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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Walked Finnery Gardens and Back 

On this beautiful Sunday we walked thru finerty Gardens from home and back.
It's only a couple of kilometres but was very enjoyable on this sunny day.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Electic Vehicle Reply to Jack 

Thanks, Jack, for the electric vehicle (EV) report by David Yager, Yager Management Ltd., Oilfield Services Executive Advisory on Energy Policy Analysis, dated July 26, 2017.


Presuming the information contained therein is factual, it's a real eye-opener. I was cognizant of the fact the energy derived to power EVs did not come from current bushes (an old boy scout joke) but it is surprising to learn the production of said energy releases double the amount of carbon-dioxide (CO2) as fossil fuel power vehicles.

Having said that, it's good remind people carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant nor is it a poison -- as climate-cultists are telling us with never-ending regularity. CO2 supports life on Earth. There is NO life on Earth without carbon. Most of Earth's carbon is NOT held nor contained in its atmosphere. Most is in the oceans, rocks and living things. The fact is -- up to a certain point -- the more CO2 in the atmosphere the better.

The main benefit to humans is increased food production due to increased plant growth.

Scientifically and factually, CO2 is not a green house gas (GHG) and does NOT increase the Earth's temperature. it has been proven many times over that first the Earth's temperature rises then -- approximately 800 years later -- Earth's CO2 increases. So from my perspective, the whole anthropogenic global warming scam is based upon lies and will someday be found to be just that -- a scam.

This part of Yager's article caught may attention: " . . . the world’s largest manufacturer of EVs thanks to domination of that market, saw EV sales drop 34% in Q1 2017 once state funding was reduced in January."

As governments continue to collect and increase carbon taxes these subsidies should be reinstated to assist citizens to achieve the government's object: more electric vehicles. I am not against electric vehicles. Recently, I rode an electric-assist bicycle (e-bike) and they are awesome. The take-away from it all is the fact atmospheric carbon-dioxide is a good thing.

Estimates are that even if all the known reserves on Earth were burned over the next 3000 years (that's how much fossil fuel is stored in the Earth), this would only raise the atmospheric CO2 levels to 800 parts per million (PPM). Scientists estimate the ideal atmospheric CO2 level to suit humans' needs should be between 1000-2000ppm.

Drill baby drill!
Burn baby burn!
The future looks good -- despite what Al Gore says.



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Friday, July 28, 2017

Cycled UVic Henderson and back 

Friday I cycled ½hr up and thru UVic and over to Henderson
We have no pictures-to-prove-it.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Esquimalt Indian Reservation 

Kosapsum Cres. Connector (view to Hallowell) I learnt something today about the new road being completed through the Esquimalt Nation Reservation Lands. After talking with a couple of Indian lads they told me that Thomas Road will be closed at its connection to Admirals Road and all future movements -- inbound and outbound -- will be via the new connector to Hallowell Road. Presumably, this will impove the safety of all concerned by directing everyone to the traffic light control at the Hallowell/Admirals Road intersection.
Again, presumably, this will only affect those seeking access and egress from the Esquimalt Nation Reservation Lands. This is where some band members live and have their headquarters and recreational facilities and other structures situated along the only two roads contained therein: Modeste Rd and Kosapsum Crescent. Access to both roads has for years been posted as private property and no trespassing signs. Apparently, to keep the white man out -- or woman, if it comes to that.
Seem odd inasmuch as the Indians have free access to all other roads built by the Europeans. All the construction workers on the new road are of European descent and all machinery and supplies are provided by Europeans. Strange, circumstantial times in which we live.
N.B. Now, railway crossing-gates will have to be installed at Hallowell Rd. and Kosapsum Cres. E&N Xing.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Ed Nixon Trail & Songhee & Four Mile Pub 


This morning we walked 5km roundtrip along the Ed Nixon Trail beside Langford Lake.

Just another perfect day to be outdoors in Victoria and surrounding municipalities. To be precise: Langford is a city and will soon surpass Victoria in population. Its area is already twice that of the City of Victoria so Langford has lots of room for its anticipated, increased growth.

We parked the limo in a Langford Parkway layby and started out northbound from the children's play area. The summer weather attracted many families to the beach and many children were swimming and diving off the raft.

The shade provided by the forest canopy along the lake-side trail was most welcome.

