Not ready to part with my “beauty”…


IMG_4334

If some of you have been following my year 2014 you will know it’s been one struggle after another.  Break up of my marriage/relationship after 17.5 years, the sudden death of my 10 year-old beagle, job issues, and now I am in the process of actually selling my house and transitioning back to the USA where I was born and raised.  I promise to end this post on a high note. 😊

IMG_4356

Continue reading

Sleepless in Maple Ridge – Rambling thoughts


What keeps one up at night?  What goes through the mind to not allow one to rest and refuel like “normal” folks? Plenty of things I suppose.  I have a lot to share and I always do but the reason I am up tonight will have to wait for another day.  I could say I am awake dreaming about my next ride…which is partly true. Or my future bike?  Ahhh…not just yet but I can dream about this exact bike.

1200

Continue reading

2014 – A Year to Forget but I am still THANKFUL…


Vancouver from the air

Feel free to click the pics for larger Hi-rez versions

2014 has been one hell of a year for me and still is on some levels.  Separation, leading to divorce, death of my beloved 10-year-old Beagle, Cruizer…work issues, deciding to leave Canada after almost 18 years and start over?  So, what to do?  Do I dwell on all the misfortunes I have experienced or do I try to hold on to the things I am and should be grateful for?  Seems like such an easy question to answer doesn’t it?  I should instinctively say I am THANKFUL for being alive, my family, my friends, my passion for organ donation, my dogs, my bike, my many many trips I am able to take, yet I am not completely convinced I feel this thanks deeply in my heart.

I think after I write this post and I’m reminded how fortunate I am, I hope to end with a truly genuine thanks. Let’s see how I feel as I write and post some of my favorite pictures from the Fall of 2014.  I don’t BS, been told I offer too much information, TMI, but again this is me and what I like to do is actually write how I am felling in the moment and I just happen to share it with well?  A few people around the world. ;-)

Continue reading

AltRider = Premium Quality and Protection


I figured that when I put anything on my bike that has real life testing to prove my dedication to a manufacturer or online company that has great customer service and products I need to share.  All of us when buying bikes look for the best value, protection, and items that assist us with better visibility, etc….real life reviews are what I look for and they are hard to come by when reading magazine reviews.  Just for the record I am not paid to endorse any products.  I just share what works well for me.  I also share what I would buy again and again.

If you buy from them mention my blog or name…you never know!

click ME

Continue reading

AltRider, Bikini Barrista & Chuckanut in the Dark


November 19th 2014 – My Seattle Day Trippin’ to AltRider! 

All pics clickable and videos throughout this post…short clips

Mileage 678 KM’s – left at 0600 and arrive home at 1930.  Weather?  Perfect, cloudy, some sun, cool temperatures and NO RAIN!

I left in the dark and came home in the dark.  LOVE my new Aux lights and the LED low beam.  Truly helped me when I decided to ride a road in Washington called the Chuckanut Drive.  More about that later.

Once again I made an impromptu decision to finally get down to AltRider to meet Erik to get some upper crash bars installed on my bike.  Erik and I tried to arrange this prior to my X Country 2014 Trip  Continue reading

I SURVIVED THE POLAR VORTEX on 2 Wheels


November 14th -16th 2014

In this video if you listen closely I rub my pegs….;-)

Mileage 1178 Km’s

Polar Vortex Route

Continue reading

MY View


Princeton, BC to Leavenworth, WA


All pics can be enlarged by clicking on them and I always add more pics at the end that aren’t always in my posts.  Little raw videos at the end. Just FYI.

Starting out temperature was -18C for everyone else .4F and let me tell you this…IT WAS COLD!

The best part of my morning was Co Co’s being open at 0430 for some freshly brewed coffee.

Spoke with the owner for a bit who is a talented artist along with his wife.  They have been at this location, right near the turn off for Osoyoos for 5 years.  Nice ambiance and nice people.  Coll decor too.

I wore my base layer, then my riding jeans minus the knee armour and my KLIM pants.  Good thing I have lost a little more weight to be able to wear all that I had and still be able to move and get my leg over the seat. ;-) I always carry a back up heated liner.  Gerbings WON today over my Powerlet.  Was way warmer in the frigid cold with Gerbings than Powerlet.  I constantly moved my toes in my boots and that saved me from having another frozen foot.  So, I learned from yesterday’s arctic blast and things went better today.  Once the temps got to reasonable ones I was free!

When I left Maple Ridge yesterday, Nov. 14th my plan initially was to take Route 3 to Osoyoos, BC.  Last minute change as I always do I decided to take the Coquihalla Pass and then an off shoot of Route 5 to 5A. Continue reading

Winter Comes Early – Why I ride


SPOTWALLA TRACKING CLICK HERE - Going to head out on another 2 night trip today.  While it’s below freezing outside and some might say I am a little nuts for going out…I am hoping that the weather folks are correct when they report COLD yet beautiful days over the weekend.

Nov 14-16 2014 trip

I am not sure I will follow this exact route but will try to get through the mountain passes that apparently all ready have had snow safely. I will follow the sun and while I am riding on this trip I will also be thinking about my transition back to the USA from Canada. Continue reading

CYCLOPS H7 LED Headlight Module Install


I installed the new LED module on my bike but only the low beam.  I felt since I use the low the most in conjunction with my Aux lights I would light up the sky.

IMG_4020

I am going to add one more item…LED signal inserts when the come from Adventure Design

Specs

Lumen Rating         2400 (RAW)

Color temperature   5600K

Power draw             20 watts

Life span                 30,000 hrs

Warranty                18 months

The install is pretty straight forward but I would say the secret is removing the entire head lamp and take it from there because there is a fan and a heat sink that you will need to tuck inside the housing.

LED Continue reading

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and 800 XC – First Look More standard features and more tech for middleweight ADVs.


click me 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and 800 XC – First Look More standard features and more tech for middleweight ADVs

TRIUMPH Listened…and I like the improvements…can’t wit to read the reviews!

Continue reading