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Triple digit bicycle commutes in 2014, oh yeah!

I am very pleased to report that in my tenth year of serious bicycling commuting, a new milestone was reached today – 100 roundtrip bike commutes in a single calendar year. 

Triple digit bicycle commutes in 2014, oh yeah!

I am very pleased to report that in my tenth year of serious bicycling commuting, a new milestone was reached today – 100 roundtrip bike commutes in a single calendar year. 

Bicycling Vancouver’s Stanley Park Seawall Trail

Bicycling Vancouver’s Stanley Park Seawall Trail

stanleypark_overviewmap_1200Just one word, “magnificent,” summarizes this nearly nine kilometer ride around the coastal periphery of lovely Stanley Park. You pass Coal Harbour, Brockton Point, Burrard Inlet, First Narrows (Lions Gate), English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and several beaches during this remarkable ride. If you don’t so anything else while visiting Vancouver, take the time to rent a bike (there are numerous resources…

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Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days

Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days

Here are photographs taken of Chinatown Friendship Gates in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada; as well as Seattle Washington during our recent train trip across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Winnipeg, there is an especially lovely Chinese Garden situated next to the gate (see photo below)

I hope you enjoy these beautiful works of art and architecture as much as we did.

Toronto, Ontario

Tor…

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Bicycling across Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge

Bicycling across Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge

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The magnificent Lions Gate Bridge as seen from downtown Vancouver

What an awesome experience! With protected bike/pedestrian lanes in both directions, the 5,980 foot long Lions Gate Bridge over Burrard Inlet is a bicycle ride to behold. What a dream commute it would be to pedal regularly over the bridge and through Stanley Park. Here are just a few photos from our ride last weekend.

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Q: What do you call a drink for dead person?

A: a stiff one

Goodbye to a beloved family pet

Goodbye to a beloved family pet

IMG_0374“Puppy, puppy, puppy.” That’s the call we heard from the Jack Russell Terrier breeder in Belleville, Michigan as we were first introduced to her litter of puppies in the fall of 1996. In response to the call, out from the barn came bounding a delightful litter of darling Jack Russell Terrier puppies who had been born back on August 21st. You could have sworn it was a scene out of 101 Dalmatians.

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Puttin’ the recycle into the “b”-cycle

Another fabulous Andy Singer cartoon for your enjoyment. Happy Labo(u)r Day Weekend to all!

Puttin’ the recycle into the “b”-cycle

Another fabulous Andy Singer cartoon for your enjoyment. Happy Labo(u)r Day Weekend to all!

Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego by bicycle

Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego by bicycle

Source: amazon.com

Source: amazon.com

I am not kidding. That is the lengthy north-to-south course taken by author, climate scientist, and touring cyclist David Kroodsma , which he describes with intriguing detail in the book, The Bicycle Diaries; My 21,000 Mile Ride for the Climate. Mr. Kroodsma pedaled through 16 nations in the process, including:

United States
Mexico
Guatemala
Belize
Honduras
Nicaragua
Costa Rica

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A to Z - City names starting and ending with the same letter

A to Z – City names starting and ending with the same letter

Source: 2020site.org

Source: 2020site.org

Below is my list of cities whose name, in English, starts and ends with the same letter of the alphabet. Based on the list below, cities stating and ending with the letter “A” seems to be the most common by a large margin.

As this is an incomplete list, any additions are most welcome. Cheers!

  • Aba, Nigeria
  • Ada. OK, USA
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Alafaya,…

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Q: What do call a cowboy who is excited about rising beef prices?

A: a jolly rancher