2011 Log

11-01-01VCKC New Year' Day Paddle. Ice on Portage Inlet.
11-01-099.6Elk & Beaver Lake Loop. Cool, windy.
11-01-1612.8Goose from Cooper's Cove to Matheson Lake. Down to the lake, along the creek to Roche Cove, and up to the Goose. Cold and cloudy but clearing and becoming sunny and a little warmer. VCKC gang: Tony, Herb, Bon, Ronnie, Carolyn, Sandy, Marie, Bob E., Barb.
11-01-24Medical event - stroke - admitted to VGH
11-01-24Medical event - stroke - admitted to VGH
11-02-15Discharged from VGH
11-02-15Discharged from VGH
11-02-20Urban seaside hike/walk Inner Harbour.
11-03-20Y32.7home to MEC and Blue Bridge , then Lochside trail to Sayward Hill, cloudy, cool 9-10 C, North wind. First ride post stroke
11-03-23Y12.1Home to West Vic and up Craigflower to Vinnie's on Craigflower at Tillicum. Donation drop.
11-04-15Y5.4New route. Downtown Y. Niagara to Douglas, west side of Beacon Hill Park, North to Superior/Southgate. East on Southgate along north edge of Park to Quadra. North on Quadra up hill to Burdett, past Anglican cathedral, left turn onto Courtney, stop at Y (2.99 k.). Return south on Quadra to Southgate. West on S/S to Menzies, South to Simcoe (Thrifry's), west to Croft, coasted down Croft to Niagara.
11-04-16Y6.3Y with added loop.
11-04-17Y7.2Home to Sussex Bldg (2.1), to James Bay Thrifty's, to Sussex Bldg, then home.
11-04-20*Y31.0Goose to Old Island Hy at Wales Road; *Mike & Tony
11-04-22*Y34.9Lochside to Royal Oak, Royal Oak to W. Saanich,return. *Mike & Tony
11-04-30Y26.9Errands on a sunny cool Sat AM. Several destinations and exploratory sides. First, to Sussex Bldg for candy drop, Fort to Oak Bay,Fernwood/Cedar Hill to Cedar Hill X, Lumberworld on Quadra to check out Makita accessories , Goose fo Gorge, Hillside to Quadra, Wooden Shoe for groceries and Sambal, Down Quadra to park, Southgate/Superior to Oswego, Niagara, home
11-05-08Y11.1Errands on a cloudy cool Sun AM.
11-05-19Y8.5Errands. To Bank and ICBC Services on Wharf and Capital Iron. Sunny, breezy, cool.
11-05-20Y5.4Errands. Sunny but cool at 8 AM.
11-05-21*Y51.1Home to VCKC, side streets to Tillicum Mall, Colquitz River trail to Goose, Goose to fork, Lochside to Waddling Dog,return to switch Bridge, Goose to Blue Bridge, home.Cloudy, light rain 9 to 10:40 am. *Me, Herb, Bon
11-05-22*10.0Prospector Trail, Goldsteam Park. Many black Licorice slugs. At the end of the hike, a long way off, a bear sighted. *Herb, Bon, Ronnie, Ed, Shelley, Gary, Anne, Barb.
11-05-28Y11.2Home to Y, then to GO Rowing, cloudy in the AM, some drizzly, Road closed at the Leg (Belleville, Superior and Government) for the Tour de Victoria finish.
11-06-04*Y61.9Home, Goose to Rocky Point Road. Stop at My-Chosen Cafe,rural Mechosin. Sunny, 21, breezy. * Me, Herb, Diane, Bob
11-06-05*8.5Ridge Trail in Gowlland Tod including Holmes Peak and Jocelyn Hill. Sunny and clear, light breezes off the inlet. *Herb, Ronnie, Barb, Gary, Anne, Julian, Margaret
11-06-18*KA22.6James Bay by Dallas to Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay sides. *Me, Herb, Bon, Christine
11-06-199.8Beaver & Elk Lake Loop. Nice day. Saunders Subaru Triathlon was on.
11-06-239.8Beaver & Elk Lake
11-06-2610.1Beaver & Elk Lake
11-07-0110.1Beaver & Elk Lake Loop
11-07-0311.1Beaver & Elk Lake Loop plus. Cloudy at first, but sunny as the day ripened. A low moving average with some slow segments checking for the marker posts. There is a post at the S/W corner marked 0/10 on the 10 k loop. There are posts at 8,7,6,5, 4,3,2 and 1 k going clockwise. I must have missed the post early on the wrong fork in the trail.
11-07-0610.1Elk & Beaver. Found all the posts..
11-07-0910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1110.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1710.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-1910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-2310.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-2510.1Elk & Beaver.
11-07-3010.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-0710.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-1410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-2110.1Elk & Beaver.
11-08-2810.1Elk & Beaver.
11-09-0410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-09-1710.1Elk & Beaver
11-09-2410.1Elk & Beaver.
11-10-0210.1Elk & Beaver. Cool. Moving average 5.5 kph. Regatta at Rowing Center.
11-10-0810.1Elk & Beaver. Foggy, cool. 8:30am. Moving average 6.0 at 3 k, 5.6 at 8.5 k. Lost satellites and GPS.
11-10-2910.1Elk & Beaver.
11-11-1210.1Elk & Beaver. Cool, barely above zero. Low battery in GPS which acted out in the cold by adding 2 k of distance and boosting the moving average. Calculated average not valid.
11-11-1910.1Elk & Beaver. Below 0, sunny, wind on exposed shore. GPS was slow to engage, lost a few hundred meters including walking on black ice in parking lot at the start. Moving average 5.7.
11-12-0210.1Elk & Beaver. Afternoon, sunny. GPS did not read the first 90 seconds moving as moving and added stopped time when I was not stopped. and missed some distance. Moving average 5.5.
11-12-1210.2Elk & Beaver. Sunny, clear, cold. Some ponds, many small puddles and bit of Beaver Lake had ice. A few meters extra, going back for power bar left in the car. The time in the Trip Computer restarts after clearing the timer so a walk normally starts after 30-60 seconds stopped time on the clock. Moving average 5.6.
11-12-3110.1Elk & Beaver. Moving Average 5.6.

