Here are some of the previous items from my home page.

December 30, 2012   

          

   Happy  New  Year  Everybody!

 

Hope you have a Safe and Happy New Year - and remember not to Drink and Drive. You don't want to miss all of the fun stuff that is lining up for 2013!

                                                             RW

December 26, 2012   

          

  Hey Everybody: Merry Christmas Again!

  

   So what did Santa bring to you this year? One of the great things that he left under our tree was a couple of pairs of the new Roadgear Coconut Socks.

   As they say on their website "these are the most awesome socks in the world!". Well, we'll just have to test them out and see. The guys at Cycle Guide Magazine have tried them out and they really like them.

   The socks are made using natural fibers from discarded coconuts. The extracted coconut-shell fiber is infused with activated carbon (commonly used in water filtration systems) to create a fabric trademarked as Cocona. And Cocona is the ingredient in the Gen3 socks that helps absorb moisture from your feet.

   These socks might be a little pricey, but if comfort and odor control are important, as well as being able to ride in comfort for days on end with your feet snug in your motorcycle boots then these might just be the socks for you.

   I'll try them out this coming summer and let you know what I think of them.

                                                                                    RW

December 18, 2012   

          

  Merry Christmas Everyone!

  

   It’s just about that time of year again. The big guy in the red suit will be hitching up the reindeer and heading out on his annual run around the world. That’s got to be a pretty quick sleigh that he’s running. Those reindeer must be feeding on high-test!

   I’m thinking that we should be having Turducken for Christmas this year. That’s if we can catch one, they’re pretty elusive – sort of like jackalopes. They’re tough to catch, but they're really tasty.

   There are varying reports on just what they look like and how big they are. Some say they’re 3-headed, 4-legged, three feet tall and can weigh up to 60 pounds. You might want to be careful tackling one of these things – it might be like tying into a bobcat.

   Anyway, hope you have a Merry Christmas and that Santa brings you something shiny for your bike!

                                                                                     RW

November 30, 2012   

          

  Sandy Island has Disappeared!

  Have you heard about this? Sandy Island, which is supposed to be in the Coral Sea between Australia and New Caledonia has apparently vanished.

  Scientists from the University of Sidney sailed there a while back and were surprised to find nothing but open ocean to a depth of 4600 feet.

  This can mean only one thing.....  those freaking aliens have stolen one of our islands! How else would you explain the disappearance of a 120 square kilometer island?

                                                                            RW

November 16, 2012   

          

  I went to see Skyfall the other night.

  There has been tons of advertising and hype about this movie and I have to say that the movie is awesome!

   This is Daniel Craig's third Bond movie and without a doubt his best. Daniel Craig has established himself as a new and exciting James Bond, putting his own spin on the part.

   The latest word is that he has signed up for two more Bond movies and they will be well worth waiting for. This year marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond, and I'm embarrassed to say that I remember seeing (and still enjoy watching) the FIRST James Bond movie - Dr. No.

   If you're a Bond fan and haven't seen this movie yet then I would highly recommend that you get out and see it. You will enjoy it!

                                                                            RW

October 30, 2012   

          

  It sucks to be in Wawa right now. A freak storm tore through there last week and washed out the Trans-Canada highway in multiple locations. Some of the washouts were up to 50 feet deep.

  The motel in this picture was undercut by the raging waters and a home closer to Lake Superior was completely destroyed.

   Maintenance crews are hard at work trying to get the highway reopened as soon as possible.

 

October 12, 2012   

          

  The fall colours were spectacular this year although they might have been a bit brief for most of us. Ellen and I drove down to Grand Marais two weeks ago for lunch when the leaves were at their peak.

  It was a warm fall day and we had a great lunch sitting on the patio at the Angry Trout. We even made it up to the lookout and snapped a couple of pictures.

  Two days later the weather turned cold and rainy and now all of the leaves have fallen, but it was spectacular while it lasted. My next order of business is to get the snow tires on my truck and start thinking about winterizing the bike. That's always a sad day, but it has to be done. It's all part of the circle of life or some such crap like that.

  We'll just have to get geared up for the upcoming motorcycle shows this winter. New bikes to look at and sit on, new gear to try out - the shows are always great fun!

                                                                                  RW

September 27, 2012   

          

  If you follow this website at all then you couldn't help but notice that I've been a little absent lately..

