Showing posts from May, 2008

Keep adding stones

I did much the same route as mentioned in the post below, but stopped at a couple different places to take some photos.

When I've been on these morning rides south of Orillia, I'm simply reveling in the joy of cycling through forests, past lakes, along country roads, with almost no traffic anywhere near me. It makes it very easy for me to believe that nature deficit disorder (wait for ad to clear and Enter Salon link to show in upper right corner) is a very real problem.

After a bit of a break, I'm doing the Becel Ride for the Heart this weekend. I'll be doing it on the new Trek, and it'll probably be the fifth different bike I've used for this ride.

I don't know if there's anything sweeter than being up early in the morning and riding a well tuned bike along a well paved country road. I love it when you're all alone, see a small hill coming up, attack it like you're breaking away from the peloton in the Tour, and after you crest the hill you see a…

As sweet as tupelo honey

At my last job, I was biking about 66km one way to get to work in the morning, passing through the strip malls and strip housing of Scarburbia.

This year, I can either walk straight to work in 20 minutes, or I can suit up and go for a long optional bike ride in the morning. It's pretty sweet. If you live in Orillia, and if you get up early, pack your bag and clip into the pedals on your Jamis, and follow this route out of town into the countryside, you see lots of farmland, four deer, and lots of waterfront.

Brakeman on a hurtlin' fever train

It was pretty cold and windy this morning, doing the 30km round trip out to Hawkestone and back in time for work. Here are a couple photos from the morning ride:

On Sunday I rode my Trek on the country roads to the west of Orillia... the Bass Lake Side Road and various Lines (Line 8, 14, 15/16 etc). I love the fact that every direction I go when I leave Orillia, I'm cycling through rolling farmland. It's really pretty gorgeous. The only annoying thing is that, since I don't know the area very well yet, I keep going along nice country roads and all of a sudden hitting gravel where the road is no longer paved. I dinged up the underside of my downtube on Sunday having gravel pinging off the tube. So, I'm off to the drugstore today to pick up some nailpolish to seal the chipped paint.

And here are some stories that can maybe make you believe that we're getting serious about the problems we've created:
The LCBO (chain of wine / liquor stores run by the provincial gover…

made it on over to that million dollar bash

I have to admit, I really get a kick out of the Diamond Shreddies ad campaign. Do you guys have this in the States, or is it just up here in Canada (Shreddies are a cereal brand, and a "diamond" shreddie is a normal shreddie turned over a few degrees)?
Apparently the campaign was created by an intern named Hunter Somerville, who nearly didn't hand the proposed idea on to his boss because he thought it was too stupid.

I used to talk about current events (mostly George Bush) a lot, but I guess I haven't had as much time for blogging OR current events recently. However, here are a couple thoughts I've had:

Lowering the gas tax, in the States OR Canada, is stupid. It'll only save consumers peanuts, and it doesn't get to the root of the problem which Kuntsler and Heinberg have been talking about for quite a while now - from here on out, gasoline prices are going to do nothing but go up. If we really wanted to help people, we'd be increasing taxes on gas and t…

I'm drunk & you're probably taking pills

It is mid-May, and I'm STILL not biking very much. I'm so embarrassed. Having a leisurely 20 minute walk to work is a blessing in many ways, but it does tend to make you keep your bikes in the basement.

I have a new plan to get back on my wheels again - instead of trying to get up in the morning, go for a ride, come home & shower etc, then walk to work, I'm just going to go for rides which end at work. Basically I'm going to be recreating my routine from my Toronto to Oshawa commute (though not with the pissed off aggression I mention in that post). Luckily I have much nicer streets and trails to ride than I did in Durham county, like the Oro-Medonte rail trail pictured above.

This morning I got on the Jamis and rode the trail south out of Orillia to a little town called Hawkstone, right on Lake Simcoe. It was a pretty gorgeous way to spend a morning.

Wow - I opened up the (print) Globe and Mail and saw a $10000.00 Cannondale in the business section - that was a surpr…