2008 Rides

08-02-24Y25.4Overcast, turning to sunny. 10 degrees, windy. VCKC via Goose & Selkirk, then along Gorge and Hillside to Foul Bay, Fairfield, Cook Street, Beacon Hill.
08-02-28Y13.6VCKC, via Goose & Selkirk. 4:45PM ; return 7:15PM. Cloudy, 6-8 degrees.
08-03-02Y29.4New ramble to U Vic area. Beacon Hill, Fairfield, Rockland, Cadboro Bay, U Vic circle, Gordon Head, back by Shelbourne, Cedar Hill. Started sunny, turned to thick cloud. Under 10 degrees, cold strong winds.
08-03-16Y50.6Galloping Goose to Happy Valley and back. Mainly cloudy, about 8 degrees, brisk south winds a factor in Colwood and on the return.
08-03-29Y9.7GO Center on the Selkirk Water at 12:30; return at 4:30. Cloudy, 6 degrees, rain squalls. 3 hours of paddling too.
08-03-30Y13.3VCKC. Sunday AM, DB Launch. Cloudy, cool, showers.
08-03-31Y14.9VCKC with side trip to GO center. Sun and cloud, 7 degrees, windy.
08-04-05Y17.1Sat AM. To VCKC, return via Canadian Tire on Douglas, Cook Street Village. Cloudy, windy, temp around 10 degrees.
08-05-04Y50.6Goose - Lochside to Michell's farm at Island View, across Highway 17 into rolling terrain - East Saanich Road, Keating Cross Road, and Oldfield to the Beaver/Elk Lake park, and along the lakeside trail. Then west and south on Wilkinson across to the Interurban. Down to Tillicum, Gorge Road and Hillside to Cook, home. Mainly sunny. 14 degrees, windy.
08-05-05Y12.8VCKC. Sunny, light cloud, 14 degrees at 6:00 pm. Windy. First evening ride in shorts
08-05-06Y12.8VCKC. High cloud, clearing. Windy. 15 degrees at 6:00 but dropped fast before the trip home.
08-05-08Y12.8VCKC. Light cloud. 14 degrees.
08-05-18Y44.1To Mt. Douglas by Cook & Cedar Hill, Lochside to Michell's Farm, back home. 18-20 degrees, high cloud, windy.
08-05-25Y89.6Sidney. U Vic, Mt. Doug, Elk Lake, Keating Cross Road, E Saanich R to Airport, Beacon into Sidney (50 k.). Lochside with detours through Central Saanich. Sunny most of the day, negligible cloud, 20 degrees. Pretty breezy. East north east when I started. East south east after the airport. Got it coming and going. Ran out gas around 85 k. Didn't plan to go that far with the trails, rough asphalt and wind but it felt good.
08-06-01Y51.2Sunday 7:30 AM start to minimize sun and wind on a 30 degree day. Cadboro Bay Road, Mt. Douglas, Cordova Bay Rd to Mt. Sayward, Lochside and Hunt to Michell's Farm (31 k) and back by Lochside. Wind increased with heat.
08-06-04Y27.7Cool, windy – gale force on the water. Downtown, Fort, Oak Bay & Foul Bay to U Vic, back down FB to Oak Bay, around Victoria Golf Course, McNeill & Richardson back to Fairfield, then South Park and back home to James Bay.
