Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

A perfect November Sunday: motorcycles, a Southern California mountain road, and a great group of people. It started with a 6.30 a.m. rendezvous at the Motorcycle Industry Council’s office in Irvine. MIC communications director Andria Yu had arranged for “key influencer” Katherine Helmetag (it’s her magnetic personality) and me to ride Kawasaki motorcycles. Katherine loves … More Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

When diagnosed with cancer, I paddled along with the flood of advice–except when I didn’t

Being diagnosed with cancer after a routine colonoscopy was enough of a surprise, like taking the car in for service and finding out they’d crashed it during the test drive. Even with a family history of colorectal cancer and the removal of precancerous polyps in previous colonoscopies, I didn’t think I’d be hearing what I heard on Jan. 11. … More When diagnosed with cancer, I paddled along with the flood of advice–except when I didn’t

Thoughts upon visiting a lonesome bus at daybreak

  Oh lonesome bus at daybreak— buglike profile suggesting six legs, three antennae stretching toward the quarter moon— your body’s own rivets will soon cast shadows, the crust of sand will glimmer inside your crumpled tailpipes.   How did you come to be parked by Dillon Road? Were you self-propelled or dragged along like an old … More Thoughts upon visiting a lonesome bus at daybreak

A man and his truck, in this case a ’59 International B-120 crewcab pickup

Mike Casey was leaning against the bumper of his truck, having a smoke on a sunny Saturday morning. Approaching him with my camera, I looked at the truck’s stacked headlamps and guessed it was a ’58. “No, a ‘Fifty-nine.” Mike explained it’s an International Harvester B-120. “They only made it a couple of years.” This one has the rare 3-door crewcab … More A man and his truck, in this case a ’59 International B-120 crewcab pickup

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu stuns with sleek looks, runs ahead of the pack

Chevy sent me a 2016 Malibu for a week, so I drove up to Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley for some pictures. I’m very favorably impressed with the car. Note in this sequence the shot of the new one with the previous-generation model at the Morongo Valley post office. The older car looks dowdy. For … More The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu stuns with sleek looks, runs ahead of the pack

Petersen Automotive Museum makes a Wilshire Boulevard U-turn from ridiculous to sublime

A car museum is usually little more than a few rows of interesting and somewhat randomly accumulated vehicles, presented with or without interpretation. It has been this way ever since my very first tour of a car collection, one amassed in a Quonset hut by Leo J. Bongers, of David City, Nebraska. The Bongers collection wasn’t … More Petersen Automotive Museum makes a Wilshire Boulevard U-turn from ridiculous to sublime