If you want to carry a gun, learn to do it right

I carry a weapon under Virginia’s liberal concealed carry law. I could carry one openly as well under the Old Dominion’s equally-liberal open carry rules but that’s a story for another day. I’m a gun owner.  Have been one most of my life. I grew up in a family of hunters. I support the right […]

The driveway

Regular Muse readers probably know more than they want about the driveway at Chateau Thompson. We’ve chronicled our struggles over the years with the steep, 450-foot long driveway that rises above Sandy Flats Road. It’s challenging enough with a car and even more so on a motorcycle. This short video is what I face each […]

The road to Damascus

U.S. 58 from Mouth of Wilson — home of the legendary Wayne Henderson — and the bicycling and float trip town of Damascus easily ranks in the top 10 of my favorite motorcycle riding roads in Southwestern Virginia. It winds for 34 miles through farmland, forest and the Mt. Rogers recreation area, proving a good […]

Some bikers rally at Kanawha

Organizers of the “first annual” Kanawha Valley Bike Rally probably hoped for a larger turnout than the moderate number of motorcyclists — most Harley “bikers” —  who rode to the rodeo arena and equestrian center near Dugspur over the weekend. Confederate flags outnumbered vendors, a “bikini bike wash” sat mostly empty and only a handful […]

Two-wheeled therapy

Some people ride motorcycles for sport, others for recreation and still others as a hobby. I ride for two reasons: Transportation and therapy. Transportation is why my 2009 Super Glide — purchased 18 months ago — has more than 32,000 miles on the odometer. Therapy is why I can head out early in the morning […]