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Volunteering at Place of Hope (11/11/2021) - This morning I got up early and was picked up by our friend Don to go and help out at the Place of Hope.  This is a volunteer organization that… Read More ...
A Bus Trip to Ibarra (11/8/2021) - We ventured out from Cotacachi today to look for the bank that, according to the CIBC website, we could use to set up an account and direct transfer money from… Read More ...
Cotacachi Street Art… (11/7/2021) - Today, Giselle and I went for a long walk around many of the streets in Cotacachi in search of murals and beautifully painted doors.  This is a bit of what… Read More ...
A Trip to a Friend’s Finca (Farm) (11/6/2021) - After a delicious breakfast at Subs Station, Cotacachi, we were picked up by our friend Don and headed out towards Otavalo for a drive up the mountainside to friend Jeanine's… Read More ...
Cercado – A visit to an Indigenous Community (11/5/2021) - Way back in December of 2020, a local expat (Urku Deborah May) who is intimately involved with the local Indigenous community, posted a request to help a young boy with… Read More ...
A trip to the market…. (11/3/2021) - Once we got settled in to our apartment, we needed to go to the market for some groceries.  There are two basic grocery stores that we know of here in… Read More ...
Traffic Jams……. (11/3/2021) - Day one of our trip consisted of our friend and great driver, Guillermo Buitron, picking us up at the Hotel Alpachaca.  He arrived precisely at 10:00, as arranged.  Guillermo comes… Read More ...
Back in Cotacachi!! (11/3/2021) - Well, here we are, back in our favourite little town in paradise!  It feels so good to come back, renew old friendships, check out what has changed, what is new,… Read More ...
Vancouver Island Ride – July 2021 (7/30/2021) - Near the end of July in 2021, Giselle and I got together with good friends Doug and Kathy Wilkins for a two night trip over to Vancouver Island and then… Read More ...
October Falling Leaves Ride (10/4/2020) - In early October, we planned a Falling Leaves Ride for the Chapter.  Normally, we would head down into Washington State for this because there are so many beautiful roads along… Read More ...
The Way Too Long of a Ride Ride….or Smoked out in the Kootenays (9/12/2020) - In mid September of 2020, several of my riding partners met at McDonalds for breakfast on a Saturday morning and then headed out for a ride towards Hope.  We stopped… Read More ...
Rock Hard Buns Ride (8/23/2020) - In August the GWRRA North West Coast District sponsored a three day ride out to the Kootenays.  Here is my story. The weather was cool and cloudy in the lower… Read More ...
June – July 2020 Vacation Ride…… (7/24/2020) - At the end of June, Giselle and I were supposed to ride down through the States to attend Wing Ding 42 in Springfield Missouri.  Well, that didn’t work out but… Read More ...
An Afternoon Walk in Cotacachi (8/13/2019) - Well, we just can't get enough of this beautiful little town in north central Ecuador!  After a nice lunch at Hornados "Dona Mary" at the market up by the bus… Read More ...
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser (8/12/2019) - On Saturday morning we attended a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Place of Hope soup kitchen in Cotacachi.  This project was started by Micky Enright, a local realtor and expat… Read More ...
Muyu Raymi – Cotacachi Indigenous Seed Festival (8/10/2019) - We were kept awake most of the night from the workers setting up tents and a stage in Matriz Park, then the gardeners cleaning the park with their gas powered… Read More ...
A Walk Around the Block… (8/10/2019) - Yesterday was one of those vacation days where we did absolutely nothing, except for our usual walk somewhere unspecific.  This time we headed eastward out of town towards Ibarra, at… Read More ...
Dining out in Cotacachi (8/8/2019) - Giselle and I love dining out, and today was no exception.  After blogging a bit online and Giselle doing IT support for work early this morning, we headed out after… Read More ...
Garbage pickup with a twist! (8/8/2019) - Every morning except Sunday, we are entertained by the musical garbage truck at precisely 8:00am.  We can hear it about a block away, as it makes its way down the… Read More ...
Otavalo Market – again! (8/7/2019) - Today, after meeting a friend for coffee, we took the bus to Otavalo with our new friend Bo from Texas. The busses here are wonderful.  You can get from here… Read More ...
Back in Cotacachi! (8/7/2019) - I'm going to try to post more often here and turn this thing back into a blog.  Giselle and I are back in Cotacachi, Ecuador for a two week vacation… Read More ...
North West Coast District Rally 2019 – Wings in the Cariboo – Day Two (7/28/2019) - Day two of the rally started off with registrations and organizing the start of the Poker Run.  The route had been set up earlier in the year by our District… Read More ...
North West Coast District Rally 2019 – Wings in the Cariboo – Day One (7/27/2019) - Giselle and I have the distinct honour of serving on the board of the GWRRA North West Coast District.  We helped out, along with the rest of the team in… Read More ...
Iron Butt – 2019 (6/24/2019) - After attending a seminar at the Ducati / BMW dealer in Vancouver in May, I decided to sign up for one of their sponsored Iron Butt Association rides.  My plan… Read More ...
The Marrakesh Express (2/12/2019) - Day four of our Moroccan adventure took us to Marrakesh.  I had the CSN (Crosby, Stills, and Nash) song in my head all day!  The Marrakesh Express. "Wouldn't you know… Read More ...
The Medina Maze in Fez (2/11/2019) - The next morning after a nice breakfast, we hopped on the bus for a tour of Fez.  Another modern city with hundreds of years of history.  After a short ride,… Read More ...
Romans and Ruins (2/8/2019) - Day two of our Moroccan adventure started with a beautiful sunrise and then a bus tour of the capital city of Morocco.  Our first stop was the mausoleum of King… Read More ...
Morocco – Day One (2/7/2019) - After a very long day and a half of flying - Seattle to Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Casablanca - we arrived mid day to… Read More ...
Esmeraldes and Atacames – the north coast of Ecuador (2/18/2018) - Day two of our trip to the coast saw us travelling down Hwy 15, Ecuador's equivalent to Hwy 101 down the west coast of the US.  We crossed a few… Read More ...
Clammy on the coast….a trip to Las Penas (2/18/2018) - After three weeks living in Cotacachi in the highlands of Ecuador, we decided to take a short trip to the northern coast of this beautiful country.  It is about a… Read More ...