Archive for August, 2013

Custom Chopper Raffle – Fundraiser aims to raise $150,000 for Alberta Association for Community Living

Custom Chopper Raffle – Fundraiser aims to raise $150,000  for Alberta Association for Community Living

Custom choppers aren’t normally the motorcycle genre of choice for CarAndRider.com visitors, but this one’s worthy of mention because it’s being raffled to raise money for a worthy charitable organization, the Alberta Association for Community Living. AACL is raffling this custom motorcycle as a major fundraiser for the organization’s budget […]

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Joseph, Oregon

Joseph, Oregon

“Hey!  Lemme take a picture of you two lovebirds!” The Wallowa County Sheriff looked like he meant business.  After locking his police pickup truck and boat trailer at the Wallowa Lake parking lot near Joseph, he strode purposefully towards me. Huh???  Lovebirds?? Ingrid and I have been married for more […]

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Lardo Grill & Saloon, McCall, Idaho

Lardo Grill & Saloon, McCall, Idaho

Lardo’s is a rustic, family style restaurant (despite its ‘saloon’ moniker) that serves good old, American-style ‘grub.’  It’s one of those restaurants that’s ideal for a large group or family, and it’s especially suitable if you’ve got picky eaters.  The menu has got the traditional items (burgers, ribs, chicken, etc.) […]

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Stelvio NTX – Saddle Solutions Part 2, Airhawk seat cushion

Stelvio NTX – Saddle Solutions Part 2, Airhawk seat cushion

With $294 dollars ‘invested’ in modifying the Moto Guzzi NTX’s OEM saddle with a gel/memory foam pad insert, I still wasn’t entirely happy with the mods local upholsterer Volker Erban had done.  There wasn’t anything wrong with Erban’s work – his craftsmanship is superb, but I didn’t achieve the long […]

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2014 Kia Sorento SX – Mid-size CUV Gets Major Makeover

2014 Kia Sorento SX – Mid-size CUV Gets Major Makeover

Bottom Line:  Kia’s mid-size Sorento is some 80-percent new for 2014 and full of features.  The engine is downsized to a smaller 3.3-litre V6 with a new 6-speed automatic transmission.  Good looking, packed with luxury and convenience features, and very easy to live with, this new iteration trades the 2013’s […]

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Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Oregon – FR 39

Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Oregon – FR 39

Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway is a 218 mile loop but side trips can make this a 400 mile drive.  It’s designated as an “All-American Road” and one of America’s Premier Scenic Routes. We drove the Wallowa Mountain Loop section of this scenic byway, accessed from the middle of the town […]

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Outlaw Restaurant, Joseph, Oregon

Outlaw Restaurant, Joseph, Oregon

The clerk at the Indian Lodge Motel recommended the Outlaw Restaurant just down the street in this tiny, Western theme tourist town.  What she didn’t mention were the two $1 dollar complimentary discount coupons for this restaurant that were sitting on the table in our room. We checked into the […]

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Stelvio NTX – The $294 dollar saddle solution

Stelvio NTX – The $294 dollar saddle solution

Saddles are one of the most common items we long distance riders complain about, and inevitably change out. Of all the touring-oriented bikes I’ve owned (and there have been many – Honda ST1100A, Honda ST1300A, BMW R1150RT), my last bike, a 2007 Honda Gold Wing GL1800A, unquestionably had the best […]

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2014 Kia Rondo 7-passenger wagon

2014 Kia Rondo 7-passenger wagon

Bottom Line:  Luxurious and packed with more features than the competition (but also pricier), the new Rondo is a stylish, practical wagon that can hauls 7 passengers (in a squeeze.)  Impressively quiet cabin and ride quality that’s cushier than the Chevrolet Orlando and Mazda5. A family wedding in Calgary last […]

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Old Town Cafe, Joseph, Oregon

Old Town Cafe, Joseph, Oregon

One of the great things about traveling is ‘discovering’ a great eatery.  The Old Town Cafe was a jewel of a ‘find.’  Located on Joseph’s Main Street, this cozy cafe became Ingrid’s and my favourite breakfast place.  This small eatery is rustic and the inside dining room is compact.  Seating […]

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