Tag: motorcycling

AWOL

Yes, I have been AWOL. Away WithOut Leave. That’s a military status and I am not in the military anymore but it succinctly defines my status nonetheless.

Slablog is still up and running but we haven’t done any interviews or posted anything in quite a while. It’s mainly because my stomach hurts! Yes, my health downturn has taken a toll on my excitement for Slablog…or podcasting these last few weeks.

I attended an annual Hungry Mother get together in Virginia on August 21, 22 and was having intestinal issues then but recuperated somewhat only to come down with a sinus and gut infection that caused me to think I had Covid 19. I didn’t eat anything but liquids for about 2 weeks and lost some 20 pounds. Once I consulted a doctor back home in Alabama he ordered a big dose of broad spectrum antibiotics, a week of steroids and a Covid test. The test came back negative, but my stomach still aches. Fast forward a bit to today and I am taking some pro/prebiotics to give me back some good bacteria in my gut biome. At least I am back to eating somewhat normal. When I was the sickest, normal food smelled and tasted wretched! I recall distinctly peanut butter smelled like dirty socks!

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I haven’t given up on Slablog. If I had, this web site and my podcast host would have been canceled…fired…gone by now. It doesn’t cost that much to hold onto them, and I had a lot of fun doing it when I felt good…so I will try to continue one day soon.

If you read this, just put this web site as a favorite and depending on your browser settings, you may be notified of new content. Don’t go to Facebook! I’m leaving Facebook and Twitter as a place to profile Slablog so you have to just return here and check.

The format for the Podcast will probably be a little different, but I want to continue talking to and recording conversations with fellow motorcyclists and enthusiasts. I just enjoy that. If I ever get back out on the road touring around the country, I’ll carry my portable recorder and get as many conversations with random people that I can.

In the meantime, send me a word of encouragement or suggestions…or even let me know if you’d like to be on the Podcast. I would literally be ecstatic to interview just about anybody!

That’s about it for now. Keep the rubber side down and stay between the lines!

Episode 10 – Eric Chatham Interview

Our friend Eric Chatham talks about his obsessive period with motorcycling and how he evolved into a traveling RV lifestyle and his current RV related gig in Washington state.

Episode 7 – Glenn, The North Country Adventurer

Glenn joins us from Cullman and talks about his adventures in north Alabama

Slablog Public Service Announcement

You may have noticed a slight lull in the podcasting action here at Slablog this past week. Not to worry.

Tomorrow, Saturday, we expect to have the full crew together here at recording central to record two podcasts back to back. One over the phone and one in person. The one over the phone is a fellow rider from Cullman Alabama who has agreed to give us some insight into his adventures on the backroads and trails up in his area. That should be of interest to all you adventure riders out there. Our guest coming here in person is none other than Steve Reynolds himself! Steve is an accomplished runner and Iron-Man participant who also just happens to love motorcycling.

So, make sure you “Subscribe” to Slablog when you listen, so you automatically receive all episodes as they are published. There are buttons for subscribing at all the popular podcast venues; Apple iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play.

Episode 5 – Where Do We Stand

The three hosts put their heads together to discuss and solve some growing issues with the podcast development.

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The Rebirth of Slablog

About 10 or 12 years ago I started writing a journal, or blog, of sorts based on my motorcycle travels and experiences. It contained all sorts of stories and photos from my various adventures riding and working on my bike and others’ machines and it kept me busy relating my hobby to the world. I slowly moved away from doing so many posts there and have given it up a couple of times, only to start back up and revive the old Slablog sense of biking adventures as best I could.

I don’t ride much these days. Not near as much as I did back between 2003 and 2012. My first BMW took me over 80,000 wonderful miles and after trading it for a smaller BMW twin cylinder I just never got that thrill back. I did continue to tour and ride but these last couple of years since moving to the flat lands of south Alabama, I just don’t ride very much. I turned 70 years old a few days ago and I have to admit that has something to do with the waning thrill of riding.

I continued Slablogging for as long as I could come up with somewhat interesting content, but eventually lost interest altogether in blogging and shut down the Slablog web site, but started another one for my art work. I call it philalbrittongraphics.com. Then I got another idea!

A few years ago my two older brothers had a small local radio show here in our small town and became quite popular with the local people with their discussions, interviews and comic banter back and forth. They did this 5 mornings a week for quite some time and then had to abandon it when the radio station changed ownership and fired them. My current Slablog idea involves using their personalities to take up where they left off but doing it a little different. We will be producing podcasts and the theme will be about motorcycling and motorcycles. They don’t really know much about motorcycling, but I think their ability to discuss, interview, tell stories and joke around in general will keep the production lively. My job is to line up people to talk to in order to create some good content, and do the “backend” internet/computer stuff to keep it going. Bookmark this site and check in occasionally to see what we’re up to. I don’t think it will be boring.