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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cycling Royal Roads & Ian's Quadcopters 

Hatley Castle Sunday I cycled 5km (3 miles) around the Royal Roads University (RRU) grounds.

I haven't cycled here since March 28, 2010, and then it wasn't much more than cursory look while passing by the 14km Marker on the Galloping Goose Trail (GGT). At that time, there was an open gate by which one could enter into the RRU grounds unimpeded.

On this day, I was in the hood to meet someone who lives along Metchosin Road and he was going to demonstrate quadcopter flying to me of which he owns two such machines.

Everything came off according to plan and we have photos and videos to prove it. Coming to web-browser in your area soon.

Cycling Royal Roads University Grounds VIDEO 10-MINUTES
Align Quadcopter Video
Yuneec Quadcopter Video

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Northwest Column Climb up Mt. Tolmie 

Sunday morning I walked a 4400m (2¾ mile) loop starting up the northwestern column of Mt. Tolmie and returning thru Henderson Recreational Park and Finnerty Gardens.

It was a mild 14ºC (57ºF)

The NW Col is not a designated trail but it works if one wants a little extra cardio-exercise.

Thanks to the kids for inviting us to dinner at The Ranch to welcome the newest member of The Earthly City to our family.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

NFL Teams and Management Break Their Own Rules 

Looks like President Trump is right again (again).

All the hate-filled, American loser who try to project their hate onto others, are failing again in trying to hang their hate onto the President of the United States of America.

The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks. The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:

THE NFL RULE BOOK reads in apart: "During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses".

So deep is their hate for this president that for them all the rules go out the window so these crazies (most of course are believers in anthropogenic climate change) can make up their own rules and continue to divide their country.

“Every NATION divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." -- Matthew 12:25

Monday, September 18, 2017

Puerto Rico Power Grid 

Puerto Rico has an excellent learning moment regarding the loss of electrical power due to the recent hurricanes.
98% of their electricity was generated from fossil fuels.
Now that the entire system must be replaced why not switch to solar and wind power generation?
Both are what is described as being unreliable; i.e., no sunshine no solar power and no wind no turbine power.

But, what the heck . . . who cares.

For years the climate cultists have preached no more fossil fuel generated electricity so here's a splendid opportunity to practice what they preach.
We all know it won't happen because the whole concept is bull feathers.
It's too expensive and too unreliable.
Let's wait and see what the final decision is regarding the replacement power source for Puerto Rico.
If it's fossil fuel again we all have to acknowledge all the talk was just that -- talk.

Remember: there's two types of energy -- reliable and unreliable. My bets on reliable.

Here is how Joel B. Pollak wrote it at Breitbart: 

"Puerto Ricans themselves are “very happy” with Trump’s response, which local officials have also praised. The attempt to argue otherwise is just the left’s latest effort to rile up Hispanic voters. But the sheer scale of the devastation is real.

There is a silver lining, however, in the storms that have all but destroyed the island: Puerto Rico now has a chance to rebuild. The past few years have been brutal for the island’s economy, and its government is essentially bankrupt and in default. Congressional efforts to manage the crisis have been poorly conceived, and hampered by the danger that bailing out Puerto Rico could create bad incentives for spendthrift blue states like Illinois and California.

In addition, the scale of the damage means that Puerto Rico can be built in a more sensible and sustainable way, with more durable structures that are more appropriate to the occasional hazards of the Caribbean climate. There is an opportunity to replace poor housing stock with new buildings; to bring in better building materials and designs; and to re-shape the island’s urban landscapes to offer a more attractive destination for foreign direct investment.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is therefore also its golden opportunity. With the right leadership, and the right stewardship from Washington, the island can be set on a new course to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century that have, thus far, passed it by. It may take years — slowly, slowly, as the smash hit “Despacito” suggests — but it can happen. And one day, the hurricane season of 2017 will not only be mourned, but also seen as a breakthrough."


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cycled Over Skirt Mountain to Bear Mountain 

Bear Mountain Parkway Project Evo This morning I cycled 16km roundtrip from West Shore Shopping Mall to Westin Hotel in Bear Mountain Village.
It took 45 minutes cycling in over Skirt Mountain and only 20 minutes coming out on the downhill to join Veterans Memorial Parkway then back to Kelly Road..
What a ride! What a hill on that new road over Skirt Mountain!
The hills are so steep at one point the work crews are digging a trench through that section to lower the road surface so vehicles can use it.
The PGA golf tournament was underway as I cycled through and I saw John Daly walking along the cart path to the next tee. Cool.
N.B. This 30-minute ride from McCallum thru to the holel was reduced to a 3-MINUTE VIDEO

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The All-New Bear Mountain Parkway 

Friday we drove to Langford (again) to check out what is happening with the new access road to the western side of Bear Mountain Resort and Estates. Lots.

The Leight Road connector has had many improvements since we were last there. The total length of this dual-lane highway is approximately 3.4km from Leigh Road until it connects with the already-completed section of Bear Mountain Parkway near the Westin Hotel.

The construction crews were busy this work day so we plan to return on Sunday when things will be quieter. I'll probably cycle through it to the hotel and return.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hiked Mt. Tolmie with daypack 

Packed Up Thursday morning I walked up The Grind with a 5kb (10lb.) daypack. A little training hike for some upcoming adventures.

September is traditionally The Hikers' Month as the snow pack is low and most of the mud has dried up. This is quite evident by viewing the dried-out forests and understory that blankets Mt. Tolmie.

The dry grass does present a real fire hazard but luckily there hasn't been a major fire up on the mountain for some years now.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cycled Flight Path and Toured Air Museum 

Tuesday morning I cycled the 9.4km Flightpath around Victoria Intl. Airport. This is an excellent cardio-exercise bike ride. It feels more like ten miles that ten kilometres.

Afterward, I toured the BC Air Museum with my friend, Dan Waldie as my guide. Every time I go there I see and learn things which were missed during previous visits.
Thanks for the grand tour, Dan.  

BC Air Museum with Dan Waldie

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Cycled to Town 

Thursday morning I cycled 13km roundtrip from Mann's to the Blue Bridge along the Lochside Trail connecting with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail at the Switch Bridge.
Another beautiful day in paradise for cycling at 14ºC.
Average cycling speed, according to my ViewRanger GPS Tracking App in my phone was 14km/hr. Cool.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Hiked (again) NW Column Mt. Tolmie 

Two Buck$ on the Ridge Tuesday morning I climb the Northwestern Col of Mt. Tolmie. This is not a designated nor maintained trail but nevertheless it gets quite a bit of usage. It's only 350m in length to the top.

The orange glow is cast from the Blood Sun due to forest fire smoke in the atmosphere.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Hiked up North Western Col Mt. Tolmie 

Monday morning, (LabourDay) I hiked the western col (column) to the top of Mt. Tolmie and back home down Glastonbury.

I first hiked this steep trail in August 2012 and September the same year but haven't hiked it since. It appears I'm in better condition five years later than the first time. It's only a fifteen-minute jaunt up the hill but it's pretty steep. Last time I rested a few times going up and today nada.

This panoramic image was automatically created by photos.google by using the photographs (3) from my phone which were also uploaded automatically.

Afterward, BentShar took us for lunch at Romeo's Broadmead. Thanks, kids.

Thanks to all service employees who worked this Labour Day. It makes others' lives more enjoyable.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Walked Lochside Trail 

Saturday morning we walked 5km roundtrip along the Lochside Trail from Blenkinsop Greenway northward to the 9km marker.

Another beautiful summer day.

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