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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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Ooops, travel stupidity. The ride home – Part 2

Ooops, travel stupidity.  The ride home – Part 2

It’s only a short ride from the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Oroville to the small town of Osoyoos, located in B.C.’s wine country. It’s hot and sunny, a nice change from the cool, wet weather that has dogged us since leaving Edmonton. I’m thankful to be wearing an Olympia mesh jacket […]

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Oops! Travel stupidity forces backtracking 2-1/2 hours – Part 1

Oops! Travel stupidity forces backtracking 2-1/2 hours – Part 1

Stupidity makes for good travel stories Epic travel experiences require big stories, and this is one of my biggest travel blunders, ever. When we were crossing the into the United States during our 2016 Schnitzel Run tour, I was putting my passport into a ziplock bag. “What are you doing?”, […]

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Orofino, ID to Seattle, WA – After the Schnitzel Run

Orofino, ID to Seattle, WA – After the Schnitzel Run

At Orofino, ID our Schnitzel Tour for 2016 is officially over. For the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve made the trek from Edmonton to Cranbrook, BC for schnitzel.  After the Schnitzel Run officially ends in Cranbrook, some of us have added on another few days of riding. This year, we […]

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