2010 Log

2010 Log

10-03-20Y40.5Michell's Farm (Island View Road). Out and back along the Lochside Trail. First ride of the year. Sunny, above 10 degrees, cool breeze from the north east.
10-03-28Canoe course - vckc- Lake Water level 1 - basic tandem paddling strokes. On the Gorge.
10-04-03Canoe course - vckc- Lake Water level 1 & 2. Rescues in the Esquimalt Rec Center pool. Lake Water level 2 (solo canoe) on the Gorge.
10-04-10VCKC Canoes. Day paddle from Pat Bay around the end of the Peninsula and out in at the park in Sidney. An interesting day in relatively calm water the day after a huge storm.
10-04-18Y55.4The Goose to Bennett Road. There has been some construction since last fall - there is new asphalt as far as Wales. It is now all paved from downdown to Wales, except for 700 m. of gravel east of Burnside. Out and back, turned off at Tillicum on return, through Esquimalt. Mixed sun and cloud, 12 degrees, quite windy.
10-04-22Y70.8Almost to Sidney. The forecast changed in last day. It turned out to be sunny and about 12 degrees at 9 AM, and stayed clear, with a haze and distant cloud over the Olympics. The wind got brisk, mainly from the east, more from the south closer to the Strait in the early PM. I did the basic loop around the shore and up to Mt Douglas, across Royal Oak to Elk Lake, along the lakeshore. Lots of horses - there was an equestrian poker derby. Out of the park and then along Oldfield, East Saanich Road to Saanichton (stopping for coffee at the former Robin's) and down to McTavish, then back home by the Lochside. The new cranks are working well. I have little twinges but no discomfort, if I stretch and flex to work out the kinks in my right hip before I ride.
10-04-25Y5Local in James Bay. Three short rides to test the location of the cleats in my new shoes.
10-06-20Y70.2The Goose to Matheson Lake and back. About 31 k. on asphalt, the rest on gravel, evergreen needles and horseshit. There has been rain, so the dust was not a problem. At the western end of the ride, the roadbed is soft in places. It was cool day, windy, from the east, mainly cloudy. Parts of the ride were in shade. There are some great views out in East Sooke - I need to remember to take a camera. The last 8 k on the ride out seem easy - with wind and grade. The ride back was tougher, with fatigue, running into an east wind, and the train grade for the first 7 or 8 k. after turning around. The shoes seem to be set up well. I may tinker with cleat angle on the left to get the knee and ankle lined up a little better.
10-07-04Y60The Goose - 30 k out and back. Cloudy most in the AM and most of the early PM. Fairly windy. I have taken a few weeks off. It has been to take time for work related travel, to attend to housework and yardwork, to canoe (a camping trip in May and several outings in my new Clipper Solitude) or to avoid crappy weather - rain and wind. I had some problems today with endurance, but my chronic complaints about right with hip, knee and foot not, fortunately, being a factor.
10-07-110Wind, some rain, work. No ride
10-07-180Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. 2 day event. No ride
