Monday, December 5, 2011

First Breakfast of the winter season

Thanks to everyone that showed up for the first breakfast get together at Just Eddies last Sunday morning. Looks like a great turnout and thanks also go to Blanka and Wally for sending in the pictures. Always more pictures can be seen by clicking on Photo Gallery 2011 on the right hand side of this page.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rest stop in South Texas

Just a little rest stop in South Texas during Rush Hour. Took a ride today from Baffin Bay through Falfurrias, Ramirez, Benavides, San Diego, Alice, Kingsville and home. If any of these places sound a bit Mexican, that's because this area was once part of Mexico.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Riding in Florida

Keith met up with a Florida Chapter of the Southern Cruisers who invited him to join them on a ride. He said they ride about the same distance as we do but start earlier in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Don't ya just feel so sorry for them. Thanks for the picture Keith.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Tim

Looks like a great turnout for Tim's 50 th. Birthday Bash, thanks to Blanka for the pictures. More can be seen by clicking on Photo Gallery 2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Ride continues into November

Good to see our Chapter still riding into November and enjoying reasonable temperatures and great company. Thanks to Steve for the ride and also the pictures, more can be seen by clicking on the Photo Gallery on the right side of this page. In the meantime, Barb and I wish you all well from Lucedale Mississippi. Tomorrow we head down to Bay St. Louis Mississippi to stock up on some local shrimp and enjoy the white sand beaches, look a bit like snow.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pictures from Wally Zee

Assorted pictures recently sent in from Wally, more by clicking on "Photo Gallery 2011"

Polar Bear Ride

The temperature was a chilly minus 4 degrees when I crawled out of bed last Sunday morning to prepare myself for another Ride Day. By the time I left the house, it had risen to the dizzy heights of zero with ice still on the puddles. Imagine my surprise to find eleven hardy souls ready to ride and enjoy each others company on a beautiful cool sunny day in Muskoka. The initial decision was to keep the ride short but the ride up Coopers Falls Road and 118 into Bracebridge for a coffee stop soon changed to a normal Sunday ride of around 300 kms which took us up through Rosseau, Minet, Port Sandfield and lunch at Bass Lake Restaurant. Then on through Bala, Torrence and down the twisty Muskoka 13 to home. Great ride, Great company.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cool Weather Riding

Our Sunday rides are still providing us with very pleasant weather although a touch cool when we leave home. Last Sunday we had an amazing 15 bikes show up for the ride to Fenelon Falls with another three that turned up late and unfortunately missed the ride.
With the cooler temperatures, the rides will become a little shorter with perhaps more frequent stops to thaw out. To remain more comfortable, dress in layers and don't forget that throwing on the rain suit does an great job of keeping out the cold wind.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More pictures of the Fall Ride

Thanks to Keith for more pictures taken on such a beautiful Fall day. Even more by clicking on the Photo Gallery 2011.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend

With sunny skies and warm temperatures, another spectacular Fall ride. This time along Muskoka 117 to Dorset and south to the Fire House Restaurant for lunch. The trip home took us along Muskoka 118 and south on Barkway Road to Coopers Falls Road through Washago, Rama and home. Thanks to the great turnout with a special thanks to the ladies that also showed up. Here are some of the pictures taken by Daphne, more can be seen by clicking on the Photo Gallery 2011.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Algonquin Park

The weather for last Sunday's Colour Ride to Algonquin Park turned out to be about as perfect as it could get. Sunny skies, warm temperatures and calm winds greeted us on this spectacular ride through the Park to Whitney for an excellent lunch, then down hwy 127 and Peterson Road through Wilberforce, Kinmount and Norland for an ice cream stop arriving back in Orillia by 6.00 pm. Great day, great company. Another 450 kms. on the clock, time for new tires again. Thanks to Steve S for some of the pictures, more can be seen by clicking on Photo Gallery 2011.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday night Ride or Not to Ride.

