Winter Tires Winnipeg : Recycling Car Tires
- A tire (in American English) or tyre (in British English) is a ring-shaped covering that fits around a wheel rim to protect it and enable better vehicle performance by providing a flexible cushion that absorbs shock while keeping the wheel in close contact with the ground.
- This type of tire is suitable for snow and ice covered roads. The tread pattern features a heavily siped, fine-block design with grooves that are deep and wide, providing excellent driving traction and braking performance on winter road surfaces.
- the capital and largest city of Manitoba; located in southern Manitoba; known for severe winters
- A city in southern central Canada, the capital of the province of Manitoba, at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, south of Lake Winnipeg; pop. 616,790
- a lake in southern Canada in Manitoba
- Winnipeg was a federal electoral district in Manitoba, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1882 to 1917.
Rod in Spain at the age of 20.
Rod gets nostalgic as he looks at this photo...
"I'd be about 20, maybe. My friend Barry Klomosko and I traveled Europe together in 1972/73. This picture would have been February of 1973.
We went to London and then Brussels. We thought we'd buy a vehicle in Brussels, but nobody spoke English and our French was poor. Then we ran into some people who told us about the American Express building in Amsterdam. Apparently if you were in "the know" you could go there and find any kind of vehicle you could imagine. We decided to go there to see if we could get something more comfortable to travel with.
Outside the building, people would stand around with signs advertising vehicles for sale. We bought this old Volkswagon Combi from a couple on their honeymoon from Iowa. After some time spent bartering, we bought it for $475 and used it to drive around Europe. The van had originally been a baker's vehicle in Amsterdam. It still had the bakery sign painted on it. Someone had outfitted it for camping with two benches and a table that folded down to form a double bed. It came with cooking gas canisters and all the utensils. The eight track stereo had two cassettes. One of them had a collection of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's classic 60's tunes sung by Dionne Warwick. I still can't get "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" out of my head. "I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose"... aaarghh - shut up Dionne!!
We travelled around Holland for a while. I spent Christmas Eve in Rotterdam in a little pensione. Then we got tired of the cold, wet winter of northern Europe. So we got in the van and drove right down through the middle of France to southern Europe. We went right to the Mediterranean. It was a lot warmer. This picture is taken on a beach in Spain around the area just south of Barcelona.
On our way we went to the Pyrenees and left the van in the French coastal town of Perpignon. We took the train high up into the mountains as far as it would go and then hitch-hiked over the summit to the town of Andorra la Vella in the small country of Andorra. The border crossing at the summit led into an amazingly ritzy ski resort with ski to your door hotels. We walked through town and gasped at the view into the valley of Andorra that spread out below.
We drove around the coast of Spain for a while. We saw Gibraltar, and I wanted to go to Morocco. So Barry stayed with the van in southern Spain while I went across the strait.
I took the bus from Ceuta to Fez. I was heading to Marrakesh, but I got mugged in Fez. So, I stayed around Fez for a bit longer. I decided Morocco wasn't a good place to travel by yourself. So I caught the bus back to Ceuta and met up with Barry again.
Barry had met a guy from Regina, named Dudley. I've never seen Dudley since that time, but he spent the rest of the trip with us.
We drove around Grenada and Cordova. We drove up the Spanish coast, across the French riviera to Monaco. From there we went down to Naples in Italy and then to Rome for a couple of weeks. The athletes dorms they built for the Rome Olympics had been turned into a huge youth hostel, so we stayed there. Then we went to Pisa and I climbed the leaning tower. Pisa's a great university city.
Then we went across the "boot" of Italy to Brindisi and took the ferry to the west coast of Greece. We drove across Greece and stayed in Athens for a while. We loved Athens.
Then we drove down to Piraus and took the ferry to Crete. We spent three weeks in a little fishing village on the north coast of Crete and camped in the van. We drank a lot of Retsina and Ouzo. It was extremely quiet. We snorkelled and enjoyed the peace.
Almost 6 months later we came back to Amsterdam and sold the van for $675 to some guys from Winnipeg. I was going to use my half of the van money to travel to Norway. But there was a message for me urging me to return home for my sister Carolyn's wedding at the end of April.
So my adventures in Europe ended for awhile. Barry and I flew home to Canada.
Canada's first helicopter was designed and built by the three Froebe brothers on their farm near Homewood, 65 km southwest of Winnipeg, in the 1930s. They had a keen interest in flight and engines, and started their experiments by constructing a Heath Parasol home-built aeroplane. They then began working on vertical flight.
Gathering whatever information they could find, the brothers bought a used aircraft engine, constructed a frame from aircraft grade steel tubing, and made or purchased other parts as they were needed. (Mechanics will recognize parts from automobiles and farm machinery.)
The helicopter was well designed and constructed with cyclic, collective, and throttle controls, all being manipulated by both hands. The contra-rotating rotor blades, were made of stainless steel covered by fabric, and powered by an 98 hp De Havilland 4-cylinder in-line air-cooled engine.
Total flying time for the machine was four hours and five minutes, made in a number of short test flights. Its flight was marred by severe vibration and a shortage of power. The flight log book indicated that the best flights were made in the dense, cold air of winter. At the start of WWII the brothers set aside their experiments.
The helicopter was discovered in a granary, intact except for the tires, on the Froebe farm, and donated to the Museum by the Froebe family
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