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Monday, September 26, 2022

43km Loop GGT to E&N Rail Trail + downtown 

 

E&N Rail Trail Sign by Drydock E&N Rail Trail Biking Kimta Railyards 3-minutes #507 Monday morning I cycled a 43km loop from home starting by joining the Galloping Goose Trail at McKenzie Avenue.
After riding The Goose to downtown Victoria BC it was up Fort St. to the Vancouver Street Bike Lane to Beacon Hill Park.
Once through the park it was along Dallas Rd., past the cruiseship terminal to downtown again and over the Johnson Street Bridge.
Using the Esquimalt Rd. overpass we were northwest bound on the E&N Rail Trail to Atkins Station in View Royal.
That's another 13km back home so on a beautiful morning there's nowhere else to be.
I video recorded the E&N railway, single-track section by Kimta Rd. with my GoPro and posted the 3-minute video.
E&N Rail Trail Biking Kimta Railyards 3-minutes #507

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

September Leechtown Biking 

 

Sooke Pothole Pay Parking Wednesday morning I cycled 17.5km roundtrip from Sooke Potholes to the Deep Pool at Leechtown.
This after driving 44km from home to Pothole's parking lot #2 with my bike on the bike rack.
It was another wonderful ride on the amazing Galloping Goose Trail. This is the 48.5km to 57km section at the end of the trail.
It was dissapointing to see visitors can no longer enter from Kapoor Station to see the historic logging artifacts which we've enjoyed viewing for decades.
Perhaps it's another land-grab to make our recreational world smaller.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

On Top of Old Smokey (Mt. Tolmie) 

 

Old Smokey Walked a 4km loop over Mt. Tolmie starting up the NW Col (Northwest Column).
The wildfire smoke has abated somewhat but has a ways to go until the drones is airborne again.

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Friday, September 09, 2022

DJI Mini 2 Views from Gravity Zone Summit 

 

Langford Gravity Zone Pilot Drone Views Langford Gravity Zone Summit VIDEO Friday morning I drove the 30km to Langford Gravity Zone again.
This time I climbed the shorter route from Viewtop Trail Connector.
It was about 15 minutes up and ten minutes down.
The DJI Mini 2 did a good job of capturing video of the surrounding area from the summit in spite of the strong winds.
Anyway, I said “I be baak” — and I was.
Drone Views Langford Gravity Zone Summit

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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Hiked Gravity Zone Summit 

 

Langford Gravity Zone Ridgeline to Summit Title Langford Gravity Zone Ridgeline to Summit  

Wednesday morning I hiked the Langford Gravity Zone Ridgeline Trail to the summit.


It took me 35minutes to climb the one kilometre distance to the 340ft. (104m) summit.
A most interesting trail and a pretty good cardio workout.
The manual (womual?) work put into its construction is monumental in its physical dimensions and ingenuity to achieve the desired results.
I had my GoPro on the chestcam braces to got the whole thing on video
The Alltrails App was on in my phone so have a good GPX track of its dimensions and directions.
I be baaak!
Langford Gravity Zone Ridgeline to Summit

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Monday, September 05, 2022

Hiked 3km Mt. Tolmie Loop 

 

Monday morning I hiked a 3km loop over Mt. Tolmie.

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Saturday, September 03, 2022

Langford Gravity Zone Ridgeway Trail 

 

Westshore Parkway Trailhead Saturday morning I drove to Langford, BC on Vancouver Island to checkout the new Langford Gravity Zone & Nature Trails that opened in May this year.
The 130 acres of forestland that makes up the Langford Gravity Zone and Nature Trails will provide Langford residents with more green space for outdoor exploration," Langford Mayor Stew Young said in a press release. Langford has added 38.5 acres of parkland near Jordie Lunn Bike Park, Glen Lake Organizers say the trails are for both mountain bikers and hikers. "So it's basically a 50/50 split between hiking and biking trails," said Dean Tennant, project manager for Gravity Zone.
“Sometime finding the trailhead is the most difficult part of one's outing.”

