Life of Dave

Life of Dave

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Last of the Unplucked Gems"

Recently, just before the Sun Run, I was sifting through the racks in Value Village in search of a sweatshirt or polar fleece jacket suitable for donation just prior to the start of the event when I happened across three unplucked gems I've been meaning to post ever since. Can't imagine how such great slogans ended up being re-homed. :-)

This one is the most "me".

This one is kinda me too.

I'm sure the "Best Husband Ever" brought home all these
T's with the best of intentions. I'm hoping the husband
didn't buy this one for himself and his wife promptly
donated it.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Goslings

We took Tannah to the east side of Burnaby Lake this morning for a walk. But before we'd even parked the car we came across the biggest crowd of goslings the I've ever seen in one place. I couldn't even count them all because of course they were a constantly moving mass of down feathers.

Ducks in a tree; I don't recall ever having seen this before.

Donny and the Jets

We'll start with the good news; I've been freed from the grasp of NHL Playoff Hockey. Due to family ties to Winnipeg I've been cheering on the Jets in their recent Play-off run this year. But alas, no more. The White Noise has now been officially silenced until next season.

But it was an epic ride while it lasted, wasn't it? Even Don Cherry, I'll even say especially Don Cherry, picked Winnipeg to go all the way this year. In almost every shot of him nattily decked out in various suit jackets du jour on Coach's Corner was a Jets ball cap prominently placed in the bottom left corner of the TV camera frame.

Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of Don's jacket today as I really couldn't bear to tune in until midway through the
second period (it was only tied 1-1 at that point).

Until next year...

Vancouver to Earl's Cove

This May long weekend I decided to organize a day ride up the Sunshine Coast. I invited Chris and David, and Chris invited his work colleague Cameron. Jeff couldn't make it as he'd made previous plans. Maybe next time.

Here's us at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

This group shows only the bikes parked at the rear of the ferry. There were
about 17 more in the front portion.

Here's another time capsule bike of the same era as mine; about a 1988
Suzuki GSXR750.
Lunch at the Back Nine Bistro in Madeira Park, just south of Earl's Cove.

A great day topped off by a trip to a craft brewery in
Gibson's Landing. 

Chris has a map book that rates BC highways on rideability
on motorcycles. IIRC, this rates #23. At least for the portion
north of Sechelt.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kelowna Cycling Trail near YLW

It's quite ridiculous how time gets away. It's been 2-1/2 weeks since my Kelowna trip, "before the flood", to almost quote Atwood. Upon my return I had planned to blog about the new bicycling trail being prepared at the north end of Kelowna, but unfortunately exhaustion finally caught up with me (just a bit too busy these last 4 months) and I spent almost 3 whole days sleeping (my first sick day I was asleep for 20 hours!).

And then of course the NHL playoffs started to get interesting; "Go Jets Go!!"

The subject trail is reportedly going to trace the path of the former railway tracks between Kelowna and Vernon. Jeff and I have cycled parts of the Kettle Valley trail system three times in recent years, but last year we did the Galloping Goose trail instead because it seemed that the rest of the province was going up in smoke. Not to detract at all from the Goose, of course. That's a great trail!

But I'm actively searching for more reasonably close bicycle trails that are new to me, and I happened to notice a couple of years ago that railway tracks were being removed at the crossing to Kelowna airport. I've been following the (slow) progress since. That brings me to my recent work trip. My subject warehouse was only a 5 minute cab ride away from the airport; as such, no need for a rental car. Upon finishing my assignment I decided to walk a bit farther north to see if I could find the new trail. Thanks to WiFi on my smart phone, I did indeed find it. And I half considered walking it until I saw the 'no trespassing' sign. Instead I max'ed out my Point and Shoot zoom to be able to detect some sort of machinery wwwaaayyy down the gravel trail. At that point I backtracked and phoned a cab to return to YLW.

The railway corridor just south of YLW.

It was so hot that afternoon that the heat distorted my zoomed photo. I can't
even tell what kind of machinery blocks my path.

This may not be exactly where the trail
starts, but this is at least where it passes
under the highway.

There was an impressively large snow pack, to be sure in the adjacent mountains as the plane approached Kelowna.

The Kelowna snow pack in late April.

Wine country wakes up from its hibernation.

This was the view from the plane's approach back in March.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Vancouver Marathon 2018

Friends of ours from our running group entered the Vancouver Marathon this year so we went downtown to cheer them on at the finish line. It was already a bit too warm in my opinion for such duration running as this, but just to make it a bit challenging (heh, heh, as if 42.2 km isn't challenging enough!), the last 2 km of the course is a slight uphill grade.

Chris approaching the finish line.

Jenn approaching the finish line.

Jogging 42.2 km seems to me a hefty price to pay in order to get free
wedding catering at the finish line. But good on them for the best-dressed
marathoners in the event!
I must say, they look pretty chipper for just having completed 4-1/2 to 5 hours
in a running event.
I'm feeling guilty now for not having signed up yet for the upcoming Scotia Bank Half Marathon.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sun Run 2018

Yesterday was another successful Sun Run with 41,645 of my close personal friends; my 14th.

BC Place, post-run.

My elapsed time was OK too. Although I guess it's never as fast as one wants it to be. Mine was 60:43 this year. However, my running App was pumping me info throughout the whole route telling me I was mostly achieving a sub-60 minute event. I can't quite square the math that tells me I achieved a 5:56 pace while delivering an elapsed time of more than an hour. Also, the mention of an average pace in the 11th km of a 10 km event should be telling me that you get what you pay for with a free App.

Oh well, I can't really complain because truthfully I haven't been training for speed lately. And it's not really supposed to be about the numbers, unless less you're training for the Olympics.

Philip's son Ian joined us too which was nice.