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Two Brothers Motorcycle Tires
- Motorcycle tyres provide the only contact with the ground, via the contact patch under normal conditions, and so have a very large influence over motorcycle handling characteristics. Motorcycle tyres have a round cross section to facilitate the leaning necessary when a motorcycle turns.
- Two Brothers (Deux Freres) is a 2004 adventure family film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. It is about two tigers who are separated as cubs and then reunited years later.
- The Two Brothers is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 60. It is Aarne-Thompson type 567A, the magic bird heart, and type 303, the blood brothers.
- The Two Brothers is a 1910 short Western film directed by D. W. Griffith.
September 6, 2003
After having driven in Europe for a few days, we had experienced only friendliness from everyone we met. But I wondered if we might encounter a European who would express some hostility over the American role in Iraq – especially when I explained that we were from Texas.
While driving through northwest France, we spied a monument on a hillside and decided to check it out. We parked our leased, green Renault Kangoo beside a gray Renault Kangoo and were quickly greeted by the proud owners of the gray vehicle. We experimented with our nearly entire vocabulary of the French language and said, “Bonjour.”
Apparently, he could hear our mispronunciation of “Bonjour” and quickly guessed. “So, you are Americans, eh?” he said in fluent English. He introduced himself as Marinus Kuutkak and his wife as Sonja from Waalwyk, Netherlands. “Holland is just a part of the Netherlands,” he explained. “I am a house painter and take a two-month holiday every year when I go on the ‘dole.’ I loved to ride my motorcycle across Europe and once rode 1500 kilometers from Spain to the Netherlands in one day. I have been to the motorcycle races in England five or six times. An injury in a bike accident forced me to give up the motorcycle and buy a car.”
One of their favorite trips is to the American Cemetery at Normandy. “There we help care for two graves – one on each of our birthdays. We clean the grass, fix the fence and care for the rose bushes on the graves of two soldiers who died one year before I was born.
Then with a sheepish grin, he explained that he and Sonja were reliving a trip to Switzerland that they had taken 20 years ago on their motorbike. When they had reached Interlaken, Switzerland, Sonja had tired of the hard bike riding and decided to take the train back home by herself. Recently they decided to do the trip again in their Kangoo to see if they could do it right this time. They even planned to visit Italy. But, the same thing happened – they had a big fight while in Switzerland and did not get to Italy. However, this time they made up and Sonja agreed to ride back with Marinus to the Netherlands.
Marinus explained that when he was young, he could ride his bike all day in the rain, sleep in a tent on the ground and be ready to ride again the next day. But now, at the age of 52, it takes him two days to recover from a hard drive. Then he admitted that he really did very little house-painting and had taken some kind of disability retirement. He now does the housekeeping chores while Sonja has seven more years of work before she can retire. He dabbled in investing till he lost 50% of his savings.
“Being from Texas, you must know George Bush,” he said.
“Well no,” I was forced to admit. “Never met the guy.”
“I don’t like George Bush very much,” Marinus volunteered, “but I totally support the US action in Iraq. I even tried to enlist to help fight in Iraq, but Sonja would not let me. I always wanted to join the Dutch army, but my father would not approve. Also, the law in the Netherlands requires that if there are three boys in one family, only two can enlist. Consequently, I helped my father in a shop while my two brothers served in the army.
“I become angry when anyone says the Americans are wrong about the war in Iraq.
I don’t like the Imams of the Muslim world. All Muslims are dangerous. Immigration is a big problem in Europe. An immigrant can receive a 1100 Euros per month dole for doing nothing. Our government has gone broke in five years due to paying the dole to immigrants.
We chatted easily about the similar autos we were driving and he explained the historical importance of the monument looming before us. The monument comemorates the “Sacred Road” used by French trucks to move supplies to the battle front in the Argonne Woods near Verdun, France for use against the Germans in WWI. From our position by the monument, we could see the historical road below. A sign showed a photo of a long line of army trucks on a gravel road.
I explained that we were headed to Verdun, where we hoped to find the Argonne battlegrounds and look for birds or “oiseau” in French. (A waitress had explained to us that oiseau is pronounced wazoo.) “Be sure to visit the large cemetery and memorial where you can see the bones of soldiers that were dug up in fields after the war by farmers tilling the soil. They also dug up a few bombs that exploded – killing some of the farmers.”
We said our goodbyes and left on the highway toward Verdun. The traffic in Verdun was heavy and we had no local map showing directions to the cemetery. We hoped to see some road sign for assistance. After searching diligently for such a sign through the town, we headed uphill out of town. In a few kilometers, when we were nearly convinced that we would never find the battleground, I saw a sign with a french word that we interpreted as meaning “battle.” Pleased that there are
So, Tuesday night rolls around and Mike and I are loitering at the Ship & Anchor. Traditionally on a Tuesday night we would have joined up with the Fiasco/ASC scooter ride, down the street--but my scoot is still out of commission, as is Monty's. Monty has this shiny new BMW in the driveway. Hell, let's go for a quick hop to the foothills!
Pulling off the ramp onto Bow Trail I catch the profile of two adventure bikes fully laden, and I most definitely did not recognize the lisence plates. As it turned out it was a Kiwi and his brother riding from Denver, CO to Alaska. They were quite lost on their way to a friend's in Canmore.
"Canmore? We were just heading to Canmore!" Monty says, "we'll take you there!"
An hour and a half later, we part ways, and they continue on their journey. Good luck, gentlemen. May you not need those spare tyres you're hauling with you!
This photo was a little dark for my tastes, but I wasn't able to get many of our guests due to failing light.
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