Archive for July, 2013

Cosmo Cafe, McMinnville, OR

You don’t expect a GREAT meal at a museum cafe, but boy, did the Cosmo Cafe floor us! The Cosmo Cafe is the little sit down cafeteria at the Space Museum building, which is part of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum at McMinnville, OR.  That’s where Howard Hughes’s monster […]

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Edmonton’s Ford Shrine

Edmonton’s Ford Shrine

The Ford Shrine.  Being a ‘blue blood’ is a reference usually associated with nobility.  In Darcy Trefanenko’s case, I’d guess his veins are coursing with blue blood – Ford blue.  Trefanenko is an unabashedly proud, dyed-in-the-wool “Ford man”.  For twenty-five years, he’s been a technician at Edmonton’s Waterloo Ford Lincoln, […]

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Outstanding Emergency Motorcycle Repair Service at Rivercity Cycle, Kamloops, BC

The Stelvio suffered a punctured rear tire a couple of days ago while I was touring B.C. with good riding friends.  The Pirelli Scorpion tire received a 1/4-in. cut in the tread from an unknown object.  With a temporary tire repair (an old bottle of inflatable spare and a gummy […]

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – proof that great customer service isn’t dead

Buying a European bike can be worrisome.  Will the parts be available when I need them?  How long will it take for the parts to arrive? We’ve all heard horrific stories on waiting for parts, and it seems the Japanese brands tend to be better at managing their parts pipelines. […]

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Golden Rice Bowl Chinese Restaurant, Edmonton, AB

I don’t get to go for dim sum very often.  Dim sum is a version of ‘high tea’.  Traditionally, it’s a brunch-style event, but comes in the form of a rolling buffet where the servers typically wheel carts loaded with small servings straight from the kitchen.  In Chinese culture, dim […]

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2013 Porsche Boxster S

2013 Porsche Boxster S

The 2013 Porsche Boxster S is one test vehicle I could barely wait to get my hands on.  “Many say the Boxster S is one of the finest sports cars in the world”, sagely comments son, Chris en route to meeting Porsche’s transporter.  But driving the Boxster home, my long […]

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Rattlesnake Pass – Asotin, WA to Enterprise, OR

Rattlesnake Pass – Asotin, WA to Enterprise, OR

This photo was taken from a roadside pullout somewhere between Mile 3 and Mile 4 on Hwy 3 (the Oregon side) of Rattlesnake Pass. If you’re a motorcyclist, anything named Rattlesnake Pass is going to grab your attention. Riding from Canada, we normally start this very technical, supremely twisty road […]

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The Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery, Sandpoint, ID

The Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery, Sandpoint, ID

  I’ve raved about the Panhandler Restaurant & Bakery for years to anybody who travels to Idaho.  Normally, we’re on our motorcycles, heading south after overnighting in Cranbrook, B.C. so the stop is for early morning breakfast or a mid-day coffee and pie. On this stop, we lodged in Sandpoint […]

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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera ’50 Years 911′ makes one-day stopover

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera ’50 Years 911′ makes one-day stopover

July 9th, this anniversary edition 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera ’50 Years 911′ made a one day appearance at Norden Porsche for customers to drool over.  Porsche says this unit is No. 13 built and features a hotted up 911S 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 430 horsepower and special 5-spoke 20-in. wheels.  […]

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Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy

Idaho, Part 3 – Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway, 10 miles of motorcycle joy

Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway starts as a scenic view pull out on Hwy 95.  The view is specatcular.  The Old Spiral Highway was built in 1917 and is a testament to engineering in its day.  Ten miles of twisting road, hairpin turns and switchbacks, the road surface is immaculately smooth […]

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