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Skamokawa man dies in motorcycle crash

MC The Columbian

A Skamokawa man died Sunday after losing control of a motorcycle on state Highway 503 in Cowlitz County.
'A Skamokawa man died Sunday after losing control of a motorcycle on state Highway 503 in Cowlitz County. Emergency crews responded shortly after 12:30 p.m. to the crash near Merwin Village Road. A 2003 Harley Davidson was traveling southbound when the driver lost control on a curve and struck a guardrail, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo. The motorcycle slid under the guardrail while the driver was tossed over it, according to the memo. The driver — Reese E. Gullickson, 84 — was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.'

Cars & Stripes Forever! classic car show returns to San Pedro

MC Daily Breeze

Now in its 11th year, the show featured more than 100 cars built before 1975, in addition to exotic models and motorcycles.
'Surf instrumental band Jetpack performs on the Promenade at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Visitors at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro walk along the Promenade to admire classic cars and lowriders on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Visitors at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro walk along the Promenade to admire classic cars and lowriders on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) A flag flies on an old Chevrolet at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Cover band Radio Active performs on the main stage surrounded by classic cars at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) A hood ornament shines on a Pontiac at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Chrome bumpers cover the front of an old Pontiac at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Visitors at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro walk along the Promenade to admire classic cars and lowriders on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) People stop to admire a classic Chevrolet at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Passersby check out the chrome engine in Marco Santa Cruz’ 1963 Chevy Impala at the annual Cars & Stripes Forever event in San Pedro on Friday, June 28, 2019. About 40 classic cars were on display as well as bands performing on two stages and fireworks capping off the evening. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Show Caption of Expand The Port of Los Angeles-sponsored Cars & Stripes Forever! classic car show returned to San Pedro on Friday. Now in its 11th year, the show featured more than 100 cars built before 1975, in addition to exotic models and motorcycles. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tCheap fun in the South Bay sun: Relaxing hacks to beat the July 4th holiday hassles\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t5 tips for making the most of July 4th along the Southern California coast\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tOut & About: Things to do in the South Bay June 30-July 4\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tOut & About: Things to do in the South Bay June 28-30\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tHere’s how The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach is celebrating 70 years as hub of West Coast jazz'

Return to Sweet Briar Lake, ND for a Rest

MC Road Pickle

On the busy and hectic schedule that was the 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Rally that Sash and her assistant organizers put together, it was time for a rest.In the previous year, Sweet Briar Lake had provided me with a great opportunity to rest and recoup
'On the busy and hectic schedule that was the 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Rally that Sash and her assistant organizers put together, it was time for a rest.In the previous year, Sweet Briar Lake had provided me with a great opportunity to rest and recoup after the original rally.Since it was not that far away from Minnesota, I opted to tow the trailer there for yet another opportunity to relax.This would also be Sash’s first chance to witness this campground after I had talked it up over the past several months.Sweet Briar Lake is owned and operated by the Morton County Department of Parks and Recreation under a partnership with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department.It’s all primitive camping here, no reservations, no fees, with a 10-day maximum stay.I didn’t get the same campsite as before; there were other people camped there.But I found a great little site by the water, hidden from view from other people.And it turned out to be just what we needed.Sash was able to shift gears and get herself prepared for her Alaska Road Trip coming up in a week.I was finally able to get my mind turned around and start doing some work.Sweet Briar Lake is a destination for local fishermen and bird watchers.A wide variety of migratory birds stop here.There are also bald eagles that can be enjoyed along with mule deer.At night, you can sit outside and watch the fireflies.Considering that Sash needed to run errands, we were only 25 miles from the city center of Bismarck.She got the oil changed on her Suburban, got her prescription meds filled, bought some things at Walmart, and picked up packages that our bookkeeper sent over.We even found a Bob’s Big Boy Drive Thru.It was strictly drive-thru, no dine in restaurant.I didn’t know such a peculiarity existed.We got an 8-piece box of Pappy Parker’s Fried Chicken and took it back to the trailer.We ended up staying at Sweet Briar Lake for 9 days.On the day we left, we headed west into Montana.Sash would follow me into the town of Glendive, on eastern end of the state.There, we stayed overnight at a truck stop & casino.The next morning, she took off to Canada and Alaska.I headed to another lake, Fort Peck Lake, to begin my two months of being on my own Note : read my write up of Sweet Briar Lake from last year. . The post Return to Sweet Briar Lake, ND for a Rest appeared first on Road Pickle .'