  You know how sometimes things just don't seem to be going right for you? Well, I've had about six weeks of things going wrong and falling apart and am just starting to get everything duct-taped back together.

  My bike is okay, I guess, it probably doesn't know me any more since I haven't ridden in over a month. I'll have to go back and take some lessons before I go out riding again. Although, I'm still hoping for some nice sunny, warm days to be able to get out and do some Fall riding. The Gunflint Trail, down in Grand Marais, is always a nice ride at this time of year. The changing colours are always impressive on that road.

  Anyway, if I get all of my crisis management sorted out then I'll try and keep this website a little more current and active. Until then: Ride Safe!

                                                                                      RW

August 30, 2012   

          

  U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.

  As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.“

  Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.

  The Apollo 11 astronauts' euphoric moonwalk provided Americans with a sense of achievement in the space race with Cold War foe the Soviet Union and while Washington was engaged in a bloody war with the communists in Vietnam.

  A private funeral service will be held for Neil Armstrong tomorrow (Friday August 31st) and it will coincidently coincide with a rare "Blue Moon". A fitting tribute to a remarkable individual.

                                                                                     RW

August 27, 2012

  

            ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

   If you're riding in southern Wisconsin you may want to be extra vigilant. There may be things down there that actually do go "bump in the night".

   If you take a ride some lonely dark night down a certain road in central Wisconsin you may just run into the "Beast of Bray Road", or otherwise known as Wisconsin's Werewolf . . .

   This creature has been sighted walking upright on it's hind legs as well as running on all four legs.

   Witnesses have reported that this creature averages six feet tall, and is built like a muscular man only with shaggy hair covering its body.

   It's a good thing that I don't have to ride much after dark.

                                                                                      RW

July 27, 2012

   As one participant said "who needs Sturgis". Minneapolis hosted the "Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show" this past weekend (July 21st) and apparently it was another huge success.

This annual event showcases motorcycles that are created by eclectic and sometimes eccentric enthusiasts! Unlike other motorcycle shows the Bearded Lady is open to a diverse blend of motorcycles, both foreign and domestic, and bring together a diverse crowd of artists, musicians, performers and mechanics that all share a passion for DIY motorcycles!

The Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak show may be the most unique and fun summer block party that you will attend. There are the motorcycles, some of which go home with crazy trophies for a bunch of different categories, but then there’s also the strange and freaky crowd. Live bands entertain the crowds all afternoon and into the night.

This is a must-see party and should be on our to-do list for next year!

                                                                                RW

July 16, 2012

   Friday the 13th in Port Dover was another huge success this year!

Police estimated the numbers of visitors between 140,000 and 150,000 for this year's rally which has been held on every Friday the 13th for over 30 years.

What started off in the early 1980's as a group of bikers meeting in a bar has morphed into a giant international event with enthusiasts driving in from all parts of Ontario and the eastern United States.

They walk the streets, mingle with other bikers, and look at the variety of motorcycles on display: the old, the plain, and the downright kooky, like the gold-sparkly-encrusted motorcycle from Quebec adorned with numerous skull heads (including one smoking a cigarette) and pulling a coffin.

A great big Thank You should go out to Mayor Dennis Travale and his Council for extending a warm welcome to everyone attending the Friday the 13th celebrations.Staff members of Norfolk County and large numbers of volunteers work hard with local non-profit groups to ensure that food, refreshments and other basic essentials are available for the large crowds. Thanks for opening your town up for the throngs of people and looking after us so well!

                                                                               RW

July 4, 2012

   I suppose you've been wondering where I've been. Well, I've been having some computer issues and haven't had access to this website for about a month now. I'm hoping that everything has been cleaned up now and I should be back to my regular sporadic updates....

Hey, some things can never change you know.

In other news: Today is the 4th of July and is Independence Day for all of our friends south of the border. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence back on July 4, 1776. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument.

The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 original colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be celebrated by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

 

June 8, 2012

   If you're heading up to the Beartooth Pass this spring you may want to phone and check the road conditions.

 Because of the high altitudes, snowstorms can occur even in the middle of the summer and the pass is also known for strong winds and severe thunderstorms.

The Beartooth Pass is a section of  U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana.  It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border (over the Beartooth Mountains) to the 10,947 ft high Beartooth Pass. In the summer the views get more and more spectacular with every foot that you ride higher on these mountains. Switchbacks guide you along mountain meadows laced with summer snow and mountain goats clinging to sheer rock walls.

