Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Motorcycle Miles - Fav Photos, Oct. 2016.

Free Postcards.

Sweaburg Road, on the way to Port Bruce.

So far in October I have tried to take advantage of good weather by motorcycling here and there - to feel a breeze through what's left of my hair before winter arrives.

I've enjoyed fine scenery in corn and soy country and blustery days on the north shore of Lake Erie. Here and there I stopped to reach for my camera. And shots were fired.

Postcards From the Side of the Road:

Please link to Motorcycle Miles - Middletown Road, Oct. 23.

Photos GH

The Transition Zone 18 - Growing A Steady Pace.

Good Daily Energy Level.

Cooler temperatures seem to help.

Fall temperatures are dropping so I've had to add 30 seconds to my 'getting ready to go' routine. It takes a bit longer now to select the right jacket to match my eyes. : )

But there are benefits to the cooler weather. I sleep like a rock some nights, colourful leaves adorn sidewalks and roadways,  and - once warmed up - I maintain an enjoyable body-comfort zone while walking or jogging. All these things combine to help my energy level and pace remain strong and steady.

I try to cover 4 miles per walk, on average, and over the last 4 weeks my numbers have been positive, i.e., 110 miles covered in 25 outings. I have been heading out after supper on a frequent basis and have noticed how dark it is getting by 7 PM. Still, a small radio keeps me company (the World Series is on) and the miles seem to go by faster at that time of day.

Photos from along the way:

Daily mileage is in the top right corner of each block. 
Cumulative mileage is lower right. Steady on! 

 My jogging pace is holding steady, even improving a bit!

 I relaxed Sunday (i.e., motorcycled) so am adding miles during cool evenings

The Comeback: After 13 months I rank my energy level as "very good"

Walkn 'healthy miles' in Greenway Park and Old South

Keep on keeping on, I say. Highlights continue to be within reach.

Please link to The Transition Zone 17 - Twelve in a Row.

Photos GH

Monday, October 24, 2016

Motorcycle Miles - Middletown Road, Oct. 23.

On My Way Home

Burgessville is behind me on Middletown Rd.,
as I approach Quaker St.

I stopped for photos on Middletown Road yesterday, two miles south of Burgessville, and realized I was about halfway between my two childhood hometowns. Burgessville was home for my first six years and Norwich was next. Both are in pretty parts of the world, i.e., Oxford County south of Woodstock, and I feel I don't return often enough to visit familiar country roads or village streets.

 Sweaburg Road, east of Highway 19, south of Ingersoll and 401

 Middletown Line

 One birdhouse of several - same style (Peterson's?) - on Sweaburg Road

The sun popped out again on Foldens Line, south of Folden Corners  

 Quaker Street is up ahead

Motorcycle miles on the 1994 Yamaha Virago

Good roads, good people.

Please link to Motorcycle Miles - Sweaburg Road, Oct. 19 (1).

Photos GH

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Six Cedar Birdhouses 2

Not Long in the Hopper

 New cedar fence slats plus rescued shakes and slats for roofs

Two of six houses sitting in my workshop require some sanding, and after that it won't take long to put them together and add finishing touches, i.e., a perch, front fence, chimney.

I suppose that's why I use red cedar fence slats on a regular basis. The wood is sturdy, pretty, easy to use (smells good too) and I can build a decent-sized birdhouse (e.g., with a 5 x 6- or 5 x 7-inch interior = lots of sq. inches for a small family) without much fuss or bother.

These two houses will soon be open for business

What do you think?

Please link to Six Cedar Birdhouses 1

Motorcycle Miles - Sweaburg Road, Oct. 19 (1).

Oceans of Corn.

 Looking east on Sweaburg Road, SE of Ingersoll.

I did not stop often yesterday on my way to Norwich. Had to be home by three. I passed through Dorchester, Ingersoll, Foldens Corners (old baseball field looked familiar), Sweaburg, Burgessville on the way, but only took short glances at passing scenery. I was hungry, so stopped for poutine at The Village Restaurant in my hometown.

Postcards from the side of the road:

I will go again - more back roads to explore - when I am not so rushed.

