Archive | September, 2013

Horizons Unlimited – Ontario Event

11 Sep

It’s all about overland adventure: whether you’re a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn’t matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle or an expedition vehicle …

Want to know more?

The HU Ontario event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 12 to Sunday, Sep 15, 2013 at Camp Manitou, situated on Manitouwabing Lake near McKellar and east of Parry Sound Ontario.

Over the course of the event there’ll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A’s, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won’t miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you’ll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there’s something for everyone.

I’ll be riding up solo from Kingston and hope to post more information and pictures as the weekend unfolds.

I’ve arrived at the camp, and found some new roads on the way.

my SPOT check-ins

my SPOT check-ins


Susan and Grant are wonderful hosts, who worked through the weekend to make it a success.



The Camp Manitou setting is perfect for us and the staff were great. We were very well fed; complete with late night campmade cookies.


Spacious cabins with ample space for gear, comfortable bunks, toilets and showers.  Hopefully year event will be here again nest year; this was my first HU event and I’ll come back next year.

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There were many seminars and presenters who freely shared their knowledge. And a very special thanks to Patrick Trahan who awed us with his powerful story about pursuing his dreams; and entertained us with his sense of humour. “Dreams! Do something about it.”



We endured freezing temperatures Friday night, and woke to a misty morning.



Grant shows us how to “man-up” and change a tire.

Clinton Smout showed us all a few slow speed techniques. It’s amazing what he can do with a large bike like a GS, and confidently in a crowded area with all of us standing around. I’m not sure that I would want to be as close to anyone else to photograph while riding.  We’ve obviously all got some things to practice.

What Logs?

What Logs?

I would like to master his John Wayne, one-footed, style of mounting and dismounting so that I can get on in some rough terrain when I’m not able to support my loaded Vstrom with its kickstand. I think that I’ll practice on a soft grassy lawn.

John Wayne

John Wayne



Kingston area

10 Sep

I’ve been back home for a while now and although Newfoundland is still fresh in my mind, there are lots of good roads to ride and places to explore in my own bailiwick.

Each year over the Labour Day holiday some relatives visit from Vancouver and one of my favourite cousins rides with me and this was our 7th year in a row.  Elisabeth was my first passenger on the Vstrom when it was only two days old; she helped me break it in. She is fearless in the corners and on gravel roads and she way more fun to have along then a GoPro camera.


It’s always worth stopping for a picture at Bedford Mills.




The next day, this time riding with Dr. Ruth, I stopped in Lyndhurst at the mural that I have driven by many times.


We eventually found our way to Noah’s Art Studio

County Rd 33 between hwy #15 and Lyndhurst ON

County Rd 33 between hwy #15 and Lyndhurst ON



and were welcomed to walk around the property and view some most interesting sculptures.

well seasoned riders

well seasoned riders





seriously large flying bug

seriously large flying bugs