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South America » Ecuador » North » Otavalo January 13th 2009

My flight down to Ecuador this year was uneventful; I left Calgary at 7:00 on January 8 and flew down via Dallas and Miami. A taxi driver was waiting for me with a sign with my name on it (spelled correctly!). He took me to my hotel (accommodation and breakfast $20). They had a wireless network so I got an email out before I hit the sack at about 12:30 AM local time - it was a long day. The director of the school picked me up at my hotel at 9:30 Friday morning, and we drove out to Otavalo. I think it took about two hours, much of the time just dealing with the traffic in Quito and along the highway. The main north-south highway winds it way through the mountains and is only two ... read more
Otavalo street scene
Colourful fabrics in market
Driveway of my host home

North America » Canada » British Columbia October 16th 2008

I arrived at Alexis Lake this fall on September 9. It was my third time there this year, which must be a record. I was there for a while in the spring (see earlier blog), on my way home from my Alaska trip (another blog), and this trip. I stayed for a month, leaving on October 9th in a snowstorm. For the most part, the weather was great. A few cool mornings with a bit of frost, and lots of days up in the 20's, with the warmest day I had (October 1) was 28 degrees (Celsius of course). The first week I updated my solar energy system by adding two more panels, and I put up a pole (peeled log) as a mount for my amateur radio antenna. My other project planned for this trip ... read more
Pleasant fall afternoon
Ben the logger
Ben makes a Thai salad

North America » Canada » British Columbia August 30th 2008

Edmonton Soaring Motorcycle Club Rides Again There is a group of pilots in the Edmonton Soaring Club who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. Flying glider aircraft and riding motorcycles just seem to go together - the days when you want to go for a motorcycle ride are the same days you would want to fly a glider. There is nothing I like more than riding my motorcycle to the airport to go flying, I get to do my two favourite things on the same day. The Edmonton Soaring Motorcycle Club is a “club within a club”, and doesn't really exist on paper. It is just a loose bunch of us that get together once a year for a ride somewhere. It started as just a short day ride; the first year we went to Rocky Mountain House ... read more
Overlooking Osoyoos
Manning Park Lookout
Starfighter at Langley Museum

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 8th 2008

I awoke on Saturday morning (July 5) in Watson Lake to cloudy skies. At least it wasn't raining like it did all day yesterday while I traveled. After breakfast, I could see the rain moving in, so I put on my rain gear and headed down the highway. I had to backtrack the Alaska highway for about 20 kms to pick up highway 37, the “Stewart-Cassiar”. I had heard horror stories from people who recently had driven it, both by car and motorcycle. I've learned that these things are simply a matter of opinion and experience, so I was still prepared to try it myself. By the time I got there it was raining lightly, and this continued for the first 100 kms south or so. What I found really wasn't that bad at all. The ... read more
Tailings pile at Cassiar
Dease Lake
Pass south of Dease Lake

North America » Canada » Yukon July 4th 2008

We left Valdez about 2:30 in the afternoon. Terry and I left before the main group as we wanted to stop a bit and take some pictures on the way out. The group caught up to us just as we were near the top of Thomson Pass. It took us some time to catch up to them after our pictures were taken, and we went on to Tok as a group. We hit a bit of rain in the mountains just before we arrived at Tok, but otherwise the trip was in sun and nice conditions. The trip thus far as been generally cool, typical daytime temperatures have been in the mid-teens and mid single-digits when overcast and/or raining. We saw lots of fresh snow on peaks after the rain ended and the clouds lifted. We ... read more
RCMP BBQ on Canada Day
Roadside Tire repair
Kluane Lake

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 1st 2008

I can't really say much about Fairbanks. We arrived later in the day, checked into our Inn, and went for a salmon bake supper. We didn't get to see anything more than the road in and out of town and what was between our inn and the place we had supper. Denali too was a non-event. Once we got into the mountains, the clouds lowered and dumped rain. We arrived at our motel in a steady rain, and basically saw nothing other than the trees. There was no restaurant at the motel, and it was far from any others. They did have a supply of frozen foods for sale and a barbecue outside each room, so we cooked some steaks for supper. We arrived in Anchorage in sunny weather, and actually got out to see a ... read more
Lodge in Denali
Anchorage, Turnagain Arm
View around Anchorage

North America » Canada » Yukon » Dawson City June 27th 2008

We left Whitehorse on Monday morning in a steady rain, and the temperature was only about +8. The rain would last all the way to Pelly Crossing, about 300 kilometers. At times the clouds were right down to highway level. Needless to say, the visibility was poor and we didn't see too much scenery other than the forests along side of the road. It has been interesting at least to see how the trees are becoming smaller as we travel north. Given the extend of the rain, I managed to stay mostly dry, with the exception of my feet. My new motorcycle boots that I purchased for this trip have proven anything but waterproof. I am going to go in search of solutions to deal with this - perhaps some kind of overshoe or something. One ... read more
Stuffy Brit Rally
Valley close to Dawson
After midnight

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 23rd 2008

We arrived in Whitehorse after a days run from Watson Lake. The terrain was not as mountainous and scenic as the day before, but lots of lakes and rivers and beautiful nonetheless. The town of Whitehorse is rich in history from the gold rush days, and does a booming tourist induscry. As the weekend we are here corresponds with the summer solstice, it also attracts tourists to see the very long days. In fact, on the night of the solstice, we left Whitehorse on a motorcycle ride that didn't start until 11 PM, and we didn't return until nearly 2 AM - all in daylight. Whitehorse is a town of about 24,000 people and is the capital city of the Yukon territory. The main industries here are mining, tourism, and government. As a territory of Canada, ... read more
11:30 Sunset
Fish Ladder on Yukon River
Braeburn Lodge

North America » Canada » Yukon » Watson Lake June 19th 2008

Tuesday June 17 We left Fort St. John at 9 AM in the rain and started our ride to Fort Nelson. The rain let up quickly, but came back in frequent showers along the way. The trip was mostly a paved road through the bush, with few features to be impressed about. It kind of reminded me of driving to Edson, but about 3 times as far. Countless black spruce bogs along the way. Things got a little better as the view opened up to show us some mountains around Pink Mountain, and the descent down “Suicide Hill” to the Sakanni River was dramatic. We stopped for lunch at a gas station and restaurant in Buckinghorse River where the food was fresh, homemade, and very good. The only thing wrong perhaps was the price of gas ... read more
Lunch at Buckinghorse River
Buckinghorse River Gas price
Fort Nelson Hotel

North America » Canada » British Columbia June 17th 2008

We left Edmonton on Sunday morning after meeting for breakfast on the Yellowhead highway on the way out of town. It was a cool morning, around 10 degrees, and threatening rain. We stopped in Whitecourt after about an hour and a half of riding for a bit of a break. There were some dark, threatening clouds to the north of us (the direction we were headed), so everyone put on their rain gear; it did not go unused. Shortly after leaving Whitecourt, it started raining, and rained off and on for the rest of the day. We arrived in Dawson Creek about 4:30, checked in, and relaxed a bit before hitting a pub for supper. After supper we rode downtown and walked around a bit. Dawson Creek has done a similar thing as Chemainus B.C. and ... read more
Getting ready to leave Edmonton
Dawson Creek

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