Saturday, August 8, 2015

Friday Ride

One of the many benefits of working in the not-for-profit sector is balance of life. Making a difference in the community is a great return on my life investment, but having time off to enjoy the things I love to do is another large motivator. Yesterday was one of those days off. I managed to get the bike tuned up after the long trip to Key West. Once the guys at GP Bikes service took care of the Explorer then I was free to head north into the Highlands. I didn't take many pictures because my co-pilot was in her office, but I did get these few. The Trent Servern Waterway is a series of locks and lakes that cover a 386 kilometres route in southern Ontario.

Buckhorn, Ontario  - Lock

Buckhorn, Ontario - Lock

Buckhorn, Ontario - Lock

Bobcaygeon, Ontario - Lock

Bobcaygeon, Ontario - Lock

Kawartha Lakes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

7 AM Sunday Morning Ride (Church)

I love early mornings. There is nothing better than the freshness of a new day as the sun comes up. Warm light over the horizon, some reading and meditation with some deep rich espresso. As soon as I make my way through these daily rituals I look to get on the road. Crisp air and perfect light with no traffic. No matter where I am in the world this is always the best time to be on the road. I found out a few years ago that riding the perimeter of Toronto using the freeways can be a great ride in the early morning. Very serene for a big busy metropolis. My own version of church on Sunday.

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....