2019 ATC Toy Hauler Summer Rally – A Success!

MC Road Pickle

The 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Summer Rally came about as a result of the success of the 2018 “Alumi-Rally” in Bremen, IN.So when everyone who attended wanted to return for a 2019 rally, Sash and I couldn’t say no.
'The 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Summer Rally came about as a result of the success of the 2018 “Alumi-Rally” in Bremen, IN.So when everyone who attended wanted to return for a 2019 rally, Sash and I couldn’t say no.Now organized as “ATC Owners”, Sash managed to turn her event planning skills into an actual business whose purpose is to create a community of ATC Toy Hauler owners (and ATC Quest trailer owners) by planning rallies across the country.The 2019 rally was sponsored by Toppers and Trailers Plus and Brown Motorcars, two of ATC’s top trailer dealers.Because both dealers are located in the midwest (Minnesota and Iowa respectively), we chose a location close to them.Old Barn Resort came up as a possible choice to facilitate the rally.Located in southeastern Minnesota, next to the town of Preston, it seemed to have everything we needed: plenty of available sites, full hookups, great trails for bicycling, lots of trees, and a good distance away from suburbia.The date was set, June 6-8, 2019, on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with everyone heading back home on Sunday.Sash and I arrived at Old Barn Resort on Tuesday so that we could get a head start on getting the rally put into place.We met the owners of the resort, worked out the logistics, and started setting up.I had to give our ATC Toy Hauler a badly needed clean up.It was about 9 months since the last time I gave it a full cleaning.You don’t get a lot of opportunities to clean when you’re boondocking, and you tend to rely on Mother Nature to keep it showered off.By the next day, Wednesday, the staff from ATC Toy Haulers showed up, Dale Davis, Jason Schlabach, and a couple others.They brought in the new 32 foot fifth wheel toy hauler to show off.That night, Sash and I, along with a few other rally attendees who showed up early, went out for dinner with them.By the next day, Thursday, everyone showed up with their toy haulers.We had 32 trailers in all.Over 70 people in attendance.We exceeded last year’s total.Many of last year’s attendees showed up, but there were a lot of new faces here too.It’s one thing to meet each other on Facebook, but it’s an entirely different thing to meet each other in person and become real friends, not just Facebook friends.Having these rallies brings all of us ATC owners together to become that, real friends.So, on the success of the 2019 rally, we’re looking at a 2020 rally.But, it looks like we’ll have two rallies in 2020, a winter rally somewhere in Arizona or California, and the other in Spring towards the east coast.A special thanks to the 2019 rally sponsors, Toppers and Trailers Plus (aluminum sponsor), and Brown Motorcars.ATC Toy Haulers themselves was also a sponsor.Sash is also very proud to announce that ATC Owners, the group that she and I put together, is now the officially recognized owners group for ATC Toy Haulers.It’s very exciting to get ATC’s recognition because it means we’ve done a great job and have their blessing to push this even further.BTW, if you’re an ATC Toy Hauler or Quest Trailer owner, make sure to visit our official website at: https://www.atcowners.com . The post 2019 ATC Toy Hauler Summer Rally – A Success! appeared first on Road Pickle .'

Here is BMW’s new electric motorcycle concept

MC TechCrunch

BMW has a long history of building motorcycles, but it hasn’t done all that well in the electric motorcycle department. Clearly, though, this is something the company is thinking hard about and today, at its inaugural NextGen event, the company
'BMW has a long history of building motorcycles, but it hasn’t done all that well in the electric motorcycle department . Clearly, though, this is something the company is thinking hard about and today, at its inaugural NextGen event, the company showed its newest electric concept bike, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster. As usual, there’s no guarantee that this concept will ever come to market. Indeed, it’s likely that it won’t, but it will provide the inspiration for what will eventually go into production. Going electric is a hard move to make for a company and that has been associated with its 2-cylinder boxer engine for ages. If it wants to produce a successful electric motorcycle, then it needs to be able to offer buyers not just performance (something they get by default with an electric engine and the torque it produces), but also something that retains the brand image buyers associate with BMW motorcycles. Edgar Heinrich, the Head of Design for BMW Motorrad, argues that the Vision DC Roadster does just that. “The boxer engine is the heart of BMW Motorrad – an absolute stalwart of its character,” he said. “But BMW Motorrad stands for visionary zero-emissions vehicle concepts, too. In view of this, one question that arises is: what would happen if we were to replace the boxer engine with an electric motor and the required battery? The Vision Bike shows how we’re able to retain the identity and iconic appearance of BMW Motorrad in distinctive form while at the same time presenting an exciting new type of riding pleasure.” Where a typical BMW motorbike would usually have its engine, the Vision roadster has a battery pack with coolers. Throughout the concept, the company’s designers used familiar design elements fro previous generations of the brand’s motorcycles. In addition to the motorcycle, BMW also today showed off a new concept vehicle, the BMW Vision M Next, a new electrified sports car. The idea here is to provide a counterpart to the existing iNEXT concept that focuses more on performance than ease of use. “Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ experiences more natural and more intense.” In line with this idea, the new concept vehicle promises to be able to go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in three seconds and offer a range of about 62 miles (which isn’t all that much). To get access to more power, drivers can also hit a BOOST+ button. With the M Next, BMW is also showing off some new user interface designs. The interface now adapts to the speed you are driving at, for example, and will automatically give you less information as you drive faster, in order to let you focus as you head down the autobahn at 120 mph.'