Friday, September 29, 2017

ScooterBob Goes Vintage in Victoria



Every summer during riding season in Victoria there are vintage motorcycle shows.
ScooterBob and I went to check out Andy's  Classic ad vintage Motorcycle show & Swap meet.

Scooterbob made some acquaintences of some of the Farkle Garage Crew's vintage bikes, This belongs to Farkle Garage Host Steve Drane.


The bikes at the show span several decades.  Every brand, make and model.  Once a bike lover always a bike lover.  The bikes at this show are ridden by their owners and many have been restored and some still show the rusty patina of age.  
ScooterBob also met Comrade Chang, a vintage ural who belongs to Farkle Garage's other host Clive Brown.  


ScooterBob was itching to be beside this beautiful old Indian.  

Basking in the sun!
ScooterBob was admiring this beautiful old BSA

It was a great day in the sun checking out all the old bikes!  

Music to my ears!

ScooterBob arrived in Victoria in July, and summer has proven to be a busy time for me!  Work, teaching, vacation, and a more than a few computer challenges  which have all gotten in the way of blogging!

ScooterBob and I went to explore the art pianos that are positioned around Victoria, usually by the waterfront.  These pianos are part of an art project called the Colour of Music, they are painted by local artists, who are inspired to bring art to public places and for music lovers to enjoy.  After the summer season pianos are they are auctioned off.

ScooterBob and I, hit up a few of these beautiful pianos and caught a very touching moments.


We were even treated to a concert by one gentleman, who goes around to each art space piano to play them, and he said  "Each has it's own personality".  

The piano we found him at is his favourite!


It was such a great day to sit in the sun and soak up beautiful music from experts
 And not so experts.



It was amazing to see the joy the pianos brought to everyone who was playing, or strolling or rolling by.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let the ADVENTURE begin

ScooterBob is on Vancouver Island

Monday, July 17, 2017

ScooterBob Goes to Tillamook

On Saturday we took ScooterBob for one last adventure in Oregon.  Today he shall travel to Victoria to hang out with Princess ScooterPie while it is still sunny on the wet coast.

Our destination was Tillamook on the Oregon Coast.  Inspired by ToadMama we rode to see some barn quilts.

(ScooterBob in Tillamook, Oregon)
After this photo was taken, a wind gust came up and Humpty Dumpty ScooterBob fell off my tail bag. While he is very photogenic, base jumping from tail bags is not his forte. You'll note the rest of the pictures were taken with ScooterBob firmly on the ground.While the photographs are not as visually interesting, we didn't want to call on all the kings horses and all the kings men to put him back together again.  

(Barn quilt No 2 at the Tillamook fairgrounds)





(Barn Quilt No 3, not as close to the road)

(One last barn quilt before heading home)

Safe journey little ScooterBob.  Enjoy Victoria.

Cheers,
Troubadour & Trobairitz

Monday, June 19, 2017

ScooterBob Goes to Florence

Yesterday Troubadour and I took ScooterBob on a little journey to Florence.  Not Florence, Italy, but Florence, Oregon.

Along the way we stopped at the Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge, originally built in 1925.

(ScooterBob looking tiny compared to the bridge)

(Had to move him to a post for a better shot)

(Oh look, you can see the railroad bridge too)

(Posing for pictures is hard work, he rested in the cool grass)


Once in Florence we made our way to the Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters.  Iced lattes were consumed outside under the shade of an umbrella while ScooterBob kept us company and observed the historic bridge which opened in 1936.

(ScooterBob in Florence at the Siuslaw River Coffee Roaster)

(Keeping an eye on the bridge)

(And one last shot in black and white just for visual interest)

Too soon we needed to head home.  ScooterBob was tucked in his case and stowed in my tail bag for a safe journey to our house where he awaits his next outing.

- Troubadour & Trobairitz

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ScooterBob Attends Saturday Morning Coffee

While there are no stellar photos in this post, our initial intentions were to find some covered bridges for ScooterBob.

Alas, we were waylaid at Saturday Morning Coffee and just rode home for lunch after.

BobSkoot used to enjoy attending coffee when he was in town so we had to take him for his first Corvallis outing at Coffee.

It was a small group that showed up for coffee with only 5 in attendance, but we were all on bikes.

(ScooterBob with 2 Tiger 955's, a Versys 300, a Ducati Monster 1200, and a Daytona 675)
No, your eyes do not deceive you, there were two Triumph Tiger 955's in Lucifer orange.  PolarBear replaced his stolen black Tiger with an orange one to match Troubadour's.

