It seems that I’ve been posting something every couple of months. I’ve just added the mid-summer page about a swell motorcycle ride in the State of Jefferson. Look for the page titled “VI. The State of Jefferson National Scenic Byway,” or click the link HERE.
There was no story this week. I started writing one, a good one, and when I got to about 500 words I thought this sounds too familiar. I looked at the early stories and found that I had already done that one. Whoa.
There are now over 60 stories in this blog, in simple chronological order, most recent first. There’s no organization — it’s just a long list. It needed some kind of index, so I made one instead of writing a story. Of course it took much longer than I expected.
I’ve named the index page “An Index” so it will stay at the top of the page list, while the most recently added page will be listed just below it. Each new page will result in a new entry in the index. Hopefully this will help people find stories they’re interested in, and will keep me from putting in a story that’s already there. Take a look at it — the first couple of paragraphs explain how to use it. You may find a good story that you haven’t noticed before.
This week’s story is about the times I crashed while riding a street bike. I already published a page about some of my race track crashes (see page “YF. Ten Memorable Crashes”) so for balance I’m documenting my street crashes. See the page titled “WZ. Crashes on the Streets.”
I now have three ‘presences’ on social media. This WordPress blog is for stories about riding and racing. There is a Facebook page for “Author Paul Ritter” which contains information about my book “Racing the Gods” and other writings. The third is my “Paul Ritter” Facebook page which can contain anything I feel like sharing. Of course there is some overlap between the three.
This week’s story is a street ride remembrance. It was one of my favorite rides from back in 1997. Look for the page “YQ. The Hawk, the Harley, and the Hurricane.”
On another subject, I just heard that Wester Shadric Cooley, the father of Wester Steven Cooley (2-time AMA Superbike Champion) just passed away at age 82. Wes Cooley the elder was active in the American Federation of Motorcyclists in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Both Wes Cooleys are featured in the page titled “ZA. Fathers and Sons.” Next week’s story will of Wester Shadric Cooley, and a bit of AFM history as well.
Oct. 4, 2014. I’m announcing a new page. It was actually published on Sept. 18th but I wasn’t quite satisfied with it and didn’t have time to fix it until now. It describes three different street rides from the 1970s that were interesting (well, I thought they were interesting). Look for the page titled “A Few Interesting Street Rides.”
Aug. 28, 2014. Another WetLeather story, adventures while riding motorcycles on neat roads. See the link “WetLeather pt 4 – Chase the Snake.”
July 13, 2014. Another story that ended up on the cutting room floor. This one, titled “Running with the Big Dogs,” is about my experiment with long distance rallying.
June 30, 2014. It’s almost July so I’ve put up another WetLeather Story, about some happenings in July of 1997. The title is simply “WetLeather pt 2 – the Gather.” There will be a couple more WetLeather stories in the future.