1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

Our 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail’s refurbishment is now complete! Last fall, I contacted old friend Harry Pytel, who I’ve long known through the vintage motorcycle community.  Pytel, now the principal of D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., has immersed himself in countless ‘vintage’ motorcycle projects.  At one time, he had a […]

It’s ALIVE!!!!

It’s ALIVE!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  1:30 pm, MDT. After a late Spring snowfall a few days ago, we’d lost all hope that Spring would arrive any time soon. But today, the sun is shining, and it’s a relatively balmy 8 degrees Celsius. I fired up our old, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, which […]

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

 

Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho Falls, ID

It’s our first driving day of our 2018 See the American Desert road trip. After having departed Calgary, Alberta in the morning, we drive due South. Once we cross the U.S. border, we join U.S. Interstate I-15, and it is glorious.  Much of I-15 through Montana and into Idaho has […]

Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT.  Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT. Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

My motorcycle friends and I have been huge fans of Jaker’s Bar & Grill for years. Located in Great Falls, MT, each year, a bunch of us in Edmonton ponder making a run to Great Falls just to dine at this Montana steakhouse.  Jaker’s claim to fame is that when […]


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1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

Our 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail’s refurbishment is now complete! Last fall, I contacted old friend Harry Pytel, who I’ve long known through the vintage motorcycle community.  Pytel, now the principal of D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., has immersed himself in countless ‘vintage’ motorcycle projects.  At one time, he had a […]

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Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT.  Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT. Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

My motorcycle friends and I have been huge fans of Jaker’s Bar & Grill for years. Located in Great Falls, MT, each year, a bunch of us in Edmonton ponder making a run to Great Falls just to dine at this Montana steakhouse.  Jaker’s claim to fame is that when […]

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Travel

Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho Falls, ID

It’s our first driving day of our 2018 See the American Desert road trip. After having departed Calgary, Alberta in the morning, we drive due South. Once we cross the U.S. border, we join U.S. Interstate I-15, and it is glorious.  Much of I-15 through Montana and into Idaho has […]

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April 18, 2018. Winter – is it over? Finally??

April 18, 2018.  Winter – is it over?  Finally??

Oh, man, has it been a long winter! Today, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 the snow has finally melted from our cul-de-sac. The Optimate battery charger has been hooked up to the RT all winter, and it’s time to roll the bike out, check the tire pressures an prepare for the […]

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Utah roadside wildlife

Utah roadside wildlife

On the barb wire fence next to a state highway maintenance shed, somebody had hung this skull, it was still ‘fresh’ as far as we could tell, with fur still covering the skin and meat still on the back of it.

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Flagstaff, Arizona. Trains, trains and more trains

Flagstaff, Arizona.  Trains, trains and more trains

We stopped at the visitor centre in Flagstaff, Arizona; it’s the old train station. Inside, as we asked one of the young women staffing the info desk about eateries, a freight train rumbled past. Various hotels and motels listed in the AAA/CAA tourist guide for Flagstaff have a notation, “Near […]

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Adventures in travel dining. Mom’s Cafe, Salina, UT. – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Adventures in travel dining.  Mom’s Cafe, Salina, UT. – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We’d been driving all morning non-stop, and now it was time to refuel the Audi and grab a late lunch. Exiting I-15, we pulled off to Salina, UT, which looked to be the stereotype American small town. – a main street with businesses, a gas station, and not much else. It’s […]

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Route 66 – America’s “Mother Road”

Route 66 – America’s “Mother Road”

Our road trip to see the American deserts provided the opportunity to put the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera to the test. The X-T2 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with the ‘kit’ 18-55mm zoom lens.  It’s lighter and smaller than my standard Canon 5d MkII full-frame camera, making it the […]

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Canada’s Icefields Parkway makes MCN’s ‘Top 7 riding destinations for this year’

Canada’s Icefields Parkway makes MCN’s ‘Top 7 riding destinations for this year’

Here in Canada’s western Prairies, motorcyclists often feel we’re stuck in motorcycle hell. Surrounded by flat terrain, any rider with a hankering for bending a series of turns has got a long way to ride before anything resembling a set of twisties is reached. While we may moan and groan […]

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The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip. 7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip.  7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

My wife Ingrid has for years yearned to see the United States desert.  Personally, I’ve never had a good stereotype image of the American deserts, with most of my impressions gleaned from Hollywood western movies. The desert? Just a bunch of sand punctuated regularly with unusual looking cacti, right? Boy, was […]

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Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car. Now showing on Netflix

Inside Jaguar:  Making a Million Pound Car.  Now showing on Netflix

The E-type Jaguar (aka Jaguar XKE in North America) is considered by many hardcore auto enthusiasts to be THE most beautiful car ever produced.  Period. While that may be debatable, there’s no arguing the E-type is a beautiful sportscar, one that would makes grown men weak-kneed when viewed in the metal. […]

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Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

We’ve had our 2018 Audi A4 for some 4 months now.  With 4,450 km on the odometer since acquiring the car in October, the Audi’s 2.0-litre DOHC turbocharged 252 horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission continues to impress. The fuel economy for a turbocharged 4-cylinder fulltime […]

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La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

Last weekend we had the pleasure of trying a new restaurant, La Patrona, a Mexican restaurant that brands itself as a purveyor of ‘authentic Mexican cuisine.’ Our reservation for 4 had been made mid-week, and the earliest sitting we could book was 7:30 pm Saturday.  When we arrived, the small […]

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