May 30, 2012

   Relentless rain over the past couple of weeks has caused some major flooding in and around Thunder Bay. Many parts of the city are under water with countless reports of flooded basements.

Area roads took a beating as well. Dozens of washouts occurred all around the city and surrounding townships. Some drivers got quite a surprise heading to work early Monday morning.

But with a lot of hard work and lots of sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and fresh gravel we'll be back in business in no time.

                                                                        RW

April 30, 2012

   ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RIDE!

    It could have been warmer yesterday, but it wasn't too bad. The temperature was hovering around 15 degrees Celsius, but we had clear skies and lots of sun for our 400 km round-trip ride out to Quetico North yesterday.

About fifteen of us made the run out there and coffee and homemade butter tarts awaited most of us there. After a quick top-up of fuel we headed back home.

Did I ever mention how nice those heated vests are?                                                                      RW

April 10, 2012

   CONGRATULATIONS TEAM HOWARD!

 Canada’s Glenn Howard drew for one point in a tense extra end to capture the Men’s World Curling Championship final in Basel, Switzerland this past  Sunday. This is Howard's fourth world curling championship. These guys are - without a doubt - the best curlers in the world.

I've been curling for over 30 years, and I could curl for another 30 years and still not be anywhere near as good as these guys. Congratulations again and thanks for representing Canada in such spectacular fashion.

                                                                                         RW

March 29, 2012

   Here in Thunder Bay if you don't like the weather - just wait half an hour. Once again our weather has changed on us. We're now back to our more seasonal conditions of rain, freezing rain, cold, snow flurries, temperature hovering right around zero... just the norm for us.

But, many of us were able to get out and enjoy the warm days that we were blessed with for a while. Now it's just a matter of waiting out the cold until we can get back out riding.

My bike is all back together again with a new tube in the front tire and all is well once more. I just need to get it out for a test run.

So, while we're waiting for warmer days you'll have time to read my latest newsletter, it should now be posted on the Newsletter page.....  Enjoy!

                                                                                                 RW

March 20, 2012

   As the old saying goes: There is a First Time For Everything! And, predictably, I had a couple of firsts this past weekend.

With the amazing warm weather that we've been having here in Northwestern Ontario just about everybody has their bike out enjoying it while it lasts. But with riding comes adventures and this past Sunday when I was out riding with my buddy Leo I got my first flat tire. Fortunately we were slowing down at the time and I managed to get the bike to the shoulder just as the front tire was rolling on the rim. Needless to say it was a little scary. But everything turned out okay, I had my first flat tire and my bike had its first ride on a trailer (I'm hoping it didn't enjoy it too much!).

Apparently we can't prepare ourselves for every eventuality, but we can maintain our bikes as best we can and trust our riding skills in the event that something does go wrong.

So, if you're getting your bike out for some Spring riding: RIDE SAFE !

                                                                                                                                RW

March 13, 2012

   What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Here in Thunder Bay we've had a milder than normal winter, and the trend is continuing. Sure we had a few cold days and a couple of snow storms, but nothing too major.

Now the forecasters are calling for some even warmer weather for our area. They're saying that it might get up to plus 15 or 16 degrees C tomorrow and even warmer on the weekend.

We've already seen a few bikes out around Thunder Bay and I'm hoping to get mine out tomorrow. I spent a little time working on it this past weekend and bolted it all back together, and even polished a couple of parts on it. I know, I don't want to get too crazy about that sort of thing, but I have to TRY and make it look presentable.

With any luck I'll be able to get the bike out of the yard.

         ROLL ON WARM WEATHER!!!                      RW

February 27, 2012

   Thunder Bay has been hit with another Alberta Clipper - those darned Albertan's, someone should tell them to keep their snow storms out west.

Don't they realize that we need to be on our motorcycles in another three and a half weeks.....

That's right, this year's riding date is March 23rd.

So get your long john's ready and the driveway shovelled so that we can hit the road. We may not get very far, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that we'll be back out on the bikes!

                                                                               RW

February 9, 2012

Hey All,

We made it back from the bike show unscathed. I'm only a few hundred dollars lighter than when I headed down there. You can't go to these shows and not pick up a few things. A new AGV modular helmet and a couple of t-shirts should keep me going for a while. There were plenty of bikes at the show to check out. Our friend Tom will be sad that he missed seeing this Kawasaki beauty. This is the 2012 Concours 14 ABS, in a Candy Arabian Red colour, and it sits really well.

