The Ghost Gravel Ride August 2021

Becoming a Ghost Gravel Ambassador I don’t remember who first posted a link on social media to the Ghost Gravel inaugural gravel cycling event looking for ambassadors, but for some reason I was immediately drawn to the event. My adventurous spirit was alive with excitement! The Muskokas and Almaguin regions in Ontario have a special place in … Continue reading The Ghost Gravel Ride August 2021

The Carp Loop

Cyclists in Ottawa are so privileged to have hundreds of kilometres of bike paths and access to beautiful roads for cycling. Ottawa is a cyclist's Mecca. One of my favourite rides is the Carp Loop that includes the famous Thomas A Dolan Parkway road. A road known to local cyclists and the elite racers as … Continue reading The Carp Loop

Fun with the new Gravel Bike – Norco Search XR Carbon

I recently sold two bikes. First I sold my Opus Stelle cyclocross bike and then I sold my Giant Rainier mountain bike. I also sold my Garmin Vector 2 Pedals. All these funds helped offset the purchase of a new Norco Search XR Carbon Force 1 gravel and bikepacking bike. The bike has 650B tires … Continue reading Fun with the new Gravel Bike – Norco Search XR Carbon

Notre Dame Organ

I captured this recording of the organ playing in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in March 2018. notre-dame-organ.m4a It was so sad to see this wonderful world heritage site in flames today. Here is a photo I captured a few minutes before we walked into the Cathedral to enjoy the remarkable and austere interior.

Grade 1 School Rebel

I rode past my old grade 1 school this morning. I was only at this school for a few weeks. Despite being 6 years old I was strong willed and didn’t want to attend this school. I wanted to attend the French school closer to home where my sister was. I hid under these steps … Continue reading Grade 1 School Rebel

A ’Family’ar’ Language of Lujz (Love)

“I see Jween, I see Jween!” Excitedly said my older daughter from the backseat of our car one afternoon when my wife picked me up after work. My older daughter was three at the time. My wife cracked up as normally my daughter called me “daddy" but she knew my wife called me “Gene”. She … Continue reading A ’Family’ar’ Language of Lujz (Love)

Basement Dwelling…

Winter brings crisp, cold air to the Ottawa Valley. It is an opportunity to dwell in the basement or thrive on the ski trails. Today I chose to dwell in the basement with the company of my Cervélo, my Tacx trainer, and FulGaz. With Christmas behind us it is now time to get fit again.