About Me

Welcome to hdriderblog.  I’m Dennis Frobish, sometimes known as “DrD,” or “Doc.”  Several years ago, work colleagues discovered that my shady past included a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina and time teaching at various universities,  so they started calling me “DrD” and it stuck.

I’ve ridden motorcycles off and on for almost 50 years.  Too much off and not enough on.  But that’s changed.  For the past 15 years I’ve ridden a Harley-Davidson of one kind or another and am currently on my third Ultra Classic.  I average about 25,000 miles a year on my scoot, and that average has gone up since I retired in 2011.  Retirement  has that effect.

I’ve ridden a motorcycle in 49 of the 50 U.S. states (no bridge to Hawaii yet), all the Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory and a (very) brief foray into Mexico.

In 2013 my wife Marilyn rode her 2007 Deluxe and I rode my 2013 Ultra Classic from Key West to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back, a once-in-a-lifetime trip that covered more than 13,000 scenic miles and lasted two amazing months.

In 2014, I rode solo from our summer home in North Carolina to Newfoundland and Labrador, a 7,500-mile adventure that occupied a month.  In the fall of 2014, I led a group of 10 Harley riders on a nine-day, 2,000-mile ride that visited eight Civil War Battlefield sites.

In 2015 I soloed in the Rocky Mountains.  All of them.  I looped from the southern end of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico to the northern end at the Liard River in Yukon Territory.   In the process, I crossed and re-crossed the Continental Divide more than a dozen times as I explored the wonderous and “aaahhh” inspiring geology of western North America.

In 2016 a return trip took me back to Alaska  with a recently retired riding buddy.  I saw some of the same sights Marilyn and I saw, but also added some new roads and some new adventures.

In 2017, an anniversary trip to Europe limited my riding and in 2018 I returned to Alaska for a memorable fishing trip but once again not on two wheels.

In 2019, this 71-year old motorcycle rider is back in the saddle again, riding solo and following the 1804-1806 route of Lewis and Clark as they explored the Louisiana Purchase and points west.  This ride combines my love of riding with my passion for history and allows me to explore once again my geographic and intellectual horizons.  “I can’t wait to get on the road again.”

4 responses to “About Me”

  1. Helen says :

    Be safe and have fun.

  2. George Howard says :

    Looking forward to following along with you and Mark albeit from the couch and not the saddle. Be safe D


  3. Sonia I Millan says :

    Hello! My husband and I are from Palm Coast, FL and met you in Talkeetna. We pointed you toward a good pie place when we ran into you outside the Denali Park Ranger Station. Sorry it took me so long to comment. Thanks for the great blog

  4. Ken Brooker says :

    Really enjoying your blog. Been reading it every morning. It brings back memories of trips past where I crossed the Missouri during several trips “out west”. Kind of get to relive it through you. . Like the way you integrate history, geography, culture, and your own family in your writings. Will continue ti follow till the end. Much appreciated. Ken Brooker – steve’s Brother and Denise’s brother in law. happy trails!!!!

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