cycling the new Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail

It was busy Jan 2, 2017.

The trail only officially opened Dec 23, 2016.

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I rode the 7km from Parksville out to Coombs.

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Checked out the tourist trap. Then returned to Parksville.

Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line.

  • Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel.
  • Except for the first 200 m of trail in Springwood which has an 8 % grade, the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail is fully accessible, that is, no more than a 5 % grade.
  • The Rail Trail is multi-use and NO ATVs, DIRT BIKES OR OTHER MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED.

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Very Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours the best this holiday season.

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It was a white Christmas in Calgary. I’d like to claim this is me out on the roads … 🙂

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Instead — like Santa — I took flight on New Year’s Eve. Flew to Nanaimo and on to Parksville for Christmas day.

My two brothers and their wives were actually in Calgary this year. Randy cooked turkey for us on the 22nd.

all-inclusive Resort BEACH BODY

At the El Cid Resort Mazatlan we could eat whatever we wanted at 12 different restaurants. Cost US$46 / day.

The goal is to eat and drink yourself to death.

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I did enjoy my 3 glasses of red wine each day – a nice tipple from Spain.

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Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup

More Maz Food photos.

Rick McCharles – Deep Sea Fisherman

I’ve been to sea a number of times over the years. This photo sums up my excellence as an angler. 🙂

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Even though Snapper were enthusiastically jumping into our boat out of Marina El Cid, I was still only able to randomly snag five of these monsters.

My Dad – sitting next to me – caught dozens including 8 pairs reeling them up two at a time.