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Fri, 12/04/13 – 10:38 | Comment

“We’ve canceled beverage service for this flight due to turbulence”, the pilot announces. For the duration of the flight the twin-turbo prop is batted around by the wind like a cat toying with a mouse. My broken left clavicle moves in ways that are wrong… I should have made a more concerted effort to find the painkillers back in SeaTac.

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Broken – 3: Turbulence
Friday, 12 Apr, 2013 – 10:38 | Comment
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“We’ve canceled beverage service for this flight due to turbulence”, the pilot announces. For the duration of the flight the twin-turbo prop is batted around by the wind like a cat toying with a mouse. My broken left clavicle moves in ways that are wrong… I should have made a more concerted effort to find the painkillers back in SeaTac.

Broken – 2: Ambulance
Friday, 29 Mar, 2013 – 14:30 | 5 Comments
Police loading me for transport to the Medico.

Perhaps you consider yourself jeopardy friendly, a risk taker, an extremist? If so might I suggest a new undertaking, because no matter how hardcore you are, you are squat compared to a volunteer Mexican ambulance driver.

Broken – 1: Snapped
Monday, 25 Mar, 2013 – 20:09 | 12 Comments
Neil's Horrible Clavicle

“There’s some ruts,” comes Kevin’s voice over the Interphone F5 communicator. We’ve done the tough stuff, and right now we are riding from the Panaderia to the beach with a brown bag of fresh baked goods for breakfast. I divert my attention from Kevin riding ahead to the road directly in front of me. I look up, and it all goes wrong.

Road to Ruins: Episode 3 – BMW R1200GS Adventure v. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Friday, 27 Apr, 2012 – 11:34 | Comment
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BMW’s R1200GS Adventure is the gold standard in adventure touring bikes, but now it’s facing down challengers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Is the road to ruins for the BMW paved by the likes of the Ducati? Before we find out off the pavement, a little protection and preparation is in order. If we had the licensing, we’d cue the A-team montage music and cut to the folks at AltRider.com.

Road to Ruins: Episode 2 – BMW R1200GS Adventure v. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Friday, 17 Feb, 2012 – 19:52 | One Comment

BMW’s R1200GS Adventure is the gold standard in adventure touring bikes, but now it’s facing down challengers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Is the road to ruins for the BMW paved by the likes of the Ducati? Join OneWheelDrive.Net as we conduct a we conduct a monumental comparison against a back drop of dead seas, dying towns, a makeshift community on an abandoned military base and 800 year-old cliff dwellings from the end of the Sinagua people, all on “The Road to Ruins”.

Road to Barkerville – Episode 3 of 4
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 16:47 | Comment

The Curbsyde team follows the roads, history and the culture of the incredibly beautiful British Columbia backroads to discover the Road to Barkerville. The area surrounding Barkerville is rich in gold panning history. While en-route they encounter natural wonders, wildlife, colorful characters, tourism hot spots and destinations well off the beaten track.

Road to Barkerville – Episode 1 of 4
Thursday, 5 Jan, 2012 – 9:18 | Comment
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The Curbsyde team follows the roads, history and the culture of the incredibly beautiful British Columbia backroads to discover the Road to Barkerville. The area surrounding Barkerville is rich in gold panning history. While en-route they encounter natural wonders, wildlife, colorful characters, tourism hot spots and destinations well off the beaten track.

RWC: The North – Episode 4 Excerpts
Tuesday, 5 Jul, 2011 – 9:33 | 2 Comments
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This northern alberta episode is a mix of cold temperatures, winter conditions, and northern Canadian culture. Featuring ice fishing on Alberta’s largest lake, the team tries their luck at catching pike at minus 30 below. It’s then on to Canada’s oil producing capital Fort McMurray, with a much needed rest before tackling one of Canada’s least traveled ice roads. The first of two major winter roads (ice roads) begins 60km’s north of Fort McMurray. The riders prepare themselves for their greatest challenge yet. Between rough snow patches, empty roads, and slow speed crashes, this is the start of the serious winter hardships.

RWC: The North – Episode 3 Excerpts
Wednesday, 22 Jun, 2011 – 16:17 | 3 Comments
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Beginning in Peace River, the adventure suddenly becomes even more real as the threat of a severe winter weather warning has the team on full alert for their longest leg yet. Battling through temperatures of -30 C, the team heads northward into Northern Alberta. This northern Alberta episode is a mix of cold temperatures, winter conditions, and northern Canadian culture.

RWC: The North – Episode 2 Excerpts
Saturday, 2 Apr, 2011 – 15:53 | Comment
Reconnecting With Canada: The North – Episode 1
Saturday, 2 Apr, 2011 – 8:18 | 5 Comments
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The RWC: North team leave from Victoria BC, on their arctic journey. On the very first day they encounter more than they bargained for with a major snow storm. Then it’s the transition from mild temperatures and urban centres to hard packed snow and small communities.

Road to Ruins: Episode 1 – BMW R1200GS Adventure v. Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Monday, 28 Mar, 2011 – 20:12 | 8 Comments
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BMW’s R1200GS Adventure is the gold standard in adventure touring bikes, but now it’s facing down challengers like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring. Is the road to ruins for the BMW paved by the likes of the Ducati? Join OneWheelDrive.Net as we conduct a we conduct a monumental comparison against a back drop of dead seas, dying towns, a makeshift community on an abandoned military base and 800 year-old cliff dwellings from the end of the Sinagua people, all on “The Road to Ruins”.

Reconnecting With Canada: The North – Prologue
Friday, 25 Mar, 2011 – 9:24 | 5 Comments
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The Reconnecting With Canada: North crew are heading, as you would expect, North. Unlike most motorcyclists they aren’t waiting for clear skies and warm days, they are doing the ride in winter. Join the team of riders Joe Lloyd and Paul Mondor and support drivers Jesse Clark and Flora Lloyd as they prepare the bikes for the trip.

Road to Ruins – 2: Slab City
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 12:35 | 7 Comments
A Military Presence

Slab City, “turn on, tune in, drop out”, this is a place to get at least one of those right. Gaining its appellation from the concrete slabs remaining from the flattened and abandoned WWII Marine Barracks Camp Dunlap, the slabs play host to hippies in shanty-town shacks, octogenarians RVs and hermits with a social life. But, the most notable resident is a man building a technicolor dream mountain.

Road to Ruins – 1: The Salton Sea
Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 – 0:12 | 11 Comments
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We’re in a bar, because if you’re going to kick off a series called “Road to Ruins” it needs to start in a bar. A properly seedy bar, one in a town where dreams haven’t just been dashed or faded, they’ve been bludgeoned to death and their corpses dissolved in a toxic stew.

Reconnecting With Canada: Episode 15 – Return to Quebec.
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 19:45 | Comment

Back on the mainland, Joe & Flora explore the Gaspesie peninsula and some of the odd inhabitants at Bonaventure Island. Then its back to the St. Lawrence river and the heart of french Canada, Montreal!

Reconnecting With Canada : Webisode 14 – Newfoundland 2
Wednesday, 13 Oct, 2010 – 15:49 | One Comment

Curbsyde’s second Newfoundland episode showcases some more amazing scenery and marine life. Joe & Flora experience some great Newfoundland hospitality, and interesting characters before making it to the furthest eastern point of the Reconnecting With Canada series; Signal Hill.

Tropic of Cancer: Beach House at the End of the World
Tuesday, 5 Oct, 2010 – 12:30 | Comment
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There is a soft solid plop behind me as a lime falls from the tree, sacrificed its virgin self to the dark gods of Rum and Coke. I pick it up, set it on the table for later and seal its Cuba Libre fate. Kevin and I have reached Cabo Pulmo in the Southern Baja, and are recuperating at the beach house at the end of the world. Nine kilometers of what we’ve come to consider gentle gravel and light sand to the north of us is a line. Another latitude collected by motorcycle, the Tropic of Cancer.