Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Stoned Guy In Ghost Town Won't Go Away!
Our first motorcycle day ride of 2019 goes off the rails when a very inebriated individual stumbles upon our parked bikes in a ghost town while we're exploring an abandoned building. The frustration and awkwardness of the situation intensifies as we slowly begin to realize that he has no intention of moving on and leaving us alone.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Here's Why 2018 Was Terrible
2018 was one of the roughest years I've had in a while. I talk about my father's sudden onset of blindness, related health problems, and my role as his caretaker. I also discuss the heartbreaking return of Matt's cancer, as well as the sad loss of my trusty dog Scout. On the bright side, I count my many blessings and share some of my favorite moments from Tim Kreitz Adventures this year. Fingers crossed that 2019 will be better. I'll definitely see you there. Cheers.
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
How the West Texas oil boom and wild weather made motorcycling a challenge in 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, I find myself looking back in a heavier than expected retrospect on just how strange this year's motorcycle riding actually was, here in the wilds of West Texas. Not only that, but I'm also mindful of how much less I rode for pleasure over all. Unusual swings in weather, combined with a dangerous contingent of oilfield traffic on the Permian Basin's frighteningly overcrowded roads, kept me closer to home in 2018 compared to recent years past. There was less day riding, less road tripping, and less rurex/urbex. Here's a breakdown of the dynamics:
The early drought of 2018
I dedicated a full episode of Tim Kreitz Adventures to the severity of drought we were dealing with as 2018 began. High-level warnings and lots of small brush fires had us frightened. It all harkened back to the West Texas wildfires of 2011 and the destruction they caused. Thankfully, it never got as bad as seven years ago, and was certainly much less severe than the utter obliteration caused by the California fires, but conditions were certainly prime by early March for West Texas to burn. Luckily, we dodged a bullet:
Crazy winds and dust storms through late springtime
By early June, high winds accompanied by just enough rain to keep everything from igniting had arrived. We fought it on every ride we took. It was miserable at times, and while it did get slightly better as the year progressed, it never really reduced to normal levels. This made filming more difficult in particular, especially with regard to getting clean audio and UAV footage. The high winds are apparent in this episode I made with Britt, and I even make mention of it on-camera:
Effects of the West Texas oil boom and the dangers it has created for motorcyclists
It is difficult to articulate just how bad the roads and traffic are in West Texas at the moment. Truck traffic to and from the oilfields has made the risks associated with motorcycling possibly higher than they have ever been in this area. This video from the Texas Department of Transportation, though itself little more than a state propaganda piece aimed at making itself look less incompetent, does a good job of visually illustrating the magnitude of the congestion and the dangerousness of the roads in general. Pay particular attention to the data on serious injury and death count:
Make no mistake, riding motorcycles out here requires more concentration and street-skills application than ever before to stay safe. We felt these very effects while attempting to safely traverse the roads in and near Kermit Texas in this episode of TKA:
Then came the rains
I'm not kidding when I tell you that drought conditions disappeared as if by magic. To get an idea of how quickly the drought ended toward the end of the year as torrential rains – driven by El Nino and bolstered by Hurricane Willa – doused the entirety of the LoneStar State, take a look at these images generated by the US Drought Monitor. They are only months apart, yet drastically different:
By the time November had arrived, we'd gone from a firebox filled with late winter kindling to a lush landscape featuring full lakes, waterfalls, and rapid rivers. Last month, we visited one of the areas in West Texas that had been most significantly effected:
Now it's just plain cold outside
2018 was a cooler than usual year in general out here. But since the middle of autumn, it has been generally cold and windy, with only a handful of truly nice riding days. Long-range forecasting has been all over the board and largely wrong to this point. Even the NOAA has made drastic revisions to its Winter 2018-2019 prediction models. What does all this mean as of December 2019 for riders? Apparently, nobody knows. But suffice it to say that I'm hoping things warm back up before long, so I can get back to motorcycling and filming on a regular basis.
That said, the worst of Winter 2018-2019 is unarguably yet to come for the entirety of North America, and that presents a potentially worrisome scenario for everyone in the deep south and desert southwest who enjoys the usual pleasures associated with riding motorcycles year-round. The first freezing precipitation since the last cold season is forecast for this weekend here in West Texas. That's early. But if snow and ice are indeed on the way, fingers crossed that we get it all over with early in hopes of a pleasant, dry remainder to winter.
