Kathy Troiani has two big passions: motorcycles, and lending Windsor and Essex County a helping hand.
Troiani is president of the Essex County Riders, a non-profit, charity-focused group for motorcycle fans of all stripes.
There are no dues. There's no membership fee. And it's not just for lifelong riders. All you need to join the ride, Troiani says, is an interest in helping the region and a passion for riding on two wheels, no matter how far or how fast.
"I find people are quite surprised, especially with myself, that we're normal, everyday people," she said.
Troiani founded the Riders about four years ago alongside Ken Avellino and veteran Mark Woltz. Each one of them, she said, rides a different type of bike.
She said there are usually about 15 supporters as well, sometimes more, sometimes less. They come from all walks of life, from Harley riders to doctors and lawyers.
For her part Troiani is studying accounting at St. Clair College.
UPPER RAWDON: With the warmer weather comes the opportunity for alternate modes of transportation, the most fun involving leather, chrome, and a roaring engine.
In the short six months since its inception, the Nova Scotia Retreads Motorcycle group saltwater chapter has increased from three to 28 members, with an emphasis on keeping rides rural.
“Because of where we live,” said group founder Kelly Pidgeon, “we have all these beautiful places to ride right in our own backyard, and beautiful back roads around the province—we’re very fortunate.”
The group started with the hopes of being more inclusive of all types of riders. The only stipulation is that you must be over 40, and enjoy the wind screaming in your ears. To read the rest of the article: http://www.enfieldweeklypress.com/stories.asp?id=3853
Terry did a different route from us and wound up in White Horse then came down the Casiar hwy from Watson Lake. He had more time and had never been to White Horse. Paul did his own version of our ride and we didn't connect till Hyder. Dave also rode his own route and meet him at Hyder
Laura was in our group and her first major trip to start her great Europe adventure. After the Hyder Seek event Laura is flying her and her bike to Scottland. She has planned that she is going to do some work to pay for her adventure, she got a work visa for 5 years that is good for Scotland Ireland and England. She is planning to also do trips into other European countries when she can.
The trip back from Hyder on a detour before Prince Goerge 30 KM's of gravel and dust. When we got to Prince Goerge we found that her headlight lense was smashed, the bulb was still working. She rode with us until Hinton where she was going to visit some friends before her flight out. She will definataly have some stories to tell. She has gained so much experience that anything she runs into while on her Europe trip will not suprize her.
Mike's wife Karen that was the passenger, Mike and Karen took the bus tour up to the Salmon Glacier and farther. On this trip they had stopped at a spot where there was a large pile of snow. Karen climbed up it to get a photo, standing on the top seconds later she disappeared. She had dropped down 6 feet under the surface. She was then able to climb out to say I'm okay. The bus driver “Barfly” of course played the card that his record would have been broken as he has never lost a passenger.
Karen had the luck of a first timer at hyder won the events grand prize. This prize is for a guided motorcycle trip to Switzerland that includes the motorcycle, hotels, 2 meals a day, you pay your flight and fuel for the bike. In the past three years 2 people that I have rode with to the event have won the grand prize. I hope that it's my turn next time.
Dan's trip up to the Salmon Glacier may have not been the best descision. The tire got punctured, Laura was with him so she brought Dan back to the Sea Alaska. There was another rider there that heard of the problem and came forward with the tools and the know how to maybe get the bike back off the back roads. Laura came to the rescue again and took Dan on the back of her Harley back to where Dan's bike was left. The other rider just followed them up as where a passenger usualy sits was a fuel cell. The trio were successful at getting the bike back to the Sea Alaska.
Thanks to the support of other riders that help when things go wrong. The tire held air till the next morning it looked like it may hold but we got to just past the Bear Glacier on the way back and the plug let go. There was only one option left to get the tow truck and get the bike back to Stewart or Smithers. The only safe choice to get it home safely would be to replace the tire or trailer it. The thing to remember if you want to get the most out of your tire the wear bars are there to tell you it maybe a good idea to change your tire if it's close before a long trip to just be on the safe side. If you have pushed the wear don't be going on rough gravel roads as there is very little rubber left to protect the surface from damage your just asking for trouble.
The weekend was way better weather wise than was at home Calgary and Edmonton both had snow. We had sunshine and warm tempatures just a short sprinkle on the trip up. The closer we got to Alberta the cooler it got on the way home.
This is a trip that once you do it the first time as one of the regulars to the event said it gets in you blood. This was my fourth time and I am getting ready for next years.
Les Johnson, FSMA
The original article appeared in the 25th Edition of the Busted Knuckle Chronicles 2010
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