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Victoria to Nanaimo by bike

Call it a training day.

IF I had ridden the most direct route, it would have been about 106km.

But I stayed off roadways as much as possible. My longest riding day (up to this point) had been about 130km. This one was longer.

GREAT weather.

Goldstream Campground was full when I arrived late the day prior.

I found a nice spot nearby.

This is the third time I’ve ridden via Victoria on the Trans Canada GREAT TRAIL. By far the best cycling route on the island.

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BEST cycling videos

For each genre (hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, skiing) I’m looking for technically good video coverage.

Great audio. That’s not easy.

But what makes the good ones GREAT is something that gets you emotionally.

Humour. Inspiration. Personal connection to the people in the very short film

I want to fly to Silverton, Colorado just to meet Avra Saslow, Clare Hamilton, and Delilah Cupp.

Fame might change us.” 😀

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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I’m fully vaccinated

😀 Send me ALL the vaccine passports.

I got dose #1 of “Covishield”, the Indian version of Oxford–AstraZeneca, March 18th. NO — I’m not worried about blood clots.

I was in the first 7.76% of Canadians to get jabbed.

When Alberta started allowing the second dose of AstraZeneca after only 4 weeks, I signed up. Got jab #2 on April 16th.

Sounds like Vaccine Passports are a terrible idea.

But it’s inevitable that something like this will become required for international travel for many months. Or years.

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My 1st SERIOUS Tripod

The MeFOTO RoadTrip Air. Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)

It get’s well deserved GREAT REVIEWS.

I got the RoadTrip rather than the Backpacker — even though it’s a half pound heavier — mainly for the superior ballhead.

Details.

I’ll use this day-to-day at home. And on bikepacking trips.

Won’t likely carry it on long hikes because of weight, though the detachable selfie stick is an option.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Looks great. But — in reality — I use my Fotopro uFO 2 tripod 90% of the time.

I like it better than the GorillaPods I’ve used. You can attach to things more reliably.

And it’s only .5 lbs (227 gm)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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I want to cycle the Tuscany Trail, Italy

I’ve been researching the best bike rides worldwide. This one appeals.

The Tuscany Trail.

Mountain biking 336 mile (541km) independently … but with many others.

The event starts 30th MAY 2021, but I won’t be there due to the pandemic.  Perhaps 2022.

Click PLAY or watch the 2020 COVID edition on YouTube.

NOTE – video editor is clearly in COVID denial.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.