Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Drunk-Driving Capital of Canada

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This morning as I started my daily ritual of news-reading, I was met with a shameful headline: “St. John’s Tied as Drunk-Driving Capital of Canada”. I can’t say that I’m shocked, as it seems like most mornings begin with me reading accounts of impaired drivers being pulled off the roads. They’re being pulled over every hour of the day and night, male and female, and from all age groups. It’s quite disturbing to think that at any given time we’re sharing the roads with many people who are not in a fit state to be driving. Read the rest of this entry

Dogberries & Snowy Owls

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Looking south down Cookstown Road from LeMarchant Road. December 27, 2013

Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is not known for the cold, snowy winters experienced in other parts of Canada. Around here we usually escape heavy snowfalls until January. The snow came early this year though, and the colder than average temperatures convinced it to stick around. This was the first “white Christmas” in recent memory, with the month of December seeing almost a meter (39.4″) of snow falling in the St. John’s area. It’s the start of a long, hard winter. Read the rest of this entry

First Glimpse: Yamaha FZ-09

I saw the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 online this past spring, and my first thought was “those Europeans get all the cool bikes”. I really didn’t think that this naked triple would be sold in North America, but low and behold, we’re getting a high-performance, middleweight naked bike.

FZ8 owners: it’s ok to weep a little. The FZ-09 is lighter, more powerful and CHEAPER. The fact that Yamaha finally put a decent-looking stock muffler on a bike is just icing on the cake. Read the rest of this entry

August 2012: Gros Morne National Park

For our first “motorcycle vacation” we decided to ride to the other side of the island, as the only other time I had been to the west coast I was making a beeline for the ferry in Port Aux Basques, and didn’t have the time to sight-see along the way.

If you find yourself on the west coast of Newfoundland, you MUST visit Gros Morne National Park. A UNESCO world heritage sight, the park takes its name from the second-highest mountain in the province. The natural scenery in the area is truly spectacular. Riding through the park with no roof over me to interrupt the view is an experience I will never forget. Read the rest of this entry

10 Reasons Why a Motorcyclist Should Date Another Motorcyclist

I saw a couple of great posts this week, the first one on RideApart titled “10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Date a Motorcyclist”, and a clever follow-up by Motolady called “10 Reasons You Should Date a Motorcyclist”. It got me thinking (uh oh), and I’ve come up with 10 following reasons why a motorcyclist should date other motorcyclists. Read the rest of this entry

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