08-06-08Y58Through Oak Bay – on new streets like Musgrave. Emerged on Lansdowne, ground up to Cordova Bay Road. Turned at the Golf Course. Down Cordova Bay (haven't done that since last spring due to road work – all fixed now) and across by Arbutus. Grandview etc to Mount Douglas, then Lochside trail to the soccer pitches. Turned on Hunt and went through Hunt Valley (Central Saanich), to Michell's Farm. This added a couple k of asphalt, skipped some gravel. Across by Keating Cross Road to Brentwood Bay, along West Saanich Rd. to Interurban, Tillicum, along Selkirk and Craigflower, Bay St. Bridge downtown and home. Sunny when I started, cloudy most of the ride. Windy – beat up by 40 k. headwinds on east and southeast headings vis. West Saanich, Interurban, Tillicum.
08-06-15*RR59.5Winnipeg. Sunday AM. Manitoba Marathon day. Along Maryland, Wellington, through River Heights to Waverley Heights, along the Lyon Parkway to the Assiniboine Forest, Charleswood, Roblin at the Perimeter out to Headingley into a strong northwest wind. *Mike, Steve, Clint, Tony
08-06-16*RR32.4Winnipeg. St. Mathews to Berry, North to Red River College, Brookside Boulevard to Oak Point, across and onto Burrows, and east across Winnipeg from Tyndall Park through Garden City and West Kildonan to Main, over the Redwood Bridge, through Elmood Cemetery, across the Louise Bridge and the Riverfront developments to the Forks, Assiniboine Avenue to Osborne, Westminster Avenue to Sherburn. *Mike, Steve, Tony
08-06-220Sunday. Driving home from Winnipeg.
08-07-13KA85.5Sunday. Sunny, windy day. Out to U Vic and Mt. Douglas, across by Royal Oak to West Saanich Road, out to Brentwood Bay, some zigs and zags, basically Mt. Newton Cross into Saanichton, then north to Panorana Rec at McTavish, along Lochside back to Mt Newton, across the Pat Bay and through Central Saanch to Island View, then across the Pat Bay again to Lochside. Coffee at Michell's Farm (62 k). Through Hunt Valley to avoid the gravel on the trail, back to Lochside and one Lochside to Royal Oak, Blenkinsop etc to Cook, down to Beacon Hill. I was bonking at about 60 k but had to come back into the wind. I am a better man for it but tired.
08-07-20Y67.1Sunday, cloudless sunny day. Windy, with strong sea breezes from the south and east. A straight run out the Goose to Rocky Point Road and back. I was aiming for some shade and some brush to cut the breeze. Partial success. Dusty, the trail is gravel from about 14 k out to the turnaround and back. I had a major session with the chain cleaning fluids and tools on my return with the chain rings off to remove dirt and wax and dust. I have taken to White Lightning – run that and wipe the excess off in a shop towel. Good for a century or more, self cleaning.
804.4Total to last date

