Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Long Road Back 7

Off On The Right Foot

"I support free wifi at Milos'"

Don and I had a good long walk yesterday, the first of the week, and planned our second together for 1PM today. I'd say that's a good start for the week. By next Thanksgiving Monday I'll be ready for at least one scoop of my wife's fine dressing, w a side of gravy for dipping.

Photos: The photos start with 'free wifi' (at Milos' w my compliments!) and end with a battle 'way up high' (over Valu-Mart's parking lot in Old South).

"Strike three"

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Downtown London

Black and White

Heading home at about 7PM Sunday evening.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Long Road Back 6

A Good Week

"Heading home after a good walk via Downtown London"

So, not bad. I completed six fitness walks in the first week of my mighty comeback. I don't feel like a marathoner yet, like I did during my decade of long-distance running, but I feel good about being 'Steady Eddie' for a week.

 "I didn't go to hear the Rizdales but I did enjoy a long walk"

MM50, here I come.

Well, that's what I say now. Let's see how week two develops.

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West Coast Trip 2012

Whistle Stop in Edmonton

"This is the last scene I snapped before
arriving in Edmonton, hours later"

Earlier this morning I was thinking about my first trip to Vancouver Island in 2012 (I returned this past May). What a great place to do research re the Combined Operations organization my father was a member of during WW2. And what a great train ride to get there. Today I post four photos related to the 10 minutes I spent outside the train in Edmonton. Chilly, bright day.

 "My first photo while stopped in Edmonton. Great train ride"

 "Edmonton wakes up while I try for a phone signal"

"This is the first photo I snapped after leaving Edmonton.
And what do I see exactly? I'll need help w the answer."  

Link to West Coast Trip 2015

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trent-Severn Dockside 5

Last Two Shots

From last weekend, north of Lindsay, on a quiet night.

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Long Road Back 5

MM5 - Miles and Mountains 5

"I have completed 10% of my first goal" 

Don and I headed downtown yesterday at about 1PM and returned to Old South by 2:20 PM. Our pace was excellent for two guys making a comeback. At 3PM I installed a birdhouse (BH) on a tree nearby but the short job doesn't count toward my 'fun and fitness' goal of reaching MM50 in the near future, say before we're buried in snow.

The topic of power walking did not come up between us yesterday but we did push the pace. Not one other pedestrian passed us - that I can recall - while we wandered about. How about that!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Workshop - Going Fishing

Special Project Almost Finished

I have been working on a cedar cabinet (for books, LPs and unique display items) for a client over a span of two months, maybe more, and the end is near. Four fish on four slates will be attached to the ends of the cabinet, then 'voila', she's done.

Visit The Workshop by G. Harrison to see more.

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Long Road Back 4

Walking With Don

"West exit from Thames Park. Nice hill"

I pick the general route and friend Don picks topics of conversation. We walk at about a 3 mile per hour pace for 60 minutes and that's fine by me as we wind our way through Old South and - sometimes, whenever it meets our fancy - the edges of downtown London, e.g., through Harris Park, over Blackfriars Bridge, along Wharncliffe Rd.

"Steady as she goes"

Don mentioned on Thursday that perhaps we should power walk at a certain speed for a certain distance. I recommended the track behind Westminster S.S. on Baseline Rd. Today we may give it a try, and raise a little dust. (Insert laugh track here).

Whatever works works for me as I power forward toward MM50 and beyond to higher goals.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Long Road Back 3

I Walk 'Miles and Mountains'

"Three good walks in three days. Steady Eddie so far" 

 "Thames Park is home to a doozy of a hill"

"Once over the bridge I walked uphill on Wortley Rd., toward home"

The photos tell most of the story about yesterday's long walk. It was a beaut and included an extra half-mile or more and a stop inside the gates of Labatts Park for a bit of a look-around.

The first goal related to 'the comeback' is to complete 50 walks that include about three miles/60 minutes' worth of travel and a few hills along the way. London has several good hills within walking distance of Old South and 'miles and mountains' will help me develop good stamina and strength for future goals.

