Archive | September, 2014

Fall Coloured Leaves

29 Sep

Just two more sleeps and I’m leaving on a ride to Maine for a fall coloured leaves peep show. I’ll be camping at Grafton Notch campground, just north of Bethel, with aprroximately 25 other Vstrom riders. I expect the colours to peak during the weekend.
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Petes-Superbike.com

24 Sep

It’s a great place to get tires for my Vstrom. Best prices, simple on-line ordering and payment, reasonable shipping charges using FedEx and fast delivery.
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It’s just like Christmas today.
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I realized only on Saturday that my rear tire was worm well down past my 1 mm comfortable tread depth. I ordered it on Saturday and today, Wednesday, it’s here. Good service. In preparation for Ross and RD at K-Tec Moto Services to install it tomorrow I’ve cleaned the bike.

I’m planning to leave next Wednesday for the Fall Leaf Peeping Vstrom get-together in Newry Maine. Going all the way to Grafton Notch Campground is not the sort of ride that one should begin on a worn out tire. I’ve solved the rough choppy feeling in my clutch lever. Turns out the pivot was just needed to be cleaned and greased with waterproof lithium grease. Now it’s so smooth I did the same with the front brake lever. The Vee is ready to go on Wednesday morning.

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Vancouver Subaru Trip data

22 Sep

A long trip creates lots to do back at home, laundry, drying of camping gear etc.

My NUVI 3597LM worked well throughout the trip but I realized this morning when I dumped it into my laptop that it doesn’t have the memory capacity I expected. In other words we lost about half of our trip. Total trip by the Subaru odometer is 12,672km. I’ve now learned and confirmed with the techies at Garmin Support in Kansas that each time it has 10,000 new data points or cookie crumbs it archives another sequentially numbered gpx file. It will only save the current 20 files plus the active file. My early trip files had been saved but gradually were tossed or overwritten with newer data. Bummer. Oh well at least I have all of our trip exploring Vancouver Island and all the adventure across Canada back home. Not a big disaster because the SPOT tracker has produced maps showing the most significant locations.

“Trip logs are points automatically stored when the GPS device is locked onto a satellite signal and moving. It is the electronic equivalent of laying down a “breadcrumb trail” to mark the path that has been traveled. A nuvi, dezl, LIVE, Camper/RV, or zumo device can store 10,000 points before it begins the process of archiving additional logs.1 Beyond 10,000 points the device moves the oldest trip data into an internal archive file. Up to 20 archive files can be stored internally on the device. This means, depending on space available, the device can store over 200,000 points of trip data. Archived trip log information is not visible on the device itself, but can be used and seen with Garmin’s MapSource or BaseCamp programs.”

My suggestion or tip to NUVI or ZUMO users: as a good rule of thumb expect to rely on your unit to only hold about 5,000km of trip data.

Our overall average fuel consumption in out 2011 Subaru Impreza was 8.0 litres /100 kilometres and we spent $1384CDN on fuel.

Between our phone cameras and the Fugi X10 real camera we have 6,781 pictures to sort out and edit. Although this isn’t an award winning photo nor my favourite, this sign on the men’s bathroom door at the Cowboy Cafe restaurant in Medora North Dakota did capture my imagination.

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Of course with more space in the car than the motorcycle I was able to collect lots of souvenir rocks. I’ve got 40 new rocks and or fossils.

Day 41 our last day

19 Sep

We both slept in. As usual it’s very comfy at Bill’s in every way.

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We continue to stay on the “scenic backway” and had some great photo opportunities, Ontario is a beautiful place.
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If you’re looking for a memorable food experience in Lakefield I recommend lunch in Lakefield at Stuff to Go. Jake is an entrepreneur, educated and experienced and he is just beginning to put his own personal stamp on this community. His new pub The Canoe and Paddle located at 18 Bridge St., opens later this month.
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Nice to be home safely at last, 12,672km by the Subaru odometer; “Confidence in Motion” the car has run flawlessly and the overall average fuel consumption is 8.0 liters / 100 km.
What a great trip, thank you to James and Elisabeth for the invitation to their wedding in Sooke BC that gave us the reason to make the trip across the country. Thanks to my blog followers for reading my drivel and following us on the SPOT map.

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Day 40

18 Sep

We had ample time this morning to dawdle over coffee and breakfast with our friends.
Day 40 traveling together, wow, what a great trip.
We stopped at French River for our picnic lunch and went through the museum. This is the world’s largest snowmobile bridge, open to pedestrians.
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By the colour of the maples we feel like we are home in Ontario.
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We made it back to our friend Bill’s house in Bracebridge in time for dinner. Almost home, only about 5 more driving hours tomorrow.
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Day 39 – Rossport Inn

17 Sep

Great bed, firm and piled thick with blankets and a quilt. Since I was a young boy visiting my aunt and uncle’s camp I’ve not slept so close to train tracks and it was interesting when 3 trains passed by in the night. Not a distant whistle blowing rumbling noise that wakes people and disturbs sleep for a long time as it approaches and eventually fads; but a full bed shaking experience. I woke suddenly as the first train arrived with its whistle blowing and our whole cabin and bed throbed. Yet it quickly passed and all became quiet and peaceful. I suppose I’m disappointed there were only 3 trains in the night, although a fourth and fifth passed in the morning just before I got up. All in all this cabin location is quieter than most motels and campgrounds throughout the past month. I love this place and would gladly return; I highly recommend it. Checkout Ned Basher, Lake Superior Intersting People on YouTube.

We had wet roads and temps of only 2 & 3 degrees all the way to Wawa; overnight was the first snowfall of the season. Not much tourist traffic and plenty of passing lanes to get by the trucks. We stopped here for fuel
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We are very lucky that we didn’t have real winter conditions with the Subaru summer tires. It’s “ironical” that we have an opportunity to enjoy the first Lake Superior snowfall in Ontario and earlier in May we were touring on the motorcycle along the shoreline of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and marvelling at all of the ice still floating in the lake.

We have stopped for lunch in…
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We still have about 4 hours of driving to our friends’ log home near Thessalon on Little Basswood Lake.

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Day 38 – Coffee Landing Cafe

16 Sep

Lots of trains through the night and early morning geese, but we had a good night. I was up about 7:30 and the shower is awesome, in the overheated building felt more like a sauna. Friendly neighbours brought us coffee for breakfast. On a chilly 9 degree morning no breakfast could be finer than granola and yogurt, says Sammy with gloves on.
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The campground is on the huge shallow Lake of The Woods and is apparently good for fishing walleye.
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We just stopped at a quirky cafe for brunch.
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I should mention that the cutest waitress in town works here.
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Thunder Bay
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You know you are in Northern Ontario when you see signs like “moose on the loose” and a yellow highway caution sign has a picture of a moose and says “night danger 130 km.”
Tonight, September 16 at 7:56pm I saw a flash in the NE sky like a very bright comet or meteorite. We have driven in the dark for about an hour cautiously watching for moose on the highway and have stumbled upon Rossport Cabins for the night; greeted and most genuinely welcomed by Ned and Shelagh to sit and join them for desert and share red velvet cake. A comfy tiny cabin is perfect for us; much better than the tent. The Rossport Inn was built in 1884 by the CPR and is still welcoming travelers from May to October
1 807 824-3213 reservations. Probably the oldest inn on the north shore of Lake Superior.

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