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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great Trail Northern Trailhead 

Great Trail Vancouver Island viewed southward Tuesday we drove to the northern terminus of the new Great Trail to see where it connect to the Cowichan Valley/Trans Canada/ Former CNR Railway (TCT) trail. This location along Sooke Lake Road (off Shawnigan Lake Road) is well known to many and for years has been the southern terminus of the Trans Canada Trail on Vancouver Island. Were it not for the Victoria Water Supply, Sooke Watershed property being restricted ground, this is where the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (GGT) would have continued to, instead of being stopped at Leechtown, as it now does.

The Great Trail crosses Sooke Lake Road at this location but not directly; one has to turn left (SW) along Sooke Lake Road for some 90m to pickup the old TCT trail. There is a Big John and parking lot here.

The northern trailhead of the newest link in The Great Trail on Vancouver Island is located 90m north before reaching the TCT trailhead. The TCT trailhead is on the northside of Sooke Lake Raod and The Great Trail is located to the south (lefthand going in).

GPS Coordinates of Trailhead: 48°34'52.43"N 123°37'51.07"W

John Oldfield always takes time from his busy schedule to sit and chat for a while before returning to his kitchen duties. John is owner of the Village Chippery but from a management perspective likes to run a tight ship. ;-) John's family is borne of the Oldfield's of Saanich Peninsula pioneers. We never runs out of things to talk about. Enrico Winery Pass through Mill Bay Junction along Hwy-1 northbound to the second traffic light (at the top of the hill). Turn right (east) onto Kilmalu Road to the first road on the lefthand side (northside). Proceed north along Telegraph Road for 1400m to find Enrico Winery on the lefthand (west) side of the road. Your server in the tasting lounge may be Georgia or the manager, Lorin. Enjoy a marvelous welcome and sipping experience within this 50 acre site.

Enrico Winery are winners of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. Enrico Winery’s 2014 Tempest Ortega was on this prestigious list. Enrico's Ortega was chosen out of 425 wines as one of the top fourteen wines from BC by a panel of wine industry professionals through a blind judging process. Enrico wines are currently available at wine shops and restaurants throughout Vancouver Island and across the Lower Mainland.

Phone: (250) 733-2356 Email: info@enricowinery.com Mail: 3280 Telegraph Road Mill Bay, B.C. V0R 2P3

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great Trail Humpback Suspension Bridge 

The Great Trail Suspension Bridge We enjoyed this beautiful weather this morning by hiking 6km roundtrip along the new Great Trail that just opened yesterday.

What is The Great Trail? The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 km from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.

The newest section to open on Vancouver Island is a 13km long trail connecting Humpback Reservoir with Shawnigan Lake trails.  

Great Trail Suspension Bridge GPS Coordinates: 
48°27'44.82"N 123°34'30.78"W (Google.earth)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Cycled Lochside Trail 9km Marker 

It's Official Friday I cycled 14km roundtrip along the Lochside Trail from Blenkinsop Greenway northbound to Cordova Bay Golf Course and return.

Mission was accomplished once it was established there is no 8km Marker and the 9km Marker was photographed.

It is now confirmed there only nine post-markers along the trails from Victoria to Sidney; that be at the 2; 3; 5; 6; 7; 9; 14; 15; 20km distances. Markers two (2km) and three (3km) are along the first four kilometre section of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (GGT). Technically, the Lochside Trail's southern terminus starts at the 4km location but there is no distance marker here. This intersection of the two trails is referred to as the Switch Bridge. Here, one can 'switch' trails and there is a bridge -- an overpass to be exact.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Walked Causeway Aboriginals Indigenous 

Le-La-La Aboriginal Performers at RBCM This morning I walked the Causeway Area to view the Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival performances.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Cycled Lochside Mt. Newton 

Full House This morning I cycled 14km roundtrip from Cordova Bay Golf Course to Mt. Newton x Road Station along the Lochside Trail.
This trail section was chosen because most of this part is dedicated trail, meaning there is no vehicular traffic.
There was a lage group of cyclists at Mt. Newton Station who were on their way to Victoria after getting off the BC Ferry in from Vancouver, BC.
From this location it's 21km to the southern terminus of the Lochside Trail at Harbour Road near downtown Victoria, BC.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

CO2 Greeenhouse and Anthropogenic 

Carbon Dioxide In Greenhouses

The benefits of carbon dioxide supplementation on plant growth and production within the greenhouse environment have been well understood for many years. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of photosynthesis (also called carbon assimilation). Photosynthesis is a chemical process that uses light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars in green plants. Growers should regard CO2 as a nutrient.

What? A nutrient? Al Gore and the climate-cultists are telling us CO2 is pollutant and a poison. CO2 is the building-block of life on Earth and it is benificial to all living things -- including humans. 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%!

Here is the proven fact: If Earth's CO2 levels were raised from its paltry 400ppm ot between 1000-2000 ppm life on this planet would be a veritable Garden of Eden for all -- including human beings. Sadly, will never occur. It is estimated by Dr. Patrick Moore, PhD, that if all known reserves of fossil fuels on Earth were burned, the CO2 levels in the atmosphere would only reach a modest 700-800 ppm. Only half (½) of burned fossil fuel CO2 shows up in the atmosphere. Most of it goes into the growth of trees, plants and crops.

Today, with Earth's atmosphere at 400 ppm of CO2, there is 850 billion tons of carbon in the atmosphere. By comparison, when life first formed on our planet, there were15,000 billion tons of carbon in Earth's atmosphere (18 times the present level). Plants and soil combined contain nearly 2,000 billion tons of carbon -- more than twice as much contained in the atmosphere. The oceans contain 38,000 billion tons of carbon (more than 45 times what is held in the atmosphere).

Is the increase in carbon emissions going into the atmosphere?


Today's carbon emissions are spread throughout the plants, soil and oceans. So can we all agree carbon is NOT the enemy? Can we agree carbon is the reason we are alive? Carbon is not making the world much warmer -- if at all.

Over the past 150 million years, atmospheric carbon has gone down on average by 90%. This is troubling trend and poses a real threat to life on Earth. Plants require a minimum of 150 ppm of atmospheric carbon to survive. If the present CO2 levels continue to decline at this rate, life on this planet will end in less than two million years. This is not a long time in geological terms. By continuing to utilize fossil fuel for our energy needs we are increasing the chances of survival for life on Earth.

Reference cited: Dr. Patick Moore, Phd. et al

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Cycled 10 Mile Loop 

10 Mile LoopTuesday I cycled a 10 miles loop from home to Blenkinsop Lake and back.

What a beautiful morning!

Finished up my ride in jersey and short riding pants.

Afterward it was B'day lunch with Bentley at 4 Mile sundeck.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Walked The Grind 

Mt. Tolmie park trail Sunday morning I walked a 3km loop up The Grind and over Mt. Tolmie returning via Gordon Head Rd and Varsity Plc.

This walk is a shortened version of our usual route but it delivered the same cardio-exercise which is what it's all about.

"Get out twice a week and get your heartrate up to 120bpm for twenty minutes." was what Dr. Mildenberger told me seventeen years ago and I've been doing it ever since.

 Mt. Tolmie trail from Gordon Head Road: 48°27'33.68"N 123°19'18.07"W

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