Bob Kribs

Snowhawg

Bob Kribs

I worked over 40 years with the dream that some day I would have the chance to enjoy the freedom of retirement at a relatively early age. I was fortunate enough to achieve it in 2005. God Bless America!

Many of the states I've visited and three countries (Korea, Fiji and Mexico) I was fortunate enough to visit on business related trips (mostly for entertainment!).

I'm going to start these blogs with my trip of a lifetime, my road trip to Alaska and back.














North America » United States » Michigan September 27th 2020

Today I rode to the Porcupine Mountains bordering Lake Superior. And for a change, I had sunshine today most of the time. My destination was a beautiful place called Lake of the Clouds. The views from the lookout point of Lake of the Clouds are spectacular. I guess I wasn't the only leafer out today because on the road up there was a half hour wait at the entry gate since the parking lot was full up there. They would only allow one car in when one came out. The views of Lake Superior were beautiful on the ride up to the mountains. I decided to make a loop ride out of it and rode MI 64 down the west side of Lake Gogebic Gogebic is a large lake, somewhere around 17 miles long from north ... read more
Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds

North America » United States » Michigan » Houghton September 26th 2020

I was originally going to ride to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Copper Harbor. But the weather forecast was iffy regarding possible rain so I decided to ride to the twin towns of Houghton and Hancock about 90 miles north of Land O' Lakes. These town are separated by the Portage Canal and connected by a cool looking lift bridge. The color was really good almost all the way to Houghton, but for some reason, even though it was further north, the color was not as far along. One theory is that the towns are on the waters of Lake Superior and that keeps the temperatures a bit warmer. The Keweenaw Peninsula is known as Copper Country because of the numerous old defunct copper mines there. The ride up on US 45 and MI 26 ... read more
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Ontonagon River
Ontonagon River

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Land O' Lakes September 25th 2020

Today was a perfect early fall day. When I left Oshkosh, WI and rode north, it was sunny with temperatures in the low 70's. I took a couple pictures to show the color in the Oshkosh area and get a comparison to southern WI and the U.P. coming up. I stopped in the town of Wittenberg for lunch at a very nice bar called the Wittenberg Tavern Front. I had a nice conversation with the owner, a guy name Hugh and a great charbroiled cheeseburger. After that stop I rode north and stopped about 8 miles short of my destination to have a beer at Club 45 in Conover. Club 45 I then rode up to my home base for the next three days, The Gateway Lodge in Land O' Lakes, WI Gateway Lodge Tomorrow I ... read more
North Central Wisconsin
Club 45 Conover, WI
Club 45 Conover, WI

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Oshkosh September 24th 2020

Two years ago I made a motorcycle trip to the western U.P. to catch the peak of the color change the first week of October. I had pretty bad luck with the weather. I rode for four days there and the warmest day was 47 degrees. I had two nights with overnight 1" snows. But the worst part was that the sun never shined for those days, making the color not so spectacular. Well, this time I'm going one week earlier and the weather forecasts seems a lot better. Highs in the 60's and a good chance of some sunshine. I planned a nice comfortable ride, no more than 250 miles/day. So I rode to Oshkosh, WI today. I stopped to take a couple pictures in southern Wisconsin to give us a perspective of the color ... read more
Southern Wisconsin Trees
Southern Wisconsin Trees
Bienfang's Ft. Atkinson, WI


Maybe it was one too many mountains to ride. All I know is when I reached the Utah border near Grand Junction, CO, I didn't want to go further west with the thought being that the farther I went, the farther I would have to get home. I didn't reach the point of no return because it was closer to home to turn around. I called Jan and told her how I felt and she agreed, telling me to head for home. So I turned around and rode along the Gunnison River and Black Canyon back to Gunnison, CO, where I spent the night. I'm disappointed that I didn't have what it takes to complete the whole trip, as ambitious as it was, but I did get to ride all over the state of Colorado, and ... read more
Black Canyon
Black Canyon
Black Canyon

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 7th 2019

Even God rested on the seventh day. And boy did I need this day of rest. If you're going to spend an extra day somewhere, Salida is a great town to do it. I took care of my chores, took a four hour nap and this evening went downtown for a nightcap. I went to a very good restaurant called Currents that Jim and I had dinner in last night. There was a very friendly bartender working named George and two stools down from me was a young man telling George about his problems today. The young man was named Dave and George even commented how rare it is to have three guys with old fashioned plain old names. It turns out Dave is on a motorcycle trip from Flagstaff, AZ to central Nebraska to visit ... read more
Salida

North America » United States » Colorado » Salida July 6th 2019

The blog title is a quote from a mountain man in one of my favorite movies, Jeremiah Johnson. When we left our hotel in Estes Park, we headed over to the Stanley Hotel to take a couple pictures there, It's a beautiful old hotel and was the site of the filming of The Shining. The view from the hotel is gorgeous. Our mission for the day was to ride through Rocky Mountain National Park westbound and then ride south on the western side of the mountains to the town of Salida, CO. I'd been telling Jim that Rocky Mountain National Park was just spectacular and it didn't disappoint. He loved it. Everywhere you look the views are of majestic snow capped mountains. It's a good thing that everyone who is driving through there are happy to ... read more
The Stanley Hotel
View From Stanley Hotel
Entering The Park

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park July 5th 2019

Well we didn't get the early start we hoped for. What a shock! I'm the slow mover in the mornings and always hold up the parade. At least it was still cool when we did finally leave around 8:30 AM. We headed north on I-25 to Colorado Springs and our destination was the U.S. Air Force Academy just northwest of Colorado Springs. We made it to the academy and they let us in even though we didn't have a few of the requirements they have for motorcycle riders on base. We had helmets, but didn't have reflective vests and boots over the ankle. Jim went first to the guard shack and had a conversation with the young airman guard at the gate. He schmoozed him with the fact that he is an old Air Force veteran ... read more
Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy

North America » United States » Colorado » Pueblo July 4th 2019

We went to the Boot Hill Museum this morning, but it was too early and it wasn't open yet. We wanted to get on the road kind of early because it was predicted to be 100 degrees in Pueblo, CO, our destination for the day. We didn't want to wait around for it to open, so we got a picture in front of the entrance building. What we could see from outside actually looked pretty neat, you know, an old west town with store fronts and the Long Branch Saloon. They probably have Miss Kitty, too. After that quick stop, we mounted up and headed west on good old US 50. Navigating our way was pretty easy. It was pretty much just get back on 50 and head west. This may come as a surprise to ... read more
Colorado Selfie
Welcome to Colorful Colorado

North America » United States » Kansas » Dodge City July 3rd 2019

We rolled into Dodge City on a hot, dusty afternoon. The streets were empty because the citizens of this fair city knew that something was going to happen. All the usual suspects were drinking in the Dodge Hotel. The Kribs boys were hungry and decided to eat dinner at the "I don't care" bar...you know, "where do you want to eat? I don't care." Wouldn't you know that two stools down at the bar was Black Bart and he was in a fighting mood. Someone was going to end up at the Boot Hill Cemetery tonight. Where's Wyatt Earp when you need him? He's long gone and the Kribs boys would have to fend for themselves. They didn't come to Dodge City with malice in their hearts, but if anyone else was going to start something, ... read more
Emporia Veterians Memorial
Emporia (2)
WWII Sherman Tank




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