2007 Rides

I started this log in April . I missed notes on my rides in January, and my notes on the rides in February and the first half of March are vague.
07-02-25Y20.0Evening ride. Dallas, Foul Bay Road to McNeill, Oak Bay Marina, back on McNeill to Rockland, downtown.
07-03-06Y22.0Evening ride. Dallas, Foul Bay Road to McNeill, Newport, Golf Course, Rockland, downtown.
07-03-11Y30.0Sunday morning. Dallas, Foul Bay Road to Oak Bay, Golf Course, Rockland, downtown.
07-03-14Y22.0Evening ride. Dallas, Foul Bay Road to Cadboro Bay Road, Uplands, Cedar HX, Cedar Hill, Cook, Dallas.
07-03-18Y24.6Sunday morning. Cloudy and looking grim, about 8 degrees. It became sunny later in the day. Downtown, Johnson Street Bridge, Galloping Goose to Glen Lake crossing, return on trail, turning at junction onto Lochside to Quadra, down to Beacon Hill, Dallas.
07-03-21Y24.6Evening ride. Cloudy, light wind. Dallas and Beach to Oak Bay, Lansdown up to Cadboro Bay, Hillside, return down Foul Bay, downtown by Blanshard.
07-03-25Y47.6Sunday morning. Sunny, 9 degrees, windy. Dallas, Prince George, Beach, Caddy Bay, Mount Douglas, Royal Oak, Lochside, Gorge, Hillside, downtown by Blanshard.
07-04-06Y72.2Good Friday. Late morning and afternoon, to Sidney by Uplands, U Vic, Cadboro Bay, Gordon Head, Cordova Bay, Sidney. Caffeine and carbs at Starbucks in Sidney. return by Lochside Trail. Sunny, 20 degrees. Moderate North west wind. My first ride in shorts this year. Worried about aggravating carpal tunnel, I wore a wrist brace for the first 25 or 30 km.
07-04-08Y42.5Sunday, 8:30 AM. Beacon Hill, Cook-Cedar Hill, Royal Oak, Elk Lake Park, Interurban to the Galloping Goose Trail along Douglas, north to the Old Island Highway, then east and south into Esquimalt, along Craigflower, Johnson St. Bridge. Cloudy, humid, 12 C. Brisk south-east wind. The hills on Craigflower were harsh, given my fatigue.
07-04-15Y68.1Sunday, 10:00 am to midafternoon. Sunny turning to mixed cloud, 12 degrees, brisk SE winds. Cook Street & Blenkinsop to Royal Oak. Elk Lake Road, along the lakes on a trail. N. On to Saanichton. Wallace to Brentwood Bay. Wallace, West Saanich Road and Interurban Road. Break Robin's Donuts, Saanichton.
07-04-20Y36.3Evening ride. Scattered cloud, Foul Bay, Cadboro Bay, U Vic, Mount Douglas, back by Blenkinsop, Maplewood, Cook.
07-04-22Y77.9Sunday morning, overcast, patchy cloud, 13 degrees at 10:00 AM. It became sunny and warmer. Wind shifted from east to south east during the day. I started downtown, into Esquimalt, along Craigflower to Helmken, up Interurban to West Saanich, into Elk Lake Park and along the lake. Out of the park, north on Oldfield to Keating Cross, through Central Saanich to McTavish, across to the water, Sidney, back by Mt. Newton Cross Road, Oldfield, Old West Saancih, Royal Oak, Lochside Trail. Pictures at Gorge, Sidney, Blenkinsop Lake.
07-04-22Con'd. Some of the asphalt in Saanich is worn, pebble protruding to 1 cm. Oldfield and Wallace are rough. Keating, East Saanich are smooth. Bike lanes and shoulders have gravel and debris. I notice more glass than last year. The trail by the lakes was wide, pretty good but a few rocks and roots hiding in the shade. On the return, along the Galloping Goose I ran into Randy, Barry and Liz who had cycled from Barry and Liz's house off Royal Oak to go to Victoria's Chinatown for Dim Sum.
07-04-25Y40.0Evening ride. Out to Mt Douglas.
07-05-21Y75.3Sunny, mixed cloud, 15 degrees. Strong east and southeast winds. Out by Dallas, Foul Bay and Cadboro Bay to U Vic, Arbutus and Cordova Bay to Mt Douglas, across Saanich by Royal Oak, to West Saanich Road. Then along West Saanich to Old West Saanich, up the hill and into the valley, throught the farm land by Oldfield, Keating, East Saanich, McTavish, Lochside Drive to Sidney. Coffee at Serious Coffee in Sidney at about 45 k. Back by Lochside Drive, Lochside Trail, Galloping Goose to Johnson Street Bridge and downdown. Bonked on the trail. Leg cramps. Not enough water. I have been out of action with a cold.
