The 2016 Heartland Tour Short Ride

Also known as the “coffin up a storm” ride.  This is a wonderful event that promotes physical activity to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.  They hold bike rides and walks in eight communities all over Nova Scotia for about a week every year.  This year is rather special, as it is the 10th anniversary!

Warming up before the start of the rides – long, short, and trail

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The 2016 Heartland Tour Short Ride

The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

Also known as the “Behold Buddha’s Belly” ride.

Taken the road most traveled, Chain of Lakes Trail, up to Beechville, Lakeside and Timberlea trail, all the way to Cranberry lake (at the head of WRWEO’s Bluff Trail).

Shorts weather now, and although I had a T-Shirt underneath, I kept my Microft jacket on as the shirt kept riding up.

All in all, a good start for the year, 36.1 km traveled, at a rate of 17.8 km/h.


The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

The Saturday Morning “Winding Down” Bike Ride

Also known as the “best to take the sidewalk” ride.

It is so convenient to have a major trail just 4 km from home.

I did the usual – the COLT, and BLT trail, and made it as far as Hubley before the turn-around point.  On the way back, construction on Bayer’s Road was full force, and a traffic controller recommended the sidewalk.  All in all, 40.0 km pedaled, at an average rate of 19.7 km/h.

2015-10-10 - COLT, BLT, Hubley ride-40.0 - 19.7

The Saturday Morning “Winding Down” Bike Ride

The Saturday “Quinpool Quandary” Bike Ride

…also know as the “one month later…again!” bike ride.

About this time last month I did the Sambro loop.  Well, it was time, since the bridge is still closed (and normally I would have done the Lawrencetown ride), to do it again.

Gee, my options are limited when I don’t want any other mode of transportation involved…

Went down Purcells Cove road from, the Armdale roundabout, and met up with Herring Cove road.  Then, I took the long way around, through Duncans’ Cove, and Sambro, and yet so close to Crystal Crescent beach.  Returned on Old Sambro road, and back through Spryfield and finally West-end Halifax.

All in all, it was a 61 km journey, at a rate of 20.2 km/h.

2015-09-19 - Herring Cove - Sambro ride - 61.0, 20.2

The Saturday “Quinpool Quandary” Bike Ride

The Special Labour Day “Bean-Eyed” Bike Ride

…also known as the “three holidays in a row” bike ride.

I checked my archives, and seems the last three holidays off I went not only in this direction, but as far as the Saint Margaret’s Bay trail (if not all the way to the Bike and Bean).

Anyway, the route (as usual) consisted for the COLT, BLT (you should know these by now), and finally St. Margaret’s Bay trails, rest at the Bike and Bean, and then returned.

Like Canada Day, the Bean was closed for business today.  Ah well.

Stats-wise, 60.5 km traveled, with a moving average of 20.1 km/h.

2015-09-07 - Bike and Bean ride - 60.5 - 20.1

The Special Labour Day “Bean-Eyed” Bike Ride

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

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

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