The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Tomorrow is 100th commemoration of the battle at Vimy Ridge, considered to be the battle that moved Canada from the status of a dominion to a full fledged country in the eyes of the British Empire. Right now I’m reading Tim Cook’s book, “At the Sharp End,” a history of Canada’s involvement in the first …

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I promised Kelly I wouldn’t post this up until he was home. The Schafer Trail. Every bit as freak out scary as it looks. Or maybe it doesn’t look so freaky from above, you have to get on it to appreciate how damn scary it really is. I could barely look left for the first …

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As we exited the cool temperate confines of rock that surround the Sandy Arch we were once again subjected to the harsh morning Sun. Temperatures were already in the mid nineties and we weren’t even at 10am yet. We decided to do the loop for Broken Arch. It should be noted that the distance on …

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I’ve spent the last couple of days really going over my proposed tracks. Now that I’ve added days the trip, I can back off my hours in the saddle a little. I factored in some time to actually stop and look at things and not make it all about eating distance. A friend of mine …

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I like to plan but only to a point. There should still be some sense of discovery at every trip. My feeling is you don’t want too many fixed points in your days just in case you would like to stop and check something out. So generally, I don’t tend to pre-book too many hotel rooms. …

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Two and a half decades ago I got involved in competitive paintball. Back then most of our competitive venues were outdoor woodsball fields. Play was pretty fast with five-man a side teams but nothing compared to the intensity of the speedball fields of today. We were also shooting mechanicals which while capable of shooting ropes of …

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I’m just under six weeks away from my Colorado trip and I’m finally getting around to the things I needed to do on the bike.  I swapped out the standard dog bones for longer ones and raised the rear by an inch. I was a little concerned about changing the geometry of the front end …

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