07-05-27Y51.2Sunny, mixed cloud, 15 degrees. Windy. Out by Galloping Goose to Veteran's Parkway (Langford) back to Helmken, north on Quadra to West Saanich, and Royal Oak. Across to Lochside and back in to City.
07-06-18Y29.0Sunny, 14 degrees. Strong southeast winds. Out by Dallas, Foul Bay and to U Vic, Finnerty to Arbutus, back by Cordova Bay Road (noted north bound lane torn up for construction from Cordova Village up to Cedar Hill X Road) to Lansdowne, out to Beach, Down to the sea, Hollywood and Dallas.
07-06-19Y28.4Dallas-Hollywood (a stretch of Hollywood just west of Foul Bay has been torn up) Foul Bay etc.
07-06-250.0First dragon boat practice. VCKC LocoMotion team. Practice every Monday and Thursday evening and Saturday morning until the Festivals August 11 and 18.
07-07-03Y34.4Sunny, warm. Basic Foul Bay to McNeill, Beach and Cordova to Mt. D. Noted Hollywood resurfaced, very nice new asphalt. Back by Lochside. (bugsplats on sunglasses in the cuts from McKenzie down to the Gorge, annoyed with clueless bladers).
07-07-1035 degrees today. Stayed home and drank beer
07-07-10Camping at Comox Fairground. Vancouver Island Musicfest
07-07-15KA100.6Cloudy, a little over 20 most of the day. Some sunny breaks. Sunscreen. Saanich-Sidney century. I averaged 22.5 which is about 10 percent better than the GY. I had a few stretches where I was able cruise at 25-27 kph, sometime 30 k on level ground. I have to tune the front shifter so that it doesn't rub when I get into the lowest gears on the back wheel.
07-07-220.0Getting ready for company.
07-07-290.0Rain in the forecast. Worked at home.
07-07-31Y51.1Sunny and warm, 24 degrees. Started as a Mt. D. Run. Went north on Lochside Trail to Michell's Farm at Island View Road (30k), then returned by Lochside to Johnson Street. Victory lap on Belleville and Dallas around the edge of James Bay.
07-08-06KA100.6Sunny. 25 C. Winds from the east and southeast. 15 kph, but 15 -20 knots near the water in the PM. Wind was a factor around the airport, and exposed southward parts – waterfront, ridges. Saanich-Sidney century.
07-08-11Dragon Boat Races at GO Center, Selkirk Water.
07-08-18Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. Victoria Harbour
07-08-20Y32.5New route. Douglas & Quadra north to McKenzie, Lochside Trail into Saanich until I turned around.
07-08-26Y29.9Basic Mt. D, return by Lochside.
07-08-28Y28.9Dallas, around Oak Bay, Lansdowne to Cadboro Bay, Foul Bay, Dallas, circuit of James Bay.
07-09-02Y43.1Cloudy, near 20 C. Humid. Left at 3:30. Supposed to rain, but didn't. New route. Up Cook to Hillside & Gorge Road to Admirals, crossing to the Galloping Goose. N to the Victoria General at Helmken, NE by Wilkinson to the Royal Oak junction. E by Royal Oak to Lochside, back via the trail.
07-09-03Y65.4Cloudy, windy, cool. Some fog patches on the strait. Left at noon. Some light drizzle on the way back, home before the rain got serious. New route. Foul Bay & Richmond out to Cedar Hill X Road, Shelbourne to Mt. D., Royal Oak and Wilkinson to the Victoria General, Galloping Goose out past Langford and the Luxton Rodeo grounds, back by the trail. Side trip into Royal Roads U grounds. Amazing. And coffee at about 45 at Tim's in Langford.
07-09-10Y36.5Sunny, warm evening. Downdown, Lochside, out and back.
07-09-24Y70.6Sunny, 15 degrees; Windy. Lochside to Sidney. Coffee at Serious. Return by Lochside to Royal Oak. Interurban to Tillicum, Gorge Road to Admiral's Road, Esquimalt Road to Johnson Street, Wharf & downtown.
07-10-04*34.8Winnipeg, Evening ride, Harte Trail & Charleswood. *Mike, Steve, Tony
07-10-07*44.1Winnipeg. Bird's Hill Pit. *Mike, Tony


