs      
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the sad, worn-out motel room.
 
 
Panamint Springs      
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the sad, worn-out motel room.
 
 
Panamint Springs      
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the sad, worn-out motel room.
 
Old and new      
 
 
Old and new      
 
 
Old and new      
 
Amargosa Opera House      
 
 
Amargosa Opera House      
 
 
Amargosa Opera House      
 
Beatty's trailer hotel      

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?

 
 
Beatty's trailer hotel      

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?

 
 
Beatty's trailer hotel      

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?