NEW DOMAIN IS LIVE


Whether you search advgrrls or advgrrl you should land here.  The OFFICIAL NEW address of this blog is advgrrl.com.

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this logo was designed by George…a loyal follower/virtual friend in the UK. He made this on his own for me and I am grateful and appreciate his kindness.

 

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2014 CROSS COUNTRY TRIP-see bottom of post


After going back and forth as to where I should take my SOLO trip this year I think I have come up with a plan.  Head East, go see my family and some friends and then head West.  I think it’s doable…May 17 – June 16?  Need to replace my SPOT CONNECT as my other one seems to like to eat batteries more than usual and the battery lid does not like to stay closed.  So, new Connect on order and over the next few months I shall get the camping gear together, check out it twice, before I leave get the bike all tuned up with new K60 tires and off I will head into the USA and Canada.  We did this trip, different route in 2010.

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As usual I will try to do a live report from the road on the ADV forum or maybe just the F800 forum not sure yet and the BLOG, with updates on our Face Book page too.  Should be fun to get out there on my own.  I have taken shorter trips SOLO but not 12,000 KM’s worth.   Continue reading

Low Budget


Best way to see Bald Eagles can be as simple as coming to BC, bring binoculars and watch….cheap…this is a video some local cable company made of our trip to see the bald eagle phenomenon that happens every fall/early winter here near our house.  Have a look…I made the cut.  I am the one in the video who says I am from NY.  ;-)

Clearing the Head


Short photo gallery of an area once again near our house.  East in an area called the Fraser Valley.  Friday is it was cold for us…below freezing with a wicked win chill but ever so sunny.  I often post about my area mainly for those who are not from here.  There is so much to see this time of year if you like the outdoors.  Wild life, snow capped mountains, skiing for those who love to do that…still off road riding in many areas too.  No bike today, too much black ice when I left in the morning.  

So, take a look around.  I saw plenty of bald eagles around the Fraser river…many immature ones learning how to survive by the few adults who are now repairing old nests and getting ready for our 2014 eaglet season.  Many eagles down south have all ready laid eggs and have off springs developing into fledglings.  We start later up here.  February and March “N”estorations time and April egg time.

Winter Getaway Part II


Over night the resort filled up a bit more and it was my lone bike among all cars.

Yesterday I had planned on exploring on the bike the surrounding area but after a beautiful sunrise…

…sea fog rolled in not only around the water but inland too.  It was destined to stick around the entire day.  So, after having a great yet a bit expensive breakfast at the Cedars restaurant I walked around looking at cottages for sale in the area and went to the beach.  Continue reading

Do female ADV riders really need special gear names and colours?


So, we see in this video some KLIM dirt bike apparel in the making, there is supposed to be an ADV line coming out in March 2014 as well.  Cheryl and I feel like we have been waiting a long time to see KLIM’s female gear and what exactly have they come up with for the gals out there to wear.  I have said all along that I was confused as to why the R&D of this line has taken so long…

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How tall is too tall?


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I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”?  So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”.  My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ ;-) with an in seam of 30.5 inches. 

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Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5.  Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes.  She has more footing than I will ever have.  So, this post is for the vertically challenged.

I have hopes that a few in seam inches will not deter anyone from buying the bike of their dreams…where there is a will there is a way.  Trust me I should know…I am shortish and I have ridden successfully, comfortably, confidentially and most Continue reading

How big is British Columbia?


SOURCE: BCRobyn

How big is British Columbia?

It’s big.

Vast.

Bigger than most US states, bigger than most countries.

This Canadian province is so huge that most people who live there rarely see it all. It’s so vast that you’d need well over a month to properly explore it all.

Technically BC is 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi), but this means nothing if you have no basis for comparison.

Even comparing BC’s area to the area of somewhere else means very little, until you visualize it… so I figured, what the heck! Let’s visualize these comparisons using MAPfrappe*.

Here’s British Columbia, outlined by yours truly.

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Air Shots


Vancouver to Toronto via the air.  Nothing more just picks of the fog we have been having in Vancouver and how beautiful it was only a few hundred feet up in the air.  In TO for business for the day and then back home tomorrow. 

Our Wedding in a Nutshell – August 14th 2013


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I guess there is no need to really write a post when one gets married.  In summary, we have been together for 16 years common law, Cheryl proposes one day out of the blue, a year later we are getting hitched for “real” up in Egmont, BC @ the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge with 60 of our closest family and friends.  WE wished we could have invited more. Continue reading

‘The Scooter Diaries’ by Ronald Bowman


The Scooter Diaries front cover

Only a few hours left to make this dream come true…scroll down to the end and why not contribute a few $$…Gordon is only $4500 away from making this happen….

A review

SOURCE:  OVERLAND MAGAZINE

This book has been painstakingly edited by Gordon Bowman, the son of the author, who discovered his father’s rough manuscript after his death. He had always said to his father he should write a book about the adventures he and his wife had in the 1950s travelling from Canada to Peru and back on a 150cc Lambretta.

At the time of writing this review the book is nearing the end of a kick-starter campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/928997794/the-scooter-diaries to help fund publication and so I can’t comment on the characteristics of the hard copy, as I’ve read a digital preview copy. However the cover photo and blurb has been supplied and drew me to the book in the first place. Continue reading