Still Hanging In There

I’m still here, just like this little insect that hung onto my gas cap for twenty miles. I know this blog has been pretty stale for a long time. Bad blogger! Here’s a little context…

I got the book finished months ago and I pretty much crashed after that. I tend to operate in extremes, with a full commitment to a goal in mind. It was a big struggle for me to complete those last 50 pages and bourbon became my lubricant of choice to blast through the final roadblocks. I drank as I wrote and saved what was worth saving. I finished the book, and I continued my habits except for the writing part. The blog, riding, and the book took a back seat, and I relaxed for a while. Good news is that I’m kicking old habits that aren’t serving my creative juices any longer.

Oh and I’ve reduced the price of my Kindle version of Anxiety Across the Americas because, why not make it a little easier?


2013-09-15 17.13.27I have been in Portland for a year now, but haven’t explored much of the city or surrounding areas very much. Writing was such a solitary act, it kept me very isolated and distracted. I am very happy to be done with it all. For five years I had been this guy who was all about to do this thing, was doing the thing, or just did the thing. I am very happy to close this chapter of my life and start writing a new one, figuratively this time. Next up is an audiobook version that I hope riders can listen to while they are on their own adventures. Here’s my very sophisticated studio I’ve setup in my closet, along with Guff asking, “Why do you lock yourself in here? I worry!”

In other news, I had an interesting chat on the Wheel Nerd podcast with Chuck and Todd. You can check it out on their website, or download the MP3.

Also there are two ambitious Kickstarter campaigns for fellow motorcycle adventure authors I would like to mention.

Check’em out! I can’t wait to read’em!

  • Bucko

    Just discovering the joys of audiobooks, or more specifically podcasts in my casts, for listening to on the long haul. Keep it up!

  • AtlasRider

    Try listening to movies. I ripped audio from some of my favorite movies and listened to them while riding. Fun to visualize the scenes.

  • Doug

    Get thee to Norway…Motorcycle tour through Skandinavia on BMW R1200GS

  • Manny

    I just finished your book and really enjoyed it. I love motorcycles myself and hopefully will never be without. I hope you Keep up the blog and let us know how you’re doing and fill us in on your next adventure. God speed on your journey.

  • DocW

    Just finished your book. Good read and glad you made it! I was cringing when you described your crashes, really easy somethings to go sideways when you’re riding tired, at night, etc.

  • AtlasRider

    Thanks! Glad you liked it.

  • allankarl

    Where is AtlasRider Today?

  • AtlasRider

    Portland, OR. The Pacific Northwest feels like home. How about you Allan?

  • allankarl

    Leucadia (San Diego) area—I’ll be in Eugene speaking in early February and hoping to find some time to speak to the BMW dealer there maybe, or some winter wine tasting :) If you’re around and timing works, perhaps we can catch up!

  • AtlasRider

    Sure! Email me at and let’s try and get together.

  • Shane

    Anything new, Bill? I know you don’t know me, but I’ve been following your vlogs on YouTube for years. I was just on there this morning, hoping there would be a new video. I can’t believe the Latin America trip was four years ago, seems like it was just last weekend. I hope all is well.

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