Savage Roads

Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Sombrero Galaxy by Hubble


The Sombrero Galaxy by Hubble

There are approx. 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. Now look at this galaxy. It has 200 to 300 billion stars. Now there are billions of galaxies with billions of stars and that is just what we can observe with the current technology. A billion billion is a Quintilian and there is about 400 billion x a Quintilian stars in the known universe. Something to the power of 10 to the 24th. 

It blows my mind! What gets me isn’t just the number of stars, and the enormous scale and size and distance. It’s the amount of time and that each galaxy is 31 million light years away. The amount of time it took for the light from that picture to reach us, entire species could evolve on planets and develop into a space faring galactic civilization; empires could rise and fall, then fade into dust, and be lost in the sands of time, without us ever knowing. And that’s just the 31 million years it took for that light, which is a drop in the bucket of time that this galaxy has had to create life over many many billions of years.

Space vroom

Monday, July 18, 2022

Harley-Davidson Study On Women And Motorcycles


A Harley-Davidson-sponsored study about women and motorcycles says those who ride are considerably happier, more confident and more fulfilled than those who do not.

Freud asked, "What does woman want?"

Harley-Davidson has the answer. She wants a motorcycle -- or should.

That is the result of a study of female motorcycle riders and non-riders, commissioned by the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer.

Female riders were twice as likely as their non-riding counterparts to feel "confident." They were twice as likely, too, to feel "extremely satisfied" with their appearance.

More than half of those riders said the two-wheeled experience made them feel "free" and "independent." And while they were marginally less inclined to say they "usually feel good" about their senses of humour and intelligence, they were almost twice as likely to say they "usually feel good" about their sex appeal.

Harley-Davidson's director of women's outreach marketing, Claudia Garber, is one of those female riders. She took up the sport six years ago with the purchase of a Harley Nightster and moved on to a Fatboy.

"It's about freedom," the married mother of two says. "When you’re doing things you want to do, for yourself, and you feel confident, it goes into every aspect of your life, including how you feel about yourself. You feel more comfortable in your skin."

More and more women are, in fact, riding. A 2012 study by the Motorcycle Industry Council found that women accounted for 12% of U.S. motorcyclists -- up from 10.5% in 2009. 

Veteran rider and motorcycle journalist Susanna Schick found the results of the new study consistent with her own experience.

"I ride because I need the freedom," she said. "When I drive my car, I feel like a caged wild animal, trapped and forced to live within everyone elses limits."

The study, in which 1,013 riders and 1,016 non-riders were interviewed by the market research company Kelton Global, seems to bear that out. The results say female riders are happier in their careers, happier in their friendships, happier with their home lives, and twice as likely to be "extremely satisfied" with their sex lives.

Uh, maybe, said Schick.

"Being a woman in a man's sport means I meet loads of men who tell me how much they dig chicks who ride," she said. "Then they go home to their girlfriend or wife who doesn't -- and [who] eventually talks them out of riding altogether. So there's a real disconnect between the compliments I get and the reality. Having professional racers half my age flirt with me feeds my ego, but not my soul."

Whatever their experience, the rise in women riders is working for Harley. The company is selling more motorcycles to women than all their competitors combined, says the company's Garber. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Mystical Bridges Around The World



    Moon Bridge – Taipei, Taiwan

An ancient, mossy bridge is the perfect complement to any rural or river scene. These old and mysterious arched bridges are mankind’s way of traversing landscapes that are otherwise decidedly wild.
Interestingly enough, an arch is only kept in position by its own weight – the stones supporting an arch couldn’t possibly stay in their position without the stones above them weighing them down. So, while they were very effective and sturdy, their building process was complicated. This usually involved building an entire wooden framework underneath the bridge on which the arch could be rested until the rest of the bridge was built around it.

Devil’s Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
       Huangshan, Anhui, China 
            Pindos Mountains, Greece

    Låtefossen Waterfall, Norway

           Mullerthal, Luxembourg

           Rakotz Brücke, Germany

               Ronda, Malaga, Spain

       Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA
        Gorge De L’areuse, Switzerland

        Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

              Carrbridge, Scotland
  Gazteuatxe, Spain

     Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

               Root Bridge in India

                  Ponte Gobbo, Italy

 Tollymore, UK

Bridge Across The Merced River Yosemite USA

      Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

        Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Top 10 Qualities of Successful People



                                                              Photo: Robert Lindstedt

What do you need to find and develop within yourself to be most successful? 
The answer comes from looking at those who have created success in a variety of fields. These traits may sound very simple, but they do lead to remarkable results.

If you really want to bring success into your life, you should cultivate yourself just as you'd cultivate a garden for the best yield.

The attributes here are shared by successful people everywhere, but they didn't happen by accident or luck. They originate in habits, built a day at a time.

Remember: If you live your life as most people do, you will get what most people get. If you settle, you will get a settled life. If you give yourself your best, every day, your best will give back to you.

Here are the traits that the highly successful cultivate. How many do you have?

1. Drive

You have the determination to work harder than most and make sure things get done. You pride yourself on seeing things getting completed and you can take charge when necessary. You drive yourself with purpose and align yourself with excellence.

2. Self-reliance

You can shoulder responsibilities and be accountable. You make hard decisions and stand by them. To think for yourself is to know yourself.

3. Willpower

You have the strength to see things through--rather than vacillate or procrastinate. When you want it, you make it happen. The world's greatest achievers are those who have stayed focused on their goals and been consistent in their efforts.

4. Patience

You are willing to be patient, and you understand that, in everything, there are failures and frustrations. To take them personally would be a detriment.

5. Integrity

This should not have to be said, but it's seriously one of the most important attributes you can cultivate. Honesty is the best policy for everything you do; integrity creates character and defines who you are.

6. Passion

If you want to succeed, if you want to live, it's not politeness but rather passion that will get you there. Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it.

7. Connection

You can relate with others, which in turns makes everything reach further and deepen in importance.

8. Optimism

You know there is much to achieve and much good in this world, and you know what's worth fighting for. Optimism is a strategy for making a better future--unless you believe that the future can be better, you're unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

9. Self-confidence

You trust yourself. It's as simple as that. And when you have that unshakeable trust in yourself, you're already one step closer to succeeding.

10. Communication

You work to communicate and pay attention to the communicators around you. Most important, you hear what isn't being said. When communication is present, trust and respect follow.

No one plans on being mediocre; mediocrity happens when you don't plan. If you want to succeed, learn the traits that will make you successful and plan on living them out every day.

Be humble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are, and who you have always been.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

My "Crush Of The Day" Best Of Bikes #30

Greetings and saludos from sunny Spain! At long last my 30th collection of heart stopping, heart pounding, heart racing Harley Davidson rides. Oldies, choppers, bobbers and more. Vroom

Thursday, January 28, 2021