A Moment in Time: Criterium Racing

2017 Saskatchewan Provincial Criterium.

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The Willow Tree

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It’s difficult to imagine our backyard without this particular willow tree, but all living things must come to an end. The large willow tree has withstood harsh winters, aphid infestations, and drought over a period of approximately 40 years. The wondrous willow has provided shade, branches for children to climb on, nesting places for numerous species of birds, and majestic beauty for our neighbourhood.

Our family has fond memories and considerable sentiment for this willow tree, it’s removal bringing literal tears to my wife’s eyes. To a tree removal crew, it is just a tree. To us, the willow represents several generations of laughter and joy in our family. I can still picture our eldest daughter at 14 years-of-age, perched on a rather precarious branch, reading a good novel while sheltered from the glaring sun, our youngest shouting out with joy as she swung on the hammock fastened between two large branches, our small Shih Tzu, “Missy” getting her leash all tangled up around the trunk, looking rather sheepish and helpless.

With this in mind, it is time to say a heartfelt goodbye to an old friend who gave us more than we could possibly give back.

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Cutting down the stump before grinding.

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Summertime

Summer is a time to kick back and relax. That does not necessarily mean being inactive, but what it does mean to me is taking a break from social media and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, the scenery, and real people doing real things. I have very little time now to post on social media as I am endeavouring to live my life to the fullest, by my standards, and not that which is imposed on us by the constant nagging of social media.

Here is a short video of some of my playtime activities to keep the electronically dependant happy for a least…well..um…30 seconds or so 🙂

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The Eclectic Moment

It’s not very often you see a grown man clipping along on a rather sophisticated kick-scooter. My first instinct was to giggle, but then I thought to myself, “Why not?“. The guy is out there on a cool morning having fun and getting some exercise. Kudos for the dude on the kick-scooter!

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The Human Powered Vehicle

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Milan – Tricycle holds 3 world records  

So, I have been thinking…it has been so cold and windy in Saskatchewan to really enjoy road cycling. Perhaps, it is time to rethink how I ride. A human-powered-vehicle (HPV), as depicted with a front wheel generator to power a portable car heater would do the trick. Throw in a hidden bottom bracket motor for the hills and I am set. I might even win a few Tuesday night time trials 😉

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The Vivax-Assist motor and battery fit in your bike frame and provide 200 watts for 60 minutes.

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