Windswept and interesting – That’s how my British photojournalist friend and Trippin’ riding buddy, Neale Bayly, often jokingly describes himself, but I think that phrase really sums up this photo which was taken just after putting the stands down at the end of our 1,000 mile, four-day epic on 40 year old motorcycles. And does my son, Sam, look like Peter Fonda or what?!?
Neale, Sam, and I rode from Evansville, IN to St. Augustine, FL last week and shot the sixth episode of our motorcycle touring series, Trippin’ on Two Wheels. Here’s a shot of the bikes we rode taken at an overlook somewhere in NC. As you can see, they look considerably better than we do.
In my previous blog I told you that I was heading out with my son San and Neale Bayly on a 1,000 mile ride on 40 year old motorcycles to shoot another episode of Trippin’ on Two Wheels. Well, we are now two days and 500 miles into that trip and so far so good. No major mechanical issues with the bike which is fairly amazing considering I was the mechanic that prepared them for the journey, and the weather has been kind to us to this point. Looking at the regional radar tho it looks like our weather luck my run out soon, but I’m OK with that. I just hope our mechanical luck holds.
We spent the first night in Smithville, TN and made it to Westminster, SC last night. We’re leaving for Savannah Georgia shortly. You can read a short update of the trip thus far that Neale wrote and see a few pics on Motorcycle Classics site.
Wish us luck on the second half of this epic. Whose idea was this anyway?!?
OK, I know blogs are supposed to be more “real time”, but I haven’t really had any real time in the past month or so; hence the hiatus. While I actually have shot a few things during this time (a couple of way cool rods with Scott Whitaker in Cincinnati and a pair of sweet Ford conv. with Rich Schmidt in Ocala, FL), most of this past month has been spent lining up the production schedule for the rest of the year. I’ve largely been stuck in my office which isn’t really one of my favorite places.
The good news tho is that I have it all nailed down and will now spend the better part of the next six months on the road. You can see the dates and locations of the events we’ll be shooting here. There’s still one unscheduled wild card slot because I’m trying to figure out how to get down to Canberra, Australia in January for the Street Machine Summer Nationals. How cool would that be?!? Wish me luck on that one.
I’ve got an equal number of killer feature shoots lined up that will take us to California, South Dakota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Alabama in the US, and Alberta and BC up in Canada just to name a few. Needless to say, I will be racking up the frequent flier miles.
But the thing that has really been domination my attention for the past few weeks doesn’t involve four wheels. It’s the upcoming shoot of the sixth episode of my motorcycle touring series, Trippin’ on Two Wheels.
Those of you who are familiar with the show know that it involves me, my teenage (actually, now 20) son Sam, and my good friend and motorcycle photojournalist, Neale Bayly, on multi-day rides in some pretty awesome parts of the world. To date we’ve shot in Scotland, Sicily, Spain, Quebec, Italy, and Switzerland. However on Tuesday, May 16, we’ll ride out on first one of these to be shot in the US.