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    All Packed Up

    May 19, 2022. Here's my bicycle all packed up and ready to head out for a three day practice ride this long weekend. Very busy day today, as in addition also prepared my slides for my CNIE talk coming up next week.
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    Bike Ride

    April 10, 2023. This is my bike[packing bike, out on it's first real run, a 45km loop on gravel roads south of town. Here's my recording on RideWithGPS.. I like the way it pits in the locations of the pictures. But it's...
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    My New Horse

    March 20, 2023. I took my bike out for a longer ride for the first time today (where 'longer' means 8km - still building up slowly). Pretty happy with the ride, though I'll need a new saddle. It takes more effort to pedal than my previous gravel bike, ...
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    August 24, 2021. In the distance you can see a number of large white birds (geese? swans?) enjoying the lake and honking up a storm back and forth with some other unseen flock. The trail was rough again today, not as bad as yesterday but still a challe...
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    Callaghan’s Rapids

    August 23, 2021. This is the view of Callaghan's Rapids Conservation Area from the trail. It was just a slight detour on today's 50 km ride to Marmora. The river here flows over a large flat rock surface, so it's shallow enough to wade easily. In one p...
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    Ranney Gorge

    August 22, 2021. Here I am with my bike on the suspension bridge over Ranney Gorge over the Trent River in Campbellford. Today I 'took a zero', meaning that I didn't cover any kilometers. But I still did some shopping and explored the town a bit. Tomor...
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    August 21, 2021. This is the farmers market at Campbellford, where I had a blueberry pie and blackberry refresher. Today was a very short cycling day - 12 km - as I went from the park to the motel to recharge both batteries and myself. I actually treat...
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    August 21, 2021. This is the scene at sunset from on top of a drumlin, a large hill created by glaciation. The sun was a brilliant ruby red (the picture doesn't do it justice) because of the smoke in the air from the many forest fires. Today was anothe...
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    Prince Edward County

    August 19, 2021. This is a scene from somewhere in the middle of Prince Edward County, which is almost a large island in Lake Ontario. Around the edges it can be pretty touristy (though in places that's not the case). In the interior is is very rural. ...
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    August 10, 2021. My camp site was supposed to be beside a beaver pond. I found the Beavers, but the camp was itself inaccessible. So I found a spot by the trail across from the pond and the Beavers and I spent a pleasant evening together, joined later ...

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