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Thursday, September 01, 2022

Alumni Trails to Haro Woods Park 

 

On My Way thru UVic 6:45a.m. I rode my bike up through the University of Victoria (UVic) and along the Alumni Trails to Haro Woods Park.
After ten o'clock in the morning it gets too warm for an enjoyable bike ride.
I recorded the Alumni GPS track in Alltrail's phone app.
The highlight of the outing was seeing — and cycling — the newly cut hay field beside Gordon Head Road.
Kudos to UVic staff for cutting the long grass making these two pathways readily accessible to users.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Skirt Mountain Copper Mine 1950 Explorers 

 Good morning, Tom,

Thanks for your interest in my reference to hiking Skirt Mountain in search of old copper mines. The segue was supposed to be from aerial tramlines but I left that part out. Skirt Mountain copper mines were serviced by aerial tramlines according to Ross Crockford's historical finding.
I wrote Ross to get permission to quote his reports and have yest to hear back. When I do, I'll contact you.
My PDF missal is ATTached

Bill

Some write the last chapter of their report first. This gives the writer a goal to which all preceding paragraphs will lead. To this end, permit me to present the last chapter of this report regarding the history of the Skirt Mountain copper mines.

Ross Crockford writes in his Unknown Victoria blog:
“As I stepped into the darkness, I could feel space opening up around me. I switched on my flashlight, and saw that I’d entered a chapel of geology. An arched ceiling of igneous rock. Vaulting tapestry walls, streaked with green oxidized copper. And water dripping down, down . . . into nothing.”

Crockford writes after nearly falling to his death, he went home and did some research. It turned out the cavern he and his companion were exploring was a failed copper mine. According to Maureen Duffus’s excellent book, Old Langford: An Illustrated History, the Ralph Mining Company dug some 600 metres of shafts on Skirt Mountain’s western slope between 1897 and 1903, removing hundreds of tonnes of ore and transporting it downhill by aerial tramway. Ralph only gave up after repeated tests showed that the copper was contaminated by magnetic iron oxide.

Until recently, few Victorians had any idea that the Western Communities are studded with mysterious caverns. That changed in 2006 with the fight over the SPAET cave, which the Songhees claimed was a sacred site used by their ancestors, and which the Bear Mountain golf resort subsequently bulldozed for a road down to the Trans-Canada Highway. But one of the little-known consequences of the standoff was that it spurred local adventurers to do an inventory of all the caves in greater Victoria – and as it turns out, some of the most thrilling places to explore around here are steadily disappearing. — Ross Crockford.

So with the last chapter and references cited, let's start at the beginning of my experience exploring one of these shafts in 1950 with my friend, Ray. Having learned some mining vernacular over the intervening seven decades, Ray and I did indeed enter a mining 'shaft' as it was a vertical entrance into the underground. A horizontal entrance of a mine is a called an 'adit'.

In 1950, I was only 13 years-of-age and Ray 14. We had no television nor cellphones so the outdoors was our playground and hitchhiking was our preferred mode of transport for longer excursions. For local adventures we simply jumped on our bikes.

After getting dropped off near what then was the Goldstream gas station, we hiked up the western slope of Skirt Mountain.

How we ever found the mine shaft is a wonder but we did. The opening was approximately 6ft. (2m) in diameter and went straight down for about 8ft.. Ready access to descend was available in the form of a small fir tree with its branches cut to short lengths forming a ladder-of-sorts.

Ray as the 'big guy', carrying all the ropes, flashlight (1) and any other sundry items for such an undertaking in his backpack. I went down first, and once down thought I'd hide in the dark of the cave tunnel and scare Ray upon his unsuspecting arrival. After moving a few yards along the section illuminated by daylight coming through the shaft opening, the tunnel made a 90° turn into total darkness.

A perfect spot to scare the you know what out of you know who! So, after walking about 6ft. into the darkness, I stopped, turned and waited for Ray.

