Every week I listen to Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker discussing adventures around the world.
Always entertaining. And informative.
They’ve just posted their official 100th episode:
____ Here’s my review of the very start from Dec 24, 2017.
For years Kraig has been my main source of news on outdoor adventure on his site called The Adventure Blog.
He and Dave are co-hosting an extension of that site with a weekly online radio show.
Both are gear nuts. From episode 1 they’ve already convinced me I NEED two products:
The new Omni smart helmet. Indegogo.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
And a Dji spark drone.
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Check out the podcast here.
Returning to Canada from Bermuda (zero positives at the time) I was asked at the Toronto airport to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. And watch to see if I developed a fever or other symptoms:
Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel.
- Take your
temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
Since that time I’ve only had one encounter I considered at all risky — a hotel check-in clerk near the Toronto airport.
When I got to the room I washed my credit card, the room key and my hands very thoroughly.
Physical distancing at my parent’s place in Parksville went well. Just 5 of us in contact. And one friend.
We had no thermometer but it was clear I had no fever — only my usual Spring allergies.
I’ll continue with the physical distancing, minimizing contact with people. But I do feel freer now to spend more time outside running, hiking and cycling in the wilds of Vancouver Island.
As far from people as possible.
Surprisingly, I’d never visited Moorecroft Regional Park near Parksville though it’s considered one of the best parks on Vancouver Island.
Moorecroft was established 1934 as a summer camp for girls by Gertrude Moore.
My mother’s maiden name is Moore.
I cycled out. Ran about an hour on nearby trails. Then cycled back to Tim Hortons.
It operated continuously by her until 1954, when her failing health necessitated the decision to sell the waterfront property. The United Church of Canada purchased the property for $50,000, and continued to run it as a camp. It decided to sell the 85 acre property in 2010 and the property was put up for sale for $7.95 million and there was great concern that this great place would be lost to a future subdivision or some other type of development. Concerned local citizens and conservation groups were preparing for the worst-case scenario when three factors made a good resolution possible. The United Church agreed to put a conservation covenant on the property that zoned most of the lands for the protection of its ecological interests.
Not long afterwards it was purchased by the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Nature Trust of BC for $4.8 million down from the asking price of 7.98 million. It opened as Moorecroft Regional Park in 2011. It is a credit to the United Church and the district for preserving this historic property.
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So far this year I’ve run about an hour on 34 days.
Now social distancing / quarantine / lockdown (not all that different than my normal life, actually) … I wanted to increase the daily workout.
After declining the Worldbig3 challenge … instead:
Day 1 in Parksville, I decided to cycle out to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park → run for about an hour → then cycle back to town stopping at the liquor store.
A good start. 🍷
I’ve added this to my bucket list.
EuroVelo 6 (EV6), named the “Rivers Route”, is a long-distance cycling route that runs along 3,653 km (2,270 mi) some of Europe’s major rivers, including much of the Loire, some of the Saône, a short section of the upper Rhine and almost the entire length of Europe’s second longest river, the Danube — from the Atlantic coast of France to the city of Constanța on the Black Sea.
The EV6 traverses ten countries …
Lauren Pears went for a 3 month solo bike ride across Europe last summer – from London to Istanbul – whereby she used the EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea for most of the way. …
Riding solo on EuroVelo 6 with Lauren Pears
Read Lauren’s Guide To Cycling EuroVelo 6
If all goes well, I’m planning to start June 12th from Banff alongside some real cyclists.
The Tour Divide is an annual mountain biking ride traversing the length of the Rocky Mountains, from Canada to the Mexican border.
Following the 2,745-mile (4,418 km) Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, it is an ultra-distance cycling ride that is an extreme test of endurance, self-reliance and mental toughness.
The ride format is strictly self-supported, and it is not a stage race – the clock runs continuously from the start until riders cross the finish line, usually more than two weeks later.
The ride has a very low profile, and is entirely amateur. There are no entry fees, no sponsorship, and no prizes. …
I’ll not be racing but will follow the same route down into Montana.
There I plan to hike the Chinese Wall.
Then divert to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
I’ll circle back to Calgary … somehow.
This is less a plan than a dream at this point. 😀
Surprisingly — for the first time — I used a bike sharing program.
Citi Bike provides locals and visitors with a healthy transportation option. Fun, efficient and convenient.
There are docking stations everywhere close to South Beach. It works.
Often you need a phone app to use these things. But for Citi Bike, instead, you can rent with a credit card (expensive) or travel to their office to purchase a fob.
That fob is only $35 / month for unlimited use. Both for locals and tourists.
By comparison, the Miami electric scooter sharing program is a mess. Scooters abandoned randomly all over town. Companies include Bird, Bolt, Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin.
Click PLAY or watch GIRLS GONE WILD CITIBIKE on YouTube. 🙂