Happy Spring everyone! This blog has been sorely neglected but that is about to change. Weather is finally warming up and snow is melting.
2017 was the third year in a row that I fell short of my cycling goal. After we climbed Mount Katahdin in late August we started seriously talking about hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2022. We had a beautiful fall last year and we got the hiking bug so the bikes didn’t get used as much as usual. We still got plenty of exercise and fresh air just nothing I could track here!
I expect that this year is going to be similar. We are becoming obsessed with hiking plus we’re building a house this summer so, taking those two things in to consideration, I have revised by cycling goal to 2,000 km for 2018. Stay tuned for adventure and mileage updates coming soon!
After a weekend of biking our asses off (figuratively and literally) in Montreal (that story HERE), I have now surpassed the 50% point of my annual goal of 3,000 km. WooHoo!
This is the third year we’ve cycled in Montreal on the August long weekend. It’s no coincidence that it’s the same weekend as the Osheaga outdoor music festival which my teenage daughter likes to attend. We arrived Thursday evening. There was not enough daylight left for a ride but we enjoyed a nice walkabout, gourmet burger and refreshments.
Day 1 – 92 km. Our day included cycling on Ile-des-Soeurs and on the canal bike path. Unfortunately, at about the 50km point, I missed a sharp turn in the bike lane, lost control of my bike and fell. Luckily I had Continue reading
I’ve added a new photo to the Clifton Royal Photo Project but after getting home I realized that all the other photos were taken “landscape” and my hubby snapped this one “portrait”. I may have to switch it later in the year if/when I get a chance to retake it.
This is the 5th year in a row that I’ve taken a photo in the same spot (the key is to get the tree & the fence in the shot with river in the background). My original plan was to take a photo in this very spot, on my bike for the next 20+ years but I realized this past weekend that it will be more challenging than I thought. My husband and I purchased a lot in a town which is 129 km (80 miles) away from this spot. We plan to Continue reading
Visted friends at their cottage on the Northumberland Straight this weekend. Spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon biking from Cap Pele to Sackville and back. The weather was perfect!
Got up early one morning on our vacation and rented hybrids near Central Park. We headed straight towards the waterfront. The rush hour traffic was heavy while trying to navigate the New York streets but the worst part was the pedestrians… they were crossing against the lights, walking and/or standing in the bike lanes. It was brutal! Once on the dedicated bikes lanes it was smooth sailing. Could have biked longer but had to meet up with our friends for lunch in Chinatown at the Deluxe Green Bo. Soup dumplings! Yum!
Took a quick trip over to London to join my husband on his business trip. Spent part of an afternoon cycling around the city on the Santander rental bikes popularly known by the locals as “Boris Bikes”.
We didn’t break any pace records but we got a cool map (below). Our 20+ km ride included some cycling along the Thames river on the bike path as well as on some bustling city streets dodging double decker buses and London cabs. Rides through Green and Hyde Parks were considerably less stressful! The entire exercise was not helped by the fact that we had to bike on the “wrong” side!
Spent three days cycling in the fantastic city of Montreal. This city understands cycling infrastructure and does it right! The drivers are crazy and inconsiderate of each other but they seem to look out for cyclists and pay heed.
Day 1 – 60 km: Mostly along the canal bike path all the way to the bedroom community of Dorval. Our evening meal was wonderful Indian cuisine at Le Taj
Day 2 – 70 km: An early morning ride through the McGill University campus followed by more cycling along the canal bike path with a stop at the Old Port of Montreal for lunch and on to a Mount Royal climb via Summit Olmsted Road (a wide road and gentle grade 6 – 7 km bicycle path that Continue reading
Went out for a group ride with the “Quick Chicks” last night. Gorgeous evening and a great group of gals. Stopped for ice cream at the Pumpkin Patch. Everyone was talking about their favourite flavour of ice cream. Grape-Nut for me.
If you’ve never heard of Grape-Nut ice cream it’s because, according to the Huffington Post, it’s a New England thing. Atlantic Canada is just north of the New England states and we’ve been blessed with this regional treat.
The article describes it as “a balance of creamy, sweet, crunchy, salty and malty. Adding Grape-Nuts to ice cream is basically injecting whole grains, vitamins and fiber into one of America’s favorite junk foods, which is the perfect juxtaposition of everything we love.”
Photo Source: Huffington Post Here’s Why You Need To Try Grape-Nuts Ice Cream, New England’s Best Kept Dessert
After a lovely 30 km early morning ride, we arrived at the Kingston Market at the peak of rush hour to find the line up for breakfast too long. We like to do breakfast inside the market because A) we can get out of the sun and B) we know that the familiar meal of coffee, bacon & eggs, toast and hash browns sits well on the second leg of our 100 km journey.
We were lucky enough to score one of the only shady picnic tables outside and decided to go with a non-traditional Korean brunch of Daeji bulgogi (marinated pork), Japchae (sweet potato noodles) and Pajun (vegetable pancake). The food was delicious and we didn’t eat too much! We finished our coffee while people-watching and enjoying the country crooning of a local artist.
