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Introduction

Welcome to Next Big Whoop! Here you can find my photographs and comments on a few British motorcycles (BSA, Triumph and Velocette), a German bike (NSU), and Japanese bikes (Yamaha). These are from my experiences with particular models from these manufacturers that I have owned, ridden and maintained over the past several years.

2015 April 3: Added smartphone website version

2014 August 13
: after spending significant time researching deck building and available lumber and hardware, I stumbled across a company that makes certain aspects of deck building much simpler while producing an attractive solution. TITAN is a company that sells hardware to simplify the attachment of vertical posts to a variety of deck surfaces in a strong and straightforward manner. The company has a variety of other items that simplify the process of building deck guard rails, laying decking and protecting deck joists. If one has any interest in a home project such as deck building or enhancement, one would do well to visit the TITAN company website.

2011 July 2: please see the link below (Dartman at Triond) to find information on lawn mower repair, tips for improving your dart game, a novel method for reducing painting costs when renovating or repairing drywall, some of my early poetry and other such creative writing.

2011 December 18: after locating an excellent Canadian supplier for parts for various snowblowers, lawn mowers and other garden equipment (many different models and types) and having ordered replacement parts for my own snowblower from this company and being totally happy and impressed by their service and the associated cost (very reasonable), I felt obligated to provide a link here so that others may easily find those parts needed to repair or maintain their equipment.

Cormier Equipment should be first on your list if you are looking for those hard-to-find-locally parts and indeed any parts for your garden equipment.

In the photos section of this site are a variety of pictures that you may find entertaining. Most of the photos link to larger versions of the same picture, so be sure to pass the mouse pointer over the pictures to find out if the picture is clickable.

My interests section explores the practical and the ethereal aspects of life as a human being from a somewhat personal point of view. Please be kind and remember that, for the most part, we are all just exploring life as fragile, ego-centric "individuals" that have much in common (apologies for the rambling).

If this is your first visit to Next Big Whoop, and you are concerned about security, I thought a few words here might alleviate the fear of visiting. Please be assured that I have made efforts to ensure that the links contained here will not create any problems for people who want to browse and click safely (please check my privacy policy). I want this to be a site that anyone can visit with pleasure not trepidation. If this is not the case with your experience while here, please let me know so that I can check into it.


Interests - some personal interests

Motorcycles and Motorcycling

Photo album - containing photos of motorcycles, nature shots, good old days

Piker's Burls & Driftwood - have a look

My Wordpress Blog - various topics

 

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Area Background

First let me say that I appreciate the variety of living that Canada has to offer (with the majority of land being relatively untamed, so to speak). Specifically, being situated in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada for the major part of my life has provided me with the opportunity to experience a wide range of weather conditions and terrain types (although there is a slight bias towards black-fly-infested bush in the summer). At many and various spots along the Valley, one has access to the Ottawa River, making this area great for a variety of water sports from sailing to fishing (ice-fishing too) to water-skiing and swimming. Yes, there are even motorcycling enthusiasts in the area who take advantage of the scenery and the twisty, hilly roads that can be found if one looks around a little.

Here, we have winter temperatures as low as -35C to -40C while summer temperatures can be as high as 35C or higher. We have dry times and we have wet times, windy and calm, and inevitably we have lots of snow in winter (snow banks as high as four feet or more). Unfortunately, the weather is severe enough to affect the amount of time one can ride the bike, or work in the garden. In a typical year, in the Valley, one can use a motorcycle, snowmobile, four-wheeler, garden tiller, tent, boat - you name it - we have the weather for it. Unfortunately, the growing season for vegetables is somewhat short, with frost occurring as late as the middle of May, thereby making the starting of plants early under shelter or indoors almost a necessity.

The Barron Canyon is one of our area attractions, although for many years I wasn't aware of it. The hike/walk around the approximately 1 km trail takes one alongside the water, providing a 200 foot high viewpoint over this very canoe-able river. I have seen the views in winter and summer (from above and below) and I must admit this is a most beautiful experience. One should not be surprised to see, at various times and locations along the canyon, hikers, canoes, rock-climbers, wildlife of many descriptions, skiers or campers. This is a great day trip (by motorcycle too) from most places in the Valley and is only one of the many outdoor experiences available in this area. You may want to wait until black-fly and mosquito populations have subsided somewhat later in the summer unless you are comfortable protecting yourself from these.

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Excellent Link

Since my first note here concerning Facebook, Facebook has become a mega-popular site for staying in touch with friends and relatives. For those who need a great way to stay in touch or perhaps strike up new acquaintances, Facebook seems perfect. All you want to stay in touch. Check it out for free.

Please also note that this site is updated from time-to-time, so check back once in a while for additions and changes (you may want to bookmark this page to make it easy to get back). In addition to my personal points of view or experiences, there are links to good sites with investing information, music and music software, and freeware tools. Here you will find specialty wood for sale, nature photographs, some words about motorcycle trips I have taken in the distant past, scans of old photos and advertisements and more. You will find scattered throughout the site, snippets of opinion, idea and approach. I believe that this is a liberty that the web supports and that the opportunity to share must be the most wonderful aspect of the internet.


If anyone has any feedback positive and/or constructive), please let me know. Thank you.

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