Out and About by Bike: My “Exotic”

Though some the images in the discovery posts of 2018 were taken while out on the bike, it has been a little while since this theme has come up. The Coffeeneuring Challenge from October and November of last year was the last post that was specifically related to cycling.

Most (though not all) of my riding is taken up with commuting to and from work. I try and make the ride more than just “going to work”. I am not riding through some far flung landscape, never-the-less it can be challenging. When temperatures fall below -25c, when head-winds gust to 70km/hr, when the snow is 10-20 cm fresh, when the base under that snow is freezing drizzle, when 3-4km of the route has to be walked (I don’t consider myself a fast rider, but walking is a little slow).


At -31c the bike thermometer “gives up”


The rural routes I ride also have a beauty that rivals many of those far flung locales.

Moving through the year in one landscape also has a quality of intimacy not possible when trekking through some space visited only once. That tree, that slope, that field, that bridge, that pond, that flower, that mushroom, that stone……….etc.

Not a “commute”. Testing the dog-walk. The trail needs more work. On snowshoes.

Discoveries 2019 # 1: Filling in Some Gaps

My last posting was at the end of November for the 2018 Coffeeneuring Challenge. The last Discoveries posting was November 3rd for Discoveries 2018 #6.

Its February and it would appear that I haven’t been Beyond the Backdoor since the end of November. This being not the case that gap needs a some filling in.


The sundowner. Cheers!

The “Dog Walk”.


Stacking firewood.

Around the yard.

Again, thanks to Renate for a good number of images. You were motivated where I wasn’t!

This post was conceived after I wrote the addition to “About” dated 02.02.19.