Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bike to Work Week 2011

Yeh, Bike to Work Week starts this week. It runs from May 30 until June 5. I won't be able to make it to the stations as I work early and they close before I'm off. But I'll be proudly wearing my shirt!

You can find out more about the Bike to Work week event where I live by clicking this link

May 29 Hike- The Pinnacles

Magnus and Linda

This Sunday's hike was to the Pinnacles Provincial Park, which is just west of Quesnel.  I helped the leader Bonnie lead the hike.  I mainly just led the way and kept track of the people, so no one would be left behind.  Amazingly, I didn't get the group lost! ;)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28 Market

Another work week has passed and it's time to enjoy another Saturday morning Farmer's Market. The day started with rain, but the sun came out while I was at the Market and is still shining!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Critical Few

Tonight was this Month's Critical Mass.  I came just before 5:30pm and no one was there!

But soon enough, 2 people showed up.  Jillian, who is the President of the local Cycling club and also runs the upcoming Bike to Work Week.  And Arthur, who was here for his first ride.

We rode for about 1/2 hour, and even though there were only 3 of us, we took up a lane.  People in cars weren't too excited about that!  That's the Rebel side of me.  ;)

I don't consider tonight's ride a failure as SOME people did in fact show up!  I got to put some of the little adverts that I have laying around on some bike racks, and on bulletin boards before the next ride to give the ride some publicity.  Thanks to Jillian and Arthur for making it happen tonight.  Hope to see you next month!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chinlac Hike - Part II

More views from this year's Chinlac hike.  Unmarked ones are mine, and I've borrowed with permission, photos taken by Nowell Senior and Gail Hancock who take stunning photos!  You can view more photos and a trip report written by the leader, Nowell by visiting .

Chinlac Hike - May 22

Paul and Nowell

Today we hiked out at Chinlac, which is just northeast of Vanderhoof.  In 2005 we were hiking there and a big forest fire erupted while we were enjoying our lunch by the influx of the Stuart and Nechako Rivers.  We were a bit scared about it, but I had faith in our experienced leaders.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hike to Chinlac

Hike at Chinlac today
As the hike today has special meaning because of an event on this same hike 6 years ago, and because I've dug up photos and video of this event, it's taking me longer to write a post or two about today's hike.  I also have to work on one for the Caledonia Rambler's site, well at least for the photo part of that.

I apologize for the delay.  I'm surprised that I am writing anything at all right now as we came home later today.  I am not as tired as I would be on some Summer hikes in the Mountains.

I will post this as soon as I can.  Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's that time of year again

It's time to head out to the Farmer's Market as it is back to being outside again.  The weather was nice and Sunny, so it was the perfect day to hang out there.   The weather last year at this time wasn't so nice as it snowed!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bicycling/Geocaching with Jasper

You find interesting things in geocaches
This afternoon, after work, I went out Geocaching with my friend, Jasper.  We searched for a total of 4 geocaches.  It's nice not to have to just hang around home after work.  Sure, I have things that I have to do, but they can wait for a day.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nice day to spend on a bicycle

Trying out a 1970's French Peugeot at the bike swap
What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday, it was cold enough to wear 4 layers, gloves, and a touque.  Today it was definitely a bike shorts day.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rambler's Trainer Primer day

Today I went to the Caledonia Rambler's Trip Leader Primer at the Forests for the World.
  It's been at least 6 years since the club has hosted one.  We had some guest speakers from who hosted the interactive part of the day.

For the first few hours we huddled under the shelter at the Forests for the World and listened to various experienced people from the club talk about leading hikes.  There were discussions about preparation, what to do at the meetup before the hike, and the different ways to lead a hike.

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Fraser Mtn. Trip report and more photos

I've posted the trip report for the recent hike that I lead on Fraser Mountain on May 8th.  There were also quite a few photo submissions from some hikers who were on the trip.

You can view the trip report at

You also can view more photos that were submitted by fellow hikers (there were some very good photographs taken) by clicking here.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fraser Mtn. hike - May 8

On Sunday, May 8, it was my turn to lead a Caledonia Rambler's hike.  Despite it being Mother's Day, we had 21 hikers join us for the hike.  I was worried that it was too early in the season to do this hike, but it turned out to be the perfect day.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Worst Roads in BC

BCAA has an event going on where you vote for the worst roads in British Columbia.

I voted for Ospika Blvd as it's pretty bad.  It's is hard enough for cars to ride on it, but being on a bicycle, it can be dangerous!  I try to avoid riding certain sections on it.  There are big ruts and big potholes everywhere.  I have heard that there is a section where there is a hubcap collection.

They are trying to patch up the potholes, but because it's not warm yet, they can only temp patch it, so it only works for a while.  I am not sure if this road was repaved that way, but I heard that one road was repaved used recycled material.  If that is the case, they should go back to the drawing board.

Here's a link to the BCAA Worst Roads Campaign where you can vote- BCAA Worst Road Campaigns, vote now!

How bad are the roads in your town?

Saturday is for bike and by foot.

Bike in display I saw.  Sorry for the crappy photo!
Today was my hanging around town day.  Now that hiking season has started, my Sunday's are full of hiking adventures out of town.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Summer Bike Tour- should I do it?

Summer is fast approaching!  Oh what adventurous thing am I going to do this Summer?

I did Tour De Jasper last year, which was a 392 km bicycle tour.  One of the volunteers, Jim, is going to help out with it again this year.  After the trip, he is going to bicycle from Jasper to Vancouver.  I had contacted him orginally for information about bike touring in California.  I would still love to do that one day, but I want to save a little money for now as I might go overseas next year.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Blue Spruce hike - May 1

It's the start of the Hiking Season.  There was no break in the Caledonia Rambler's schedule, last weekend it was a snowshoe trip, then it changes over to hiking.   I love that!


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