We segued off trail to view the new road construction at the western end of West Shore Parkway. This soon-to-be, east-west connector originates (on its eastern end) at the Goldstream round-about. Once the connector is completed over the Esquimalt & Nanaimo railway crossing (xing), one will be able to drive, walk or cycle westward to Langford Parkway at Veteran's Memorial Parkway. Awesome!

I learnt something today about the new road being completed through the Esquimalt Nation Reservation Lands. After talking with a couple of Indian lads they told me that Thomas Road will be closed at its connection to Admirals Road and all future movements -- inbound and outbound -- will be via the new connector to Hallowell Road. Presumably, this will improve the safety of all concerned by directing everyone to the traffic light control at the Hallowell/Admirals Road intersection.

Again, presumably, this will only affect those seeking access and egress from the Esquimalt Nation Reservation Lands. This is where some band members live and have their headquarters and recreational facilities and other structures situated along the only two roads contained therein: Modeste Rd and Kosapsum Crescent. Access to both roads has for years been posted as private property and no trespassing signs. Apparently, to keep the white man out -- or woman, if it comes to that.

Seem odd inasmuch as the Indians have free access to all other roads built by the Europeans. All the construction workers on the new road are of European descent and all machinery and supplies are provided by Europeans. Strange, circumstantial times in which we live.

N.B. Now, railway crossing-gates will have to be installed at Hallowell Rd. and Kosapsum Cres. E&N Xing.

P.S. The wife bought us lunch at the Four Mile Brew Pub. Thank you, sweetheart.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

West Hills To Humpack Rd on Powerline Trail 

West Shore Parkway crossing gates Saturday morning I walked 3½km roundtrip from Westhills in Langford along the powerline trail to Humpback Road and return.

Someday these two communities will be connected by road so those visiting or living in the growing community of Goldstream won't have to use Hwy-1 all the time.

The powerline trail and the E&N tracks were quite busy with local pedestrians out walking the dog or commuting to shops in Langford.

This connector and the proposed roads will be a welcome asset to those living in Kettle Creek Station in Langford, BC and Goldstream housing and mobiles.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Walked The Grind to Market 

This morning I walked The Grind over a mountain then back down to the market. Nothing too exciting but picked up a pizza for lunch on the way.

In the afternoon I drove to the Inner Harbour to get a photograph of the newest Prince of Whales whale-watching ship: Salish Sea Dream. It doesn't leave Victoria at 1:30 p.m. but at 1:15. I got there just in time to se its stern end (the flat end) leaving the harbour.

Their blab reads: "Make the most of your time here in British Columbia; skip the ferry lines and bus transfers and whale watch your way from Vancouver to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This 4-hour adventure crossing travels into the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that flood the local waters here throughout the year. Arrive in downtown Victoria in time for lunch, stroll the streets and continue your journey!"

It may be a moot point but this ship was built in Port Angles, WA at an old friend's company: Josh Armstrong and his brother, Cory. We attended Josh's wedding in Victoria way back when and also visited them at the family's Piers Island residence.

Armstrong Marine Inc.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Walked E&N Humpback Rd to Suspension Bridge 

Friday we walked 4400m (2¾miles) roundtrip into The Great Trail suspension bridge over Goldstream River.

For something completely different we walked the Esquimalt & Nanaimo (E&N) railway tracks. This section of rail has been abandoned since it saw its last train pass May 10, 2011. Even though it's been over six years many railfans still haven't got the memo: Trust me, It's abandoned.

We started walking from the E&N Xing at Humpback Rd. We met a couple of locals walking the rails with their dog. This route has no hills and it's 600m shorter one-way. The Great Trail route (recommended) is 2.8km (1¾miles) oneway.

Even on a weekday there's plenty of foot and cycling traffic along the recently-opened trail.

Sooke Waterflow Flickr Album

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Walked The Grind and Mystic Vale 

Mystic Vale student & runners This morning I walked a 6km loop up The Grind and over Mt. Tolmie and on to the Mystic Vale trail across the road from Henderson Recreational Centre.

Once thru Mystic Vale (formerly Mystic Springs) at Hobbs Road, I turned left up the single-track to the University of Victoria's Housing Complex.

Following the Alumni Trails from here, I arrived at Finnerty Gardens where after passing thru, took our usual route via Varsity Plc. and Horner Park to home.

Just another beautiful day in paradise.

My 1:40 minute track was recorded with the ViewRanger App in my phone.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Cycled Great Circle Route E&N/GGT 

The Great Circle Route in Victoria BC Cycled a 19km loop on The Great Circle Route (TGCR) in Victoria, BC. Oh, never heard of TGCR in Victoria? Neither did I until this morning.

