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    Chesterville

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    July 30,, 2019. Today I realized a longstanding ambition and cycled 103 km to Chesterville (pictured) and Winchester. That makes two 100K+ rides in a week, something I’ve never done before. I had to wait out a thunderstorm in Finch and was rained on by those dark clouds you see…
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    Seed Pods and Grasshopper

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    July 29, 2019. No ride today as I rand some errands (including a run to the city), picked up my bike wheel and a new seat, visited my parents (who were not home, alas), wrote and submitted a paper, and took this photo on our milkweed plants in the back…
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    Larose Forest

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    July 28, 2019. I took the gravel bike into LaRose Forest today. It didn’t really go as planned, as one trail after another turned out to be impassible. I finally found the mountain bike trail, which was a workout, and then some gravel trail I’ll try LaRose again – it’s…
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    Osgoode

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    July 25, 2019. My plan was for a 100K ride to Cumberland, but I broke a spoke in Limoges and changed my plans. After a quick repair in Embrun (thank you @VeloXpress ) I headed west to Osgoode, where I had lunch across the street from this cute building). It…
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    Exploring the Raisin River

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    July 23, 2019. I had a brilliant day today cycling from the mouth of the Raisin River upstream all the way to St. Andrews West, on the south branch, and back, on the north branch, a distance of 70 km. I felt great the whole way and could easily have…
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    Japanese Beetles

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    July 22, 2019. For most people, filling out a form is something they do quickly. For me, it’s an all day affair filled with fear and trepidation. Today’s form involved searching for documents, replacing a failed printer, a trip to the post office, and more. So, no bike ride. These…
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    The Storm

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    20, 2019. I went for a 60 km ride today to Vars in extreme sweltering heat. Despite that, I had one of my fastest times of the year. This is the storm that would hit us about a half hour after I got home – howling winds, torrential rains, thunder…
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    Sheep Dude

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    July 19, 2019. I cycled 67 km to Monkland and back today on what was a very hot day. I encountered sheep dude on the way home. It wasn’t the easiest of rides today; people were driving very badly. https://flic.kr/p/2gCqJTp
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    Cedar Waxwings and a Sparrow

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    July 18, 2019. We saw these cedar waxwings in our back yard – it was a bit hard to get a decent photo because of the morning lighting. They were lined up for the blackcaps (black raspberries) lining the deck. Today was a rest day as my late night earlier…
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    Downstream

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    July 17, 2019. I took a bike ride to St.Isadore today and, because I felt pretty good, spent time exploring the roads north of the river at Casselman, which is where I was to take this picture of our village downstream from the falls. 56km in all. https://flic.kr/p/2gB4bK8
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    Lilies

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    July 16, 2019. These lilies in our back yard reach up to my eye level, which makes the plants 5 1/2 feet tall. Pretty impressive. No bike riding today as I spent the entire day – from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. – writing my art article. https://flic.kr/p/2gB4rwt
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    LaRose Forest

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    July 14, 2019. Because I had two brand-new Gator-Skin tires on my road bike I decided to try traversing LaRose forest. That proved to be a mistake – going through one way went OK but on the way back I hit some sharp gravel that shredded the inner tubes on…
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    The Trail

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    July 11, 2019. Because I am very very stubborn, I decided to take the same route that I failed to complete a couple of days ago. Though the mountain threw everything it had at me – including a raging thunderstorm – I kicked. Its. Butt. 80 km, including 21 in…
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    To the Top

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    July 10, 2019. Still at Mont Tremblant. Got both tires on my bicycle fixed but didn’t really feel up to a ride, so we took the gondola to the top of the mountain and looked at butterflies and walked up and down hills (which wasn’t really easier than bike riding).…

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