I know plenty of fellow riders who will do anything to avoid riding in the dark, and for good reason. First of all, any problems being seen during the daytime can be even worse at night. Second, it’s more difficult to see obstacles and hazards. Third, it’s generally colder and less comfortable to ride at night.Read
It’s official. I made my appointment for Monday to slap the winter tires on the car, so in mind it is now officially winter. A reminder by the way, it’s the temperature not the amount of snow that dictates winter tire use. When the temperature is consistently below seven degrees Celsius, you road warriors need to get winter boots on your vehicle! If I were living in Calgary or Edmonton I would have been at least two weeks late but never the less it’s getting cold. There are two options, start complaining or find some strategies to make the best of it. Here’s my list of seven things I will be doing over the next four months to make the most of the cold.Read
Flying during the holidays means paying a premium of anywhere from 30% to 70% compared to other times of year–especially on long haul flights. Christmas/New Year’s holiday period airfares are running at an average $454 this year, up 5% from the same period last year when they were $434. Average fares during the peak Thanksgiving period are only slightly less, averaging $442, which is also up 5% compared to last year.Read
Over the years, I have been to the Grand Canyon a whole bunch of times, to London seven times and to Niagara Falls three times. All were wonderful excursions, but the ones I remember with the most fondness all occurred in the winter. I mention this because as one gets older, one also gets tired of fighting crowds. And winter is an ideal time to avoid the masses.Read
As Autumn falls upon the Pacific Northwest, two things happen. The leaves change color and weather threatens to get colder and wetter. This means it’s your last chance to take beautiful hikes under Technicolor forest canopies and that it’s also probably a good idea to have a backup plan in case of severely inclement weather. As far as hiking goes in the northwest, it’s my belief that there is one place that stands out above the rest. The Columbia River Gorge.Read
It’s Your Last Chance to WIN! It’s here, the last race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season! It’s been wildly entertaining and we’ve given out over $1,000 in prizes! This race will determine the overall Sprint Cup champion so leave us TWO guesses: 1 – Who’s Gonna Win the race this Sunday? 2 –…Read
They call it the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), but if you’re lucky, and live within shouting distance of one of the 13 venues, it’s your local motorcycle show.
It’s that time again — it’s show time! Every year, the major manufacturers put together their displays, load some bikes on the truck, and bring their wares to a series of convention centers to show off the new year’s offerings. Some of the smaller bike makers skip the smaller venues, and just go to a few of the big city shows, but there is always an overwhelming collection of new bikes to look at, sit on and dream about at each stop on the tour.Read
Many of us in the so-called ‘business world’ have had the opportunity to attend a tradeshow or convention. Does it get much better than seeing another part of the country or world as part of your business travel? At the same time, you have the opportunity to expand your knowledge through seminars and break-out sessions. In my many years of experience, I’ve learned a few things about traveling for conventions.
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts:Read
A few years ago, while waiting at the baggage carousel at O’Hare in Chicago, the man next to me started some idle chit-chat by saying that his wife had once tried to settle the issue of spotting her suitcase as it circled past by adorning it with purple ribbons. He said she figured that nobody would use purple ribbons to mark their luggage. Everybody always relies on red or checkered or polka dot, she figured.Read