It Is What It Is

by Steve on November 17, 2014

Hello everyone. Long time since I came here. So many things have contributed to my absence. I lost my dad and an uncle early in the year that set me back for a few months. By then, the motorcycle safety season was in full swing and I teach and help run a safety site for ABATE of Indiana. What time I had left after that and my day job I spent with my daughter at her various practices and tournaments with her fastpitch softball team. And now, both of those have slowed down but I just filled out all the paperwork for and started my own business.

During my time away from the blog and the mic I did alot of soul searching. My love for motorcycling and adventure riding in general were never in question but my dedication and passion to keep this up were obviously not enough to keep episodes and posts coming every couple of weeks. I have fought with this decision for a month or so and have come to the conclusion that I am a much better listener of podcasts than a creator.

With that being said, I will be shutting down this site soon. I want to thank those of you who have written and listened up to this point. I want to give a huge shout out to Sam Manicom for his two part interview. His exciting travels are what adventure motorcyclists dreams are made of. Check out Sam’s books here. I wish you all the best and hope that your days are filled with the two wheeled adventures that you desire.



AMR08 – Moonshine Lunch Run

by Steve on April 25, 2014


MLR Rider Welcome Sign

Yeah, we are a little late getting this one out. We will work on getting better at that.
APOLOGY: My apology to Jason Garver of the Moonshine Lunch Run. In the intro of the show I mistakenly pronounced his last name as Graver. It is indeed Garver and I apologize for my error.

Good News! No motorcycle recalls during this period.

Moonshine Lunch Run
Do you need an excuse to ride? Some people live by the moniker, “Ride to Eat, Eat to Ride”. But how far would you ride to get a burger known as the Moonburger and have the opportunity to sit around and talk long distance motorcycle riding with those who have the same passion? Today we interview Jason Garver of the Moonshine Lunch Run. A quick heads up! Jason graciously did the interview after a long day at work while enjoying the evening with his family. He gave me fair warning the kids were there and it might get noisy. As you can expect, it did in some areas of the interview but does not take away from the content. If you are wearing earbuds you have been warned. LOL

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Besides your normal every day looking rides you will see many like this Super Tenere set up for the long haul. Just check out the backup navigation devices, the multitude of driving lights on the front, and the auxiliary fuel tank mounted to the tail plate. I wanted to talk with the owner but had no idea who he was. I am sure that that motorcycle could tell some stories.

At some point on the day of the ride Jason used a drone to film over the immediate area. If you watch the video you will see breaks in the lines of motorcycles lining the roads which tells me he did this later in the morning. At my arrival there were no breaks in the lines and there were continuous arrivals the entire time of my stay. Check out the video here.

While planning your 2015 rides make Moonshine a must visit. Terry Hammond had a dream and he is no doubt looking down over the MLR with a big smile. In Terry’s words,
“If you don’t make it to Moonshine, you ain’t a Motorcycle Rider, you’re just a Motorcycle Owner!!!” Here is my obligatory pic out in front of the Moonshine to show I am a rider not just an owner!


For more information on the Moonshine Lunch Run follow this link to their website and we hope to see you there next year.

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AMR07 – Ride for Kids

April 6, 2014

Welcome Hello once again. Right on the heels of the Sam Manicom interview I am sitting in Carrollton, GA for my daughter’s softball tournament. Hotel is disgusting, wifi is almost non existent, but life is good. Sitting here at Starbucks bumming their free wifi so I can get the podcast out to you. I am […]

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AMR06 – Sam Manicom (Pt. 2)

March 27, 2014

Welcome I know you are all back to finish listening to Sam speak so we are going to jump right in. We will catch up on other things in episode 7 so that we can bring you more great content from this amazing world traveler. I want to thank you for being patient as we […]

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AMR05 – Sam Manicom (Pt. 1)

March 9, 2014

Hello! Seems like forever since we were here doing the same thing. The difference between then and now is that we have our first interview to offer up to you and we came out of the gate running! I am excited bring the show to you and hope you will share it with others who […]

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What is an Adventure?

March 3, 2014

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines adventure as an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks and/or an exciting or remarkable experience. I was thinking this week, after recording the interview with Sam Manicom, what is an adventure? Sam, and many like him, have quit their jobs, sold their belongings, and saddled up for adventures that take them […]

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AMR 04 – Are You Scared?

February 24, 2014

Greetings! Glad you are back once again and we have a quick show for you this week. Prep time was at a minimum as my father passed away yesterday, Saturday, after a four week hospital stay. Rest In Peace Dave McQueen. Recalls Good news! No motorcycle recalls this week. The manufacturers have to be loving […]

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AMR 03 – Breaking News!

February 13, 2014

Welcome to Episode 3!! Thank you all for listening and reading the shown notes here on the blog. This episode I explain that random download that you received a few days prior to the release of this episode. My apologies for that. Cold Remains in the Midwest We begin by talking about the cold weather […]

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RIP Big Mike

February 9, 2014

If you are a motorcyclist in Indiana, have visited the ABATE of Indiana bash called the Boogie, attended the ABATE of Kansas annual party, or spent time in South Dakota or Wyoming around the Sturgis Rally you know the name Big Mike and you know the Eclipse Band. Big Mike was a great vocalist and […]

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Why I Ride

January 26, 2014

It is everywhere you turn. Whether you are looking at facebook, twitter, linkedin, or any other social media site you see post after post about the documentary  “Why We Ride”. Director Bryan H. Carroll and his team traveled the US speaking with motorcycle riders to get answers to why we ride. Each person has a […]

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