When Ray arrived with flashlight in hand, the scaring him part went out-the-window as the tunnel was no longer dark and visibility was perfect. We laughed at my failed attempt, then turning to continue into the cave, we saw had I taken two more step I would most likely had fallen to my death.

The chasm before us was of such dimension its hard to believe. Firstly, and most critical dimension at that moment was its depth below us. The chasm went down from the tunnel we were in approximately 60ft. (4 stories) and the ceiling was the same height above us. The chasm was almost perfectly round and had several other tunnels feeding into it. The chasm was at least 60ft.. in diameter.

We concluded the chasm's purpose was a staging area to which all the various tunnels converged to an elevator system to move the product to the bottom. The bottom of the chasm was filled with water but no light was visible from a tunnel (adit) to the outside.

Without a doubt there was an adit connecting the outside but we did not go looking for it after leaving the monolith.

Our thanks to Ross Crockford, et al, for researching and publishing their findings regarding copper mining on Skirt Mountain. For all my life, I've thought this experience by two young boys was unique but the aforementioned publications prove otherwise.


Reference cited:
Skirt Mountain Copper Mines Aerial Tramway
Geological History of Goldstream

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Cycled Burley to St. Luke's and whacked some grass 

Saturday morning I cycled over to St. Luke's church cemetery to do some volunteer cleanup with my power tools in tow.
I wheeled the Burley down from deck 3 to ground-level, bike storage locker.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Cycled 29km Loop Downtown and back 

 

Bridge Up Wednesday morning I cycled 29km roundtrip to downtown and back home.
Fanatastic weather under sunny skies and cool ocean breezes.
I travelled the Lochside Trail from Borden then Galloping Goose Trail to town (13km)
The Seaside Bike Route has to be one of the world's most picturesque bike rides.
After negotiating my way along Belleville St. in front of the BC Legislative Buildings, it was back onto the Downtown Bike System and over the Johnson Street Bridge.
The bridge was up so it was good time to take a couple of photos.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Cycled 34km Langford Loop Show&Shine 

Langford, BC Show&Shine 2022 hotrod Sunday morning I cycled a 34km loop out to the Langford Show and Shine and back home.
A beautiful ride on a beautiful day at 19°C (66°F.) with a cool, ocean beeze along the Galloping Gose Trail to Colwood, BC.
The City of Colwood is where one branches off onto the E&N Rail Trail to continue cycling westbound. This trail system is paved over its entire length.
Langford Show and Shine 2022 #499th YouTube video this channel
E&N Rail Trail Album

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Westhills Watertanks 

 

Langford Westhills Housing watertanks Sunday morning I drove 25km to Langford, BC and put the DJImini2 up over Westhills' housing development.
It seems they added another watertank and the mystery development atop The Wall turns out to be a soccer pitch.
Langford Westhills Water Tanks Aerial Drone Flight 3-minute VIDEO

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Biking with Burley to UVic 

 

Burley Cargo Trailer Saturday morning I hooked the Burley Bike Cargo Trailer® up to my pedelec and dragged it up to the University of Victoria grounds. The trailer is stored fully loaded so when it's time to hit the road it's simply a matter of attaching it to the bike's trailer-hitch.
Once on site, I cleared some tall grasses from the singletrack, UVic connector to Gordon Head Rd. at Varsity Rd. intersection. In the past, this whole field has been cut as a fire prevension exercise but on such a cool summer perhaps it was deemed not necessary this year.
The other day I cycled through this tall grass and got completely bogged down due to the one-metre long grasses wrapping around my derailleur. That brought me to an abrupt halt! It was a real bear trying to get the derailleur working again without the use of a small, wire brush. I finally got enough grass picked out to get the bike mobile but could not change gears properly with all the mulched grass jammed into the sprockets.
And you thought there was nothing to cycling through one hundred metres (300ft.) of grass a metre (3ft.) high.

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