Archive for October, 2017

Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

The 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ has arrived.  It replaces our trusty 2014 Subaru WRX, which departed in July. Here are a few more photos. Our first impressions are nothing less than pure enjoyment.  The car is quiet, the suspension superbly compliant, and the 7-speed DCT automatic transmission is ‘invisible’ […]

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Noodle Feast – The Taste of Northern China, Edmonton, AB

Noodle Feast – The Taste of Northern China, Edmonton, AB

Our foody friends Richard and Mag have been bombarding us recently about their new foody ‘find’, Noodle Feast – The Taste of Northern China,  a restaurant that specializes in serving up Chinese dishes with hand-pulled noodles. Oh, man, were they right.  This is a popular place.  When we arrived today […]

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Bridges on First Restaurant, Calgary, AB – Trouble, trouble, and more trouble

Bridges on First Restaurant, Calgary, AB – Trouble, trouble, and more trouble

I hate complainers.  But, hoo boy, did we run into a heap of trouble when we dined at Bridges on First in Calgary this week. We gathered at the cozy, pub style restaurant in Calgary’s inner city just north of downtown for a family visit.  I like to give eateries […]

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Fall tour Part 4 – Conclusion. Ice Road Bikers – Great Falls to Edmonton

Fall tour Part 4 – Conclusion.  Ice Road Bikers – Great Falls to Edmonton

Sunday Recap: Officially, it’s Day 3 of our 4-day tour. After a brutal 2 hour ride over Roger’s Pass, Montana, (where the air temperature dropped to a brutally cold -2 Celsius, with blowing rain/sleet and slush building up on the roadway just to add a little riding ‘interest’), we pull […]

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Olympia hi-viz jacket wash – end of season cleaning leaves ‘patina’

Olympia hi-viz jacket wash – end of season cleaning leaves ‘patina’

After our recent 4-day tour to Montana and Idaho (3 days and more than 2,000 km riding in rain, sleet and snow), our Olympia hi-viz jacket was sorely in need of a good cleaning. Grimy road spray had covered the sleeves and upper chest/shoulder sections of the touring jacket in […]

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2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

Our 2018 Audi A4 Technik has arrived and receiving its Pre-delivery Inspection. Audi OEM 17-in. winter wheels and Dunlop performance winter tires (Audi Canada’s winter tire package) will be installed prior to delivery.  We’ll have to wait until Spring to review the A4’s handling and ride comfort with the optional […]

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Albertson’s supermarket deli fried chicken

Albertson’s supermarket deli fried chicken

While snowed in at Great Falls, MT for two days, we were forced to buy our ‘meals’ from Albertson’s Supermarket, across the parking lot from the Days Inn motel we were holed up in. Albertson’s Supermarket deli special’ (Monday and Tuesdays) is fried chicken, $5.00 USD for 8 pieces of […]

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Fall Tour Part 3: Cold, wet, and snow. Orofino, ID to Great Falls, MT

Fall Tour Part 3:  Cold, wet, and snow.  Orofino, ID to Great Falls, MT

Day 3, Orofino to Great Falls, 610 km Saturday night between mouthfuls of Konkolville Motel’s 16 oz. grilled steak, we’ve been discussing our route home for Sunday and Monday. Before supper, we thought we had been brilliant planners, preparing for possible bad weather on our 2-day return trip from Orofino to […]

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Fall Tour Part 2 – Choteau, MT to Orofino, ID

Fall Tour Part 2 – Choteau, MT to Orofino, ID

Day 2:  Choteau, MT to Orofino, ID – 645 km From the small ‘city’ (according to the State of Montana) of Choteau (pop. 1684), we make our customary ‘wheels up’ departure at 0800h. It’s another cool, overcast day, and honestly, the weather isn’t the sunny, warm and dry day that […]

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Fall Tour fuel consumption – ’14 BMW R1200RTW

Fall Tour fuel consumption – ’14 BMW R1200RTW

Fuel Consumption – 2017 Fall Tour, September 29-October 4, 2017 (2014 BMW R1200RTW) SUMMARY Distance:  2,582 km Fuel consumed (premium unleaded):  132.88 litres Average fuel consumption:  5.14l/100km (55.0 Imp mpg) DETAILS   Km Litres Premium Unleaded l/100km Imp MPG Edmonton, AB-Aldersyde, AB 335 16.61 4.95 57.1 Aldersyde, AB-Choteau, MT 389 […]

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