Monthly Archives: July 2014

Zumo Wrestling: Trial & Error for the Win

Garmin GPS units have been showing me the way since the company came to life in Olathe, south of Kansas City and my home in Parkville, a small town just across the Missouri River. I started with their aviation unit, … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned by Vagabondage’s Penultimate Evening

DUBUQUE, IOWA—Sitting on a concrete point poking into the Mississippi River, with a cigar and rye whiskey in hand, I’m sure Sam Clemons would approve of how I’m spent my last night on the road. Watching the moon rise and … Continue reading

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After Dancing All Day With Mother Nature, She Splits

SIOUX CITY, IOWA—After several good riding days that took us across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and most of Nebraska, Mother Nature decided that we’d had enough. Ed awoke first this morning. Seeing gray skies, he iPhoned the weather. A huge … Continue reading


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Casper Crossroads: Vagabondage Dinner Options

CASPER, WYOMING—As vagabonds have direction but no daily route or destination, lodging and where to have dinner is always in unknown. Last night, after inquiring at several lodgings, we got two of the last four rooms available in Idaho Falls, … Continue reading

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Attack of the Rhino Virus and Surviving to Ride Another Day

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO—“Spangler, you bastard!” Those were Ed’s first words to me this morning when we awoke in Boise. I couldn’t tell if his invective was good natured because a tissue covered his nose and mouth. Yes, the Rhino Virus … Continue reading

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River Whitecaps, Friends Reunited & a Mountain Trifecta

RENTON, WASHINGTON—Freed from the self-imposed constraints of my preparatory daydreams, I’ve relished the the unexpected rewards of vagabondage. No longer eschewing the Interstates, I followed I-84 from Pocatello to Portland. Much of it follows the Columbia River and its gorge … Continue reading

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