10-07-25Y63.1Lochside to Sidney. Sunny most of the day. Strong east winds, with a little veering. The start and finish were held up by a tourist event, Deuce days. Belleville was closed in front of the Leg. Government was closed from Superior to past the Empress. Wharf was closed. This caused a gridlock and isolated James Bay from the rest of Victoria.
10-09-05Y67.7Sunny day, hot, intense bright sun. Temperature about 24, humid. Winds up to ESE 10 kph, steady, with some sustained pressure in exposed areas. It was the Beach Drive route to Mt. Douglas, Royal Oak across to Elk Lake, Lakeside trail, Oldfield etc to Saanichton, Wallace along the ridge, then down to and across the Pat Bay Hy., onto Lochside and back into Victoria.
10-09-18Y59.1Galloping Goose to Taylor Road, return. Cloudy, mid teen temp. Long sleeve jersey, shorts.
10-09-25*Y39.6VCKC to Tillicum Mall, Galloping Goose & Lochside to Waddling Dog (almost Sidney), return. Cloudy, temp mid teens. * Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-02*Y30.8Juan de Fuca Library to My-Chosen Cafe, Mechosin via Galloping Goose and West Shore side roads. Warm, mixed sun and cloud. *Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-16*KA42.3Starting at the end of Wallace Drive at West Saanich Road, Wallace to Brentwood Bay. W. Saanich to Pat Bay. Around the airport and across the Highway at Beacon to Sidney. South on Lochside to Mt. Newton X Road, West and then Wallace Drive back to Brentwood Bay and return to start. Cloudy early, becoming sunny. Temps starting cool, warming to 16 plus. *Tony, Bon, Diane, Herb
10-10-17Hike. Figure 8 around Thetis Lakes. VCKC Group: incl. Herb, Carolyn, Sandy, Marjorie, Marie, Ronnie, Diane N.
10-10-24*Y36.6Galloping Goose from Sooke Road, at Cooper's Cove to Leechtown and the end of the trail, with excursions to sites along the trail. Sunny day, cool in the shade on the trail. *Tony, Herb, Diane, Sam, Christine
10-10-30Hike - 8? Km. Mt. Douglas, Up and down and around, clockwise. Cloudy, showers. VCKC Group: Ronnie, Diane N., Barb, Carolyn, Sandy, Bob E.,
10-10-31*Y63.2Juan de Fuca Library to Sooke, via Goose. Cloudy. 12-14 degrees. *Tony, Herb
10-11-07*Hike. About 5 Km. East Sooke Park. Aylard Farm, Coast Trail to Beechey Head, back by Interior trail. Mixed sun and clouds. * Tony, Herb, Barb.
10-11-11*10Beaver-Elk Lake. Some rain early, becoming sunny. VCKC Group. *Tony, Barb, Wendy, Anne A, Gary A, Diane.
10-11-1312.4Beaver-Elk Lake main shoreline trail, branched off north to Bear Hill Summit then closed the loop. Cloudy, drizzle, rain in the PM.
10-11-14*9.8East Sooke Park. Aylard's Farm, Interior Trail to Babbington Hill summit, Cabin Point, Coast Trail to Beechey Head and back to farm. Cloudy, wet after rain, but not raining on hike. VCKC Group: *Tony, Herb, Ed, Sam, Marie L.
10-11-28*Paddle, Elk Lake shoreline from Hamsterly Beach around to narrows, across and back. Foggy, become dense. Solo Clipper. * Tony, Herb, Brian C, Jenn, Sam & Christine in kayaks.
10-12-069.6Elk & Beaver Lake. Cool. Ice on trail in places, relic of snow last weekend.

