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Friday, February 23, 2018

Do Not Ban Ebikes from Regional Trails 

Evo at Waugh Creek RE: Banning E-bikes from Regional Trails

After having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) in 2002 at age 65yrs, Victoria's foremost heart specialist told me I needed more cardio exercise.
"Get your heart rate up to 120bpm for twenty minutes at least twice a week," were Dr. Mildenberger's definitive instructions. For the next five years my wife and I walked every trail on southern Vancouver Island and some as far as the Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo Area.

When the Vancouver Island section of Great Trail opened in 2017, we felt it incumbent upon us to be one of the first to walk it. My wife (76) and I did this walk June 27, 2017 and walked the three kilimetres up to the Goldstream Suspension Bridge and back. What a marvelous piece of engineering it is. We have since walked the trail to the bridge and back an additional two times.

I cycled fairly regularly up to the age of 40yrs then took a 30year hiatus, taking up the activity again at age 70yrs in 2007. I now claim to be an expert on all southern Vancouver Island trails having cycled them all -- some repeatedly -- over the past 11 years.

This walk gave me a good overview of the trail and its challenging topography and I knew it was too much trail for me to cycle -- even on my fine, Norco XFR hardtail. This is when I got the idea to rent an electric-assist bicycle (e-bike) from Oak Bay Bikes (OBB) in Langford. I cycled the 4km from OBB to Humpback Reservoir trailhead then another 4km up the Great Trail to Wolf Hill rest station. This included accomplishing the ride up "Seven-minute Hill" on Niagara Main service road. Electric-assist bikes are also useful for seniors to complete longer rides in excess of 25km.

I would like to cycle the entire length of the Great Trail to Sooke Lake Road but will need an e-bike to do this. I recently read in the newspaper others want to ban e-bikes from regional trails.
There is in fact no such thing as an "electric bicycle". They are not like golf carts. There are no buttons to push which make them go. Either you pedal or you don't go. The correct terminology for these marvelous inventions is "electric-assist bicycles".

Now, at age 81 years, my mind is willing but my body is weak(er). I still ride my Norco and also ride Victoria City U-bikes on level terrain. I ride the latter mainly to support the local entrepreneur's efforts to get more people out of their cars and onto bicycles.

Therefore, I beseech you to continue to allow electric-assist bicycles to be used on regional trails. This in the interest of encouraging and facilitating older residents who may have given up on cycling as a way to improve their health to continue on this marvelous invention designed primarily for those who want and need them. Electric-assist bikes won't go over 20 miles per hour under motor power alone.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours aye, Bill

P.S. It is my wish in future discussions regarding electric-assist bicycles on regional trails, you and your staff use the correct terminology: "electric-assist bicycles".

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Elk Falls at Campbell River, BC 

2018 Toyota RAV4 at Elk Falls parking  
Today we drove 265km (165miles) from Victoria BC to Campbell River BC to see Elk Falls in all its glory.

Grandson, Amos came with me which worked out good as I had no idea what all the tits and knobs in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV were for.

It was dark when I mounted the beast at Budget Car Rentals on Harriet Road at 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning. I had the wherewithal to carry a flashlight with me so when the attendant left me sitting in the dark with the engine running -- I was on my own.

With the help of my flashlight, I found the headlights and dimmer switch and the wipers (did I say it was pouring rain?).

After loading my camera gear from my car into the SUV, I headed to Amos's where we departed at 7:30 a.m. for Campbell River


Monday, February 05, 2018

Walked Clockwise Tolmie route 

Snowdrops Keep Fallin' Walked 3800m loop up thru University of Victoria and back over Mt. Tolmie to home

Just took an hour

Lots of spring buds coming out on plants and trees

Saw electric unicycle going up the Mt. Tolmie trail as I was coming down

Got blood work done at 1310hrs in the hood

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Earth's climate has always changed 

Disclaimer: The fact the Earth's climate has always changed and will continue to do so is not up for discussion. It is fact. What is up for discussion is whether it is caused by mankind (anthropogenic) or natural occurrences.

What more can we say about it? Everyone who believes in anthropogenic climate change is either and idiot, wantonly ignorant or totally in the money-tank. Out west here they used to say: "There's gold in them thar hills." Now it's: "There's gold in them thar anthropogenic climate change lies."

Every doomsday utterance by mankind throughout human history has proved to be wrong -- anthropogenic climate change is no different and will be proven to be pure bullschitt.

Read what is on Breitbart  this morning by James Dilingpole referencing:
The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich

The punchline for me is this: "If you’re an environmentalist, there are no penalties for failure. 

