February 29, 2012

Moto Photo - #29 of 29

Whoot! I made it through the #29 of 29 Challenge, and would like to close up with a shocking detail of legalized waylaying:
#29: Not kidding!

EUR/L USD/L USD/GAL
1,43 1,92 7,27
1,56 2,10 7,95
1,59 2,14 8,10
1,65 2,22 8,40

Thank y'all for taking the time to follow me on the #29 of 29 Challenge and special thanks to those who commented, and of course thanks to Fuzzy for the idea. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Please make sure to check out the other participants in this wonderful challenge initiated by Fuzzy:

February 28, 2012

Moto Photo - #28 of 29

#28: Road to Unemployment

In April 2009 I was hit by the recession, and lost my job. After spending some time in Europe with my family I returned to Alberta and decided to pick up motorcycle riding after eleven years of two wheeled abstinence.

One of my favourite past-times became riding through Kananaskis Country, which was only a half hour ride away from my home back when I lived in Calgary.

The bike of choice on the day the photo was taken, was a Honda Silverwing scooter, which I liked a lot for its long distance capabilities. The long straight roads in Alberta are certainly true cruiser territory.

February 27, 2012

Moto Photo - #27 of 29

 #27: Draggin' it

I am almost at the end of my rope with this challenge, and will just continue to tell some stories from the road. 
The area where I grew up has a very distinct architecture: timber framing, often with the beams in black, and walls in white. The frames are exposed, and the filling is from bricks, plaster or clay. This ancient technology is not much different from how post and beam construction is done in nower days, even though some the materials might have changed.
The area was famous for tool and blade manufacturing, and these tools needed servicing such as sharpening or whetting.
A nearby river would be used as power source to work the water wheel that moves the grinder. This grindery is called Wipperkotten (Wipper = fast flowing creek, Kotten = hut, cottage), and was build back in the 17th century.
Unfortunately the museum was closed, so I continued to meander along the small roads, and thought many times... I wish I had a scooter.
Due to the time of the day there was almost no traffic which made the drive quite enjoyable.

February 26, 2012

Moto Photo - #26 of 29

 #26: Scootin' Art

While I was walking to my favourite breakfast joint in my hometown I noticed two-wheelers parked all over the place, mostly in otherwise illegal spots, which seems to be widely tolerated.

With breakfast as priority in mind I saved the photo shooting for later, and lost of course a few opportunities of fine pictures, as the bikes and their owners had moved on.
Typical German breakfast with rolls and cold cuts.

However, here's some more German smalltown architecture mixed with moto content. (I know I am getting desperate for moto themed challenge fodder.)
 Scooter parking is always a bit risky.
 Usually riders watch out for places where cars can't go such as pedestian zones or between poles.
 Bikes get squeezed in whereever they fit, and almost never get fined for illegal parking.
 Walkways or backyards are also welcome resting places for migrating two-wheelers.

February 25, 2012

Moto Photo - #25 of 29

An Espresso machine... on first gander nothing unusual about you would think... but mounted on an Ape (pronounced: Ah-Peh)... extraordinaire!
#25: Piaggio Ape Espresso

Caught on camera when visiting my old battle grounds a.k.a. Zwei-Rad (Two-Wheel) Otto, from whom I had procured my first Vespa scooter.
My first Vespa

February 24, 2012

Moto Photo - #24 of 29

 #24: Abbey Road

Altenberg Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery was founded in 1133, and can be found in a lovely valley (Odenthal) not far away from Cologne.
A monastery is where monks live in seclusion. They had a brewery, a cook house, a garden, and lovely scenery around. What a tough life they must have led...
The church burned down a few centuries ago, and the monastery was abandoned but later restored, and is today being used by both Christian religions, Protestants and Catholics.
The area is well maintained, and usually attracts lots of visitors, at least in the warmer seasons. I was pretty lucky to have all this architectural glory to myself.
Usually churches are full of pagean-like pomposity, but this one looks quite modest, just as the house of God should be.

February 23, 2012

Moto Photo - #23 of 29

 #23: Safe scooter parking in Germany

It's a well known fact that Germans put their two-wheelers on the roof of their house, where the bikes will be safe from prowling cars, wild hogs, crotch rockets and other predators. 

You don't believe it? Well, look at this one... it is a common habit to protect your two-wheeler that way. Seriously!

February 22, 2012

Moto Photo - #22 of 29

A Tourist in my own Country: Germany, North-Rhine Westphalia, Land of Berg.

Every time I visit my home country, I also try to re-visit a few places that my parents dragged us kids when we were little, preferably on Sunday afternoons when the weather was fair.
I hated these family outings, mostly because it included driving in an unreliable vehicle sans air condition and always on the verge of a breakdown, hours of walking in boring places, and fighting with the siblings (parents optional). At that time I was extremely allergic to my brother, and rather preferred to spend my Sundays all by myself with a book.
#22: Traveling in Time

But things have changed. I still love to stick my nose in a book (mostly a Kindle these days) however, since I left my homeland I became more and more curious about the places that had bored me to death so long ago.
This is the Müngsten Bridge, engineered by Anton von Rieppel, and with 107m (351ft) the highest steel bridge in Germany. It spans over the river Wupper connecting the cities Remscheid and Solingen via railway.
Ground breaking took place in 1894, and it was completed in 1897. I wish BC construction crews in nower days would work that fast.
A four kilometer hiking path along the river leads us to Burg, a medieval town, complete with an old church and a very gothic graveyard.
Burg castle resides on a hill, and is accessible by ropeway for those not afraid of heights. Construction of the castle started somewhat in the 12th century.
I enjoyed walking around and soaking in the ancient history. In the coffee houses they serve the local specialty, hot waffles topped with fruit and whipped cream. It took a lot of will power to resist the tempting smell.

I wondered why I made a fuss about these outings when I was a kid. It wasn't a bit boring, and I enjoyed the trip in the past very much.

February 21, 2012

Moto Photo - #21 of 29

The calender tells me we should be almost there. It's not even a month to go until Sping is supposed to arrive, yet there are only few traces of proof.
#21: Are we there yet?

The weather forecast begs to differ: Rain, rain, rain. Well, on the plus side... the rain is getting warmer.

They say there's linings made of silver
Folded inside each raining cloud
Well, we need someone to deliver
Our silver lining now.
(Lyrics taken from the song: Are we there yet)


A few more days to go, and the challenge of finding the right themed stuff is getting harder. For the next days I believe I have found a bit more blog fodder. So please stay tuned.

February 20, 2012

Moto Photo - #20 of 29

#20: Warholed
A model found on a friend's book shelf.

What to do with it when bored.

February 19, 2012

Moto Photo - #19 of 29

#19 - Bumper Sticker

I would like to see more considerate pick-up truck drivers on the road. This guy seemed to be the proverbial exception from the rule, he even noticed my scooter, and waved at me when I rode by.

Ten more to go and I am slowly running out of creative ideas. I dug through my archives, and continued to take a few pictures here and there - but they look all the same as they were taken mostly in the We(s)t Coast rain...

February 18, 2012

Moto Photo - #18 of 29

 #18: Strange Attraction. 
One of Toronto's finest had to surrender his vehicle.

Oops, I did it again.
This time a lady officer in Vancouver had to give up her bike.
What is it with me and Police bikes?

February 17, 2012

Moto Photo - #17 of 29

#17: Half a World away

About two years ago in March and April I had the pleasure to visit New Zealand for several weeks. A business trip was never sweeter. In a way it felt like six weeks paid vacation.

Every weekend I would take off to explore the Northern island. The whole experience left me with a big yearning for this beautiful corner of the world. One fine day, I will return...