Final Thoughts

I arrived in NYC yesterday afternoon. Nothing exciting to report. Grilled with a few old coworkers that night and headed back home soon. Four hour ride home. 

Whenever I get on the bike I get the feeling that I don’t want the trip to end. I’ve never had that feeling before when riding before this trip. I’m not sure if it’s the bike or my current state of mind or both. When I’d ride my Bonneville for four hours I would dream on the moment when I arrive home. But maybe it’s the fact that I over came a 12 hour ride to North Carolina and I can do that again. One day I want to ride across the country on motorcycle. That will take much more planning and someone to ride alongside. 

North Carolina Day 4

I started my trek back home today. 

I rode 4 hours to a campground in Reston, VA. Here’s my home for the night:

When I arrived I wanted to keep riding. I wanted to go all he way to the city. But I knew it’d be better just to take it easy and rest the night. Tomorrow morning I’ll head to NYC to see friends. The trip is just about complete with a total mileage reading for the trip at 1,030. 8 more hours of riding to go. 

One last thing. Why are camp sites so expensive. $28 for one night?! I can get a motel room for $60 per night. Camp sites should be like $12 a night. State Parks need to reevaluate this. 

North Carolina Day 3

I rode to Durham on day 3.  I rode around there looking for breakfast. Just found some good coffee and a good bread shop (where I had a muffin). 

Cocoa and Cinnamon:  

Then my brother told me about Elmo’s Diner:


That night we went and got cupcakes at Gigi’s Cupcakes:


Here’s a stop motion video I made:  

North Carolina Day 2

I rode to downtown Raleigh yesterday morning. I didn’t have much of a plan except to get breakfast. I parked my bike and walked around their downtown. Then I rode my motorcycle around to explore a little more. I found this great looking architecture building:

AIA NC Center For Architecture and Design

It rained a little in the early afternoon so I stayed inside while it rained. Then I went to check out a nearby state park. 



William B. Umstead State Park

At night we went to Chapel Hill for a drink. Nice area that reminds me of Cornell. 

I know I haven’t written much about the motorcycle but that could be because it’s been absolutely perfect to me. It’s a new 2014 Triumph Toger XC. I test rode the BMW 800 and I didn’t find it as nice of a ride as the Triumph. Also I didn’t really want to spend that much at the time. 

I have zero complaints about the Tiger other than it could use a little more top speed for the highways. Other than that it’s been a gem. The hard cases are perfect for this trip. I have plenty of space for my things and if I had more things I could always strap dry bags to the top of the boxes as they have perfect tie down points.  

North Carolina Day 1

I quit my job. I moved out of NYC. I moved back to where I grew up. I went back to working on my family’s farm. 

I did this all while knowing I wanted to buy an adventure bike and ride to North Carolina. I have always wanted to ride long distance but I just never had the drive or the idea that I could actually do it. This was one of those things where I thought someday I would buy a bike and go on a trip but I didn’t think it’d happen anytime soon. 

Most people supported my adventure. Some thought it was a horrible idea. Luckily I have friends and family that did nothing but support me no matter how crazy this idea was. I needed an adventure. Needed to go do something on my own. This was the perfect opportunity to do this. 

When I told my father about what I wanted to do he told me I should go to England and ride around England, the opposite of what he did was he was 23. He came to The States from England riding motorcycle a Triumph 5TA. I am no where near as adventurous as he was at that age!

I started riding on Sunday August 16th at around 9am. My brother rode with me to Route 81 and then I went off on my own. 


I rode 400 miles to Harrisonburg, VA the first day. It took about 8 hours of riding because of accidents along the way. Scorching heat on the pavement and a lot of sitting in traffic. I planned on camping that night in Shenandoah National Park but there weren’t any camp sites available so I got a cheap motel room. 

The next morning I rode four hours to Raleigh, NC. When I got to Raleigh I wanted to keep riding. I got the feeling that I could ride across the country no problem. I know it’s too early to say that. I’ve only ridden 12 hours. That is nothing compared to a cross country trip. In total I’ve ridden 640 miles to get here. 


 The Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. 

I will be touring around neighboring cities for a few days and then riding to NYC to visit friends. 

January 30, 2015

I was just reading this TTAG post about the Remington R51 updates and I had a few thoughts. First off read the short list of minor changes they made. If this is what it took to get the gun running then why’d it take a year to get fixed!? I know a gunsmith that could have had that gun fixed in a matter of one day. That’s not an exaggeration. It’s as if Remington had one gunsmith working on fixing the gun on his lunch break while he was assembling rifles. I just don’t understand. I’m not sure why the heck it took one year to “fix” the gun.

December 15, 2014

I was driving around with my mom one night and this guy started beeping at us while I was waiting to drive at a stop sign because I didn’t go. There was a car coming from my right, which he couldn’t see so I didn’t pull out. Well the jerk that I am made me give him the finger. He gave me the finger back. That’s where it ended. Just two knuckleheads being knuckleheads to each other. Then my mom said “what would happen if that guy had a gun. What if he pulled up next to us and had a gun.” Great point Mom. Then Rob Pincus linked to this video on his Instagram soon after this all happened:

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I really do enjoy off body carry for comfort and ease of draw. Also I do like carrying with a light and currently I only have an OWB holster for that not an IWB holster. Although recently I have been carrying with my OWB holster but I worry it’s too bulky for summer carry. It’s nice being around the farm for carrying because I don’t need to worry about printing.

Back to my mother’s question. For someone that isn’t interested in firearms, she brings up a great point. How fast would it take me to draw with my seat belt, winter coat, button up and a t-shirt in the way? I tried it to see how long it would take and it was silly. It made me think about carrying while in a vehicle. I began to realize how long it would take for me unholster if it was holstered in the 4 o’clock position. Moral of the story, I must train to get faster. I must take classes. Perhaps from Rob.

Here’s my mom shooting my brother’s H&R Handi-rifle in .300 blackout with a SIlencerco Harvester suppressor in our backyard. IMG_4197

September 17, 2014

I finally made an Etsy store with the help and encouragement of a few people. You can find it here or just search on Etsy “LockeWoods”. Here are some pictures of what I’m offering so far. The following photographs were taken by Simon Ingall:

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September 10, 2014

I have been kind of quiet on here lately. I get in these weird periods where I don’t feel like writing. I feel like no one wants to read what I have to write about. I have nothing that interesting to write about. I’ll just post some pictures I have from the past couple weeks.

We went and shot some clays in PA one weekend. Great location. Lehigh Clays. If you’ve got the time and are in the area definitely go check out their stations.

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A friend showed me his modification he made to his PPS magazines. He found the 7 round magazines to be too long and obnoxious so he sanded them down. Good idea.

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Here’s my PPS with a Streamlight TLR-4 I dug up. Been looking for a weapon light that fits this small rail. This seemed to work great. A bit bulky but a great combo.

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I started to make stone inlay rings. This one is made out of brass. I want to try to see how the inlay will hold up to gold plating. Sometime I’ll get around to that.

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My brother and dad made this cider press. It’s a terrible picture but it uses a car bottle jack, that is terribly crooked in this picture. Simon and I used it to quickly press around 25 gallons of cider for him to make hard cider out of.

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I am finishing up two more of the wood planters right now. This is one I curved the top of on the lathe. I’ll post pictures of a lot of the recent wood working I’ve done once I get some pictures taken this weekend.

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