Am I intending to return to long distance running? Truth be told, I'm not thinking that far ahead. MM50 is goal one. After that... we'll see what we will see. Right now I want to adhere to one of my favourite running philosophies...

Go slow and enjoy the view.

Steady as she blows!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trent-Severn Dockside 4

A Whopper of a Fish Story

On Friday, September 25 I drove to Lindsay to visit my son and grandson. While there I relaxed dockside, camera in hand. Mid-afternoon I overheard quite the story pass between two local fisherman who, by their tone of voice, knew each other. Because of other visits to the same cottage and dock, they seemed familiar to me too. I had paper and pen handy and jotted down most of their conversation.

A few words of greeting were followed by this brief exchange:

Canoe: When the leaves fall off the trees, then we'll catch more fish.

Blue Vest: Well, even now we'll catch ourselves a few.

Canoe: Yeh, you're right.

Blue Vest: Just recently I caught a big one. 49 and a half. It was the biggest fish I ever pulled out of here.

Canoe: (No response, as I recall. But I had a few questions, left unasked.)

If the fish was four feet long, maybe I should take up fishing!!

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Long Road Back 2

To Milos' W Pals

 "I have all I need to make my comeback"

On my way to MM50 I will include walks downtown with or without pals. I wish there was some way of counting great conversations as part of my comeback because last night's was a doozy.

"I'm a stickler for some details, eh"

MM1.8? Well, the walk only lasted a total of 50 minutes so I don't feel right about collecting a full checkmark. And I will try to add on an extra 10 or 15 minutes to a future walk, with an extra hill or two thrown in for good measure.

As well, my method of recording progress on my desk calendar seems perfect. Not too sophisticated - just like me.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Long Road Back 1

And So It Begins

That's right. I'm making a comeback. Some will say I never left. They're just being polite.

"I started yesterday and earned a checkmark : ) "

So, I plan to walk with purpose (60 minute's worth earns me a checkmark) and hit and repeat hills whenever possible, under the heading of 'Miles and Mountains' (MM). And my first goal is to get to MM50 sometime in the near future.

And how will I accomplish this first feat and still do all the other things I like to do? Hey, if I had all the answers I'd be a billionaire, living on a fancy schmancy yacht in The Bahamas and diving for pearls just for the exercise.

Stay tuned for progress reports.

Link to My Afternoon Walk

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Favourite Trent-Severn Dockside 3

Favourite Photo So Far

But I'm sure I'll find more favs.

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B&W Trent-Severn Dockside 2

A Master-Fisherman

He was soon conversing with another fisherman about a recent catch. I wrote down what he said. To follow.

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Trent-Severn Dockside 1

Another Visit to Lindsay

"Old property across the river. I'll explore it in the future"

During mid-September I travelled to Lindsay and visited with my son and his family at a rented cottage nestled beside a bend in the river connecting Lindsay and Fenelon Falls [See 'Trent-Severn Riverside' photos in September's archive, right margin]. If I had the money I'd buy the place, but I'm sure I'll be satisfied to be a renter two weeks at a time over the next few years. (Great find. Score one for the good guys!)

Last weekend I returned for another visit. It won't be my last. A few stunning photos will follow over the next few days : )

 "Gord likes the dock and, on a sunny day, his straw hat"

 "This photo is an accident, but I like it anyway"

"This master-fisherman soon converses with another"

I wrote down most of their conversation. Stay tuned. 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

B&W - Port Burwell

South to Cleveland

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Birdhouse Hunting - Port Burwell ONT

Edge of the Beach

23 possible units. Six gourds and 17 condos inside the plywood palace.

Well done, I say.

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Motorcycle Miles - Port Burwell ONT

A 180-Degree Turn-About

 Looking north from Port Burwell pier

This week's weather is looking positive, perhaps positive enough for a return to Port Burwell. It's a wonderful place to sit, relax, and feel a breeze blow through what's left of my hair : )

Can you spot two motorcyclists?

Looking south toward Cleveland USA

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