Longest. Ride. Ever!

This is just a short post that’s a bit of a placeholder as I get through all the photos from the last month or so. It’s been a busy stretch, and I do have lots to share. In the meantime, here’s a quick one from this weekend. I’m currently training for the RBC Gran Fondo, which is a long distance bike race from Vancouver to Whistler. Justine and I did it back in 2011, but were not able to train for it properly that year. This time, I have been good about the training, and this weekend I did the longest ride I’ve ever done - 123 km, 2,100 m of elevation gain over 5 1/2 hours. I thought I’d share…

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Summer Road Trip Part III - The Gorge and Portland

The final post from the summer road trip through Washington and Oregon. On the last stretch of the road trip we camped at the Gorge Amphitheater to see the Mumford and Sons concert, then headed to Portland for our annual Whitecaps away game, before taking a long day to work our way home along the coast. It was a great end to the trip.

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Summer Road Trip Part II - More Mount Rainier

A second post from our road trip into Washington and Oregon, with a focus on our last couple of days in Mount Rainier National Park. We did a big hike on the Skyline Loop to see the wildflowers and the view, and I did a big ride out of the park as we headed inland towards the Gorge for our second stop.

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Summer Road Trip Part I - Galiano and Mount Rainier

I’m slowly catching up on old posts - it’s still going to be a while. For our summer vacation this year, we did a road trip starting (sort of) on Galiano, then heading south through Washington and Oregon. We covered a lot of ground, and did a lot of fun things, so there are likely to be a few posts to cover it all.

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Golf Trip to the Okanagan

It’s been a busy summer so far. I got back from my trip to Europe, was home for half a day and then was off again on a fun “boys weekend” golfing in the Okanagan. This trip had been planned for over six months, so the timing was not something I could adjust. We played some amazing courses and had a fantastic trip.

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A Quick Day Trip in France - Albi

I had gone straight from Charlotte North Carolina to Toulouse (didn’t seem worthwhile to fly back to Vancouver for a day…) and so I was in Toulouse a little earlier than normal for these trips. That left me with a full Sunday to explore (and adjust to the time zone), so I took a day trip to Albi, another ancient fortified town that I had been told was a nice spot to explore.

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Ospreys in Charlotte

I have been on the road for over three weeks now, starting in late May. I had a trip to Charlotte NC, and then from there it was off to France for a week and a half. The, immediately on getting back I had a long-planned golf trip with some friends to the Okanagan. So I have a lot to catch up on, a few photos to process, and some blogs to write. With Mom and Dad coming to visit later this week, I doubt I’m going to get caught up any time soon!

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A Visit from Shawn and Mackenzie

We were quite excited to have Shawn and Mackenzie come out and stay with us for a little less than a week in late May. We didn’t have a lot of time, and they wanted to see out new spot on Galiano. So I took a day off from work (plus the long weekend) and we explored Vancouver a little bit, and had a fantastic weekend over on the island.

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A Trip to Reifel with Friends

It’s been a busy start to the year, and strangely we haven’t been to Reifel since January. We also haven’t seen our friends Stuart and Jo since they have their new baby, almost a month ago. So we killed two birds with one stone (so to speak…) and met Stuart, Jo, Sova and Matisse (for the first time!) at Reifel for a walk in the sunshine.

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A Beautiful Spring Day on Galiano

It had been over a month since we were last over to the island to see the property. The (relatively speaking) harsh winter had put most of our plans on hold, but the contractors we were working with finally were able to start work on our utility building project and some landscaping work. We were anxious to see what progress had been made.

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