MT 5.01

I haven’t been writing much since 2006, with nothing to say for several months until quite recently. When I tried to enter some posts and clean up some presentation issues, MT presented some odd behaviour. In fact I was unable to write or edit entries in Opera (which has become my browser of choice) which was probably related to the way Opera handled Java scripts. That seems to have gone away with an Opera upgrade and a reinstall of Java.
MT had been upgraded in the last year, including the release of version 5 in January 2010. I began the upgrades a couple of weeks ago. This was a more demanding upgrade. I installed MT 5.01 by a clean install. At that point I got lost on the upgrade path until I remembered – basically learned again – some of the server side file structure. Once I figured out which folder was my Web Root, I got the uploaded files in the right directories and CHMOD-ed and got the mt-configure.cgi file reading right.
MT tried to supersede many plug-ins and to revise the handling of templates – basically allowing for the incorporation of some pieces of the old templates in new widgets or template modules. I refreshed MT templates, lost some of the features in the sidebars on my old templates I have to go back and edit some templates to get some content back on line but it’s on track again. On the positive side, this brings a lot of old files up to date and gives me a lot of new options. Assuming that I start to write again.


My mother died last Friday. She was 82 years old. She has had Alzeimer for several years and has been in a care home since June 2008. She had asthma for many years. She had been having increasing difficulty breathing and with that came a diagnosis of late stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I visited Winnipeg in October last year and at the end of January this year. Her death was sudden, apparently due to a cardiac episode. The last few years were confusion, distress and illness, the end of her life was inevitable, painless and not too soon.
My sisters and brothers in Winnipeg have coped with the issues of my mother’s terminal illness and my father’s decline and psychological collapse with much hard work and many tears. Dad is in the care home. In the last couple of months before mother died, he was failing in self care and unable to change the course of mother’s illness. He was getting disconnected with reality, although his love and affection never wavered. He seems to have become more lucid, but much sadder after the funeral today.
He has mentioned some old stories that I had never heard before, and would not have understood when I had less lines on my face. His mother had visited from Holland in the early or mid 1960’s. My father had not gone back to Holland when his father had died, and he had tried never to look back on his decision to move to Canada. His mother had told him, he remembered, that his mother had reservations about Rosa. She was older than him and “bossy” which was probably a way of saying what we might call needy, as she was always emotionally expressive, and defensive of her self-regard. He said that his mother had tried to say that she was surprised at how well Rosa was doing as a wife and mother, but he had found the remark hurtful.
My brother in law Joe accepted the task of delivering a eulogy at the funeral. He spoke well, emphasizing on the positive elements of her last few years. She became a happier person, more “in the moment” more content to take and give a smile and thumbs up and to wish anyone well with “keep up the good fight”. He found the right picture and captured her strength as a mother.

