Archive | April, 2014

Romney WV

16 Apr

I’m planning for a trip to  the “3rd Annual Camp N Ride” on May 2-4, 2014 in Romney West Virginia.  Organized on the Stromtrooper forum and hosted by Romney Cycles. There are 7 of us from Ontario who will be riding together.

I’ve ridden in WV a few times and I’m hoping to find even more paved twisted backroads like this one below in the Monongahela National Forest last October.


I’m busy with GoogleEarth and paper maps researching, planning and making some gpx files to share for our trip.

I’ve only got one more sleep.  Art is on his way from Peterborough and if we’re lucky we might leave Kingston in the morning without any rain.  Our forecast for Thursday and Friday has a chance of showers although I expect that once we get to Romney it will be perfect weather for about 4 days.
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Bancroft – lunch at the South Algonquin Eatery

13 Apr

The weather gods showed some unexpected kindness to the Road Toads today; I rode return from Kingston and didn’t have one drop of rain on my visor. I left this morning at 9:00am riding on wet roads and got home at 5:45pm and racked up 470km.  I must admit that the forecast did look a bit threatening and I’m not surprised some Stromtroopers wimped out; and yes there is a safety concern. But one mustn’t forget rule # one:  Any day is a good day for a motorcycle ride. 

Twelve riders showed up and the restaurant staff were great to us. We’ve always felt welcome there but this year the bridge is closed for construction and the town and barricaded the street to stop cars. WOW, we enjoyed our own barricaded parking lot right on the main street in front of the restaurant.  Thank you Bancroft; we’ll come back.

Guess who has a special talent for tank bag organizing?
I stopped at Long Lake to take some pictures of the frozen lake and a family cottage in the background.

Along the Desert Lake road there is some flooding, not too deep or serious and little or no current to wash away the road.

All in all, a pretty nice day. It was 22 degrees C when I got home.

Here are a few more of Long Lake





Not very spectacular, and taken only with my phone. But maybe interesting for those who don’t get there as often ad I do.

Ready to Ride

2 Apr

I just got a new multimeter; one of those necessary tools that makes playing in the garage even more fun. I finally got fed up with cheapies that aren’t reliable or crap out just when you are in the middle of a problem. So I decided to bite the bullet and spend some cash to get a good professional unit that is hopefully robust. I lucked out at a local electrical supply company where they were selling some display units at cost; so bought it for less than half price.

Last fall I removed the battery but it was stored in the cold garage, and a few days ago brought into the warm basement and put on the Deltran Junior battery tender.  Of course I wanted to check on my battery condition before installing.  The Vee started up perfectly. Hopefully I’ll get out in a day or so for a short ride.



It’s Thursday and I got for a ride. Not far, but it felt so great to crank the throttle. It’s been such long winter and finally it’s over.

Klein MM2000