Pics of the Day


I leave for my X-Country trip in 32 days~! ;-)

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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.

Connect

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

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. 

‘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

Scooter Diaries – a worthy investment


We never endorse requests for donations unless it is for our cause Autism.  But in this special case we would love to see this project come to fruition.  Take a look, see what an incredible story this can become…we want to see it, read it and for a small contribution you can be a part of it too…

WEB SITE The Scooter Diaries

Scooter Diaries Main Site

30 Hour Getaway Part II


Gear this time of year is important to me.  Making sure I can get warm when needed, stay dry and comfortable on my bike are all part of making even a short trip safe. 

AP Stars Toucan Gore Tex Boots

I traded my AP Scouts for the new Toucan boots.  Gore Tex and more of a MX boot in the end.  Why?  I wanted higher coverage for my shins, sturdier boot overall and I do have to admit I like the Gore guarantee. After playing around with the buckles I got these boots to fit really well. Continue reading

30 Hour Getaway, 900 KM’s = Priceless


Day 1, Part I (all pics are clickable)

As many who read this blog know first hand our everyday lives can get in the way of our hobbies.  Since January 2012 until present day, Cheryl and I have both changed our careers.  Leslie joining BC Transplant as an In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator/Organ Donation Specialist and Cheryl still with the RCMP but now well into her apprenticeship to become a Forensic Expert.  With this reality of ours, getting away on the bikes for a long stretch of time is not happening as of late. So….what to do???  Make the best of the time we get off and get away.

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30 Hour Ride – pre post


What can 30 hours get you when on a bike?  Real post coming up soon, but 30 hours takes you about 900 KM’s riding through everything from rain, pouring rain, snow, hail, wind gusts I swear were about 70 KM at times, sun, partly sunny and in the end time away from work which is priceless.  Big post coming up and it will be all about fitting in riding when work gets in the way.

A True Story – A son’s tragedy turns to hope for others


This is what Leslie does for a living….although not a nurse like Karen and Rob in this tragic story about Emerson, Leslie’s role with BC Transplant is just the same.  Educated as a social worker, now trained clinician in organ donation….we are proud to post this story of a mother and father who unexpectedly had to say good-bye to their son.  Leslie sees this almost every time she is on call…people say “how do you do it?” 

What makes her job bearable with all the tragedy and sudden deaths are families like Emerson’s.  And just as important is knowing colleagues of hers in other Provinces are being praised for their hard work, devotion to donation and families.  Families mean so much to us at BCT and obviously to organ donation specialists/coordinators no matter where.

Please read and register to be a donor where you live.  This is one of the most poignant posts we have ever posted.

Thanks.

“When the time came for my last farewell, I can tell you the knowledge he was going into organ donation surgery gave me great strength. I whispered to him how much he was loved by his mother, by his brothers and sister. I told him that his final act in life was incredible and inspiring. And then I turned my back and walked out of his hospital room, pausing for one last glimpse of my son.

This is the story of Emerson’s organ donation.”

A son's tragedy turns to hope for others

Emerson Curran, who was killed in Yellowknife during the weekend of August 24-25, 2013

Photograph by: Jillian Gummo

My wife and I made our first trip to Edmonton on the weekend of Aug. 24. It was a trip that left our lives shattered and introduced a depth of sadness that we never could have imagined. Yet we left the city with a degree of comfort, knowing that our profound loss was the gain of many others. Continue reading