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Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge, Montana

I love Montana. Wide open spaces, spectacular mountain scenery, and a state population that’s less (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011) than Calgary sprinkled across the fourth largest state in the Union, makes for a very interesting motorcycling state. Hmmm, let’s figure that out. . . just how many […]

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Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Do we ride this deliciously swervacious piece of snaky road or do we stop and gawk at the breathtaking mountain scenery? The answer, of course, is we do both. North of the picturesque tourist town of McCall, Idaho at the south end of beautiful Payette Lake, we find ourselves riding […]

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The Cowboy Trail – Alberta’s Scenic Hwy. 22 in Cattle Country

The Cowboy Trail – Alberta’s Scenic Hwy. 22 in Cattle Country

Sometimes you just have to force yourself to stop and take a photo. This pic was taken on one of Alberta’s most scenic drives, Highway 22 – the Cowboy Trail – approaching Longview. Nestled in the foothills with the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the West, you’re in Southern Alberta’s cattle […]

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The Navajo Mug cafe, Longview, Alberta

I like pie.  No, make that, I LOVE pie! In fact, I’ve even considered ordering a vanity licence plate for my motorcycle that reads, “PIE”. Even though I’ve been riding one of Alberta’s most scenic roads for years, Highway 22, otherwise known as The Cowboy Trail, I’ve only just ‘discovered’ […]

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Loaded for Bear – packing for motorcycle touring

  I’m packed and ready to go. At first glance, my 2012 Moto Guzzi looks just like any other Stevlio 1200 NTX – a rugged, beautifully sculpted,  piece of industrial art.  But it’s loaded for bear. The pair of 37-litre SW Motech ‘Trax’ aluminum panniers are packed solid.  And I’ve […]

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Chicago – America’s ‘Second City’ will win your heart

Chicago – America’s ‘Second City’ will win your heart

(From the Archives, 2009.) What makes for a great destination city?   If your answer includes world-class museums, stunning historic buildings, fine dining with great prices, amazing public art, and old-fashion downtown shopping with the latest fashions, then Chicago deserves to be on your ‘must visit’ list. Most Canadians don’t have […]

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China – a guided tour for bargain hunters

China – a guided tour for bargain hunters

(From the Archives, 2009) Travel to China is a remarkable bargain.  The Canadian dollar is strong, and China’s tourism industry is developing quickly to accommodate North American tastes and expectations. We booked our 12-day tour to China through Royal Holidays in Calgary.  Travel agency owner Ivy Jang, an ex-pat Chinese […]

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