Please link to Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce, Oct. 10 (4)

Photos GH

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce, Oct. 10 (4)

I Took a Good Look Around

I looked east toward Port Burwell

Colder weather will eventually shut down my motorcycle routine - i.e., warm it up, ride to Port Bruce for coffee and photos - but, until it does, I will head south east from London for good walk-abouts and look-arounds.

 I looked south to Cleveland Ohio

 I looked west to Port Stanley

I looked south toward the long walk off a short pier

And the BLT at The Corner View Cafe ain't bad either!!

Please link to Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce, Oct. 10 (3) 

Photos GH

Artsy Fartsy Workshop Project.

Shifting to Creative Touch.

What might this garbage become inside the workshop?

I regularly go for walks in Wortley Village - a fun and fitness routine linked to The GREAT Canadian Comeback - and one day I spotted bicycle parts sitting on the curb waiting for garbage day. Within seconds I was intrigued, and thinking about an artsy project/shadow box.... to show off the shiny bits of flotsam and jetsam that make up modern life.

First, I will give rescued bike parts a bath with paint thinner

So, this fall and winter I will arrange bicycle parts - painted? varnished? gussied up? - inside a rustic cedar shadow box.... and we shall see what we shall see.

Please link to Fini: Workshop Chair and Matching Stool 4

Photos GH

Six Cedar Birdhouses 1

Winding Down

Four in a row on the old work bench

I will likely close the workshop this year by mid-November and during the last month I will finish a few more birdhouses and custom projects. Hopefully, I will have the place all sweep out, tidied up, and gussied up for a Christmas do before the snow flies.

We shall see what we shall see.

The two on the right have cedar shake roofs. Very warm colours.

Two more cedar houses need to be sanded, followed by paint and assembly time.

Coming up. Stay tuned.

Please link to The Production Line - Cedar Birdhouse Models 11

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce, Oct. 10, (3)

Tough Call

The Old Man and the Sea

I know that one day I will have to give up my motorcycle.

It will be a tough call because I can be lakeside in under 60 minutes.

 A River Runs Through It

"I want to be buried at sea," said my father.

Please link to Motorcycle Miles - Port Bruce, Oct. 10, (2).

Photos GH

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Transition Zone 17 - Twelve in a Row.

Definitely Back From Vacation.

I took life easy in September. I vacationed in PEI and ate several hearty, Island-style meals. I must be trying to make up for those easy days by keeping at my routine in October. I've had 12 outings in a row and will hit my week's goal (of 26 miles) during this evening's relatively short walk to a London Knight's OHL game.

Weather has been cooler and a lot less humid than even a few weeks ago, and each walk has been quite enjoyable. Bright fall colours are coming, so I'll keep a camera handy at all times.

77/100ths of Transition Zone outings have been completed.

The Comeback by the Numbers:

77% of my current set of walks has been covered

My jogging speed and stamina are gradually developing (in the 9:30 - 12:00 min./mile range! Stand way back!)

I can jog 3 - 4 miles without stopping on occasion (I survived 13 marathons, so I bet I'll be able to survive a 5-miler some day soon)

I seem to be content with weekly mileage of about 25 miles

Miles per month during Year Two of The GREAT Canadian Comeback will therefore likely be, on average, lower than last year (and I'm OK with that)

On a weekday, Greenway Park provides a quiet pathway

Gord's Mantra: I've got the time so I'll take my time.

Please link to The Transition Zone 16 - The Occasional Highlight.

Photos GH

J.R. Models and a Bathouse (2)

Green Roofs and a Black Bat

I think red cedar (rescued, Home Depot*) is an excellent and affordable choice for a JR-style birdhouse. Teak, aluminum plate and chromium screws (see original JR Davidson models online) are a bit out of my league. The perch is a solid drawer handle and the trim is century old red pine. Together, with a touch of green paint, my GH models will stand out well, on a fence post or side of a tree.

GH model is ready to be attached to a sturdy pole or tree trunk

 The bathouse, made from white pine barn board (new, from Home Depot), is another solid model and helps the bat population increase over the years. Old South in the Wortley Village area dropped in numbers a few years ago but are again - gradually  on the rise.

Batman - at your service!

*If I spot red cedar boards w damaged edges I ask for them.... at half price. Fits into the 'rescued' category, in my opinion.

Please link to J.R. Models and a Bathouse (1)

Photos GH