My good friend and awesome writer Bill Dragoo talked me into riding the Oklahoma Adventure Trail in late July, 2014 – right in the heat of the summer. We spent 11 days riding dual sport motorcycles along dirt and gravel roads all around the perimeter of Oklahoma. Bill wrote a story for our client Roadrunner Magazine, a national publication that focuses on motorcycle touring stories. They ended up running the story with my pictures across 12 pages of the magazine, including the cover. I always enjoy working with Bill and the crew at Roadrunner.
Today I have a photo of my good friend, motorcycle travel partner and writer extraordinaire Bill Dragoo on his recently purchased 2015 BMW R1200GS motorcycle. Bill just picked up his Beemer the week before I took this photo at his Adventure Rider training course, and already had it tricked out with some cool farkles. Bill is one of the nicest people I know and an outstanding rider and friend. He and I have done many stories together and have a story coming up in October in RoadRunner Magazine about the Oklahoma Adventure Trail – 1,700 miles of dirt and secondary trails around the perimeter of Oklahoma.
Bill is a frequent subject of my photos since we often travel together on assignments. He is always patient and willing to do whatever I need him to do so I can “get the shot”.
I shot this photo on Ilford HP5 film (ran out of Kodak TMAX-100) using my Toyo VX-125 4×5 large format film camera.
While traveling along my self-designed dual sport route in Logan County, I stopped by what I call “Graffiti Bridge” along the Cimarron River. This is an abandoned bridge abutment that locals decorate with spray paint. The graffiti changes constantly as new artists overwrite older art work on the bridge piling. This man-made art is along what is known in motorcycle circles as the “Oklahoma Adventure Trail” which I rode with my friend Bill Dragoo during the summer of 2014.
I seldom use my Komura 90mm wide angle lens on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera but I mounted it for this shot. It was hot, dusty and windy for this photo.