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Monday, November 06, 2017

Aylard Farm to Trap Shack 

The Old Man at The Shack
 It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny, November day but never got above 3°C (37°F). The only thing cold was my fingers. This was my fifth time out to 'The Shack' and I've hiked the Coast Trail twice as well. I'm over 80 now so slowing down a bit.

We still did the trip out there in an hour-and-ten-minutes (1:10:00) so that's cool. This hike to the Trap Shack is 3700metres (2⅓ miles) in length. My son and grandson made it all possible by carrying all our gear.

Aylard Farm to Trap Shack VIDEO

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Walked Cadboro Bay with Daypack 

Wednesday morning I walked 8 km round trip over Mount Tolmie and down to Cadboro Bay and then back home. It was a most pleasant morning at 12°C. I carried a 4.5kg (10lbs) backpack.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Cycle Sooke Potholes to Leechown 

Friday, my grandson and I cycled 18km roundtrip along the Galloping Goose Trail (GGT) in Sooke.

We started at Sooke Potholes Upper Parking lot and rode to the end of the trail at the Victoria Water District's gate at the 57km location on the GGT.

After we backtracked to the first red gate (on the east side) we rode down the opposite side of the trail to the Deep Pool for lunch.

I've been riding or walking up here for over a decade but this was our grandson's first time.

What a perfect day! Good riding buddy, good lunch and great weather: 21°C (70°F) under clear, sunny skies.

Equally importantly -- no bears

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ubike from Selkirk Landing to Switch Bridge 

Wednesday morning I drove to Uptown to find a U-bike.

Ubicycle's phone app showed a bicycle near Napier Lane in Cecilia Park where there is no bike. It also showed a bike near Crease Avenue near the Switch Bridge Station on the Galloping Goose Trail and there to is no bicycle there either.

My next stop was Selkirk Waters' business district where I did find this one. It had no helmet. I used my own helmet.

I cycled 4600m roundtrip along the Galloping Goose Trail out to the Switch Bridge on a somewhat circuitous route.

Very nice ride and most pleasant weather.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My First U-bibcycle Ride in Victoria BC 

Tuesday I rode for the first time one of Victoria's u-bicycle. It was cool.

There's a few vagaries to work out before the entire experience can be considered a success but it seems one complete ride is sufficient to cover them all.

Firstly, one needs money in their Ubicycle WALLET. The 'wallet' is where one deposits money -- it can be done using the app -- BEFORE the app will unlock the bike.

The next significant item in completing the transaction is to lock the bike once its use is no longer required.

LOCK-OUT IS DONE MANUALLY by placing one's thumb on the actuator and physically pushing the lock through the spokes. Remember: it's a good idea to secure the helmet by engaging its strap within the locking mechanism.

Pandora Avenue VIDEO 6-minutes and quite boring . . .

I couldn't resist posting this one. It was published in the Victoria Times Colonist daily newspaper on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

After cycling these lanes end-to-end and back, I wholeheartedly concur with Miles' proposal.

Let Pogo sticks use bike lanes, too 
Re: “Scooters, wheelchairs may get run of bike lanes,” October 17, 2017
Why stop at scooters and wheelchairs in the bike lanes?
Pogo sticks and stilts should be next, and walkers with racing wheels would allow more seniors to get out and about.
With the winter rains upon us, row boats might be a good fit, and, heaven forbid, should the winter of 1996 return, skis, toboggans and dog sleds could be added, as well.
Vern Miles, Victoria

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Amos The Builder 

Amos with Mayor Stewart Young Our adult children -- often referred to as 'our kids' -- attend church in The City of Langford, BC.

This passed Sunday, they had a surprise guest when Langford Mayor, Stewart (Stew) Young and his wife dropped in to join in the services held at the all-new, Belmont Secondary School in that city. The mayor gave the gathering a few impromptu words of encouragement to those attending then later mixed and mingled for almost an hour.

During this time, Bentley was able to geta photograph of his son, Amos, with Mr. Mayor. Here's a picture-to-prove-it:

N.B. Stew Young is the mayor of the most-vibrant community in Canada today.

In the past month, two newly constructed roads in Langford have opened to the public and hundreds of new homes are completed annually.
Bear Mountain Parkway -- the longest and most challenging Langford road project -- is anticipated to open to the public next year.
Stew Young is the 'Builder Mayor' and Amos is actually 'The Builder'.

Amos is currently completing his apprentice carpentry course through Camosun College and is on the gound in West Hills building the new houses.
Congratulations to all concerned.

"The best way to end homelessness is to build homes." -- Bill Irvine

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

E&N Rail Trail turned Achaeological Dig 

Today I walked around the work site where the E&N Rail Trail will bypass the Esquimalt Indian Reserve at Thomas & Admirals roads. 'Work site' is a misnomer inasmuch as no work is taking place on this Wednesday. While excavating the grade beside Admirals Road for the connecting ramp some bones and/or artifacts were unearthed which immediately turned the whole exercise into an archaeological dig. Guess we'll just have to go back to cycling the E&N single-track 'till the dust settles on this issue and the workers can do what they do best -- work.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Walked Selkirk Waters of Galloping Goose 

In Memory Of . . . Tuesday morning we walked a few kilometres along the Galloping Goose Trail from Harbour Road to Gorge Road Tunnel and back.

