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Happy New Year
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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?
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!
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.
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.
are hard at work trying to get the highway reopened as soon as
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
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
follow this website at all then you couldn't help but notice that
I've been a little absent lately..
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
April 10, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM HOWARD!
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
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
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
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!
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
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 !
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!!!
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
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!
February 9, 2012
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.
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.
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
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....
November 9, 2011
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.
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!
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
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.
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