The weather having been nice on Saturday, I sat down with John Crouch’s cycling book and planned a Sunday ride. I wasn’t sure I was up to a century ride, so I did not plan a pure out and back. I joined some loops that might add up about 80-90 k with the option of cutting the loop and coming back straight down the Lochside or the Interurban Road, and the option of a loop around James Bay or along Dallas towards Ross Bay to top it up. I made the century. Use it or lose it.

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Back in the Saddle

After several initial rides after I arrived in Victoria in March my cycling dropped off. I got involved in outfitting the house the weekend that I got it, (April 1 and 2) and then to unpacking and fixing things around the house. I think it has been only two rides in the last three or four weeks.

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A Cycling City

In my first three weeks in Victoria – it will be three weeks on Friday – I have been out riding about 8 times including one leisurely Sunday when I rode down to James Bay to see some houses for rent, and a couple of mail runs. I have had a couple of 30 k+ rides and a 51 k ride too.

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Diamond Lanes & Hills

Yesterday Colleen called. She was about the only person I knew in Victoria before I moved and she had agreed to take my forwarded mail. Canada Post wouldn’t let me rent a Victoria box from Winnipeg. She lives near Oak Bay, she had to leave for a squash game by 6:15. She gave me directions involving riding downtown on Douglas or Blanshard, then riding on Fort and turning on Oak Bay Road.
I road on Blanshard – a major arterial road, in a diamond lane for cyclists. On Fort, another major artery, the diamond lane is actually between the curb lane – which is for parking – and the 2 middle lanes. I was able to ride major routes without getting pinched by traffic.
The hills in the east end of Victoria are murder though. I am spending a lot of time on the middle ring, and shifting a lot. I think the rear shift cable was pinched on the trip because the shifts at 3-4-5 on the back cassette sometimes just hang. But I got another 15 k and my third ride in 4 days.
The next few days are forecast for rain and I should start looking at houses for rent.

First Rides in Victoria

It’s Sunday night. I arrived in Victoria Friday night and I have managed to clean up my bike and to ride Saturday and today. The weather was good – sunny and 10 degrees. I didn’t find my odometer/computer yesterday, and I didn’t get a precise record of my distance. I found it today and to my relief it worked after the sending unit and wires had been exposed to wind and spray for 2,500 kilometers.

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Really, I still have better things to do. Yesterday I accomplished quite a bit toward packing and cleaning up. Today I put fenders on my bike – my Giant Yukon- , to anticipate riding in the rain and on wet roads.
I’ll still get wet, but I won’t be spraying my crotch and my face with my front tire and my neck and back with my rear tire. It was originally a hard frame mountain bike and over the last three years has been transformed, by tires, gears and other adaptations into a hardy urban cruiser. One of the benefits of my new job in Victoria is that the employer has a bike lockup, showers and change rooms to accommodate people who want to cycle to work. Victoria has dedicated trails including the Galloping Goose, and I should be able to cycle to work without having to travel on major roads. The Yukon is going to become my commuter bike.

Into the Fall

Mike and I rode Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Friday afternoon last week. We noticed that the sun sets around 8:00 and that it is pretty well dark by 8:30. The weather was good though, still shirt-sleeve warm. I used my urban bike – a Giant Yukon, hardframe with wide, treaded tires. I put some miles on the new saddle, hoping to retrain my right hip after riding on a canted saddle most of the summer.
On Sunday, Mike Steve and I rode to St. Adolphe, about a 70 k ride. It was a warm day, with the forecast for 30 degrees. We rode into a south wind, and back with the wind at our back. We were able to ride at about 25 into the wind except for some open spots where we got hit hard, and slowed down to 20, 15 on gravel. I used the Giant and was getting a bit tired by the end. I had been leary of switching back to my road bike after last Sunday, and I hadn’t wanted to ride it on gravel. I still managed to wipe out in soft gravel on the inside of curve near the bridge to St. Adolphe (minor rash, right elbow). We had a strong thunderstorm last night – broken branches, power lines down, some old elm trees knocked down. It had cleared by morning, and Mike and I rode to St. Francois Xavier. It was a pretty nice morning, light winds, which started to pick up near noon. We could really notice the variations in the storm’s impact as we rode, from the number and size of the broken branches on the road. The storm seems to have struck hard across parts of River Heights, Wolseley and the West End, with less impact further west, past Omand’s Creek. I rode my road bike today, and I didn’t have any more of that unpleasant tingling in my leg and side. I had raised the seat before the ride and raised it a touch more a few k into the ride, for a smoother feeling on the downstroke. I am pleased to say that I have managed to ride 70 k on each of two consecutive days. Mike was trying out aero bars on his bike. He rides in an upright position and has been pounded by winds. It seemed to let him tuck and ride much more efficiently into the wind.
We have a plan, involving a visit to my sister Joyce, in Portage la Prairie, in a couple of weeks. Portage la Prairie is 90 k from my house, riding straight out of Winnipeg on Portage Avenue to Headingley, and then switching to Highway 26 at the White Horse near St. Francois. We ride, there, have dinner, visit, sleep over, and ride back. We haven’t been sure how centuries on consecutive days will work. I am getting more confident.