Archive for April, 2018

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

Our 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail’s refurbishment is now complete! Last fall, I contacted old friend Harry Pytel, who I’ve long known through the vintage motorcycle community.  Pytel, now the principal of D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., has immersed himself in countless ‘vintage’ motorcycle projects.  At one time, he had a […]

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It’s ALIVE!!!!

It’s ALIVE!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  1:30 pm, MDT. After a late Spring snowfall a few days ago, we’d lost all hope that Spring would arrive any time soon. But today, the sun is shining, and it’s a relatively balmy 8 degrees Celsius. I fired up our old, 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D, which […]

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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

 

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April 18, 2018. Winter – is it over? Finally??

April 18, 2018.  Winter – is it over?  Finally??

Oh, man, has it been a long winter! Today, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 the snow has finally melted from our cul-de-sac. The Optimate battery charger has been hooked up to the RT all winter, and it’s time to roll the bike out, check the tire pressures an prepare for the […]

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Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho Falls, ID

It’s our first driving day of our 2018 See the American Desert road trip. After having departed Calgary, Alberta in the morning, we drive due South. Once we cross the U.S. border, we join U.S. Interstate I-15, and it is glorious.  Much of I-15 through Montana and into Idaho has […]

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Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT. Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

Jaker’s Bar & Grill, Great Falls, MT.  Long time ‘destination’ restaurant has ‘off’ night

My motorcycle friends and I have been huge fans of Jaker’s Bar & Grill for years. Located in Great Falls, MT, each year, a bunch of us in Edmonton ponder making a run to Great Falls just to dine at this Montana steakhouse.  Jaker’s claim to fame is that when […]

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Utah roadside wildlife

Utah roadside wildlife

On the barb wire fence next to a state highway maintenance shed, somebody had hung this skull, it was still ‘fresh’ as far as we could tell, with fur still covering the skin and meat still on the back of it.

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Flagstaff, Arizona. Trains, trains and more trains

Flagstaff, Arizona.  Trains, trains and more trains

We stopped at the visitor centre in Flagstaff, Arizona; it’s the old train station. Inside, as we asked one of the young women staffing the info desk about eateries, a freight train rumbled past. Various hotels and motels listed in the AAA/CAA tourist guide for Flagstaff have a notation, “Near […]

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Adventures in travel dining. Mom’s Cafe, Salina, UT. – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Adventures in travel dining.  Mom’s Cafe, Salina, UT. – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We’d been driving all morning non-stop, and now it was time to refuel the Audi and grab a late lunch. Exiting I-15, we pulled off to Salina, UT, which looked to be the stereotype American small town. – a main street with businesses, a gas station, and not much else. It’s […]

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Route 66 – America’s “Mother Road”

Route 66 – America’s “Mother Road”

Our road trip to see the American deserts provided the opportunity to put the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera to the test. The X-T2 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with the ‘kit’ 18-55mm zoom lens.  It’s lighter and smaller than my standard Canon 5d MkII full-frame camera, making it the […]

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