Archive for April, 2014

BGB Club cleanup – Kanehl Farm, Saturday, May 3rd

Edmonton Black Gold Beemers club members and riding friends are invited to help clubmate Martin Kanehl do a cleanup at his farm west of Edmonton. The Kanehl farm is where the Black Gold Beemers held their ‘adventure riding’ weekend, with clubmate Wolfgang Simmert providing expert off road adventure bike riding […]

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2014 Honda Civic Coupe – fuel mileage update

One week of driving the 2014 Civic Coupe confirms Honda’s well known power train engineering prowess. Honda’s 1.8-litre SOHC inline-4 cylinder engine hooked up to the super efficient CVT automatic (continuously-variable transmission) delivered a penny-pinching 7.0 L/100 km (41 miles per Imperial gallon) in a mix of about 80-percent city […]

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Shanghai 456 Chinese Restaurant, Edmonton, AB

Shanghai 456 Chinese Restaurant, Edmonton, AB

We’d been dining on ‘Easter ham’ all weekend, and I was ready for a change. “How about Chinese food tonight?”, I asked, tentatively.  Ingrid seldom agrees to dine out, usually preferring to stay in and dine at “Timmy’s Place”, which means I get to cook (again.)  Surprisingly, she replied with […]

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Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32 Binoculars Review

Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32 Binoculars Review

  Binoculars are an essential item for many travelers.  There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a close up,  crystal clear view of that snow covered  mountain peak, a sailboat on the far side of the lake, or a grizzly bear munching on berries to add just one more memorable ‘wow’ […]

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2014 Honda Civic Coupe – Quick Take

2014 Honda Civic Coupe – Quick Take

Our first impressions of the 2014 Honda Civic are very favourable.  Here’s a preview of a more extensive road test we’ll post after we’ve racked up more time in the saddle. This 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is one of those ’50 meter’ cars – within the first 50m of driving […]

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Lord Chumley’s Halibut & Chips, Kelowna, BC

Lord Chumley’s Halibut & Chips, Kelowna, BC

Dear, dear, dear. . . what a massive disappointment. Ingrid and I were on a road trip to Kelowna and spotted this little fish and chips eatery on the main road that runs through Kelowna. A nice meal of fish & chips always appeals to us.  After checking into a […]

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2014 Edmonton Auto Show

2014 Edmonton Auto Show

Here’s a trio of super, high performance cars on display at the 2014 Edmonton Auto Show.  These monster horsepower brutes attracted a lot of attention.  

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Spinnakers Brewpub & Guest Houses, Victoria, BC

Spinnakers Brewpub & Guest Houses, Victoria, BC

Nothing is better for a tourist than a recommendation from locals.  Our friends Bob and Lauretta have owned a condo in Victoria for many years, and when they heard Ingrid and I were on a driving holiday there, they recommended Spinnakers. Located at water side, Spinnakers is a well known […]

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic – A 2600 km real world fuel economy test

2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic – A 2600 km real world fuel economy test

The numbers are in, and they’re darn respectable for a 275 horsepower, 4.3-litre V8 luxury sedan with full-time all-wheel-drive. Ingrid and I have returned from a ten day road trip, driving to Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna.  Our 2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic was superbly comfortable, and the full-time permanent 4Matic all-wheel-drive […]

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Hope Drive-in & Restaurant, Hope, BC

Hope Drive-in & Restaurant, Hope, BC

I’ve been stopping at the Hope Drive-in & Restaurant for years now.  We discovered this eatery on one of our first motorcycle expeditions when my hair was still black and I possessed a frame that could be described as ‘trim.’ Hope is the first major stop for fuel and refreshment […]

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