White trails

They use colors to mark trails. You’ll follow the red trail markers, or the blue trail markers. The white trail markers are reserved for trails that are shortcuts or connections. The white trails are spaces between. While the red & yellow trails are packed down, the white trail in between them has had significantly less traffic.

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Comfort levels

It’s selfish of me to say so, but it’s nice, when planning a little romp in the woods in winter, that I don’t have to worry about anyone else’s comfort levels. For the most part, I do these kinds of things to push my comfort levels. Sometimes to ignore them completely. The point is that

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Weekend randoms

Realizing I was going to have to put air in the tires, in the rain. Realizing my passenger side mirror was folded in, on the highway. The low clouds in the mountains. The valleys purple, full of soft white clouds. My gas light turning on in the middle of nowhere. Stopping to take photos of white

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Adventure when & where you can

It was 32°F with a windchill well below freezing. I ran a handful of kilometers, alone, in the dark. A lot of people I know tell me this is crazy. But to me, crazy is sitting on your ass staring at a screen all day & then going home to sit on your ass staring

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Thankful

Every year most of my family gathers around the table for Thanksgiving &, before we eat, we share something we are thankful for. This year, I am thankful for my health, but not in the way most people mean when they say that. I am thankful I am healthy enough to escape. I am thankful

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Doing good in the rain

Monday morning, up in the gloom before dawn, to the sound of rain. A hot breakfast & gear up. It is 46°F, unusually warm for late November. It is raining. This is the kind of weather combination I dislike, because I tend to overheat trying to stay dry. I bike across the city to pick

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Cranksgiving

This past Saturday I participated in the annual Cranksgiving ride. It’s like a scavenger hunt on bikes & all the food goes to local food banks. Last year I ended up riding alone & it snowed. This year I teamed up with Mike & it rained. This kind of ride (technically it’s a race but

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Skipping Town

That moment when you realize that skipping town is better than staying home with nothing to do. Pack a bag & go.

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In the woods in winter

I love being in a woods in winter. It’s so still & calm. The little bugs are not buzzing. The birds are huddled away, trying to keep warm. All but the tiniest forest creatures are taking long winter naps. The fallen logs, the boulders, they all seem impossibly still. The very air is itself completely motionless,

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