The Benzine Motorcycle

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It wasn’t just the illustration that caught my attention, it also was the date of the newspaper –1896. The front page of the December 12th issue of the Scientific American was devoted to two illustrations of a sophisticated two-wheel vehicle that were identified only as a “motor cycle using benzine.” My curiosity was piqued. Joel …


Riding the Charlevoix: Part II –House of the Bootlegger

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With the St. Lawrence River 1,000 feet below and Mount Èboulements rising behind me it stretches the imagination that this was ground zero of the cataclysmic meteorite impact that formed the vast crater of the Charlevoix. It seems both strange and understandable why this region wasn’t identified as being an impact crater until 1965. Toss …

Riding the Charlevoix: Into the Heart of the Crater

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It’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever ridden across a meteorite crater. In fact, I believe there is only one crater on this planet that has public roads crossing it. There definitely isn’t another one whose resident artists are international recognized or that is a gastronomical center par excellence. The Charlevoix is unique and it’s one …

Coconut Socks for Riders

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Coconut Socks Gen3 Odorless Comfort (your buddies will thank you) RoadGear Styles: Tall, Crew, Ankle, No-Show; $12.95 – $19.95 Sizes: Men 7-16; Women 6-10 Color: Gray with red logo (800) 854-4327 I’m a Capricorn, and while most aspects of popular astrology are pure hokum I seem to possess a trait often associated with this …

Captured On Film

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Captured on Film Kelli Chillson Photography 808-227-9536 2450 10th Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 She was sitting in a white 10×10 selling a book with a black cover. A collection of black and white photographs depicting biker culture. Discovering that she had just picked up this first run from the printer a tiny light flashed …