We looked at and photographed this newest monolith along the trail and have no idea what its purpose is. It states 'in memory of' and many names posted upon display boards but no explanation of whom or why these people are to be remembered.

It is emblazoned with several Great Trail logos but no explanation as to why it was built or for whom.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cycling Royal Roads & Ian's Quadcopters 

Hatley Castle Sunday I cycled 5km (3 miles) around the Royal Roads University (RRU) grounds.

I haven't cycled here since March 28, 2010, and then it wasn't much more than cursory look while passing by the 14km Marker on the Galloping Goose Trail (GGT). At that time, there was an open gate by which one could enter into the RRU grounds unimpeded.

On this day, I was in the hood to meet someone who lives along Metchosin Road and he was going to demonstrate quadcopter flying to me of which he owns two such machines.

Everything came off according to plan and we have photos and videos to prove it. Coming to web-browser in your area soon.

Cycling Royal Roads University Grounds VIDEO 10-MINUTES
Align Quadcopter Video
Yuneec Quadcopter Video

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Northwest Column Climb up Mt. Tolmie 

Sunday morning I walked a 4400m (2¾ mile) loop starting up the northwestern column of Mt. Tolmie and returning thru Henderson Recreational Park and Finnerty Gardens.

It was a mild 14ºC (57ºF)

The NW Col is not a designated trail but it works if one wants a little extra cardio-exercise.

Thanks to the kids for inviting us to dinner at The Ranch to welcome the newest member of The Earthly City to our family.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

NFL Teams and Management Break Their Own Rules 

Looks like President Trump is right again (again).

All the hate-filled, American loser who try to project their hate onto others, are failing again in trying to hang their hate onto the President of the United States of America.

The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks. The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:

THE NFL RULE BOOK reads in apart: "During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses".

So deep is their hate for this president that for them all the rules go out the window so these crazies (most of course are believers in anthropogenic climate change) can make up their own rules and continue to divide their country.

“Every NATION divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." -- Matthew 12:25

Monday, September 18, 2017

Puerto Rico Power Grid 

Puerto Rico has an excellent learning moment regarding the loss of electrical power due to the recent hurricanes.
98% of their electricity was generated from fossil fuels.
Now that the entire system must be replaced why not switch to solar and wind power generation?
Both are what is described as being unreliable; i.e., no sunshine no solar power and no wind no turbine power.

But, what the heck . . . who cares.

For years the climate cultists have preached no more fossil fuel generated electricity so here's a splendid opportunity to practice what they preach.
We all know it won't happen because the whole concept is bull feathers.
It's too expensive and too unreliable.
Let's wait and see what the final decision is regarding the replacement power source for Puerto Rico.
If it's fossil fuel again we all have to acknowledge all the talk was just that -- talk.

Remember: there's two types of energy -- reliable and unreliable. My bets on reliable.

Here is how Joel B. Pollak wrote it at Breitbart: 

"Puerto Ricans themselves are “very happy” with Trump’s response, which local officials have also praised. The attempt to argue otherwise is just the left’s latest effort to rile up Hispanic voters. But the sheer scale of the devastation is real.

There is a silver lining, however, in the storms that have all but destroyed the island: Puerto Rico now has a chance to rebuild. The past few years have been brutal for the island’s economy, and its government is essentially bankrupt and in default. Congressional efforts to manage the crisis have been poorly conceived, and hampered by the danger that bailing out Puerto Rico could create bad incentives for spendthrift blue states like Illinois and California.

In addition, the scale of the damage means that Puerto Rico can be built in a more sensible and sustainable way, with more durable structures that are more appropriate to the occasional hazards of the Caribbean climate. There is an opportunity to replace poor housing stock with new buildings; to bring in better building materials and designs; and to re-shape the island’s urban landscapes to offer a more attractive destination for foreign direct investment.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is therefore also its golden opportunity. With the right leadership, and the right stewardship from Washington, the island can be set on a new course to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century that have, thus far, passed it by. It may take years — slowly, slowly, as the smash hit “Despacito” suggests — but it can happen. And one day, the hurricane season of 2017 will not only be mourned, but also seen as a breakthrough."


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cycled Over Skirt Mountain to Bear Mountain 

Bear Mountain Parkway Project Evo This morning I cycled 16km roundtrip from West Shore Shopping Mall to Westin Hotel in Bear Mountain Village.
It took 45 minutes cycling in over Skirt Mountain and only 20 minutes coming out on the downhill to join Veterans Memorial Parkway then back to Kelly Road..
What a ride! What a hill on that new road over Skirt Mountain!
The hills are so steep at one point the work crews are digging a trench through that section to lower the road surface so vehicles can use it.
The PGA golf tournament was underway as I cycled through and I saw John Daly walking along the cart path to the next tee. Cool.
N.B. This 30-minute ride from McCallum thru to the holel was reduced to a 3-MINUTE VIDEO

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The All-New Bear Mountain Parkway 

Friday we drove to Langford (again) to check out what is happening with the new access road to the western side of Bear Mountain Resort and Estates. Lots.

The Leight Road connector has had many improvements since we were last there. The total length of this dual-lane highway is approximately 3.4km from Leigh Road until it connects with the already-completed section of Bear Mountain Parkway near the Westin Hotel.

The construction crews were busy this work day so we plan to return on Sunday when things will be quieter. I'll probably cycle through it to the hotel and return.

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