Try the 52 week money challenge for 2014


I know that many of us struggle to save throughout the year. Try this challenge to save week by week and let me know how you are doing. Try it in reverse…double up every few weeks you might  be surprised…

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2013


Who will win?

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall grand-prize winner will be announced in December of 2013. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 39 images, with captions written by the individual photographers. [39 photos]

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Fox Glance: During a regular trip through the forest, of which my actual intent was landscapes, I encountered this stunning little Red Fox. The moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I’ll never be lucky enough to see again in my life, so was over the moon I’d managed to capture the moment. Location: Thetford Forest, England. (© Sam Morris/National Geographic Photo Contest) Continue reading “National Geographic Photo Contest 2013”

When You See This, You’ll Understand Why


Everyone’s Talking About What This Shy Photographer Did.

This is an amazing story and beautiful yet strange photography.

A couple of years ago, Kyle Thompson became interested in photography. Unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people, so he opted to experiment with self-portraits.

He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses. He’s been to over 50 of them. After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit. From there, his life changed forever.

How To Manage Helmet Hair


I wish I had the time to write such smart articles that many can relate too.  This one for sure we all can….HELMET HEAD/HAIR.

I attend many meetings, provide many educational in services and have to arrive at my destination looking somewhat “professional”.  Cheryl has short hair that takes her 2 seconds to fix when she gets to work.  Me?  My hair is fine and turns into crazy hair after I pull my Shoei off.  I use buffs, LDComfort helmet liner etc.  And some days my hair is acceptable and for some reason other days, not so much.  In the end many of the office colleagues have learned to accept me and my unpredictable hair style for what it is….and most others, well?  I just explain.  When I can I will try and wet it and dry it at the site I arrive but that is not always possible.

Here is a pic of me that Cheryl took after riding the Dalton Highway.  I am slightly embarrassed to post this but you have to see what a helmet can do to ones hair…it is hysterical.  Click more to see…;-) Continue reading “How To Manage Helmet Hair”

Motorcycles Can Legally Run Red Lights In These States


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Ever been stuck at a traffic light that takes an excruciating amount of time — what feels like hours — to turn green?Imagine that as a daily occurrence.

That is what it’s like for some motorcyclists due to sensors at some intersections that don’t recognize when lightweight vehicles arrive.

To alleviate this aggravation, some states have passed “safe on red” laws that allow motorcyclists to legally drive through red lights.   Continue reading “Motorcycles Can Legally Run Red Lights In These States”

Safe Winter Riding Tips


Source: Anthony from Revzilla

Safe & Enjoyable Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

By BoochZilla

Changing Seasons, Changing Gears 

We all know about changing gears on the bike. Up is “up”, and down is “down.” How about that riding skill called changing gears between your ears? Autumn is a great time for riding. Temperatures are moderate and, in many parts of the land, beautiful color tours await. But the change in seasons also brings some different riding conditions that may require some mental gear changes. Continue reading “Safe Winter Riding Tips”

The All-Important Motorcycle Wave


Hysterical article about the motorcycle wave 😉

November 20, 2013

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It was August and I was riding a newly acquired Honda Rebel, my first motorcycle. Riding north on Mills Avenue in Claremont, California, a generously wide, two-lane road with a center turning lane, I saw a motorcycle in the distance riding toward me. This was it, the moment for my induction into the brotherhood of riders, my chance for my first motorcycle wave. As the other motorcyclist approached he casually removed his left hand from his handlebars and threw me a tasteful two-finger salute, arm extended slightly below the level of his grip. My response was to violently and awkwardly throw my clenched fist into the air at a slight diagonal, kind of like a Jersey Shore dance move but on a motorcycle, going 45 mph. It was awkward and completely ridiculous, but I felt the connection. To me, that wave was affirmation that I had been seen an honest to God motorcyclist, who had been acknowledged by another as one of their own. Continue reading “The All-Important Motorcycle Wave”

Too Much Electronics in New Motorcycles?


I like this guys approach to practicality and riding…but I like the electronics and extras…;-)

SOURCE:  Autoevolution

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Some will agree with me and some will barge in against me, and this is somehow natural after I openly ask: don’t you all think there’s too much electronics in the new motorcycles? Continue reading “Too Much Electronics in New Motorcycles?”

Time to Plan Your Trip To Alaska is NOW!


If you do plan on going to Alaska in the Summer of 2014 promise us you will ride this road….take a look at one of our posts from our trip in 2011….if you don’t want to read the entire post scroll down to the McCarthy-Kennicott section…you will thank us if you ride this road…;-) Many pass up this little side trip and we don’t know why.  If you have been on this road feel free to comment.

July 27th 2011

It was a good thing we decided to motel it last night.  It poured in Valdez all night.  As for Cheryl and myself we do not feel the need to camp in the rain on a holiday because, well, it just makes us miserable and not worth it.  Our trucker neighbour finally settled down in his room around 12.  Motel walls are so thin!  When we woke up it was really foggy but you could see the sun.  Had a bite to eat at the motel restaurant and headed out to the Salmon Hatchery about 5 miles out of Valdez to see if there were any bears or otters around.

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July 27 11 Valdez to Chitina (133) Continue reading “Time to Plan Your Trip To Alaska is NOW!”

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 tall is too tall?”

44th Country to hit 1000 Unique Views – Slovenia Population: 1,992,690


 Background
The Slovene lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the latter’s dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming a new multinational state, which was named Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia, which though communist, distanced itself from Moscow’s rule. Dissatisfied with the exercise of power by the majority Serbs, the Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after a short 10-day war. Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracy have assisted in Slovenia’s transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2007. Continue reading “44th Country to hit 1000 Unique Views – Slovenia Population: 1,992,690”
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