Check out this vintage Rokon from 1971, lovingly restored by a friend of mine.


Before there were all many of all terrain vehicles, there was the Rokon, which features an amazing design. Both the front and rear wheel are drive wheels thanks to a gear box located under the seat and a driveshaft that runs forward.


The Rokon is a rugged machine designed for rough use. The wheels are hollow and you can use them to store fuel.


While innovative, the design is fairly simple as you can see in the close-ups above and below.


It’s an impressive unit given when it was first available. Some stunning examples still in use.

Jamis Renegade (video review)

I posted a few months ago about the Jamis Renegade Elite bicycle. Well, now I’ve ridden more than 2,900 miles and it’s time for a video review. Here it is.

This has been an excellent bicycle, exceeding all my expectations. Gravel, asphalt, trails, the Renegade rolls through and over it all. The Shimano gears have been reliable with only a few mis-shifts. The disc brakes are the best, allowing for safe riding in various conditions and the ability to feather the stopping power exactly the way it is needed.

All in all, a great bike. I look forward to many more miles, losing more weight, and having lots of fun.

Chester County Gravel Fondo

The Chester County Gravel Fondo provided an opportunity to put my Jamis Renegade to through its paces. More than 300 riders showed up. Here’s a photo from the rider brief before the start:


As you can see, the course began at Victory Brewing, which provided lots of parking as well as beverages and food after. The ride went through beautiful countryside that included views of horses, cattle, and plenty of fields. Sorry, was too busy riding up the hills to take any photos, which I regret. Still, it was a challenging ride and the Renegade took all the gravel in stride. Not one flat, either. Looking forward to doing this again.

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Beach Tennis Aruba

Beach tennis is hugely popular in Aruba. Beach Tennis Aruba operates a club located at the Tropicana Resort, in the low-rise area. Easy to find. Here’s a look at the entrance:

Entrance to Beach Tennis Aruba at the Tropicana Resort.

Entrance to Beach Tennis Aruba at the Tropicana Resort.

That’s an inviting entrance. Inside you’ll find plenty of sand courts like these:

Sand courts at Beach Tennis Aruba.

Sand courts at Beach Tennis Aruba.

Of course you’ll find a shop inside selling the latest equipment to enjoy the sport.

Sport shop at Beach Tennis Aruba.

Sport shop at Beach Tennis Aruba.

Finally, you’ll want a cold drink after a match and Beach Tennis Aruba has well-stocked bar with your favorite beverages.

Bar at Beach Tennis Aruba.

Bar at Beach Tennis Aruba.

So, while enjoying your visit to Aruba, do something fun and exciting.