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Victoria Day Weekend – our annual moto trip hits a log jam
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Victoria Day Weekend – our annual moto trip hits a log jam

It was a cool-ish 6 degrees Celsius when our intrepid group departed Edmonton Thursday morning just before Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend. We’re used to this ‘cold’ weather.  Most of us have heated grips, electric vests, heated saddles – all the modern gear northern motorcycle riders have to extend our […]

Breakfast get-together
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Breakfast get-together

Every year, a friend of mine invites a group of his ‘car guy’ and motorcycle friends to his acreage, and generously hosts a breakfast.  The by-invitation-only event attracts a number of hot rods, vintage vehicles, exotic sports cars, American muscle cars and a collection of motorcycles. Here are a few […]

Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner, Edmonton, AB
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Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner, Edmonton, AB

Close your eyes and think ‘diner.’ What image comes to mind?  For me, my mind ‘sees’ an old-fashioned long counter with round, padded, chrome stools, the walls lined with dining booths, and maybe a few nick-nacks like old photos and a few old time ‘interesting’ pieces of ancient equipment parts […]

Happy Birthday!  Shelby GT350 turns 2
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Happy Birthday! Shelby GT350 turns 2

Sunday marked the 2nd birthday for our Shelby GT350. It (I detest personifying cars and would never refer to it as a ‘she’ or, gawd help me, give it a name) rolled off the Flat Rock, Michigan production line May 5, 2017. From the production numbers I’ve been able to dig up, […]

The Burger Joint, Edmonton, AB
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The Burger Joint, Edmonton, AB

Today was a ‘lazy day.’ I got up first thing this morning, ran the Audi over to the dealership for a complimentary free exterior car wash, then came home and watched the national news. At lunch, I had the hankering for a nice, juicy burger, something I don’t indulge in […]

2018 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0 TSFI – random thoughts on long term ownership
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2018 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0 TSFI – random thoughts on long term ownership

I’m feeling rather smug these days, thinking what an excellent choice our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0 TFSI has been. After seriously considering various other luxury premium brands (Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic and BMW 328i X-Drive), I took the leap and ordered the A4 exactly how I wanted it. The main […]

Epicurean tourism – random thoughts
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Epicurean tourism – random thoughts

Some of my friends laugh at me, because a main attractor when I travel is the variety of new restaurants I can potentially discover. Having said that, there are other of my friends who are hard core, dyed-in-the-wool foodies who celebrate our passion for finding the unique, quirky, special, ‘you-can-only-find-this-dish-here’ […]

Klim Outrider vs BMW Summer 3 pants
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Klim Outrider vs BMW Summer 3 pants

Riding season has finally arrived. After a long, cold winter and a lethargic season of couch-sitting and watching Netflix, my old, well-worn and comfortable BMW Summer3 pants (Men’s Size L) mysteriously shrunk in the closet. I’ve worn the Summer3 pants since 2012, and they quickly became my favourite riding pants.  […]

Formosa Bistro Taiwanese Restaurant, Edmonton, AB
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Formosa Bistro Taiwanese Restaurant, Edmonton, AB

I’ve been itching to try Formosa Bistro, a Taiwanese cuisine that opened on Edmonton’s south side about one year ago. My trigger point was a few weeks ago, when CBC Radio One’s morning show was featuring a panel discussion of the various food reviewers’ favourite dishes and restaurants they’d dined […]

Fall Tour 2018 – Day 3:  Orofino, ID to Whitefish, MT
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Fall Tour 2018 – Day 3: Orofino, ID to Whitefish, MT

Day 3:  Orofino, ID to Whitefish, MT – 305 miles Men traveling together without the presence of women is a unique experience   There’s a different ambiance, and I’m not talking about being able to make the air thick with expletives and trashy locker room talk.  I think it’s true that […]