Stephen W Starling
Writer and Photographer

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News, notes, and reflections

A bi-monthly blog of jottings from journeys, experiences at events, and reflections on travelling  

The Wildest Road In The World - Custer State Park, South Dakota, USA

Iron Mountain Road over the rugged Black Hills near Sturgis, South Dakota is one of the wildest rides in world. . .

Escape to Long Lake – New York State, USA

Plans to cruise the scenic byways of Vermont in a Mustang coupé to see the fall colors got off to a bad start . . .

Welcome to the Wild Kimberley - North West Australia

The helicopter flies towards a white dot that is the Kimberley Quest swinging at anchor in Crocodile Creek. . .

Sail Amsterdam: A Sweetheart's Homecoming - Netherlands

Sailing into port are 63 tall ships bearing over 500 sailors ready to celebrate Sail Amsterdam; a five day festival of all things nautical.

Sailing into Sicily's Intriguing Past - Southern Italy

Following in the wake of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Spanish invaders who bequeathed grand architecture, vibrant culture, and an eclectic cuisine to this picturesque isle at the foot of Italy.

Searching for the Real America - Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

As he sets out on an epic motorcycle ride across America, Stephen Starling considers what lays ahead – once he negotiates Los Angeles' notorious freeways...

Sailing to Dragon Island - Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Katharina is bound for a fabled volcanic island reputed to be a last sanctuary of prehistoric creatures whose bone crushing jaws possess a lethal, poisonous bite.

The Gun Store - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I never understood the emotion around of the gun ownership debate until I picked up an M16 . . .

Tall Ship Trainee - Shark Bay, WA, Australia

The Leeuwin II strains her anchor chain. Wind whistles through shrouds that steady her three tall masts. An outgoing tide pulls her seaward. She longs to be unleashed.

Hearst Castle - San Simeon, California, USA

The monuments and the myths of Hearst Castle are a fitting legacy for one of the most outstanding and controversial characters of the twentieth century, William Randolph Hearst.

Spending a Night Underground – Coober Pedy, Northern Territory, Australia

The sun is setting tinting the desert with a rosy glow as I ride on towards Coober Pedy. I’ve been on my Honda ST1300 since dawn. I desperately need a cold shower, hot meal, and a soft bed.

Escaping Los Angeles - California, USA

The street crossing East Los Angeles to the freeway is ugly. Car yards, burger joints, and pawnshops line the roadside. All three lanes are bumper-to-bumper, inching forward in fits and starts. It is hot — hot from the California sun and hot from the Harley-Davidson rumbling and shaking below me. . .

Remembering 25th April - Rottnest Island, WA, Australia

A blustery Easterly wind snatched at a flag flying at half-mast on a ghostly white pole in the predawn light.

Down a Gothic Time Tunnel – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Just off la Rambla, the boulevard of shops and cafes that runs through Barcelona is a time tunnel, a pathway into the past . . .

 

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