2009 Rides

2009 Rides

09-04-06Y25.3Lochside to Royal Oak. Warm sunny day. A nice start to 2009 after an awful rainy cold winter and spring.
09-04-07Y24.3Beacon Hill, Dallas-Hollywood, Foul Bay to Uvic. 10 degrees, light cloud, light wind. The hill on Foul Bay was brutal. I am out of shape.
09-04-10Y35.5Goose to Royal Roads. 8 degrees,cloudy, some drizzle. Windy, The climbs in the uplands were hard.
09-04-18Y42.2Lochside to Island View, light cloud. 12 degrees.
09-04-20Y20.5Sunny, 16 degrees, cooling. Dallas & Beach, Foul Bay, Richardson to Oak Bay Marina, McNeil across to Cook, and an exploration of Fernwood and North Park. Down Quadra to Beacon Hill and a loop around the park.
09-04-26Y28.4Sunny. 14 degrees but cooler in the wind. Strong east wind. Dallas, Foul Bay, Richardson to Oak Bay Marina. Beach to Cordova Bay, Arbutus to Finnerty, UVic, back down Foul Bay, Oak Bay, Pandora, downtown and home. Short ride. Sore after yardwork exertions. Uncertain guts.
09-04-27Y19.0Monday PM. Sunny. About 16 degrees at 6:30, cooling to about 13. Clear, light wind. Menzies and Superior to Cook. Up the hills to Hillside and Cedar Hill, then up Cedar Hill to Dairy. About 2 k with several sharp climbs. Onward to Mackenzie and a stop at the Home Depot on Shelbourne. Back the same way, down Cook to Dallas. The hills become 45 k freewheel descents. A loop on Circle Drive, exit the park on Douglas, down Toronto to Menzies.
09-05-02OC6. Sat. Race. Brotchie. Toughest thing I have tried in years.
09-05-03Y44.4Sunday. Sunny, about 15 degrees at 10:30 am. Windy, from the SE. Sunny, high cirrus cloud, heavier cloud on the horizon, closing in towards noon. Lochside, Hunt Valley side loop on the way out. Back on Lochside over the swing bridge. A ride across Saanich to Gorge Road, down Gorge & Hillside to Quadra, down Cook to Dallas and home.
09-05-10Y51.5Sunday. Cloudy. About 14 degrees at 8:30 am. Light wind. Felt colder. Cook Street and Fairfield to Foul Bay to Cadboro Bay Road to Mount Doug. Royal Oak across to Beaver Lake Park. Along the Lake Trail and out the north end, and a run south on the shoulder of number 17 back to Royal Oak. Coffee at Starbucks at Broadmead. Royal Oak to Lochside and back along the trail to Johnson Street. Along Wharf and Belleville, back to James Bay. Then the lawn.
09-05-30*Y25.1Sat. AM. From Cadboro Gyro Beach, Mt. Douglas, Lochside, U Vic, Cedar Hill X, Beach back to start. *Me, Joyce.
09-06-28*RR52.0Winnipeg. Mike's house to the Forks, through Elmwood to the paved commuter path on the rail grade along Gateway, across the perimeter to Bird's Hill. Back the same way to Nairn, then past the mushroom plant on Archibald, the old fort and the Provencher Bridge, downtown, Assiniboine Ave. & and Wolseley. Sunny. Winds from the west NW at 45 gusting to 70 KPH. A tough one. *Me, Mike, Steve
09-07-01*RR74.8Winnipeg. Mike's house to Maryland, Wellington Crescent and Assiniboine Park. Charleswood and the Harte Trail to the Perimeter. Roblin to Headingley, Old Trans-Canada to the White Horse, return. Sunny Canada day. North east wind, much stronger than the forecast. *Me, Mike, Steve
09-07-05Y79.8Sidney. Sunday morning. Sun and cloud, light east winds. I went out by Dallas & Beach, on the shore around Oak Bay and Gordon Head, to Mt Douglas. West on Royal Oak to Elk Lake, along the west shore trail, out of the park onto Oldfield. North to Keating X, and by E. Saanich to Stelly's X. Across to the shore, North to Sidney, hitting 50 in front of Serious Coffee. Return by the Lochside trail. It was a good work out but I noticed some strain and pain in the right hip. I am wondering about changing to a 170 crank from the 175. 170 feels right on my road bike, I am not tall and I don't have long legs. I should have stuck with 170 when I upgraded the crank in '04. That may account for several problems.
09-07-120.0Folk Festival in Courtenay.
09-07-19Y65.4Galloping Goose, Sunday AM. Sunny, hot, dry and dusty. The first 12 k were on pavement or packed gravel but then, out to about 33 k were on loose gravel, with the reverse being inverse. Hard ride. The loose gravel sucked the wheels. Major cleaning at the end.
