Saturday, July 4, 2015

Canada Day Ride - Tail of The Dragon

Five years ago I headed by myself from Victoria to Key West. I met a biker on the ferry from Galveston to Bolivar who mentioned that I had to go to Tennessee/North Carolina and do the Tail of The Dragon. I had spoken earlier that summer to another biker on Oregon's Snake River Highway who said those exact same words to me.  So that year I spent my first afternoon riding up and down this 11 mile stretch of road that has 318 corners. On Canada Day this year I got to do this for the third time with Laura riding pillion and Andrew on his bike. Not only did I get to share it this time we also captured it in full with our new GoPro. 35-40 miles an hour does not sound like much until you experience this road. Just ask the Harley rider at about 8 minutes into this video who went over the shoulder. No filter, no enhancements just tank mounted camera. All fun!



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Smoky Mountain Ride

Laura, Andrew and I had an epic ride yesterday to Atlanta (the long way). Here is the Map (Map 2 because Google Maps allows finite waypoints). The 'Tail of the Dragon' is right in the middle of this ride and we have a full length video to follow. Over 400 miles and thunder and lightening as we left the Smoky Mountains and crossed the Georgia State Line....


Monday, June 29, 2015

Backroads of Ohio

Yesterday was a fantastic morning with nothing but twisties. Not one interstate until late afternoon. Hilltop runs that are covered in lush green canopies, down into valleys cut up by streams and rivers. Through villages in the Wayne National Forest and kicked out on the Ohio River before crossing over into Kentucky.


Highway 78 Ohio
As we entered Kentucky from Portsmouth we saw our first open carry on a motorbike. Young kid in tank top and jeans. No lid and gun tucked in the back of his jeans.  

Mother nature also started to smile upon us. Little overcast in the morning turned to bright sunshine and near 30 degrees. Pulled out the cut and rolled up the sleeves as we steamed through Kentucky on our way to Bowling Green. 

I miscalculated our arrival in Bowling Green. Somehow I forgot the time change. Ten minutes north of our intended overnight destination it turns into Central Timezone. I had been working off our arrival time and not the extra 77 miles we needed to travel. Needless to say we stopped in a fleabag motel just south of Elizabethtown. Building a resentment and too tired to carry on further.


Highway US 11 Kentucky
Made it to Bowling Green for a coffee this morning as we made our way to Nashville to pick up Laura. Somehow I managed to foul up this timing as well. Her flight arrived at 9:45 and we arrived at 10:45. Good thing we are on a riding vacation....


Saturday, June 27, 2015

On the Road Again

We left early this morning from Toronto. Thought we would get ahead of the monsoon that was descending upon Southern Ontario. Our plan worked until we crossed the border in Buffalo. The next four hours unleashed bathtubs of water on us. Boots got a little spongy, but the rest of our gear kept us warm and dry. Managed to still make some good distance even with an hour at the border. Anyways, we are safe and sound in Cambridge, Ohio and will take the road less travelled tomorrow....

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Villefranche-sur-Mer


video

We had a few days on a bike in the South of France. Here is a small clip of a morning ride up into the mountains. More to come...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hashtag Our Way Around Toronto

Our world has been slowly expanding over the last month. Before we starting getting out on the bike in early March, we had been staying fairly close to home. Not shut in but definitely not much beyond a five kilometre radius. With the daylight getting close to 14 hours and temperatures in the higher teens we have had some great weekend rides. Lakeshore down to Hamilton, Forks of the Credit and Hockley Valley are just a couple locals in April.

Higher Ground Coffee Co. Belfountain, ON
Today we did our St. Lawrence Market shopping first thing in the morning. Hopped on the Explorer and headed North up Yonge Street to Bloor. West down Bloor to get some lunch at South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant. Filled up on dosa and headed down Ossington Street to pick up some new riding boots for me and a Roland Sands clutch for Laura at Town Moto. Shining sun gave us rosy cheeks. Sunnies on, we headed down Queen Street until it ran out at the Beaches. Hard left up to the Danforth to Broadview for an espresso at the aptly named Broadview Espresso. Round trip of of five hours and big smiles on both our faces! Welcome April!

South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant

Broadview Espresso

Front Street outside of St. Lawrence Market



Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring

Bike cover came off revealing a dust and dirt free bike. Battery went back under the saddle. 1 psi down in each of the front and rear tyres. Lights all working and bright. Most importantly the engine kicked over on the first start. What a wonderful sound. Sunny Sunday afternoon in the middle of March and we threw our legs over the saddle and set out for our first little ride of the season!

Life just got a little better!