Archive for September, 2020

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 3, Grand Forks to Kamloops, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 3, Grand Forks to Kamloops, B.C.

Morning in Grand Forks greets us with another cool, overcast day. It had rained, or more likely, drizzled a few hours earlier. It’s overcast again, and smoke continues to envelop us. The start of Day 3 and the group has fallen into a well practiced rhythm – up early in […]

TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots
Motorcycles

TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots

I’ve recently returned from a 2900 km tour, wearing for the first time a brand new pair of TCX boots. The Tour EVO GTX is the Italian bootmaker’s top-of-the-range motorcycle boot, and they performed flawlessly. The Tour EVO GTX boots are TCX’s most expensive motorcycle touring boots officered in North […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 2, Fernie to Grand Forks, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 2, Fernie to Grand Forks, B.C.

COVID has changed the world. The worldwide pandemic has altered our everyday lives, and it has changed how we’re motorcycle touring in the Fall of 2020. Normally, our regular lodging in Fernie provides a continental breakfast. “Sorry. Because of COVID, we can’t offer the (normal) continental breakfast.” The front desk […]

Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel
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Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel

Discovering a fabulous eatery is one of the joys of travel. On the first day of a Fall, multi-day motorcycle tour, we stopped for lunch at the bar in the Black Diamond Hotel. Located in the heart of Alberta’s cattle country, Black Diamond is a small town in the foothills […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 1, Edmonton to Fernie, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 1, Edmonton to Fernie, B.C.

Motorcycle touring in September, especially in the Canadian prairies, is a risky proposition. Once Labour Day arrives, temperatures usually nose-dive to the point where riders in southern climes are prepping their bikes for winter storage. But as our motorcyclists on the rainy West Coast say, “If you don’t ride in […]

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Cleaning Hi-viz Olympia Motorcycle Jacket to Near New Condition

Hi-viz motorcycle jackets are fantastic for increasing one’s visibility on the road. There’s a good reason first responders, road crews and anybody who’s exposed to the dangers of being in traffic wear high visibility colours such as yellow, lime green, orange and red. These colours stick out on asphalt roads. […]

Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested
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Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested

My riding season got off to a very late start. A shoulder injury in late February, exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown meant my first ride of the season wasn’t until the third week of July. With my first trips of the year were restricted to short jaunts in town, that […]

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We’re back. . .

We’ve been away for a while. There are a lot of reasons for the (long) hiatus. First, I injured myself. On a snowy Saturday morning at the end of February, almost seven long months ago, I slipped on the sidewalk. Hard. I was walking to my neighbour’s house two doors […]