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The occasional scribblings of Tony DePaul, 60, father, husband, freelance writer in many forms, ex-journalist, long-distance motorcycle rider, motorcycle wrecker, motorcycle rebuilder, collector of surgical hardware, blue routes wanderer, outdoorsman, topo map bushwhacker, handy with a wrench, hammer, chainsaw, rifle, former photographer, printer, logger, truck driver, truck mechanic, jet fueler… blah blah…

14 Responses to About

  1. David Dunlap says:

    Hello Tony,
    It was so great meeting you here at KOA/Fox Fire Kamp ground, Huntington W.Va. We really enjoyed your company and friendly attitude. We also really enjoyed your blog! Feel free to email me anytime.
    fellow rider,
    David

  2. Chuck Baim says:

    HI TONY LOVE UR STORYS KEEP RIDING AND WRITING ALWAYS WILL READ THEM WE MEET PENNA TURNPIKE ON JULY 4 th 2011 I WAS RIDING 07 RODE KING WITH 4 OTHER COUPLES HOPE U MADE PHILLY ALRITE THAT DAY TAKE CARE KEEP THE WHEELS TURNING / ROBESONIA PENNA

  3. Mike Schwartz says:

    Great Story and pictures Tony. I just read the latest installment for the third time. My wife loves the photos. Keep it coming.

    Mike

    • Tony says:

      Thanks for the good word, Mike. I shipped the bike home last week, it needs a major engine overhaul. That’ll be my winter project. Pam flew out yesterday. We’ll take a little tour of the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands and head home in a week. Cheers!

  4. Tony, Thanks for the wonderful story, sorry about what happened to the bike. Its super to read the blog and of your adventures on the road, it’s my inspiration for a blog I’m working on for people with a passion for 4 wheels. Thanks for the great read. Excellent images too…..

  5. Tom Coforio says:

    Tony,

    Great story and to read your adventures across America on your favorite vehicle and tent camping with nature abound as you cross the country. You learned well about the outdoors and use it wisely (fun, adventure, and sight seening). WOW.

  6. Vin Gambardella says:

    Hey Tony,
    I love keeping up with you on your website. Its great reading. Sorry to hear about Pam. Hopefully she recovers quickly and your back on the road. As for me, I am thoroughly enjoying my Road King purchase lat month. What a great ride. Best ride I have had considering the plate in my back. Also love reading about your old Ford. I am still in search of my dream 1956 F100. If only my dad had given his to me in 1971 rather than getting rid of it for basically nothing. Best to you and the family. Get well soon Pam and perhaps you will spend a day riding with me next summer. Take care.

  7. Lorie Butcher says:

    Hi Tony,
    Just came across a letter you had written to my father-in-law, Orval Butcher. You had included him in your story: The River Towns Ride, July 1-8, 2011. Sadly, I wanted to tell you that Orval passed away this month. Orval had told my husband, Alan, about your visit and I wish we could have shown him your report but he was proud to be in it nonetheless.
    Best Regards, Lorie Butcher

    • Tony says:

      Lorie, I’ve thought of Orval many times since July 2011, and on this ride to Alaska, too; once because I happened to run into a fellow very much like him. I’m looking at my notes now… this was on May 28, in Wyoming, Richard Bruggink, 88, headed home to Denver after visiting his grandchildren. Like Orval, Richard was a widower and a Navy vet, Pacific theater, WWII. He walked up, said hello, opened his wallet and showed me a well-worn photo of the Harley he rode after coming home from the war. I laughed and told him all about Orval doing the same thing two years earlier in West Virginia. Thank you so much for letting me know that Orval has completed his journey here, Lorie. What a great life he led.

  8. Tim Lasiuta says:

    Hello Tony

    It is very interesting to read about your travels. I am reminded of Neil Peart of Rush, and his travels world wide. I can imagine how the mind of a writer can wander, and visualize tales of people long since dead and buried, how you could see ghostly images of events since past. Such a great way to write the Phantom.

    I am truly jealous.

    Happy trails Tony.

  9. Monica says:

    Hi Tony. I’ve been doing some research on my family tree, just starting out, actually. You had written about an Alvin Overlock who was wounded in Petersburg in battle in 1864. I was wondering if you had any other information on him, such as who his children were. There is a chance he may be my great great great grandfather.

  10. Dudley Hogarth says:

    Tony,
    Have just read “That’s it for me and the Phantom”. It is a travesty and complete injustice! If there was one ounce of moral compass in the corporate corner such an act of deceitful manipulation of labour could never occur. I congratulate you on your time of faithful service to The Phantom universe and for walking away with your dignity intact.
    Enjoy the open road and thank you for the many wonderful stories that were so true to the Lee Falk legacy!
    Best regards
    Dudley

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