The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

For the next big motorcycle trip I’ll be heading back to my original province of BC. Where I and some others will be having a go at the Vancouver Island Grand Loop.  A roughly 50/50 split of dirt road and paved highway around Vancouver Island. My Panniers took a real beating on my trip out …

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Yesterday was an open house at Twisted Throttle out in New Dundee. I’ve gone for the last few years because our club’s president has close ties to the ownership out there and we always held one club meeting at this event. As these guys cater to the Adventure Bike community it was good for them …

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It’s a well know fact among those of us who ride for long stretches that the primary focus of any motorcycle is to try and shove your balls up your own ass. This as most can attest is pretty uncomfortable. There’s also seam placement and moisture issues you need to deal with. As a poorly …

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This trip was a bit of a different bent for me as it was going to be a group ride and not my usual solo affair. The plan was to get to Dayton, OH from Mississauga in a day with a brief stop at Iron Pony in Westerville, OH about 80 miles from Dayton. I …

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When I went down (three times) trying climb up to Hayden’s Pass in Colorado my panniers took a beating. Mostly because I made sure I dropped the bike on both sides, you know, to be thorough. My boxes did okay. A few more dents and scrapes and I managed to crack two of the other …

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On my way back, heading through Kansas I started to see signs for the Mid America Flight Museum in Liberal, Kansas. I’m always up for an aircraft museum and it was right beside the interstate. I’ve been to some cracking aviation museums in the States and The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton that I’m …

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Kelly and I had decided to do the hike up to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park that Saturday. It’s a three mile hike from the parking lot and about fifteen hundred feet of ascension. We made sure to hit the park early because even with the sun just up, the temperature was climbing into …

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This time we made sure we were on the mountain at 3:30am. This got us almost right at the Gateway and more importantly, leveler ground than half a mile down the road on a steep clutch killing incline. We were through the Gateway promptly at 4:00am and were well on the way to Devil’s Playground …

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I like the cars, well anything on wheels really but my heart is always going to be with the bikes. The bikes were practicing on the uppermost part of the course from Devil’s Playground to the Peak. Because of the shape of the mountain, there’s no way to get up to the peak area without …

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