I also picked up a hops rhizome to plant in my herb garden at home. The small root section packaged in a little plastic bag fit nicely in the rear pocket of my jersey. They claim it will grow an average of 20′ per year and make a nice vine. I will report back on that…
Peninsula Princess Ferry & 100 km Route Map
4 years ago I started the Clifton Royal Photo Project. The spot is at the end of a long ascent and affords a beautiful view of the Kennebecassis River. There’s also a horse that lives on this property. It’s a great spot to catch your breath, rehydrate and look around. Here’s this year’s photo…
Looking at the photos I made a few observations. 1) The tree to my right is in every photo 2) My Monton “Cat” jersey is at least 4 years old & 3) I look slimmer in blue 😉 You can see all 4 years HERE
Clifton Royal, New Brunswick, Canada
Our community has a brand new mayor. He’s young, energetic and he cycles! The local cycling club thought it would be a great idea to get area cyclists together for a ride with the mayor to discuss cycling infrastructure & safety and to show our new mayor that there is a growing culture of cycling in Saint John.
Here are video highlights from today’s ride. SOUNDTRACK: “Who We Are” by The Candles
Out for a 50 km ride late afternoon. Broke the rear gear cable on my road bike about 10 km from home. Only 10 minutes from closing time at our local bike shop… no time to ride across town to get it fixed.
Our community had been working hard to promote cycling in our region and lobby for better cycling infrastructure & bike safety. Our brand new Mayor (Don Darling) is participating in a group ride tomorrow morning at 10 am. I guess I’ll have to take Molly for tomorrow’s ride. If you don’t know what a “molly” is, it’s the hybrid offspring of a female horse (mare) and a male donkey (jack) http://messybeast.com/genetics/hybrid-equines.htm
I’ll have the gopro for the Mayor’s ride tomorrow…. stay tuned….
A beautiful spring day for my first ride of the season. The wind was unforgiving at times but we used it our advantage on the second half of the ride. Our friend Dale took us on a new route along Hammond River which included this lovely covered bridge. 40 km on the odometer and an exciting summer of cycling ahead…
This happened to me today.
Went for a 100 km ride on the Kingston Peninsula. Was a spectacular day until we encountered a local red neck with road rage and a severe hate on for cyclists. He came up behind us (not another car in sight in either direction) and buzzed us close… clearly to send some kind of message. It startled me and I let out a little scream…Rob flipped him off. He immediately pulled over and rolled down his window and waited for us to approach. Rob asked why he didn’t give us more room and he started with his rant about how we should not be on those roads and that “you people will never learn”. We kept cycling. He roared past us again and stopped and got out of his car. I was freaking by then. He charged Rob. Rob got off his bike to get away from him and he picked up Rob’s bike and started to walk away with it. We eventually got it back. It was a total scene! We stopped at the RCMP in Hampton and gave a statement, we had his license plate #. The RCMP know the guy and there was a similar complaint against the same guy 2 days ago. He drives a rust coloured sporty car…like a Cavalier. Constable says he lives near the Gondola Point Ferry and is well know to the police. My advice is be careful and if something like this happens, keep your wits about you and take photos with your phone if you can.
65 km cycling around Montreal, Quebec.
Montreal is a great cycling city! Lots of dedicated trails and well marked cycling routes throughout the city. Observation…most cyclist in this urban area don’t wear helmets. Yikes!
Soundtrack: Bonjour Mon Amie by Josh Woodward (album Sunny Side of the Street)
Licensed under Creative Commons
Hubby and I went for a 100 km ride today. I have to say it was NOT one of our more enjoyable rides. It held a lot of promise…The wind was favourable for the ride home which is when you want it but several things contributed to it being less than a perfect ride A) the closest ferry to cycling paradise (a.k.a the Kingston Peninsula) has been out of service for months so we have had to take an alternate route to another ferry 30 km away. That in-and-of-itself is not a problem but add to that B) the pavement torn up from that ferry landing to our beloved Kingston Market (4 km of dirt road!) plus C) Just as we turned the corner at the 50 km mark to enjoy the wind at our back… what do we find? 8 km of grooved pavement. To summarize over 10% of our ride was on torn up roads. Home now and I feel like a martini… shaken not stirred!
Spent a beautiful summer day cycling along the New Brunswick Acadian Coastal Drive. Our adventure started in Cap Pele and took us to the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre for lunch. Cape Jourimain is also the gateway to the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water. The Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997, at a total construction cost of one billion dollars. We would have loved to bike across it but, unfortunately, bicycles and pedestrians are not permitted. A fantastic day of riding nonetheless with sightseeing and a little Acadian crafts shopping along the way. We arrived back to our friend’s cottage mid afternoon for some great company and a lovely meal.
I’ve heard of a farmer’s tan… but cyclist’s tan? This is ridiculous!
Bike rental $35 per day, Cerveza Negra Modelo at that little Mexican patio $7, day spent cycling around NYC… priceless!
Click on the image below to view a 3 1/2 minute video of day touring Manhattan.
Soundtrack: 20/20 by Josh Woodward. Licensed Under Creative Common
The snow finally melted, the sun finally came out and so we FINALLY got in our first bike ride of 2015! 47.15 km on the books and many, many more to go…
Saint John, New Brunswick has received record snow fall this winter and the snow banks are still over my head in many places. If you have not seen this in the news just google images of “snow saint john new brunswick 2015” to get a sense of it. The total snow fall is well over 400 cm (over 15 feet!) breaking a 52 year record. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/saint-john-smashes-52-year-old-snowfall-record-1.3001318
Being the eternal optimist that I am, I took the bike in for it’s spring tune up. Come on spring!
Sitting at my desk dreaming of warmer days like this one when we rode along the beautiful Kennebecasis River. Much of the footage is from the Kingston Peninsula but also takes you through Quispamsis, Rothesay and Saint John.
NOTE: This short video was complied using GoPro time lapse photos (every 30 seconds). I slowed down the shots where we are cycling at a slower pace or stopped.
Stats are all set to zero…ready for another great year of riding!