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Monday, November 12, 2018

Cycled Norco 13km Roundtrip to Ken&Eileens off Quadra 

The Mann Hilton (under construction) This morning I cycled 13km roundtrip from home to Ken&Eileen's place. Their townhouse is located between The Keg on Quadra and the Lochside Trail beside Swan Creek (as in Swan Lake Bridge). There is no access to the Lochside Trail from their complex.

I cycled for 1½hrs under sunny skies at a balmy 5°C outbound warming to 8°C (45°F.) inbound.

The highlight for me was seeing the new connector path under construction at the deadend of Ansell Road at McKenzie Road. When cycling, I always use this north-south connector as an alternative to busy Shelbourne Street. There is a controlled, traffic-light crossing of McKenzie at this location and Larchwood Drive.

Climbing the Mt. Douglas Cross Road hill (inbound) is a real grind for me but it does reinforce my plans to buy an e-bike in the new year.

The new building being constructed on Mann Trucking property near Blenkinsop Greenway at Lochside Trail is proceeding exactly as it should.

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Friday, November 02, 2018

Cycled Ubike thru UVic to Cadboro Bay then Home 9km 

Friday morning we walked to the market and on the way we passed a U-bicycle parked beside Pear Street.

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, after we got home I walked down again and took it for a ride. It had a helmet which was left upside-down in carrier so I used my own due to the overnight rainfall.

The u-bike app always seems to act up with varying messages stating there's no connection to this that or the other network but it always seems to eventually release the lock and make itself available.

I cycled up Midgard and crossed into the University of Victoria (UVic) ground then rode on to House #4 and the pathway down to Haro road. It's downhill all the way from UVic to Cadboro Bay.

After taking the obligatory photo of the bike at Gyro Park, I returned home via the same route. The Ubike App recorded a 9km ride but only charged me a dollar for the 101-minutes usage. Cool.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Anthropogenic Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide 

We often hear about the 'truth' about climate change, pollution in the atmosphere and greenhouse gases. The term 'greenhouse gas' refers to any gas in the atmosphere that has the ability to raise the ambient air temperature on planet Earth. The most significant greenhouse gas in reality is water vapour in the atmosphere but one never hears this fact if only getting their information from local media. Fake news, some have called these.

This brings us to another truth we never hear on local media. Many actual greenhouse operators buy carbon dioxide (CO2) to inject into their greenhouse to increase production and quality of whatever plants they are growing. Here's an online gardening site explaining how it works.
Check it our for yourself HERE

Here's an excerpt from that site: Managing Carbon Dioxide in Your Grow Space February 25, 2014 by fifthseason 

If you are green to gardening you might not know that carbon dioxide, the gas we all exhale, is critical to plant growth and development. Photosynthesis, the process through which plants use light to create food, requires carbon dioxide. CO2 concentration in ambient air ranges from 300-500 parts per million (ppm), with a global atmospheric average of about 400 ppm. If you are growing in a greenhouse or indoors, the CO2 levels will be reduced as the plants use it up during photosynthesis.  

Increasing the CO2 levels in these environments is essential for good results. Additionally, there are benefits to raising the CO2 level higher than the global average, up to 1500 ppm. With CO2 maintained at this level, yields can be increased by as much as 30%!

 Commercial greenhouses are aware of this and commonly use CO2 generators to maximize production.

So there you have it: Carbon dioxide is not a poison, it is not a pollutant and the only time it is greenhouse gas is when it is used in a greenhouse for the reasons previously stated.

What more proof does one need to prove anthropogenic climate change is the biggest scam ever perpetrated upon humankind. Its sole purpose is take money out of your pocket and put it into their pockets in the form of a carbon tax.

1) C02 is not a poison
2) Co2 is not a pollutant
3) C02 is not a significant greenhouse gas

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cycled Ubike to UVic Henderson and Home 

Sunday morning I lit out in the hood looking for a Ubike to ride

There was one with helmet sitting beside Tim Horton's in Shelbourne Square

Rode it up through Finnerty, Henderson and back down Broadmead thru Horner Park to home

Was gone about 45-minutes ($2.10)

I would ride these more often but they are pretty scarce in this neck of the woods

P.S. Richard Atwell lost his job as Saanich mayor in last night's election count. Too bad.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cycled with Uriah and Hexacopter to Leechtown 

Tuesday, Uriah and I cycled from Sooke Potholes up to Leechtown.

I pulled my Burley Trailer behind with my Yuneec Typhoon H hexacopter onboard.

We put the bird up from the gravel bar beside the Deep Pool, getting some good 1920x1080p video.


The video link is: Leechtown Hexacopter Drone VIDEO

Uriah threw a pedal-arm on his ride and we had to walk northward from the 54km Marker along the Galloping Goose Trail.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Walked Finnerty, Alumni, Henderson, Mt. Tolmie 

Finnerty Gardens in Red Friday I walked 4km over a mountain, around a golf course and through a university simply because I can.