09-07-26Y66.7Nearly out to Sidney. Sunny, hot, windy. Lochside to Royal Oak, across to the lakes and along the trail, out on Oldfield to Keating X. Staying in the shade, trying to find light cool sea breezes, Brentwood Bay, along W Saanich to Wallace to Stelly's X. Back to BB. North to Mount Newton X. This stretch of W Saanich has a stiff climb and first 50 meters on Mount Newton are wobbly. Across the penisula to Saanichton. Skyline end of Wallace to the Pat Bay. Great view of James & Sidney and the American islands and dozens of sailboats from the ridge. Lochside and south into the wind to Victoria. Branched off the trail at Quadra, uphill on Q to Cook, then by Cook to the water, and Dallas towards Ogden, home. Twinges in the r. hip. Bonking; lack of calories, ansd heat. Should have left at 8:30 AM instead of 10:45.
09-08-02Y69.7Beacon Hill, Fairfield to Foul Bay, Cordova Bay to U Vic, Mt. Douglas, Royal Oak to W. Saanich. W. Saanich to Brentwood Bay for the hills. Wallace to Saanichton, E. Saanich to McTavish for 42 k and back to Victoria by Lochside, another 25 k into a 25 k wind. Sunny day. Warm morning, hot by noon. Good workout.
09-08-09Edmonton, taking a break.
09-08-16Y64.7Glorious day. Clear, sunny, 22 degrees. Some wind off the water, crossing, sometimes in my face. Rode to Sidney by the Lochside Trail, with the Hunt Valley loop in Central Saanich. Then back. A couple of pauses, no breaks, steady riding.
09-08-23KA81.9Sunny, mixed clouds, 20-22 degrees.Winds from the southeast, shifting to south. Across Beacon Hill and Fairfield, Foul Bay and the edge of Oak Bay to Mt Doug. Royal Oak to Elk Lake, out the far end of the Park onto W. Saanich. Feeling bouncy on the road bike, I took on the climbs of Old W Saanich, coming out on W. Saanich at Brentwood Bay. Across Saanich on Keating X into the breeze, Central Saanich Road to Mt. Newton X, and across the highway to Lochside at 49k on the meter. A couple k of gravel, and then the cobbled old asphalt in Hunt Valley. A bit of the trail, breaking off onto Cordova Bay Road at Matticks, going Cordova Bay, Blenkinsop, MacKenzie to U Vic, then down Foul Bay to Fairfield, crossing to Cook, and back to Dallas. Good to be on the road bike. It fits, it's light.
09-08-28Y7.2Russ Hay Cycle on Hillside Ave for new crank, cables. AM sunny. Return in the PM cloudy and threatening to storm.
09-08-29Y5.8Neighbourhood. Short cruises to test seat position and other adjustments. Sunny warm Sat AM.
09-08-30OC6 Crew. 17.5 paddle from Oak Bay to the Club on water I haven't seen too much.
09-09-13Y55.1Sunny Sunday. 20 degrees. Around Oak Bay and Gordon Head to Mt Douglas, Lochside out past the golf course and through Hunt Valley, back out to the Lochside, turned around at Michell's farm. This was a with the new cranks and the adjustments. It was good. There were some twinges in the right hip. My thighs were sore which goes with spinning too much but there was no punishment and there were rewards for the changes.
09-09-13OC6 Sat. OC6 Race. Island Iron, Comox. Hot sunny day, calm water. Tough. Me, Herb, Max, Laurie, Dave
09-09-20Y62.5Sunny, Sunday, about 18 degrees. The wind was mild ENE at 10 AM but turned to SE or S near noon. The route was Lochside, with Hunt valley, to Sidney, same on the way back. Wind in my face both ways, more on the return, only a few knots but seemed to punch up along the Esquimalt shoreline. Still testing after the changes to this bike a few weeks ago, and perhaps doing some rehab. I had some tightness in both hips starting out, but rode nicely with some improvement in the average speed for this trip.
09-10-04Y61.1Sunny, Sunday, temperature got to 20 later in the day. Very windy, N about 25 K, gusting. Rode to Sidney by Lochside, with Hunt Valley outbound. Pounded by wind, even in the shelter of the trail outbound. Some boost homeward bound. I was working through the bike changes again. I switched to the Shimano black cleat after using the silver one for years. This locks in better - and no embarassing tumblers when slowing down or stopping. The new crank length and seat position seem to be making for a pain-free ride.
09-10-12*RR23.0Winnipeg. Mike's house to the Grace Hospital by Wellington Crescent, back by Lodge and Assiniboine. About 3 degrees, cloudy, some snow and sleet. Wet. *Mike, Steve, me


