February 28th 30th, 2019
It has been a while since I’ve worked on the non-blog pages for this site, so today I will get around to doing some work on what has been happening, and what is planned for this coming season.
2018 was a riding season that saw very little riding. Actually, it was the least amount of riding in one season that I’ve ever done. I think it was just over 3000 km. Which isn’t much considering the year before I did around 20000 km. It was a really hot summer and mentally I just wasn’t there. I had a lot going on in my head and riding wasn’t just not on my mind, but I just didn’t feel safe when on the bike as my thoughts were consistently distracting me. But I’ve really been focusing on getting myself better over the past 6 months (mentally) and look forward to a 2019 with more riding.
So what do we have planned for the 2019 riding season? Not a lot, but we are again heading back to Americade in Lake George, NY. We have our passes purchased and our hotel booked for the whole week. This was where I really I really figured out how much I love riding and look forward to having that spark rekindled this year when we return.
Hope you are enjoying all the posts/videos that I’ve been posting over the past while as I have been really focused on the YouTube channel. There are definitely more videos there and I hope that you get the opportunity to visit and subscribe.
Ride safe my friends.
October 30th, 2016
I forget about this page. And it only seems that I notice it while I’m browsing around. For that I’m sorry. I’ll try to stay on top of it a bit more. Especially in the new year.
2016 really was a year for change for both Mary and me as we really started to get into the longer trips. Not that we did a lot of them, but we went looking for those opportunities, we didn’t stop doing the little rides, but more so anticipated the bigger outings.
During 2016 we did a fantastic 4 day weekend out to North Conway in New Hampshire (which in turn brought us out to Maine for a little day outing). We did Americade again, but this time it was just Mary and I (were there again for the whole 7 days). Did a weekend ride out to Watertown NY, for the Chrome Divas Ta Ta ride (in support for breast cancer awareness). And did some fantastic day rides in and around Ontario, Quebec and New York.
One of the biggest changes came because of our week at Americade, where both Mary and I fell in love with the Suzuki V-Strom. And ended up buying 2 used ones, which replaced our beloved Kawasaki Nomad and Yamaha V-Star. But we couldn’t be happier. One of the reasons for the change is why we are so excited for the 2017 season.
This site… CruisnCanada, was created mostly for my own love of motorcycles, but also because (in the beginning) I wanted to ride my bike through every province, from Atlantic to Pacific. Well, next year a fairly big part of that takes place. Mary and I (with a couple of our friends) will be taking a 15-17 day ride touring the Maritimes as we head out to Newfoundland! I am so excited for this trip! You can bet that I will be taking more than my fair share of photos and videos for you all to enjoy. Just so you know I have already started filming the getting ready portion where I talk about our plans, some of our meetings about routes and gear, as well as just some of the changes and challenges that we are facing or may face. I hope to upload the whole adventure when it is complete. So by this time next year. So make sure to watch for it.
Until then I truly appreciate everyone’s support for visiting the site and following us on our adventures. More to come. Hopefully, this season isn’t finished quite yet!
June 8th, 2015
So this year has been one that has brought one of the biggest changes to my riding. No, it wasn’t the fact that I upgraded my bike from a little 250cc into a 1500cc. No, it wasn’t the fact that I went on some of my longest rides to date. It was that my wife has gotten her motorcycle license and is riding along with me. I can’t tell you how great it is to have her involved in something that I love doing and for her to be enjoying it just as much as I do. Because of this, the whole family gets to travel together (my wife on her bike and our daughter on the back of mine). I’ve added some photos below from our trip to Americade! Was such a great week and we can’t wait to do more trips like this!!!
October 22nd, 2014
Well, it seems that I’ve kinda outgrown my Hyosung. The little 250 has been a fantastic bike to learn to ride on and luckily it is staying in the family. That’s right it will be handed down to my wife to learn to ride on. And so I have bought myself another bike. A 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. A 1500cc bike. Now, that’s a big upgrade. But this is a full touring style bike and will be more than comfortable doing the long runs. So 2015 should be a fantastic year for riding. Now all I have to do is get used to riding such a big bike. My Hyosung was just under 400 pounds whereas the Nomad is between 8 and 900 pounds. Big difference. But I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait for next season.
March 15th, 2014
So Ive attended the Montreal Motorcycle 2 weeks ago and it was really good. This past week (just finished yesterday) I completed installing all my new gear on my bike (just need to do a little bit of tightening and adding zip ties).
Now all I have left is for the weather to get warmer. And my hopes are that this happens soon. Well, I am way more prepared for this season compared to last so my expectations are high as to this being a great year for riding. As rides and events get closer I will let you all know.
February 10th, 2014
Well we are well on our way to spring and there is still a lot of snow on the ground, but at least its starting to get a bit warmer and the days are getting longer, which is always good. The Ottawa International Motorcycle Show has come and gone (I had a great time), and I have purchased, if not received most of the things that I wanted to buy before the biking season started (handlebars, hard saddlebags, trunk, grips, mirrors, speakers, and luggage rack). So now I’m waiting on the Montreal Bike show followed by some good riding.
Soon, it’ll all be here soon.
December 27th, 2013
What’s next. well, that’s a really good question. I know that for the next few months it will be cold and snowy here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. So there will be absolutely no riding. But there is the Ottawa Motorcycle show on February 1st and 2nd, followed by the Montreal Motorcycle Show on March 1st and 2nd. And I definitely plan on attending both of these. Should be fun.
Other than that the next few months will be months of my finding and buying some needed parts for my bike. Looking at picking up some hard saddlebags, a luggage rack, new handlebars and hopefully an engine guard.
I’m sure that there will be other things that come to mind and ill definitely let you know about them.
The end goal as always will be to prepare myself and my bike for some long distance rides with the end goal being from Ottawa to the Pacific Ocean and back. After that who knows. What I do know is that I’ll have this site documenting everything and I’ll have my cameras rolling.