Just another day in paradise in beautiful Victoria BC under sunny skies at a balmy 14°C (that's just nice in Fahrenheit)

Ronnie was pleased with the photos and video I produced for him. Nice fella. Good friend.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Thanksgiving Dinner and Walk Selkirk 

Thanksgiving at the Ranch Today we walked along the Galloping Goose Trail at Selkirk waters

Then we went for lunch at Baan Thai Wok & Bar in Broadmead

Setup bike ride with Uriah to Leechtown

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ranch yesterday was awesome with 14 of us adults, two adolescents and two great-grandchildren in attendance. Thanks to C&M.

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cycled 12km to TC Motors 

Cycled 12km to TC Motors and drove Benz home after repairs were completed yesterday.


Great morning for cycling at a balmy 8°C and stiff north wind. My new cycling gloves kept my hands warm.







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Friday, September 28, 2018

Cycled Norco 11km to Speedy Auto 

Cycled Norco 11km from home to Speedy Auto to pick up Honda

Put bike in trunk and drove home

Four new tires were put on Thursday and muffler, front brakes and left-front drive shaft were replaced Friday

Pick up was at 4 p.m. at Speedy

A somewhat circuitous route but safer than on busy roads in the middle of the Friday afternoon commute.  Direct, road route is less than 5km.

Earlier in the afternoon I walked the hood looking for a Ubike but none were to be found.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cycled 16km Roundtrip on Lochside 

No Bull Sunday morning I cycled 16km roundtrip from home over Blenkinsop Lake to Faithwood Farm off the Lochside Trail and back home.

The paved driveway is on the western side of the trail 740m north from the Blenkinsop Lake Bridge.

My hexacopter drone (6-propellers) was being pulled behind on my Burley Flatbed Cargo trailer.

The plan was to put the drone up and checkout the large field located here from the air but it seemed a bit too windy.

It was good ride and good cardio-exercise pulling the trailer up those hills.

Access road along the Lochside Trail: 48°29'20.00"N 123°21'37.21"W Check it out in Google.earth

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cycled Olympic Discovery Trail 

Olympic Discovery Trail BioniX Ebike O.K., forget my last post
We scrapped plan A in favour of plan B. Plan B only cost $8 more than plan A.

Plan B was drive the limo to Broughton Street Parkade and leave it there all day for $15 bucks. Just walk for ten-minutes to the Black Ball Ferry terminal and do the same coming home.

Simple? You bet.

   The Olympic Discovery Trail from Port Angeles VIDEO

Tuesday I cycled 40km roundtrip along the Olympic Discovery Trail from Port Angeles (PA) eastward to Robin Hill Farm County Park (RHCP).

We took the 10:30a.m. Black Ball Ferry from Victoria harbour to Port Angeles and rented an e-bike from Sound Bikes (SB) & Kayaks in PA.

The friendly staff at SB got us out the door in less than five minutes.

The downside of the whole exercise was the battery on the e-bike was showing low voltage by the time we arrived at RHCP -- which was not our destination.

We wanted to complete the 32 mile (52km) roundtrip ride to Railroad Bridge Park over the Dungeness River. The good news is we'll get to do the ride again next time using better power management for the electric-assist bicycle.

The Olympic Discovery Trail from Port Angeles eastward is perhaps the most exciting and enjoyable ride I've ever experienced. No way would I do it on a pedal-only bike; but for me on an e-bike the numerous, steep hills simply melted away. Just the way I like it.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cycled Ubike on Reconnaissance Run 

Dungeness River Railroad Bridge Park Washington This morning I rode the bus to town doing a reconnaissance run for my planned trip to cycle the Olympic Discovery Trail from Port Angeles (PA) eastward to Rail Bridge Park over the Dungeness River.

We visited Rail Bridge Park over the Dungeness River with American friends in 2011. It's an interesting icon from former railway times and makes a nice destination for a 16 mile, outbound, bicycle ride. The roundtrip from PA to the park will be 52km.

The plan is to rent an E-bike from Sound Bikes & Kayaks Sporting Goods Store, 120 E Front St. in PA and be back in time to catch the 5:20 p.m. ferry back to Victoria. We'll let you know how that works out.

The #14 local bus gets one to Yates & Douglas in fifteen minutes. It's another 18 minutes to walk to the Belville St. terminal. The feryy rides take 90 minutes to PA.

This morning I rode a Ubike back to Yates St. which took 7 minutes. I did not see even one ubike on my walk to the Black Ball Terminal. I walked from Hillside Ave. to home after getting off the #4 bus.

We pulled it off! Here's the The Olympic Discovery Trail from Port Angeles VIDEO

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Cycled UVic and Alumni to Henderson at 8a.m. 

Naked Ride I cycled UVic from home around Henderson Rec Centre and alumni trail.


Rode thru Cedar Hill X Rd access trail unimpeded. Cool.


Drove her to Binstead's the went over to L&M

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Walked Henderson and Climbed North Column 

Northwest Col Mt. Tolmie  
Sunday we walked around Henderson and Alumni trails

In the afternoon, I climbed the north col of Mt. Tolmie

Afterward I bought finger picks at L&M and played the Martin DX1AE in the showroom. Shopped Walmart and Cameron returned Honda to underground.

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