A fun filled month of motorbike travel and guests, some sailing, friends, cabins, organic farms, islands, ferries, cideries, hockey, memories and other stuff that makes my life worth living, lol.
First road trip on Blue Demon. Out to Paliser Park for the August long weekend with Tom, Erin, Mary and Matt and the grandparents Dave and Sheryl. A great spot off the river dammed up and turned into lake Diefenbaker which only about half of Saskatchewan knows about, haha. Saskatoon berries, Rums, Crib and Boat rides were some of the highlights. And I tried my first electric bike. And my first puncture repair on the side of the highway!
|After 10 years these orange|
tire plugs still work!
|Boom! 15 min and good to go|
|Warm cider at the end of a big|
day is still delicious
|Ferrying in under the cover of night|
|Tom happy with his left hand drive Toyota|
|Sapphire is just not all there|
Sleeping on a rock?
|Tiny little cabin with air conditioning, |
3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms. I do my best...
Clearwater Lake. My old childhood summer vacation spot that my grandparents had in the 70's, 80' and 90's. Similar to the above cabin minus the air conditioning and only 1 bedroom and no indoor plumbing! I hadn't been here in 25 years or so.
|Some mods over the years. Almost didn't find it|
|Old Drive In still going. Top Gun|
made enough to cover summer.
Clear Water Lake about 1000 m diametre. I did not find my missing GI Joes in the sand that day.
Took a left on my way home to spend time with my older cousins Phyllis and Lawrence who are such wonderful people and very important in my life.
|Damn messy riding the |
prairie summer. Grasshoppers!
|Wide open roads|
|Local Medicine Hat art|
|Nice little pub on the southeast|
end of town. Rusty's
A visit from one of my first friends in Argentina who held on to my motorbike when I was in Canada. Julian and Romina stopped in on their way down from Alaska in route to New York on his loaded up Yamaha Super Tenere. Awesome to see you and thanks for inspiring open fire pit grilling for me in Canada.
Out sailing with captain Julian.
|Nice bike Julian|
Weird hail out of nowhere.
Tourists from Argentina taking in "high end" hockey, lol. I'm number 4 in Dark Blue.
Post game invite "we gave it a 110%" in spanish of course, but more like "do you have your teeth?"
The end of the month I took my annual trip out to the West Coast to visit some beautiful places and some great friends. Plus I packed to be prepared for possibly leaving my Motorbike on Vancouver Island to be ready for my trip to Mexico in October. Four great stops.
Stop 1) Fernando's in Golden. My buddy Mike's dad who I have know for 20 years including Mike's stag in Vegas and staying with him before on the 2015 Westcoast trip. Always good to spend time with Freddy. Thank you.
|A major packing plan - 3 hours|
|Ready to roll|
|This cloud hung around after the rain|
|So 6 is too much? Freddy?|
Stop 2) Patrick, Zoe and Huxley and Whanka in Gibsons. Patrick a riding friend from my big ride to Argentina welcomed me again to their new spot overlooking the ferry terminal from an amazing deck. A few really nice days with their young family was a perfect start to the West coast.
Rode old Highway 1 and Highway 99 to Horseshoe Bay.
|Rainy start, and chilly|
|Just West of Kamloops on old Hwy 1|
|On to hwy 99|
|Amazing rock face near Squamish|
|Aww, the coast again|
|One of Patrick's glass working|
|Potential house next summer|
Stop 3) John and Jessica and the Alpacas on Salt Spring Island and their organic farm "Bright Farms". Such a wonderful and relaxing handful of days with my two favourite organic farmers. So many blackberries, ground cherries and other tasty fruit and veg. But first 3 ferries, Earl's Cove, Powell River and Crofton to get to my destination.
|Early rise to ensure I didn't miss the second|
ferry at Powell River.
|Aww man, floater plane with a great spot|
|A Trattoria on the Sunshine Coast?|
|45 min free ferry to continue on to Powell|
With time to spare in Powell River I decided to shoot up the 20 min to Lund and the end of the Highway. Always good to test out the end of the road.
|Serious bridge construction|
|And off to Comox|
Salt Spring Island
Stop 4) Brian and Dallas, plus Corey and Greg and a good spot to leave a motorbike. Always a good time hanging out with Brian and Dallas that are up for everything. From an Eagles Tribute Band, Cidery, Salmon Fishing to Labour Day Classic there was never a dull moment.
The dogs wouldn't allow it!
Leaving Salt Spring to the Main... Island. Motorbikes are treated well on the Westcoast.
At Brian and Dallas new farm/acreage. A lot more land than the last spot, parking for boats, RVs and Motorbikes!
|Kipper, Philip's and Molson pretty excited|
|More of Brian's wood work|
|Merridale Cidery, who needs beer, ppp|
|Alright tree you got me|
|The master chef|
|yep, you got me|
|Ladies and Gentlemen|
|Early morning to catch the fish!|
|And the USA!|
|I can help eat the guts?|
|Cleaning / gutting station and Seals!|
A little quick look at Victoria. It had been a while.
|Great waterfront area|
|Near Cobble Hill beside the most expensive|
prep school in British Columbia this rich kid
lives on one of the biggest sloops in the world!
|I'll be back Blue!|
|Sure, lets redo the ring a few times|
|Thanks Tatyana for the drawing|
|Always nice at the marina|
|Joined a weekly Gentlemen's group|
|Save $155.00, SOLD!|
|Oh Polish Lunch Saturdays|
|Such wild skies in the prairies|
|Damn that's cheap for gluten free options!|
|Bubba's new hotrod|
|Memories...Colt CD from 2003|
|Everyone seeing the gluten Issue|
|Sausages for the last hockey|
|It should be the last Summer Hockey every |
|Alberta Rebel in Salt Spring|
|My first open fire attempt|