Motorcycle. It’s a better way to see.

Some of my motorcycles through the years. If you own multiple motorcycles, you know they mark points in time. Looking at these pics of my old motorcycles. It’s like looking at different personalities I had. All good times Now that I’m older I definitely like dirt more. There’s something about riding a dual sport that…

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Camping trip!

I rode into town to get cell service so I want to take a quick moment to share some pics of our camping trip! Also I ran into a client named Joe!! I tattooed his chest 4 years ago. Small world for sure.

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KC Roadtrip!!!

I got my supercharger on my Xterra finished but I don’t like it. I don’t have the intake manifold that the supercharger used. I used the intake manifold for the Naturally Aspirated engine. In theory it works. I Just wasn’t comfortable with it. Also there is a “supercharger solenoid valve” that is connected to the…

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Brewington Cemetery

Brewington Cemetery, Iron County, Missouri Have you ever wondered who was buried in those little cemeteries along the back roads of Missouri? My good friend Pat is the caretaker of a small cemetery called the Brewington cemetery. He doesn’t know when it was started but his father took care of it back in the 50s…

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Hot Springs Offroad!

Cheap fun. Rent a Side by Side! I’ve been looking at the Hot Springs Offroad Park on the Google box for awhile now. I’ve been looking for a cool place to take my Xterra and since we were driving through Arkansas on the way home, I thought it would make a great scouting trip. We…

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Church Van Upgrades

van life with Matt Hodel

The Van Build 2022 The Van Build started in May 0f 2022. It was built for my duaghter Emma’s 9 week road trip. This was a down and dirty build. I know some van builds are nicer than your house but this van is built to live out of, not live in.  It is made…

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Horimono: Traditional Japanese Tattooing

Look what Gaël wrote! Engraving of Kyumonryu Shishin (九紋龍史進) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳) | Image from Kuniyoshiproject.com Gaël wrote an impressive article titled: “Horimono: The History of Traditional Japanese Tattoos”. This writing takes the reader through Japanese tattoo culture dating back to 1603, up into more recent days. The author does a comprehensive dive…

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A day in the Country

It is time to check on the property in the Ozark Mountains. Matt and the Family and the Dogs drive down to see if the Canvas Tent has survived the snow and winds from the last few months. Join us as we off-road some logging trails, and scout for a new home for the tent.

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Sunny Sunday Drive

The dog and I went exploring this weekend. I have been building an off-road capable Xterra. I love Missouri. I love exploring The Ozark Mountains. They recently logged the property behind ours. The trees will come back soon and the undergrowth with return. In a few years it will be good for hunting. Currently the…

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I hate Instagram

Smokey Mountains

Matt Hodel hiking Gregory’s Bald In April of 2018 I awoke on a Gregory’s Bald in the Smokey Mountains.  The altitude gave me a headache and the morning air made me sick.  I didn’t take time to make a cup of instant coffee before morning light.  As I walked in through the scatted trees, every…

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Dyna Flashback

2015 was an awesome riding season. We really pushed my dyna to its limits. Traveling through 9 states we cover a few thousand miles of back roads. We did our best to stay off the interstates and the rewards were plentiful.  I finally used my warranty I got from Docs. It expires in two weeks.…

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Head Hunters and old Friends

Grant Wyatt stopped by today.  I haven’t seen him in over a decade.  He is living life to the fullest in Vietnam.  A Missionary, he and his family give hope to those we only see on TV.   Acting as a liaison, he helps direct the support given to smaller villages in rural Vietnam.  How…

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Discovering Missouri: Duke to Van Buren

I will post a video of our epic off road road trip. We crossed creeks and washed out roads while April walked knee high ahead of the bike.  We had to ride up rock roads made for dirt bikes and country roads made for farm equipment. We brought a stranded biker gas.  Camped on the…

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Hiking in Austria

Hiking. Bad Ischl has more hiking trails than most cities have bus lines.  Five if the trail are a five minute walk from my front door. This is only one of them.

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Last day at the Ranch

Wednesday.  The sun got the better of me.  I really looked forward to this trip.  It is great working outside together with your family.  Spending so much time indoors this cold winter did not prepare me for the Texas sun.  I tapped out around 3pm and had to get off the roof.  I spent the…

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Day three in Texas

Got a lot more done today.  Getting onto the tedious parts of the roof before we can deck it.  I used a front loader to get the plywood onto the roof.  So tommorow morning, we should be able to start nailing it down.  It feels good to be out here working in the sun.  This…

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