Archive for August, 2016

Rock Creek Tap and Grill, Lloydminster, AB

Rock Creek Tap and Grill, Lloydminster, AB

I accompanied my friend Rick on day trip to Lloydminster, the small city that straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. We needed a place to grab an early lunch, and a local recommended Rock Creek Tap and Grill. Rock Creek is a small, chain restaurant with 8 locations, 7 of which are […]

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Ooops, travel stupidity. The ride home – Part 2

Ooops, travel stupidity.  The ride home – Part 2

It’s only a short ride from the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Oroville to the small town of Osoyoos, located in B.C.’s wine country. It’s hot and sunny, a nice change from the cool, wet weather that has dogged us since leaving Edmonton. I’m thankful to be wearing an Olympia mesh jacket […]

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Columbia Ventslip II – mesh slip-ons perfect for lightweight travel

Columbia Ventslip II – mesh slip-ons perfect for lightweight travel

Boy, do I love sales!  I can’t help it.  My DNA compels me to be inextricably drawn to ‘Sale!’ signs. I’m always looking for stuff that makes motorcycle travel easier, more convenient and more comfortable. I’m a dedicated ATGATT guy.  In internet moto forum-speak, that means All The Gear All […]

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Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus bbq restaurant, Edmonton, AB

Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus bbq restaurant, Edmonton, AB

I love BBQ, and on my travels, it’s one of the first types of restaurant I look for. Right here in Edmonton, there’s a fine BBQ eatery, Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus.  (That’s no typo.  I’m no fan of intentionally misspelled words for the sake of being ‘cute’.  But we’re here […]

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Oops! Travel stupidity forces backtracking 2-1/2 hours – Part 1

Oops! Travel stupidity forces backtracking 2-1/2 hours – Part 1

Stupidity makes for good travel stories Epic travel experiences require big stories, and this is one of my biggest travel blunders, ever. When we were crossing the into the United States during our 2016 Schnitzel Run tour, I was putting my passport into a ziplock bag. “What are you doing?”, […]

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HJC Sy-Max III – review

HJC Sy-Max III – review

I reckon I’ve worn the my new HJC Sy-Max III helmet for some 5,000 plus kilometres after buying it to replace my much liked Nolan N90 flip-up helmet. The Sy-Max III has gone through some extreme weather – blinding rain, and, for us Canadians, hot temperatures (32 degrees C.) Overall Overall, […]

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The Fine Diner, Calgary, AB

The Fine Diner, Calgary, AB

We tried The Fine Diner a while ago.  It’s an upscale ‘diner’ whose ‘angle’ is comfort food, elevated to a fine dining level. The Fine Diner is located along 9th Avenue S.E., in the increasingly upscale Inglewood commercial strip. Inside this eatery, the decor is relaxed and comfortable.  A large, […]

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R1200RTW fuel economy – observed on recent MRT Rally trip

R1200RTW fuel economy – observed on recent MRT Rally trip

The analyst in my head compels me to conduct a post tour ‘audit’ of my BMW R1200RT’s fuel consumption.  I know, it’s a sickness.  (The root word of analyst is ‘anal’, isn’t it??) So I’ve just crunched the numbers. My recent ride took place from July 28th – 31st. Distance:  2,304 […]

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Black Diamond Hotel Restaurant, Black Diamond, AB

Black Diamond Hotel Restaurant, Black Diamond, AB

My life long friend, Calgary resident and motorcyclist, has long recommended I visit the Black Diamond Hotel restaurant. Black Diamond is a small town in southern Alberta.  The hotel is located at the intersection of the famously scenic Highway 22 (The Cowboy Trail) and Highway 7. The combined restaurant/pub is […]

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Orofino, ID to Seattle, WA – After the Schnitzel Run

Orofino, ID to Seattle, WA – After the Schnitzel Run

At Orofino, ID our Schnitzel Tour for 2016 is officially over. For the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve made the trek from Edmonton to Cranbrook, BC for schnitzel.  After the Schnitzel Run officially ends in Cranbrook, some of us have added on another few days of riding. This year, we […]

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