Monday, March 28, 2011

No pictures, so did it really happen...

Saturday, on the way back from Albuquerque, I had the opportunity to meet Steve of Scooter in the Sticks fame and Dom from Redleg's Rides. When I first started to ride, these are two of the first blogs that I started reading. I think I just googled (if it's used as a vowel, it doesn't need to be capitalized, right?) for other rider's blogs and these two popped up near the top of the list. And from links on their pages, I discovered many other bloggers that I really enjoy following.

After landing in Denver, I got a call from Dom who told me which gate Steve was flying out of and to look for someone wearing a plaid coat. The plaid coat was easy to spot as it may have been the only one in the airport. It was great meeting the artist who got me interested in photography again and hearing of his experience with Dom's Ural sidecar rig. Unfortunately, it was too short of a visit but it sounds like he may be attending the BMW MOA rally in Bloomsburg, PA, this summer so hopefully I'll be able to visit again.

I exited the "secure area" to the main terminal to visit with Dom. After reading his blog for so long, it seems that I've known him for years. Since my next flight was delayed due to some massive computer failure at Alaska Airlines, we had an opportunity to talk for a couple of hours. Topics ranged from sidecars to IPv6 (two obviously related topics.) I'm really looking forward to his experiences assembling his new sidecar rig. And I'm even more anxious to getting a car attached to my R100RT. With the way fuel prices are going up, I may want the rig ready by next fall. The next time I'm in Denver, I really need to add an extra day. He said that I need more ride reports on this blog and fewer whale bone arches....


  1. RichardM:

    I rubbed my eyes first and looked at my calendar to make sure it wasn't April Fools . . . and it wasn't. What great timing to meet two legends at the airport.

    what happened to your Camera phone ? It was your lucky day

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. RichardM

    it was a great couple of hours at the airport talking to you.

    as to pictures, there is ONE picture of you with a sign in my blog posting for that day putting you in Denver...that should count.

    I should have used the self-portrait mode on the camera dang it.


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

  3. Wow, three bloggers at an airport at the same time - very cool!

  4. Did TSA realize three bloggers were in the airport at the same time?

    I don't think you need to change anything about your blog. I like the fact that everyone's blog has a little bit different flavor of one's particular interest and geographic region. Whale bones arches are cool. Maybe he has whale bone arch envy?

    Just remember the next time you're in Atlanta to look me up.

    Stay Warm!


  5. Yes, please plan an over-night here in Denver. We've got 3 bikes in the garage...heir/spare/and one for visiting bloggers!
    Martha Chang, aka "wifey" of Dom

  6. What a marvelous set of coincidences! And, I saw the pictures on Dom's blog, so I know it is true :-). But, even if I hadn't seen with my eyes I'd have taken your word for it.


  7. No. No pictures, it didn't happen. That means that you have to "go back" (if you ever went in the first place). ;)

    But given that the R has to stay inside in the winter, and winter is so definitely need that sidecar for more riding adventures in the winter season. :)


  8. I can attest to the fact that it did happen. Richard and I spent a few minutes together as our paths crossed near the gate where I was flying to Washington DC.

    I didn't take any pictures of our meeting either. Strange. Maybe there was some Homeland Security energy ray at work disabling the photographer parts of our brains.

    Usually I am always taking pictures.

    Was great meeting you Richard and hopefully we'll cross paths in Bloomsburg this summer!

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  9. How cool is that everyone there at the same time. I saw a couple of the other posts, and saw your pic somewhere, so I know it happened! :)

  10. Dear Richard M:

    The whalebone arches gave me a great idea! Why not set up an Alaskan fast food chain offering things like "Stink Flipper" at the drive-up window, under the sign of the whalebone arches? There could be big money in it... Especially if we spread the rumor that Stink Flipper causes random three-hour erections in men over 50.

    It would be too much too much to hope for that both you and Steve would be at the BMW MOA rally in Bloomsburg this summer, as Nikos is planning on flying in — and I am conducting a presentation at this event. I would like all of you to sit in the front row, especially as I will be asking for volunteers from the audience.

    (The music from JAWS should be playing in your head now.)

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads
    The Bermuda Triangle of Motorcycle Blogs

  11. I plan to attend the BMW MOA rally in Bloomsburg. Not sure what I will ride but will make every effort to sit in the front row of Mr. Riepe's presentation.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  12. I'm envious. Not of the air travel. Done enough of that lately. Meeting the legends? How awesome!!

    Although it was pretty special meeting you last summer, too!