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Carol Watkins lives in Knoxville’s Cedar Bluff area in a condo with a one-car garage—make that one-motorcycle garage. Been married and divorced three times, one son. Had a cat once. He died. If you want to know anything else about her, read it in her column or take her out to dinner.

  • Spike Speaks Published 12/2/2009 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments

    Dear Santa: First of all, I want to thank you for having all the motorcycle stuff available for my human to look at. She got so engrossed in her virtual shopping experience that she didn’t even pick out a new ...

  • Getting From Here to There Published 10/22/2009 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    I’ve spent a lot of time lately nesting, after moving, putting things away, throwing things out, giving stuff away. I’ve been inspecting everything I own, deciding whether I want to move it next time. I already have everything I really ...

  • Camping Out, Pt. 2 Published 9/22/2009 at 5:05 p.m. 0 comments

    had an idea when I started out that I would stay at Indian Boundary near Tellico Plains the first night, but I at least wanted to check out the motorcycle campground. Cherohala Motorcycle Resort was way more fun than any ...

  • Camping Out Published 8/27/2009 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments

    ifteen hundred miles in 12 days, and never more than a day’s ride back home. I have never had so many people be so nice to me. Ever. And they were all people I had just met—motorcycle riders, mostly. Some ...

  • Maintenance Freak-out Published 7/17/2009 at 1:21 p.m. 0 comments

    A few weeks ago, Spike was making that kind of dry noise that sounded like he needed oil. So I checked it. No oil! What? Are you kidding me? What happened to it? What do I do now? Who do ...

  • The Harley Mystique Published 6/29/2009 at 9:50 a.m. 0 comments

    What is it about a Harley... Mystique? Nostalgia? The Stuff? The Love Affair with a Steel Horse-Riding Cowboy? The way you can feel the hoofbeats of the engine in your chest? The Options, the Models, the big Dealer Showrooms? The ...

  • Riding With the Pack Published 5/27/2009 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments

    Spike likes his alone time with me, when we can go where we want, be back whenever. He also likes hanging with his buds, the excitement of getting ready to be somewhere, meeting up with friends. It’s altogether two different ...

  • Being More There on a Motorcycle Published 4/24/2009 at 3:42 p.m. 0 comments

    There are many reasons people ride motorcycles: to see how fast they can get there; to beat everybody there; to see how much noise they can make getting there; to see how much enjoyment they can get out of the ...

  • Ordinary Danger Published 3/23/2009 at 4:01 p.m. 0 comments

    Of course, riding a motorcycle is a dangerous thing to do. So’s life in general. Nobody’s getting out alive. Life will scare the bejesus out of you if you think about it. So don’t think about it. Do something fun. ...

  • On-the-Road Therapy Published 3/12/2009 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments

    Okay, Spike, it’s your turn now. Just look how you sparkle in the sunshine. You’re so pretty. You looked like brand new to me when we first met. Somebody took real good care of you; 1986 was your birthday. I ...

  • Finding True Happiness Aboard a 1980 Suzuki Published 2/19/2009 at 2:55 p.m. 0 comments

    Poor Spike. He thinks I don’t like him anymore. He just waits. And pouts. And shivers. We have been acquainted now for almost two years. I took a second job and sold Maurice to get him. Maurice was my learner ...

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