Monday, February 15, 2010

Honest Scrap Award: preview

I must say that I am honoured to be selected for the Honest Scrap Award from Torch, Midlife Motorcycle Madness(<-- click link)

It came out of the blue and I am at a loss for words. As Irondad (<-- click link) has previously mentioned on a recent blog entry, somehow riding, photography and blogging has brought all of us together into our tight-knit community, who look out for each other. I have met some of you over the years and hope to meet more.

Please click on Torch's link above to find out more about this award. I am putting my thinking cap on wondering which 10 honest things I should say about myself, that you don't already know. I don't think I am allowed to bestow this award to those Blogs he has already mentioned so I will have to look at my favourites and report back soon.

When I first started this Blog it was always my intent to highlight the scenic beauty of places I have travelled, so not all posts will be motorcycle related although I like to travel on secondary roads throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Don't always believe what you read on the internet. There are Oregon style roads all over the Pacific Northwest so you don't necessarily have to travel to Oregon to experience Twisties. ( <-- Irondad made me write this )

There are many Blogs which I frequent in my daily travels where I am an unknown lurker. Where I have never returned a comment, such as Aria & Spirit which gave me the inspiration to travel to Hell's Canyon. His site is a delight of prose and stunning photography. I missed him by one week and I was on the lookout for his Hack while down in the La Grande area. But I doubt very much that he is even aware of my existence. Like wise with Road Grits Cafe. (<-- click link) A lot of down to earth sage advice but again I have never offered a comment. There are many blogs that have shaped my opinions and have shaped my outlook on riding and life. This is why I am having such difficulty in my selection. I think that I will stick to the community where I am known and with whom I have reciprocated. I need a little more time to come up with my Blog list.

I don't intend on ever making a post without some photos, call them snapshots. So in the continuing pursuit of the visual experience, here are a couple of recently taken photos that have nothing whatsoever to do with this post


Fidel Castro spotted in Hawi, Hawai'i. I had to take this shot for my friend Jack "r"IEPE (<-- click link) who enjoys a cigar once in a while. So much so that he wrote a book on cigars. I have never read it and my free, autographed copy has not yet arrived


When I saw this I kept thinking that you should never "take wooden Indian Nickels"


Here is a shot of the Spam shelves at our local supermarket, hardly any selection as compared to what we noticed in Hawai'i, where it is the local national favourite food, besides Mac and potato salad which we thoroughly enjoyed.


  1. Hi Bob,

    No surprise you've got an award mate...your blog is by far one of the best ones I read...Hows your wee pan coming along, got a design yet??



  2. Hey Bob Congrats not surprised one bit, your a fab blogger :)

  3. Congratulations, Bob! Your blog definitely deserves the award!!

    So, what happened to Fidel's index finger? Clever splint that has been applied, though the middle finger does look awfully prominent.

    Now, I have to ask if the last photo will be whacked ... because it is very clearly SPAM!!


  4. permit me to add my congratulations as well Sir! Well deserved.

  5. Dear Mr. Skoot:

    I was delighted and proud that you were selected by Torch to be a recipient of the Honest Scrap Award... And I hope you are delighted and proud of this fines distinction. Only the best of bloggers are recognized in this manner.

    Torch's description of the ideal "Honest Scrap" award winner implies sensitivity, compassion, and a responsive awareness of the people in the world around you. Once again, congratulations on this honor.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads