“When hell freezes over!”
As a motorcycle enthusiast I'm pretty sure that phrase refers to mid-January in Ontario. Welcome to stir crazy season—a time of studying long term weather forecasts, cheering on global warming (and feeling bad about it) and emotional visits to the garage. It’s easy to wallow in the misery of snowstorms and road salt, and yes, it takes effort to make a change. Out with the bad thoughts, in with the good—help is only a picture away. Images, be it photo, video or mental have the power to put that smile back on your face; this is not the time for misery, it’s time to relive the past and plan for the future.
2012 was the year of my first two-wheel venture into Northeastern Ontario. I had just gotten back into motorcycling after a hiatus of couple of decades. With a past in dirt bikes, the adventure bike was my ride of choice. Researching Ontario’s potential for adventure riding, I came across an open invitation to come ride Manitoulin Island. That trip not only left me with new friendships, it also opened my eyes to the motorcycle touring potential of this region. Since then I have clocked thousands of kilometres of pavement, gravel and mud holes. Here’s to memories.