My other favourites at the show had to be the new Triumph Thunderbird Storm and just about the entire Victory line-up for 2012. All of the manufacturers had a great line of sport bikes for the younger crowd that they're trying to attract into the world of biking and they are all impressive to look at and to sit on. As nice as they are and as fun as they would be to ride I'll probably stick to my geezer cruiser. I do like to stretch out and be comfortable while I'm riding.

                                                                                RW

January 27, 2012

Hi, I'm Back, again!

I had some computer issues going on and I lost my web editing software, but my computer guy Tom has me up and running again. Just in time to tell you about the upcoming bike show:

One of the great things about owning a motorcycle is purchasing riding gear and accessories. The beauty of going to these big bike shows is that just about everything you need and want can be seen there. All of the major manufacturers are there with bikes to sit on and compare, and the Marketplace vendors have all of the little extras you need to stay safe, customize and personalize your ride!

   In the Marketplace, you’ll find a collection of many of the top parts and accessories from around the world from all your favorite aftermarket manufacturers. You'll be able to test out products that fit every budget and lifestyle, guided by specialists who are there to help explain the ins-and-outs of how these additions to your riding arsenal will enhance your riding experience.

   So find a bike show that is going to be near you and make plans to get there. It’s a bike lovers dream all under one roof.

                                                                                                        RW

December 28, 2011

 

Another Year is Almost Done

We all enjoy the passage of time, that is unless we happen to be getting older at the same time. Here we are at the end of December, looking back on the year that has just gone by, and we get to think about all of the great things that we managed to accomplish.

I managed to get another great bike ride in this past summer on our trip out to Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. We got to see a lot of new roads, met up with some interesting biking people and got to see lots of great country side and attractions. With any luck I'll be able to get more rides out to the mountains and high plains.

I also managed to rip my bike apart a few times this summer and managed to get it back together each time as well. With a little bit of care and a few new parts she should be good for years to come.

But anyway, I hope you had a great Christmas and here's wishing you a Happy New Year. Make a few New Years Resolutions that you can break right away. After all, at our age nobody actually expects us to change our ways....

                                                                                   RW

November 9, 2011

 

Killer Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth

Did anyone see this thing whiz past us? This asteroid, unremarkably named '2005 YU55', went sailing past earth in the late afternoon yesterday unbeknownst to most of us.

This big hunk of rock, approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters) in diameter passed between the earth and our moon at a distance of approximately 201,000 miles. In galactic references that would be spitting distance, but scientists say it isn't too unusual to have asteroids fly this close to earth. The last one of any size swinging through between our earth and moon was about 35 years ago.

 “Baseball sized objects hit the Earth’s atmosphere daily,” said Donald Yeomans, NASA project scientist for the Japanese mission to land upon Hayabusa, a near-Earth asteroid, during a recent live chat. “Volkswagen sized objects hit every few weeks but are too small to cause any ground damage. On average, a 30 meter sized object, the smallest that could cause significant ground damage, would be expected to hit every few hundred years, and a larger object of a kilometer in diameter would not be expected to hit but every few hundred thousand years.”

Sure, just one more reason to wear a helmet....  keep your eyes on the sky too! You never know what might be falling on your head!

                                                                                                                        RW

December 12, 2011

 

NASA Finds New Planet

In a somewhat related story to the one below, NASA scientists have recently discovered the planet that they think my wife came from. Named Kepler 22b (after the Kepler space telescope) this planet marks the best candidate yet for a life-bearing planet outside our solar system.

So far the Kepler telescope has discovered 2,346 candidate planets outside of our solar system with 139 of them potentially habitable, but Kepler 22b is the closest one to the size and temperature of Earth. This new planet has key aspects that it shares with Earth. It circles a sun that could be a twin of our sun and at just about the same distance. The planet is about 2.4 times bigger than Earth and its year is 290 days and it likely has water and rock.

Who knows, maybe this planet has life on it too. The only glitch is that Kepler 22b is approximately 600 light years away from Earth. That's a fair distance. With our present modes of transportation it would take a rocket approximately 22 million years to travel there, however I've contacted the NASA people and volunteered my wife for the mission.... They said that they'd get back to me.

                                                                                                                    RW

 

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