Can't say that I blame anyone for not showing up last night, who really wants to ride in the rain after dark anyway. This was the sorry scene outside Timmy's though with my bride and I inside the establishment putting another half an inch on the waistline.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Busy Weekend

Saturday was the Midland Toy Ride with over 300 bikes taking part. The day was sunny and cool for the ride through Balm Beach, Midland and Penetang, arriving back at Mountain View Plaza for free pizza and pop. Thanks to Jim Wright for the pictures, much more by clicking on the Photo Gallery 2011 on the right side of this page.

Next day was the ride to Sprucedale along the same twisty route we took a few weeks ago. Weather was perfect, service in the Sprucedale Hotel a little less than perfect with several of us not getting lunch, too bad. However the ride was exciting to say the least with lots of really great company. Thanks to Steve Shane for these pictures and again, more to be seen by clicking on the Photo Gallery 2011.

Mating season appears to be getting under way for our beloved Moose, this ol' Boy may have just got lucky.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Last Bike Night at Gravenhurst

Another party night on the wharf at Gravenhurst for their last Bike Night of the season. Weather was heavy overcast skies which turned to rain for the ride back home. Check out the party animals below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last Coldwater Bike Night of the Season

A record number of 110 bikes showed up for the last night of the season at Midland Recreation in Coldwater. Free hamburgers and hotdogs and the chance to win the 50/50 draw and several door prizes including two new tires installed. Also a great opportunity to make new friends and re-visit old acquaintances. Over a thousand dollars has been collected which will be donated this time to the Coldwater Food Bank, so thank you everyone for your support and generosity. More pictures by clicking on the Photo Gallery.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Haliburton Highlands

Sunny skies, dry roads and warm temperatures was the perfect combination for a great ride to Haliburton last Sunday. Expect the future rides to be cooler temperatures as we head into Fall, so a good idea to dress in layers. Picture below shows most of us on this ride outside the restaurant in Haliburton. Thanks to Murray  and Steve for leading the ride, also Wally as the tail guard.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Haugan's BIG ONE Bike Night

Another great night at Haugan's bike Night near Port Perry. Not quite the turnout that was expected but still lots of interesting bikes to see including this beautifully restored 1955 Vincent Black Prince, the last model to be produced by Vincent Motorcycles. This 998 cc bike was basically a Black Shadow with a fairing and was considered the finest machine of it's time with many design features adopted on today's bikes. The owner of this bike pictured below said he had $75,000 invested in it and probably won't loose any money if he had to sell. WOW.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall is in the air.

This past Sunday saw a bunch of rather hardy members take off under overcast skies for the Blue Mountain area. Upon riding into Stayner, it was time to reach for the rain gear as the view of the mountain area ahead looked a bit dismal. Sure enough, the rain came down washing off the bugs on the visor but messing up the shiny bikes pretty bad. A welcome lunch stop just north of Flesherton was in order to dry out and fill the personal tank for the next part of the trip to Look out Point, an aircraft cockpit view of Collingwood and the shoreline of Georgian Bay. Thanks to all those that enjoyed this ride and also to Blanka for the pictures.

On the Tuesday Coldwater Bike Night we witnessed with pleasure, Blanka win a new bike tire and Dan ALMOST win the 50/50, nice try Dan, better luck next time.
Next evening was our normal Wednesday night ride, this time through Midland, Penetang and Awenda Provincial Park with trees forming a tunnel on it's twisty road. Great Ride.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer's not over yet.

Last Tuesday evening there was another record number of bikes at the Coldwater Bike Night, 82 was the final count. September 13 will be the final Ride In of the season for this event with free hamburgers available for everyone that has supported the Coldwater Bike Night at Midland Recreation. I believe this will be a very special evening, so put this on your calender.

Wednesday evening under cloudy skies 13 of us took a very pleasant ride to Wasaga Beach, then back through Midland with a brief stop at Tim Horton's before heading home. The last part of the trip was quite dark and at least one rider (Barb) was not at all comfortable.

Next came the Thursday night Ride In sponsored by Pink Slips Car Club and Midland Recreation to raise funds for the Child's Voice Foundation. This was Classic Cars and Motorcycles. Again the skies were cloudy but NO rain.