(The bikes get a closer view of ScooterBob)
Troubadour thinks this looks like when a dog wanders into a cow pasture and they all get a close up look and are curious as to what it is.

I took one last picture of the crew with ScooterBob.

(L-R-Troubadour, Polar Bear, Melissa, and Josh)
We are hoping to get out and get some proper pics and give ScooterBob a nice tour, but with prior obligations it will take a week or two.

Stay tuned.

- Troubadour & Trobairitz


Saturday, May 13, 2017

iMBC 2017

This airplane on a stick was in Princeton, BC, at the local airstrip. I thought it looked kinda cool and a good Scooterbob backdrop. Shortly after this picture was taken, we were across the border into Washington headed for the Hood River. I met with YouTube RV vloggers (not moto-vloggers) Tom and Lori who were workcamping as campground hosts for the Toll Bridge County Park. I have not met very many retired couples before who were full time in their 5th wheel RV so it was an interesting conversation.

After a stop in Vancouver, WA, to unload stuff from the truck. I headed down to Corvallis, OR. On the way I picked up moto-blogger, ChrisL of everydayriding.org, at the Portland airport. Dropping him off turned this from simply a hand-off to a moto-blogger meetup. Scooterbob is now onto new adventures with Troubadour and Trobairitz (they're the ones on the left).

BTW, I couldn't figure out if it was ScooterBob or Scooterbob. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Almost Through Canada

 

Today's travels took us on a familiar road with a midday stop at the Williams Lake Visitor's Center. They had great free Wi-Fi and an Indian food truck in the parking lot. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

End of the Alaska Hwy

We made it the the other end of the Alaska Highway this afternoon. So, unlike the sign says, we are exiting the "World Famous Alaska Highway". 

 

Here is a better view of the sign. Usually this place is packed with every one wanting their motorcycle/bicycle/SUV or whatever in front of the sign. Today, we were the only ones there. 


 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Finally Heading South

Scooterbob is on the move again. We are heading down the Alaska Highway except we are doing it backwards compared to the "norm". The first stop was Birch Lake about 70 miles southwest of Fairbanks. Theoretically it's on the Richardson Highway and not the Alaska Highway. Still a little bit of ice. 



The end of the Alaska Hwy is usually a busy place. But we are still well before the normal tourist season. The visitors center was still closed for the season. 



We stopped at the border to get another popular photo stop for just about anyone visiting Alaska. Again, no one else around. This will prove to be the norm for the next couple of days. Canadian customs is still 20km down the road. 



After an overnight stop in Whitehorse, YT, we got an early start. The bridge is where the Alaska Highway crosses the Yukon River. 



Muncho Lake was still pretty frozen. This is in the Canadian Rockies and is one of best locations to spot wildlife. Going through here we passed about two dozen caribou. Later on, a couple of rock sheep, about 30-40 buffalo and one black bear. The bear looked like it was waiting for a bicyclist. 

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hanging Out with Airheads

I think that SB enjoyed meeting with the Fairbanks Airheads.org group at their monthly get together aka "Barley Therapy" at the Silver Gulch microbrewery. This is just a portion of the group. To the right of SB is another Richard (last name unknown) from Colorado who did a presentation of a planned trip from Deadhorse south. Four of them on KLR 650s with the Alaska/Canadian portion in the winter with a sidecar for stability. They even plan on riding through the Darian Gap which I've heard is very difficult. He enjoyed hearing the SB story.

I plan on heading south towards the PNW in a little over a month which means that SB can attend next month's get together at the Howling Dog Saloon (owned by one of the members). It'll be before they are officially open for business for the season.

Today, we ran around Fairbanks but I couldn't find anything "scenic" enough to justify a picture. Breakup is starting and everything is a real mess with dirty snowpiles and trash starting to surface.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Long Time, No Post

No new posts for a month and a half as we are still patiently waiting for more moderate weather. Maybe in another couple of weeks. Daylight is up to almost 13 hours and we are actually getting some warming from the sun. That's not the case in the middle of the winter when the high temperature for the day frequently occurs in the middle of the night. My unscientific definition of Spring is overnight lows above 0°F. That seems reasonable, eh?

That could be as soon as next week. In about six weeks, Scooterbob and I will start down the Alaska Hwy seeing what we can see though it will be early in the season. Bobscoot had talked about traveling up to Alaska but always thought, like many others, that he needed a different bike to make the trip. It won't be a bike trip though it will probably be warm enough for a ride tomorrow. The local BMW shop is having an open house with free food!