Since my move to Victoria, I have tried out and adopted some appliances and discarded others.
I started with a new set of Paderno stainless steel pots – purchased cheaply in 2006 when Canadian Tire dropped the Royale sets. I have added another sauce pan and the steamer and double boiler (not Royale but who cares). Capital Iron carries Paderno in Victoria. I expect the saucepans and the dutch oven to last for a while. The coated frying pans are standing up well although I think the coating in those pans will break down long before the pans wear out.
I bought a larger enameled cast iron dutch oven at Capital Iron which has become one of my favorite pots.
I started with some decent knives – some with the Superstore house brand and some of the midrange Wusthof Tridents.. I bought a couple new knives last year – I went to Mac for a 6 and a half inch Santoku and a 10 inch chef’s knife. The steel is superb – it stays sharp enough for ripe tomatoes with a few strokes of a diamond dressing hone.

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Paddling and Cycling

This year I broke off with dragon-boating. It was initially a conflict with the manager of the Club program over a protocol and has become a longer break. Some paddlers paddle dragon boats every summer from May to August. I have enjoyed the evening practices and the frantic transformation of couch potatoes into weekend warriors, but I have let it go.
I paddled Outrigger canoes (OC) through the winter, one or twice a week. In the spring, I paddled in some spring races and some longer races. It has helped me to stay active but I have not trained enough to consider myself a fit or strong paddler. I had hoped to paddle more this summer but many paddlers give up OC for dragon boat or to take canoe or kayak trips. There are a few diehards so we have been getting out about once a week. Dragon boat is winding up and there are going to be some races this fall, so I might get on a team and get into some tougher training.
I have been cycling more this year than last year. I haven’t done many evening rides, but I have been getting some long rides in on weekends. I have had some work done on one of my bikes. I had upgraded some components on the Giant in 2004 but made the serious mistake of putting on 175 mm cranks. This may have been contributing to strain on joints, pain and fatigue. It may play a part in the stiffness in my right hip. We will see.

Age and Illness

In December last year I agreed to travel to Winnipeg to accompany my dad to the hospital for his surgery for hernia. He had the operation in January. It disrupted his routine of visiting mother in the nursing home for a few days, but he was back at it. He realized that his needs to visit and be with her had been putting a strain on his family – specifically my sisters, who had been picking him or taking him home. He agreed to apply to be placed in a nursing home – on strict condition that it would be the same home as mother. He was surprised when his application was approved quickly. He had been underestimating his frailties.
He moved when a room became available. He is on the same floor in a different wing. He visits mother and tries to anticipate her needs and wants, and to provide care that the staff can’t provide. This tires him out, because his ideas of what she needs and deserves are not the same as everyone else’s, and he reacts to her smallest gestures. As her behavior is impulsive, this can be frustrating for him.
He says he is happy. He is busy with his efforts to help mother. He turned 80 in June. I visited at the end of June.

2008 is over, Hallelujah

My story about my musical year starts with a short term obsession about a song.
The CBC broadcast a story about the popularity of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah in Britain on the National (TV news) on the Friday night before Christmas. The CBC was interested because the writer was a Canadian. The story was that two different versions of the song were topping the British charts in the week before Christmas. For the last few years, some kind of Christmas themed piece has topped the charts. There is no Christmas list as such, and the charts continue to track the popularity of modern popular music in Britain, on sales.

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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