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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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Canada’s Icefields Parkway makes MCN’s ‘Top 7 riding destinations for this year’

Canada’s Icefields Parkway makes MCN’s ‘Top 7 riding destinations for this year’

Here in Canada’s western Prairies, motorcyclists often feel we’re stuck in motorcycle hell. Surrounded by flat terrain, any rider with a hankering for bending a series of turns has got a long way to ride before anything resembling a set of twisties is reached. While we may moan and groan […]

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The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip. 7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip.  7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

My wife Ingrid has for years yearned to see the United States desert.  Personally, I’ve never had a good stereotype image of the American deserts, with most of my impressions gleaned from Hollywood western movies. The desert? Just a bunch of sand punctuated regularly with unusual looking cacti, right? Boy, was […]

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Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car. Now showing on Netflix

Inside Jaguar:  Making a Million Pound Car.  Now showing on Netflix

The E-type Jaguar (aka Jaguar XKE in North America) is considered by many hardcore auto enthusiasts to be THE most beautiful car ever produced.  Period. While that may be debatable, there’s no arguing the E-type is a beautiful sportscar, one that would makes grown men weak-kneed when viewed in the metal. […]

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Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

We’ve had our 2018 Audi A4 for some 4 months now.  With 4,450 km on the odometer since acquiring the car in October, the Audi’s 2.0-litre DOHC turbocharged 252 horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission continues to impress. The fuel economy for a turbocharged 4-cylinder fulltime […]

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La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

Last weekend we had the pleasure of trying a new restaurant, La Patrona, a Mexican restaurant that brands itself as a purveyor of ‘authentic Mexican cuisine.’ Our reservation for 4 had been made mid-week, and the earliest sitting we could book was 7:30 pm Saturday.  When we arrived, the small […]

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Travel memories – China, 2009

Travel memories – China, 2009
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Nudoru Ramen Bar, Edmonton, AB

Nudoru Ramen Bar, Edmonton, AB

Last Saturday was a cold winter night.  We decided to head into town to dine at Nudoru Ramen Bar on Edmonton’s trendy Whyte Avenue near the University of Alberta. It’s minus twenty-something degrees Celsius, and it’s been snowing hard all day.  A tall windrow of snow is piled high along the centreline […]

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