It's actually the circle route formed by the Atkins Station connection between the E&N Rail Trail and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Both paved trails start at the Blue Bridge in downtown City of Victoria. In 1:30 minutes.

I figure if others can change the names of places so can I.

It was a beautiful morning for a bicycle ride or any outdoor activity. Seems there's nothing compares with cycling though.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017


Morn' John,
Hope all went well at Ballegeers. Bear with me as I try something new.
All my phone oix automatically go online so why not link them to you?
I've set them all to 'Friends'-viewing and hope it works
Let me know
Bill
LINK HERE
P.S. In Gmail Settings I set you as 'Friend' so you should be able to see all 9 of them
Use the download icon (down pointing arrow) orjust screen-print what you want
clicking on the plus sign on the image makes them full 5500pixels
P.P.S. None of these images are viewable to the public

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Walked Finnerty/UVic/Henderson/Mt. tolmie 

Henderson Golf Course Friday I walked 6km (3¾miles) clockwise through UVic/Henderson/Mt. Tolmie to home.

Took me 1¾hrs

She stayed home

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Xenion E-bike Pedals Fall Off 

Wanna Buy A Pedal? This morning I cycled 2.5km along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. That's when the pedal fell off the demo e-bike I was riding.

I thought I would ride it back the shop but the other pedal was loose too and it just about fell off. I stopped pedalling with one leg at that point and walked the 30-minutes back to the store.

In any case, what I experienced was a totally awesome piece of engineering. Bosch and Mercedes are currently world leaders in developing driverless vehicles so building an amazing bicycle such as this is obviously a piece-of-cake.

The electric-assist bicycle is an Easy Motion Bosch Xenion City Wave / Bosch Min-drive system. Xenion e-bike for short.

Once the pedals are replaced, the salesman says I can take it out for a complete demo ride. Forget it!

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Walked Irwin Park 

The Great Trail in Irwin Park bridge Monday morning we walked a 2km around the two ponds in Irwin Park

The Irwin Park trails have been included in the routing from the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (GGT) and the newly opened The Great Trail (TGT) on Vancouver Island.

Meridian Avenue is the name of the road that connects to TGT at Irwin Road. Meridian Ave. is one of a plethora of ne roads built within the West Hills housing development. Irwin road -- by contrast -- has been there forever.

The Irwin Rd. part at Meridian Ave. was never paved but the roadway was always there as well. We last last walked it some eight years ago and this area was all forested.

The 700m paved section of Irwin Rd from Humpback Rd was only paved to Creekside Terrace. Once completed (the area is now designated a construction zone), The newly paved 500m section of Irwin Rd will mean the entire 1200m from Meridian Ave. to the Mt. Wells Park, will be paved roadway.

TMI It's a moot point but Meridian Ave is laid over part of what was Irwin Road.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Cycled Langford to Great Trail 

GoPro Frame Grab in Irwin Park This morning I cycled 9km roundtrip through Langford, BC to see where and how the Galloping Goose Regional Trail (GGT) connects up with The Great Trail (TGT).

The ViewRanger App in my phone gave us a clear GPS track.

From the GGT trail at its Veteran's Memorial Parkway Xing to TGT trailhead at Humpback Lake is under five kilometres.

The routing here is a-work-in-progress by the looks of it. The designated bike lanes painted on the roadway are straight forward enough but getting around within Irwin Park needs more organization.

Being the pragamatist that I am, simply connecting West Hills subdivision at Westshore Parkway with Irwin Road would make it all far too simple. Guess we'll have to wait until more of the subdivision construction is completed and the dust settles.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Miscellanious GPS Mapping 

It's little known that one's GPX, KML, KMZ and geotagged photos can be added to Google.maps online.
Go to Googlemaps online
Select YOUR PLACES / MAPS / from lefthand Menu
Bottom page select CREATE MAP Lefthand side:
Untitled Layer / IMPORT Select KML or other including geotagged pix
Change the line color in Individual Style (lefthand)  
N.B. One's phone apps do this automatically but some projects are still created using desktops.
see also
 Click on My Maps.
 Click Create a new map.
Add a title and description.
Click Import.
 Click Choose file , select the KML to upload, and then click Upload from file.
WJI cycled Lake Cowichan to Duncan August 16, 2009

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