Long Haul Paul

A Blind Eye

I just returned home from a quasi-urgent visit to a cornea specialist. My optometrist has been treating me for some vision problems, including developing a haze over the center of my left cornea, which was distorting my vision. The cornea is the clear center of the eye. It is the lens that allows light ... Read more

The Seven Year Itch — Long Haul Paul Fighting MS

One of the lesser reported symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis is itching. It can occur anywhere on the body, and is caused by damage to the nerves in the brain or spinal cord, specifically the nerves that transmit signals to the area of the body that is screaming to be scratched. The skin that is ... Read more

The Future of Motorcycles

Having a progressive and often disabling diagnosis certainly makes me wonder about my future. My financial future and retirement, my physical and mental decline and how multiple sclerosis (MS) may affect my relationships with family and friends. As an avid motorcyclist now using my riding passion for a purpose, one of the questions I ... Read more

Long Haul Paul’s Nonstop to Nowhere World Record Attempt to Raise Funds for MS

When you throw all the activities I have done in the last six years to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis charities, it adds up to $130,000. That’s about 37 cents for every mile that I have traveled raising awareness. If I wasn’t such a chicken, I would change my tagline to ride a million ... Read more

Long Haul Paul bringing MS awareness to rural America

  As  much as I enjoy riding all over the country and hanging out at motorcycle rallies and trade shows, it only takes a minute to remind me of the reason I left the security of a steady job and decided to dedicate my foreseeable future to bring education, inspiration and hope to others ... Read more

Romancing the Stone in Africa

In February, I received a call from one of my sponsors. Bridgestone informed me they were having a press launch for the latest adventure tire designed for bikes like my Super Tenere, and wanted to know if I could join them. Because I was one of the biggest personal consumers of this type of ... Read more

Long Haul Paul and Accidental Samaritans

The odds of crushing my motorcycle’s exhaust header into a pancake, destroying the engine sump guard, ripping off the oil filter, having four quarts of oil spew onto both wheels at high speed and living to tell about it are fairly slim, so someone was looking out for me on a cold and wet ... Read more

Should I Change my Latitude?

The New Hampshire winter started off pretty darn cold. December’s temperature never went above freezing, and the first snowfall is still on the ground, way at the bottom. Living in New England makes riding a motorcycle year-round a slightly unintelligent choice for transportation. Last year I found myself on one of New Hampshire’s scenic ... Read more

Living in the Travel Lane

By the time you read this column, my “new” Yamaha Super Ténéré will have 100,000 miles on the clock, and 80,000 of them accrued in 2017. That averages out to 220 miles every single day of the year. It has certainly been a year of living in the travel lane for me. I shared ... Read more

MotoArt

“Excuse me, sir, please do not touch that motorcycle.” The afternoon security guard rounded the corner with his hand perched over the holster of his two-way radio. I giggled like a preschooler, knowing my DNA was probably on every single nut and bolt of the crusted sculpture. “It’s OK, we have been quite intimate.” ... Read more

A Quarter Turn

No one picks up a penny, some people stop for a dime, but everyone picks up a quarter because it still has value. A fourth, as they say in the liquor business, is 3/4 less than a whole. A quarter of a pizza is like Pac-Man if he opened his mouth twice as wide. ... Read more

Hollywood Gala for MS

As I stood watching the celebrities parade down the carpet, I thought it might be fun to pretend I was one of them, and after repeated rejections, I finally found a willing accomplice to escort through all the flashing bulbs and microphone pokes of the paparazzi. “Do you want to walk the carpet?” I ... Read more

The Brotherhood of MS

For the past 75 years, while most of the country transitions into spring by swapping out snow shovels for garden hoes, a bazillion bikers from all over the country migrate to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. For most, it’s a ritual that starts by giving up shaving for a week or two, dusting off ... Read more

Adventure Capitalist

Adventure junkies are always seeking bigger and riskier adventures. Adventure for most of us comes with reading, planning or visiting a new place or trying new things. I write a lot about adventure, and I do seem to have my share of them as I crisscross the country chasing the cure for multiple sclerosis ... Read more

Challenges, Choices and Chances

As I sit here in the Salt Lake City airport waiting for an impromptu flight home, I cannot scrape together a single bad thought about the motorcycle I am leaving behind; possibly for good. Well, OK, maybe just one bad thought; I still have 18 payments to make on it! The bike and I ... Read more

A LifeCycle

Having an unpredictable disease like multiple sclerosis (MS) helps me separate out and concentrate on the things in life that are really important to me. I understand the disease is unpredictable and, at any moment, I could be dealing with a completely new physical or cognitive symptom. I also appreciate how lucky I am ... Read more

NO Car for Me

I am often asked, why? Why do I ride in the pouring rain? Why do I ride in the black of night? Why do I ride in the bitter cold of winter? My motorcycle license plate reads NOCAR, and here is why I ride my motorcycle every day. Forty years ago, I had the ... Read more

Nuts to MS

For the past few years, I have braved the harsh March winter here in the northeast and made the migration south to Daytona Beach, FL, for bike week. Well, mostly I go in order to attend the Iron Butt Association’s (IBA) annual gathering in Jacksonville to break bread and tell lies to hundreds of other motorcyclists who share my love of ... Read more

I have MS!

“No, I am not one of Jerry’s kids. That’s muscular dystrophy.” “No, Michael J. Fox does not have multiple sclerosis (MS). He has Parkinson’s.” I have MS. Before MS came into my life, I must admit some of these diseases all blended together for me too. A quick search on the internet will define ... Read more

Arctic Journey

Continued from No Matter What Part 1 With approval from the cafeteria worker who had wheeled my low-fat lunch into my hospital suite, I left New Hampshire for Alaska one day after being discharged and just three days after having a couple of stents inserted into my heart. Have I told you that I’m ... Read more