Being so totally, comprehensively, embarrassingly wrong has never stopped Professor Paul Ehrlich being cited by the liberal media as a guru on environmental issues. He has never had to give back the millions of dollars he made peddling that enviro-doom snake oil in The Population Bomb.

Same goes to all those of his colleagues in academe who’ve been peddling similar nonsense about climate change, sea level rises, ocean acidification, species extinction and extreme weather.

Those few of us who insist on writing the truth about the environment: we’re in the wrong business, aren’t we?"

P.S. Keep smiling -- it drive 'em nuts!


Monday, January 08, 2018

Walking the 3800m Loop 

Monday I walked a 3800m loop over the mountain and back through UVic to home
Scoped out a few place to launch my drone from on Mt. Tolmie
Dull afternoon weatherwise but pleasant enough for walking at 8°C -- no wind nor rain.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

We Walked Henderson and UVic 

University Art Saturday we walked 3km roundtrip from Henderson Park thru the university grounds to University House 4. This building is where the School of Environmental Studies is housed and thebuilding is most-easterly located on the university grounds.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Cranford Park along Queenswood Rd 

Cranford Park Beach Tuesday morning we walked a couple of kilometres around Henderson Park chiptrail and the university grounds.

A pleasant enough morning at 3°C with a bit of wind. Were dressed warmly.

Took a photo at Cranford Park along Queenswood Avenue. This was our first time here.

This was the first 2018 walk for Bernice.

The good news is Liam made it safely to London where will spend the night. Tomorrow he catches his flight to Nice, France -- God willing.


Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year 2018 

Off To The Riviera HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018  
New Year's Day I walked a 3800m loop up the grind and over the mountian and back home through Finnerty Gardens.

A great way to start the new year but she couldn't make it.

At 3p.m. I drove over the legion to wish friends a happy new year. Home by 4p.m.

Liam was off to Europe new year's day.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day Dinner 2017 

Christmas Dinner with family MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful family gathering at Ryan and Krist's beautiful home.

They and family members prepared the perfect dinner for 28 family members -- all seated at the same table (sort-of).

The eldest family member was 81 years and the youngest 4 months so young and old had a marvelous Christmas Day together.

Here are some photos for you viewing enjoyment:
 Christmas Present to Christmas Past Slideshow

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner 2017 

Merry Christmas to All  
Thank you SharBen for yet another Christmas Eve Family Gatheriing and delicious dinner.

According to my records, Bentley & Sharon have invited us for Christmas Eve dinner these past twelve (12) years (since they moved to Victoria in 2005).

It was great to have all the children -- young adults actually -- ranging from 19 to 22 years.

Liam will be off again to Europe come January 1st 2018. Bon voyage, my son (grandson actually).

His siblings will remain here making lots of money from their jobs.

Here are some photos for you viewing enjoyment:
 Christmas Present to Christmas Past Slideshow

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

First Flight with Quadcopter 

Yuneec 500 Typhoon Quadcopter ground levelThe Yuneec Typhoon 500 arrived by FedX Monday morning delivered right to our door. Here is s pic from Wednesday's flight test at Allendale Field in Colwood.

Allendale Field Overview VIDEO 90-seconds
First Yuneec VIDEO 30-seconds  
All went well


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Feltham Park Walk 

== 76 years after Pearl Harbor 1941 ==
My Tuesday November 28 2017 order was for: YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF) BH# YUNQ4KTUS

FedX stated it was shipped December 6th to arrive Victoria December 12 2017

Left  Djearam's at 3p.m. to Life Labs then Heart Pharmacy then home.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Da Bus and Walk Over Mount Tolmie 

You know you're having a slow day when all you can think of to do is take a bus ride. That's what happened Monday after hopping the bus outside our door at 11:30a.m. and heading for the big smoke (downtown) The last time we were out on the bus was May 29, 2016 in Vancouver BC going to Grouse Mountain
Monday's outing got us as far out-of-town as Victoria General Hospital but his was not part of the plan. The plan was to get a Ubike from town and go for a ride but that didn't happen
Only one out of five (20%) of Ubicycles have helmets attached to them and I don't carry a spare cycling helmet around with me. No helmet -- no cycling . . . it's the law.
I had lunch of Char Siu Pork at Loy Sing Company 554 Fisgard St in Chinatown On the way home from the UVic bus stop I walked over Mt. Tolmie

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Walked Henderson & Pumphouse 

Wednesday we walked a couple of kilometres starting with a circuit around Henderson Golf Course chiptrail and continued on with a short loop through Mystic Vale trails and pumphouse.

Checkout the new hat from Bangkok

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