Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its fifth year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

September 30, 2016

MAKING FRIENDS

... it's taken a week, my honda cb500x is now configured as i like ... brand-new michelin touring tires, well worth their rather astronomical price ... i removed the external gas can mounts from the side boxes, i can always reinstall them if i decided to do a labrador-newfoundland wanderabout ... electrics are all in place, my heated underjacket worked like a charm even in the chill air at the height-of-the-land above bingham—where, as you can see, autumn is clearly upon us ...

... inspired by liz's creativity, i "repurposed" this little canvas bag to serve as a storage place for my cell phone, bike registration, sunglasses, etc. ... turned out those little mounting brackets roger left on the bike were quite useful ... ezpass now velcros above the dash ... jacket controls are easy to reach ...

... i've had the motorcycle eight days ... i'm getting very comfortable with the six-speed gearbox and the 500cc twin-cylinder's power curve ... a week and a day, this afternoon the oddometer rolled over my first thousand miles on the bike ...

... so cool ...

MICHAELANGELO UPRIGHT

... for the past few weeks brian's been painting a beautiful mural on the concourse-side wall of the framemakers, central maine's premier choice for custom matting and framing and my downstairs neighbor ... i stopped a few days ago to take a quick snapshot of him at work ...

... when i returned home this afternoon from a bit of wandering on my motorcycle i found that he had completed the mural and was applying a clearcoat sealant ...

... a little bit of time and paint, a lot of talent, and now downtown waterville is a bit nicer a place to work, visit, shop, and, for those like me, live ...