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Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find
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Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find

Chinese restaurants are as common in small town Western Canada as, well, Ford F150 pickup trucks. The proliferation of Chinese restaurants across Canada is well documented in the excellent book, Chop Suey Nation: The Story of the Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui. During […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.

From our “value-priced” motel in Kamloops, it’s now Day 4 of our tour. Our group has fallen into a comfortable, easy going rhythm. Everybody is up early, fettling their motorcycles. There’s a layer of morning dew to wipe off the bikes, GPSes to be mounted, and panniers to be packed. […]

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Repairing ‘Curb Rash’ on Audi Wheels

We ‘car guys’ are particular. We park our cars at the vacant end of the lot to protect them from those infuriating door dings, we keep our cars’ interiors surgical operating room clean, and the concept of ‘patina’ showing wear and tear simply does not compute. We pride ourselves in […]

Adapting Gerber Heated Vest to ’19 Gold Wing OEM 12v Outlet
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Adapting Gerber Heated Vest to ’19 Gold Wing OEM 12v Outlet

On the last day of our late September tour, the air temperature dropped to a bone-chilling 2 degrees Celsius as Robyn and I departed Fort Macleod northbound on Highway 2. It was cold, even layered up with a light fleece pullover and the insulated liner of my Olympia jacket. I […]

Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review
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Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review

Not everyone has the luxury of a 3-car garage or a multi-bay workshop in which we can store motorcycles out of the weather when we’re not riding. When I bought the GL1800 Gold Wing in June, 2019, I was using a battered, weather beaten 11 year old Nelson-Riggs half cover. […]

Happy Birthday BMW GS! 40 years of adventure-touring.  Pics from Edmonton
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Happy Birthday BMW GS! 40 years of adventure-touring. Pics from Edmonton

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 3, Grand Forks to Kamloops, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 3, Grand Forks to Kamloops, B.C.

Morning in Grand Forks greets us with another cool, overcast day. It had rained, or more likely, drizzled a few hours earlier. It’s overcast again, and smoke continues to envelop us. The start of Day 3 and the group has fallen into a well practiced rhythm – up early in […]

TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots
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TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots

I’ve recently returned from a 2900 km tour, wearing for the first time a brand new pair of TCX boots. The Tour EVO GTX is the Italian bootmaker’s top-of-the-range motorcycle boot, and they performed flawlessly. The Tour EVO GTX boots are TCX’s most expensive motorcycle touring boots officered in North […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 2, Fernie to Grand Forks, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 2, Fernie to Grand Forks, B.C.

COVID has changed the world. The worldwide pandemic has altered our everyday lives, and it has changed how we’re motorcycle touring in the Fall of 2020. Normally, our regular lodging in Fernie provides a continental breakfast. “Sorry. Because of COVID, we can’t offer the (normal) continental breakfast.” The front desk […]

Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel
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Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel

Discovering a fabulous eatery is one of the joys of travel. On the first day of a Fall, multi-day motorcycle tour, we stopped for lunch at the bar in the Black Diamond Hotel. Located in the heart of Alberta’s cattle country, Black Diamond is a small town in the foothills […]