Category Archives: Motoring

DIY Backyard R/C track update

As you may already be aware, I have been attempting to turn my backyard into what radio controlled dreams are made of.  I shared with you the trials and tribulations of attempting to build an affordable, practical, useable, and portable off-road course.  With the way certain obstacles turned out, I was not too hopeful of their ruggedness and dependability. 

Backyard R/C Monster Jam track (partial)

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How to – My latest project…backyard Monster Jam

Recently, I regaled you all with the awesomeness that is radio controlled monster trucks.  At the end of that, I left you with a cliffhanger of my latest project – building an undeniably kick ass (and maybe even portable) r/c monster truck course!  Today, I will share with you my thought processes, failures, and ultimate success!

First up – my presumed failure.  (I haven’t had a chance to test it yet, hence the “presumed” part…but it isn’t looking pretty!)  My initial thought was that a 2 liter pop bottle would be a great size to create an obstacle for a 1/10 scale monster truck.  My idea was to cut the bottle in half, fix it to a board, spray paint it to make it look a little more natural and realistic, then go nuts.  And what would be better than two obstacles?  More than two obstacles!  Continue reading

Motorcycles in a museum…on purpose!

Over the weekend, my wife and I were anxious to host my parents in our new home.  We’ve been living there for a few months now, and are mostly settled in, so we were anxious to show off our new digs.  Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned, and my parents were forced to cancel their travel plans.  *Cue the depressing violin music.*  Sadness, I know.  We were disappointed, but that’s how things go sometimes.  Continue reading

The family that bashes together, stays together

As I’ve clearly stated before, monster trucks are undeniably awesome!  Period.  Last year, I introduced my wife to the greatness that is Monster Jam.  She enjoyed it so much, she was eager to go again this year…and even brought friends with her! 

On a side note: I have a ton of random hobbies to try to keep me mentally stimulated.  I like working out, riding my motorcycle, playing the guitar, playing with my dog, messing with aquariums, painting, etc etc etc.  Having said that, going beyond my passion for life-size monster trucks is my love of radio control cars (or more appropriately, you guessed it, monster trucks). Continue reading

Celebrating an undead birthday – at Monster Jam

For as much fun as my friends have making fun of my redneck tendencies, we couldn’t find a car big enough to fit everybody for this year’s adventure to the local monster truck rally.  Once my friends see the twinkle in my eye and hear the pure, unadulterated excitement in my voice, they can’t deny that little voice in the back of their own head saying, “Hold on a second.  Pickup trucks with massive engines and oversized tires??  Why have we not explored this idea sooner?!?”

Monster truck rallies are an undeniable cultural experience.  Most of the general public just don’t want to acknowledge that fact.  (yeah, you read that right…I said fact.)  As much as some people like the opera or ballet, others like monster trucks, demolition derbies, and NASCAR.  And for good reason…it’s exciting!  Monstrous mayhem and colossal collisions?!?  Yes, please. Continue reading

Motoring Monday – On the road again and riding off into the sunset

Welcome back!  For all you noobs and foreigners to the biker subculture, here is the latest (and probably last) installment of Motoring Monday.  This week I’ll give you a glimpse into the heart of a weathered, hardened, veteran biker.  Here we go…

You have no doubt, at some point in your life, been driving down the highway, when you notice a long string of bikers traveling in a tight pack going in the opposite direction.  Your first inclination may be that they’re a group of friends or a motorcycle club out for a joy ride.  Sometimes you may be right.  Depending on the size of the pack though, it could very well be something much more meaningful.  But, then again, maybe not.  There’s no arguing that bikers love a cold drink and a good party.  So let me lay it out for you.  Continue reading

Motoring Monday – Bikes for everyone!

Hey there, thanks for coming back!  Next up in our semi-irregular series explaining the motorcycle culture: Bikes for everyone!  *Crowd cheers ecstatically*  Thought you just hit the jackpot of blog giveaways, didn’t you?  Sorry to disappoint.  You get no free bike and are only left here, stuck with having to read on before I get to the point.  Which is: Types of motorcycles.

If you have ever paid attention to passing motorcycles, you have no doubt noticed that they come in all shapes and sizes.  It’ll be my responsibility to describe them all (or at least most-okay, well…some) and maybe explain the people who ride them.  Maybe.  If we’re lucky. Continue reading

Motoring Monday – Biker lore

Ever notice a small bell on a big, bad, bikers motorcycle and wonder why the seemingly out-of-place, dainty little object was there in the first place?  Well, it serves as more than decoration…there is a very specific purpose for the little noisemaker.  Here are a couple popular explanations that will give you a little more insight into the biker culture…


As you are probably well aware, there are many unexplainable mysteries in life, such as mechanical problems once you get too far from home, but not close enough to your destination.  In the biker world, those instances are blamed on evil road spirits, or “gremlins.”  They are responsible for a vast array of problems – like when your turn signals fail to work, the battery dies, or you have problems shifting.  Continue reading

Motoring Monday – Rules of the road and terminology

There was only one logical choice to kick-start this series with, and that’s the very basics – the unwritten road rules and the lingo that goes along with it.  This post will mainly concentrate on American jargon, but I will add some British slang just because I think it’s cool.  Aaaand we’re off… Continue reading

Motoring Monday

I think it’s about that time, folks.  Time to unveil a brand new series to brighten up your week.  Ever wonder what life would be like on the road?  To be able to throw responsibility out the window, put the pedal to the metal, rubber to the road, and live free?  Have you ever stared enviously at a long line of bikers riding by in a pack, wind in their hair, leaning back with their legs stretched out in front of them, wondering just where they came from?  Well that’s what I’m here for!

Being a biker is very near and dear to my heart.  It’s something that I am very passionate about for a multitude of reasons.  I don’t think there is anything on Earth that can match the rush of riding free on a motorcycle…at least not the prolonged, sustained rush of riding for hours at a time.  For me personally, it serves as a spiritual escape.  It offers a glimpse of God’s creation like no other.  You can’t even compare it to riding in a convertible.  It’s just not the same.  Having sheet metal wrapped around you severely limits your view – it’s not like you can look down and see through the floorboard. 

I’ve started a misguided effort to introduce the common person to this rugged way of life.  I’ve given you my playlist that I created to get my mind right before I ride.  I have also noted my affinity for the “low five.”  Have no clue what I’m talking about?  Don’t worry, I’ll lay out all the details in the coming weeks and/or months (depending on how this works out).  Now it’s time that I get it together, get my thoughts organized, and answer all of your questions.

I will use this forum to explain things about the biker lifestyle to the common lay-person.  I will relate the biker way.  I’ll explain the terminology.  I will list the different types of bikes and point out why they’re not all created equal.  Lay out the reason that you get to gaze in awe when seemingly hundreds of bikes go roaring by.  And I will let you in on some of the dream destinations for bikers. 

So grab some sunglasses, throw on a helmet, strap on, and hold on loosely.  It’s gonna be a long ride.

Consider this just an introduction.  If you have any specific questions regarding this topic that you have always wondered and would like to have answered, then email me.

Thank you, that is all.

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