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Officially Retired! (1/16/2023) - Well, here I am, Monday morning, January 16th, 2023.  My first day after the weekend on my first day of not being paid or working for someone.  Giselle went to… Read More ...
Getting closer….. (12/15/2022) - My countdown says 29 days to retirement.  That is only 12 work days, as I have booked Christmas off, using up the last of my vacation days.  So, what have… Read More ...
Feeling Rough (11/21/2022) - I’m feeling a bit rough today. My grandson was visiting over the weekend and he had a bit of a cold. I think I might have a touch of it… Read More ...
Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek (8/8/2022) - Day 7 of our northern BC ride started out with clear skies and more sunny weather.  After a nice breakfast prepared in our shared kitchen, we packed up the bikes… Read More ...
Catch Up Day to Fort Nelson (8/7/2022) - Our 6th day of adventure started out with me going to Manitoulin Transport in Watson Lake to pick up an alternator that was shipped down from Whitehorse by Lee Stevens,… Read More ...
Dease Lake to Liard Hotsprings… NOT QUITE! (8/7/2022) - Day five of our journey started out like day 3 and 4 - raining and cold.  We packed up and had a breakfast made from food and snacks we purchased… Read More ...
Stewart to Dease Lake (8/7/2022) - Day four started out like day three - pouring rain and miserable.  We had coffee, packed up and decided to have breakfast somewhere along the way. It rained off and… Read More ...
Prince Rupert To Stewart (8/7/2022) - Day three of our ride started out just after midnight when we unloaded from the ferry in pouring rain and headed to our motel - The Moby Dick Inn.  Luckily… Read More ...
Ferry Ride (8/6/2022) - Day 2 of our 2022 adventure consisted of 16 hours aboard the BC Ferry's Northern Expedition.  We booked a cabin and paid extra for the lounge seats.  It was an… Read More ...
Nanaimo to Port Hardy (8/6/2022) - Day one of our 2022 adventure started out with an early morning ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo.  We picked up Doug and Cathy in Tsawwassen and we were on… Read More ...
Almost to Alaska….June/July 2022 (8/5/2022) - In February, 2022, Giselle and I were looking at doing another extended ride, this time further north than we had ever been.  We had already experienced all the roads south… Read More ...
November 2021 (11/20/2021) - As travel restrictions were beginning to wind down from COVID, Giselle and I needed to return to Cotacachi to get more coffee!  Actually, we were just yearning to go back… Read More ...
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 ...
Icefields Parkway – July Long Weekend, 2021 (7/4/2021) - We were supposed to go to Wing Ding in Springfield, Missouri this summer, but again, the borders were still closed due to the covid pandemic.  So we headed north and… 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 ...
August 2019 (9/20/2019) - We have finally made up our minds that Ecuador was where we would plan to possibly retire.  We flew down again in August 2019 for another stay.  This time, we… 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 ...