Monthly Archives: October 2013

Baycation 2013, Part V: Bonavista

Since it’s almost November I probably should clue up my report on our vacation back in August! I think the older you get, the faster time passes by. This post has more words than pictures, probably because my memory of the trip has faded slightly so I can’t go really in-depth about the places we visited. Note to self: Make more notes next year!

We left Eastport on August 13 and headed for Bonavista, where we had booked a bed & breakfast for the night. Read the rest of this entry

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Review: Icon Elsinore Boots

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Icon 1000 Elsinores, fresh out of the box

I’m not a “stereotypical” female when it comes to footwear purchases. Unlike many women whose collections rival that of Imelda Marcos, I usually go for quality over quantity; I buy relatively expensive shoes with the intention of wearing them until they fall apart. Read the rest of this entry

Weighing the Risks

This past Friday, October 18, was what we call a “pet day” here in Newfoundland. After almost 24 hours of continuous rain, the skies broke and the sun came out, and by 3pm the temperature went to an unseasonably warm 17 degrees C (63 degrees F).

Many would consider this a great evening for a ride, especially for someone like me who gets home from work around 4pm, with hours of daylight to spare. As I drove home from work that evening I was looking forward to jumping on the bike, but I also weighed the risks. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Scott Women’s Riding Jeans

One of the realities of being a female motorcyclist is the lack of selection available when it comes to riding attire. Even though female riders are the fastest growing segment of motorcyclists today, most manufacturers still don’t produce women’s gear that is as durable or functional as their men’s gear…that’s if they make women’s gear at all. A quick search of motorcycle pants on a popular distributor’s website shows up 224 choices for men, versus 79 for women. I rest my case. Read the rest of this entry

Fall Has Arrived

Summer dies a slow and painful death here in Newfoundland. The days quickly get shorter, but the really cool temperatures usually hold off until mid-October. Even then, we sometimes luck into a stretch of warm weather thanks to tropical air masses heading north. This sends us happily back into “summer mode”, only to be brought swiftly back to reality by a brisk north east wind the following day. Read the rest of this entry

Mistaken Point & Cape Race

The Irish Loop is a popular ride for motorcyclists on the Avalon Penninsula. Roughly 300km of coastal scenery, the Irish Loop consists of dozens of communities settled somewhere between the mid-17th and early 19th centuries by Irish Catholic immigrants. Perhaps due to the length of the ride, most people don’t venture off the main roads when doing this loop…which is a shame, because there are fantastic places to see if you choose to venture off the beaten path.

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Ferryland, where we stopped for lunch…brown-bagged it this time: sandwiches and apples!

September 28th was a beautiful, unseasonably warm day. The wind was light and out of the north, making for a great ride up the Southern Shore. I wanted to visit Mistaken Point, so named because of the many shipwrecks that occurred after sailors had mistaken the area for Cape Race and turned northward onto the rocks. The area has been in the news over the past several years because of the multitude of fossils in the rocks. Not just any fossils, but some of the oldest complex life forms on the planet, from over 500 million years ago. Read the rest of this entry

Needing more hours in a week!

I just want to apologize about the frequency of posts on here lately. The truth is that I have a multitude of topics I want to write about, but I just can’t seem to dedicate enough time to it!

As fall is now in full-swing, I’m a part-time university student again. That, coupled with my self-imposed 6 days per week training regimen eats up just about all of my free time. The only reason I have a chance to write this update is because the weather is being cruel today…if it was dry I would probably be out riding right now!

I’m going to try very hard to set aside time each weekend to publish an article. I have yet to complete the final installment in the Baycation series, I really want to do a ride report on our trip to Cape Race last weekend, and I want to write reviews on my Scott riding jeans and Icon Elsinore boots. Mark has been spending a lot of time off-roading on his DT200 lately, and he has taken some awesome pictures that I want to share as well.

So please bear with me as I try to squeeze more productive hours into my weeks!

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Eastern Head, St. Shotts. One of my absolute favourite places.

 

 

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