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2017 Tenth Annual Schnitzel Run – Part 2

2017 Tenth Annual Schnitzel Run – Part 2

Day 2, Cranbrook to Keremeos, BC After our enormously satisfying Schnitzel-fest at Frank’s Steak & Schnitzel Haus, our group of 20 riders breaks up and head their separate ways. The main group heads south to Orofino, ID; our trio of riders from Victoria set Nelson, BC as their next destination; and […]

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Tradition – 2017 marks 10th annual Schnitzel Run, Part 1

Tradition – 2017 marks 10th annual Schnitzel Run, Part 1

Our collective memory is failing.  Of the 20 hardy riders that made the annual Victoria Day weekend trek from Edmonton (and 3 from Victoria, BC), none of us could remember if this was the 10th or 11th year we’ve ridden to Cranbrook to indulge in schnitzel at Frank’s Steak & Schnitzel […]

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Ecco Yura GTX review

Ecco Yura GTX review

About a year ago Ingrid and I were traveling with her brother and his wife on a 2-week tour of Europe. We did a lot of walking.  My brother-in-law, John, raved about the Ecco ‘walking’ shoes he was wearing.  On one day, we walked some 16 kilometers sightseeing in Prague. […]

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BMW R1200RT liquid-cooled ‘Wethead’ – Best sport-tourer for long distance travel, ever?

BMW R1200RT liquid-cooled ‘Wethead’ – Best sport-tourer for long distance travel, ever?

After 3 years of ownership, I’ve concluded that my 2014 BMW R1200RT (aka ‘Wethead), is simply the best motorcycle I’ve owned, ever. Normally, after 3 or 4 years of owning a motorcycle, my eyes begin to wander.  I begin scanning the environment for something new to replace whatever I’m riding […]

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Ocean scuba diving excursion in Thailand no-go

Ocean scuba diving excursion in Thailand no-go

On the island of Ko Lanta, a short ferry ride from Krabi in southern Thailand, we’re on a scuba diving expedition. Daughter Jenn insists that scuba diving will be ‘fun’, a nonchalant statement for a thirty-something, highly adventurous woman.  Not so much for an aging baby-boomer who grew up on […]

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“The Kindness Diaries” – TV Series on human kindness shown by world traveling motorcycle philanthropist

“The Kindness Diaries” – TV Series on human kindness shown by world traveling motorcycle philanthropist

The Kindness Diaries is a 13-part TV series that’s just shown up on Netflix. If you love motorcycling, world travel and possess a shred of human compassion in your soul, the Kindness Diaries is a must-view program.  Watch this heartwarming series with your family and friends.  It will make you […]

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year, so Gung Hay Fat Choy to everybody! This is the Year of the Rooster.  If you were born in 2017, 2005, 1993, etc. (it’s a 12-year cycle), then you are a Rooster according to Chinese astrology. So, if you are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, […]

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Sh*t happens when you’re on tour

Sh*t happens when you’re on tour

The weirdest sh*t can happen when traveling, and it happens at the most unexpected times. During our 9-day motorcycle tour of Tuscany, Italy, the key fob slipped out of my buddy Gary’s hand.  Somehow, the key fob fell between the instrument panel and gas tank, and mysteriously disappeared into the […]

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FIRE!!! Our Chiang Mai hotel catches fire

FIRE!!!  Our Chiang Mai hotel catches fire

It’s 02:15h – the middle of the night, and we’re at the Tarin Hotel in Chiang Mai, having been bused there for the night after our Shanghai Airlines flight had been cancelled. I’m in a deep sleep.  Ingrid gently shakes my shoulder, quietly wakening me. Ingrid:  Honey, wake up.  I […]

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Motorcycle touring Italy’s scenic Tuscany region

Motorcycle touring Italy’s scenic Tuscany region

Our motorcycle tour of Italy’s scenic Tuscany region started in Florence, Italy. Here, Adriatic Moto Tours’ fleet of pristine motorcycles, which the tour’s riders rented. Our rental bikes were mostly BMWs, a K1600GT, 3 latest generation liquid-cooled R1200RTs, 4 F700GSes, and 1 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom. Our guide Tomaz rode a new […]

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