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Sweet Capone’s Italian Bakery, Lacombe, AB

Sweet Capone’s Italian Bakery, Lacombe, AB

One of my favourite drives is to drive secondary Alberta Highway 2A south, from Edmonton, through Wetaskiwin, Ponoka and through the pretty little town of Lacombe in Central Alberta. Over the past ten or fifteen years, Lacombe has been listed as one of the most desirable small towns in which […]

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Northern Chicken, Edmonton, AB – a new favourite

Northern Chicken, Edmonton, AB – a new favourite

It’s taken us a long time to try Northern Chicken, frustrating, since it was named one of the best new restaurants in Edmonton by a local magazine not too long ago. Fried chicken has never been top-of-mind when it’s time to adventure into the world of a new dining experience.  […]

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Old warhorse gets put to pasture – joins permanent collection of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Old warhorse gets put to pasture – joins permanent collection of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

On Friday, June 29, 2018, our family’s 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D was loaded into a trailer, to join the permanent automobile collection of the renown Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. George Yip, my Dad, bought the car new at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz in Calgary in 1983, and the Mercedes has been […]

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Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer – product review

Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer – product review

I’m a little obsessive-compulsive about how my bikes look.  I want them in as near perfect condition, with the proviso that I ride my bikes, and they are definitely not in the Garage Queen class of revered objects of art. My 2014 BMW R1200RT was beginning to show some aging.  Even though […]

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Leather treatment for our Rich’s saddle

Leather treatment for our Rich’s saddle

I admit I’m slightly obsessive-compulsive about treating my leather motorcycle gear. Usually, at the beginning and end of each riding season, I give my custom, leather covered Rich’s saddle and Aerostich Combat Touring Lite riding boots a serious treatment using Obenauf’s Leather Oil. I’ve used a countless array of waterproofing […]

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Central Alberta ride – 420 km meandering through Central Alberta

Central Alberta ride – 420 km meandering through Central Alberta

One of my favourite day rides from Edmonton is a lovely 420 km ‘loop’ starting in Edmonton, then heading south on Highway 2A to Wetaskiwin (home of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum) continuing south to Ponoka, and Lacombe. Last Saturday, a rag tag group of 13 motorcyclists on an assortment of BMW […]

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First ride of the season

First ride of the season

It’s relatively late for the first ‘official’ ride of the 2018 season.  Sure, most of us have been out and about on our bikes, but today, a group of friends gathered for breakfast and undertook a nice little 2-hour ride west and north of Edmonton. Our troop of a dozen […]

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La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

La Patrona Mexican Restaurant, Sherwood Park, AB

We lunched yesterday at La Patrona Mexican Restaurant in Sherwood Park. This was our second visit, and once again, we were impressed with the cuisine. We arrived early for the lunch sitting.  La Patrona opens at 11:30 AM, and when we arrived at 11:45, there were already a few couples […]

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‘Old skool’ (ca. 1978) dirt bike leather tank bag

‘Old skool’ (ca. 1978) dirt bike leather tank bag

While digging through a box of old motorcycle parts, I found this leather tank bag, which I had used on my 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail in 1978 or thereabouts. This is definitely old skool!  It’s all leather; there’s not one millimetre of manmade textile like tank bags today. When […]

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1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

Our 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail’s refurbishment is now complete! Last fall, I contacted old friend Harry Pytel, who I’ve long known through the vintage motorcycle community.  Pytel, now the principal of D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., has immersed himself in countless ‘vintage’ motorcycle projects.  At one time, he had a […]

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