In any event, I will do my best to keep the motorcycle-related content coming. I'm planning on doing long-term reviews of the Bonneville and FZ-07, along with searching out more ghost towns, so stay tuned. Cheers and thanks until next time.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Are YouTubers mentally ill? The psychology of fame-seeking
Most westerners are lonelier and more isolated than ever, all while a large percentage are obsessing over how to become famous at any cost, mainly via social media. What is the psychology behind seeking fame when we don't even know our neighbors?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
How Hurricane Willa effectively ended the West Texas drought
Here in West Texas, 2018 began with wildfire warnings and extreme drought. It ends with full lakes, waterfalls, and rapid rivers. Come join the ride as we explore.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Dinosaur tracks : We find real fossilized footprints!
Clif and I discover legit dinosaur tracks on a Sunday ride.
Monday, September 10, 2018
The Rain Brought With it Changes
Life often throws us curveballs. It's not what comes our way so much as how we deal with it that can define the moment.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Exploring South Dakota's Black Hills & Badlands
Whether you are planning a trip to South Dakota or just enjoy learning about American landmarks and the remnants of the Old West, you need to watch this film.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Top Five Biker Movies of All Time
Discover biker movies that reflected the attitudes and counter culture of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Harley rider demands to know what this is all a boat! Let's explore strange stuff!
You find some weird stuff in the desert.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
The Kawasaki Z900RS is a retro disappointment
Published on Jul 8, 2018 I finally take a few minutes to explain why I didn't buy the Z900RS after seeing it in person and test riding it. I know several viewers were looking forward to a full post-purchase ride and review. But that didn't happen because I backed out once I discovered that I didn't like the bike nearly enough to pay the exorbitant MSRP.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Harley-Davidson Crashes Hard Into the Trump Tariffs
Enjoy the first ever Tim Kreitz Adventures podcast. In this episode, tariffs always produce unintended consequences and a mixed bag of results.
Monday, June 11, 2018
We Stumble Upon Something Dangerous by Accident
While searching for an abandoned ghost town in the middle of nowhere, on our motorcycles, we happen upon this.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Return to Space Alien Bridge
Four years later, we return to the bridge where we saw the alien children.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
When Animals Attack : Vulture vs. Biker
We all sail on the cruel wings of fate.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
This Harley-Davidson rider with a very bad attitude crashes our history ride!
You won't believe this guy.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Texas Hill Country Dream Ride: Luckenbach, Bandera, Fredericksburg
Our annual group motorcycle ride from West Texas into the hill country proves to be our most interesting and fun yet. Join us as we visit some popular sites and ride some of the best roads in the Lone Star State.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
On the Road with the Tim Kreitz Band
At long last, we finally document another road show. Join us as we travel across West Texas to make music at a peppy little venue in Pecos.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Hot Coffee, Cool Wax, and Inner Peace through Small Wheelies
Clif, George, and I take a breakfast ride to a neighboring town in a search for delicious coffee, over-medium eggs, old vinyl records, and inner peace. We find it all on a Saturday morning in March. Come with us.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
West Texas is Gonna Burn | Drought and Fire Warnings
I take an early March ride through a dry, parched badlands to show you what three months without precipitation looks like in the Midland-Odessa area of the Permian Basin. Wildfires will be the norm over the next month or two if we don't get some rain.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Railfanning Union Pacific Plus An Abandoned Drag Strip
A laid back ride close to home on a cold winter day with footage from my DJI Spark drone and my new Sony FDR-AX53. We'll get back to taking trips and exploring strange places once the weather improves a bit more, but I thought some of you might dig this little jaunt.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Cabin Fever + No Motorcycles = Insanity
Folks, I think I'm going crazy. No, seriously. Go away, winter.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Exploring a Mysterious Crater Devolves into Buffoonery
In the the first TKA episode of 2018, Mother Nature conspires against us as we attempt to take aerial footage of a mysterious crater using my DJI Phantom 3 and Spark drones. Along the way, I likely trespass, and we fight gale-force winds on a crazy winter day in West Texas
Sunday, December 24, 2017
2017 Rewind : My Year In A Nutshell
Forget YouTube's 2017 Rewind, this is the one you want to watch. Here are some of my favorite moments from (and thoughts on) 2017, as well as a look ahead to the coming year. Thanks for watching Tim Kreitz Adventures.