Sunday, August 28, 2016

Packin' the gear
Pack in' up the gear. Headed out at o dark hundred for a flight to Tucson. Pickin' up a bike there. Road story for HD HOG magazine. Nogales,Az to Canada via US HWY 93. If you are along the route give me a shout out.
Flyin' back and forth across the southwest just to get to Tuscon.  So much for travelin' through the skies.  Looking for the the black strip of highway with the yellow line. Tucson HD had the bike polished and ready to go.  Harley dealers are unique.  It really is all about family.  Travel to a new destination, pick up a bike, be greeted like family.  Doesn't get any better.  Roll on the throttle, ridin' south toward the Mexico border.  First stop San Xavier Mission, the white castle of the desert.  
At Amado hit the brakes for the worlds largest concrete cow skull.  Big Horn Grill.  Closed.  For sale.  Sign reads: "Don't stop here if you are trying to sell us anything.  We are broke.  Keep moving on.  If you have any extra beer you can share with us, please come on in."  What a time not to have a cooler of cold ones with me.  Keep moving.
Nogales tonight.  Real Mexican food.  Only the cook and waitress working.  Know I am close to the border.  Make the turn at wall in the morning and head north to run HWY 93 border to border.  A good day to be on the road.

be strong, be safe, Carlan 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Holy Hail Storm
The story goes something like this.  Beautiful August day in New Mexico.  Blue sky, few clouds floating around, 78 degrees, no wind, current weather forecast...dry.  Perfect ridin' day.  Talk to one of my ridin' buddies.  Let's run some two lane about 35 miles, stop get a coffee, hang out a bit and catch up on local news.  Good plan.  

Nice ride to Madrid.  Park right in front of the coffee shop.  Order up some strong brew.  Find a table in the shade.  Doesn't get any better.  Thirty minutes into that laid back catch up conversation...BIG rumbling sounds.  Sun disappears.  Sky gets coal black.  First some light sprinkles.  Turns to hard rain, turns to BIG hail.  Oh...HOLY HAIL!  Grab the rain gear out of the bike bag (oh yes...always carry rain gear..always).  Use the rain jacket to cover the tank to soften the hail pounding down on the bike.  No place to run, no place to hide.  Wait it out.

Highway is running wild with 6" of water.  Arroyos creating new channels.  Need to find a new direction home.  Not hitting the back roads on this one.  Running slow and easy.  Wet ride home.  Temp drops to about 60.  Only in New Mexico.  You know what....doesn't get any better.

BTW: ALWAYS carry rain gear.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is coming up fast--August 8-14, as a matter of fact.  For those of you who always wanted to go or for those of you who haven’t been in a while, you can experience Sturgis from the seat of your sofa with my new eBook, Freedom of Expression - Portrait of Sturgis.
 The book is 4 years of work shot in classic black and white documentary style.  It celebrates the men and women who rally together every year to immerse themselves in motorcycle culture, meet up with old friends, and to enjoy a little uncensored Freedom Of Expression.

Portrait of Sturgis is available as an interactive iBook from iTunes, for Kindle from Amazon, or as a PDF.  The book is $4.99 and can be purchased through my website: Carlan Tapp Phootography.  Proceeds from the book support Project Sidecar, a program to offer sidecar rides for veterans suffering from PTSD or physical handicaps, preventing them from being able to ride a motorcycle again.

Saddle up and enjoy a piece of the Sturgis action.  Thanks for your support!

be strong, be safe, Carlan 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Highway 14 - Turquoise Trail National Scenic Highway
New Mexico State Highway 14 is a 54-mile-long state road located in northern New Mexico. The highway connects Albuquerque to Santa Fe and comprises most of the Turquoise Trail, a National Scenic Byway.  This two lane beauty climbs, dips, and turns through some of the most stunning landscape of northern New Mexico.  Historically, the Cerrillos Hills provided turquoise for the people of Chaco Canyon to the north in 900 AD.
Wild Hogs, the movie that is, was filmed along HWY 14 and in the classic old mining village of Madrid.  A two laner just waiting for a motorcycle.  Wind on your back,  sun on your face, pressing and leaning into the curves, putting the kickstand down in Madrid at the Mine Shaft for a burger and music.  Just doesn't get any better.

be strong, be safe, Carlan