The Last-Weekend-of-August “Doubleshot” Bike Rides

Also known as (respectively), “the littlest detour” and the “day to chill” bike rides.

The first trip (Saturday) was a regular trip up the COLT and BLT trail (that’s Chain of Lakes Trail and Beachville-Lakeside-Timberlea trail).  Went as far as the Bluff Trails trail-head, well, out in front of Cranberry Lake, before my return.

Stats, were 36.7 km traveled, at 19.7 km/h.

Sundays trip was the Heartland Tour redux.  Went down Purcell’s Cove road and back up Herring Cove road, passing through Spryfield.  Finished off in West End, then Downtown Halifax, to experience the new roundabout at a different angle.

This one was 34.1 km traveled, at a rate of 20.4 km/h.

2015-08-29,30 - Doubleshot bike ride

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The Last-Weekend-of-August “Doubleshot” Bike Rides

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

As noted earlier this month, I have a useless room in the basement that used to house an oil tank.  I want to turn it into a cold storage room (in spite of having an asphalt driveway right outside).  Let’s see how that goes.

When I last left you, I had the wall bricked and framed.  Part two involves day three and four.

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Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

The “Bean Me Up, Scotty!” Bike Ride

…also known as “Titles Recycled” bike ride.

A familiar ride, and as about as far as I go now (there was a time with a small group we went for another half hour up the trail to the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay).

Went up the COLT (Chain of Lakes Trail), which connects to the BLT (Beachville-Lakeside-Timberlea) trail, and then finally the St. Margaret’s Bay trail (although, you could go beyond Bridgewater on the same stretch if your really wanted to).  Had lunch at an old rail station (the Bike and Bean), and then headed back.

Stats-wise, 3:05 biking time for 60.2 km distance, so a rate of 19.5 km/h.

2015-08-22 - COLT, BLT, StMgts ride - 60.4, 19.5

The “Bean Me Up, Scotty!” Bike Ride

The “Never Enough Water” bike ride

…also known as the “Heartland Tour 2015 wish list” ride

Something I usually do only once a year,  I went out to Herring Cove via Purcell’s Cove road.  Then, (as foolish as it was to keep the game plan), I turned left toward Sambro, and continued along the coast.  From there (by the time I got to Sambro and approaching Crystal Crescent, returned back on the Old Sambro road into Spryfield.  Then it was down over the hill, back through the roundabout, and back home.

Did stop to chat with my friend Mark on the way back, a good opportunity to refresh on water (I had to bottles – one became empty and the other was still a block of ice).

Anyway, with breaks, it was a 4 hour trip, 60.2 km rode, and at an average pace of 21.3 km/h.

2015-08-15 - Herring Cove - Sambro ride - 60.2, 21.1

The “Never Enough Water” bike ride

The Special Natal Day Bike Ride

…also known as the “I’ll do what I always do bike ride.”

This is a familiar trek, from home to Joseph Howe Drive, up the Chain of Lakes Trail (known as the COLT), and through the Beachville-Lakeside-Timberlea (aka BLT) trail. Usually I cross the road to hook onto the St. Margaret’s Bay trail, but this time (much like last time), I looked at it, and turned around for home.

Anyway, the trek took about 2.75 hours, 47.3 km was traversed, at a (sore) pace of 19.2 km/h.

2015-08-03 - COLT-BLT  Natal day ride - 47.3, 19.2

The Special Natal Day Bike Ride

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)

My house is weird.

It is a post-WWII home in a post-WWII neighbourhood (albeit, a quarter of the houses have been replaced since then). My house, built of leftovers from the nearby elementary school, has been expanded at least three times. Once to get a proper basement in, then to add to the back (and presumably add the entry-way), and finally to expand the back full-width (where the laundry room resides now).

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Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)