Hello, B.C. (I’ve missed you)

A little over a week ago, I was getting ready to head west. I have since headed west and am now in B.C. Peachland to be exact (a wee bit south of Kelowna). And yes, it’s beautiful. Anyway, as there isn’t too much else to report this will just be a brief update (yeah, yeah … I know. I’ve said that before only to babble on for a while. Admittedly, that could happen again – but it’s not my intent!)

My first morning back in B.C. I’m home!

My flights out were great and on-time. And after nine hours (including a three hour layover in Calgary and more than a few hours of sleeping on the planes) I was back in Kelowna for the first time since I cycled here from Kitchener in 2015. If not for the fact that it’s December, I would’ve gladly cycled here again.

As for a summary of the situation thus far … well …it’s beautiful here. VERY beautiful. Not that that’s particularly (or remotely) surprising but I still feel it needed to be said. Obviously.

The next four weeks I’ll be hanging out in Peachland, B.C. Just me and Jake (a six year old Cocker Spaniel) We’re getting along great but since his owners just departed today he’s definitely missing them. I’ll attempt to distract him with plenty of belly rubs, ear scratches, and maybe the OCCASIONAL treat. Plus a few walks around this beautiful area. Side note: The Super Moon on Sunday night was stunning as it rose and reflected brightly on Lake Okanagan. I wasn’t able to get any good shots that night but I did take some video of the area the next day. Cue the video …


Go West, Not-So-Young Man

Given the lack of updates lately (or again), it probably isn’t much of a surprise to learn that there hasn’t been much cycling or travel going on … at least not by me. Eager to change that, I’m going to try something a little different for the next two months – two and a half, actually. House/dog sitting. Okay, that’s not really “different” in the sense that I’ve done both before. But only in Ontario. Well, that’s about to change.

Have bags, will travel.


I’d love say that I’m going to be heading to some tropical location to spend the blustery winter days that lie ahead but that wouldn’t be true. Well, it’s true that’d I’d love to say that but it’s not true about where I’m going. That said, in lieu of spending winter somewhere warm I’ll be spending winter somewhere beautiful. In my favourite province, actually.

In six days (i.e. Dec. 2nd) I’ll be packing up a not-so-few of my things (most of which seem to be electronically based) and heading out west to the Okanagan Valley for what I hope to be a beautiful 2.5 months. Reluctantly, I won’t be taking my bike with me – mainly because it’s a bit of a nuisance especially since I don’t know how much I’ll be able to ride it. That said, I may look into buying a used bike once I get out there – again, depending on the weather. I’m hoping I can find something for less than the price of putting my bike on the plane – I won’t rant about the cost of putting a bike on a plane but suffice it to say it seems a BIT excessive … especially since it wasn’t always that way. Anyway, I actually found a seemingly good candidate on Craigslist in Penticton but I haven’t heard a response yet. But we’ll see what happens.

For now, that’s what’s happening. Goodbye, Ontario. Hello, B.C.


Hackers! Grrrrrrr!!

In the event that you tried to view this site recently only to be inundated by pop-up ads and other such menacing garbage … well, I apologize. Although, it should be those hackers that added such menacing garbage to this site that should be apologizing (preferably from the bowels of h*ll). That said, I don’t expect them to be apologizing anytime soon. I guess the only solace I can take is that the hackers wasted their efforts hacking a site with about ten readers (okay, maybe 11). Sadly, I’m well aware that it will take much longer and much more effort for me to fix the problem than it took for them to create the problem. Update: I THINK I have cleaned all of the entries now – and I’m sure it took longer to fix than it did to get hacked.

And if you’re wondering, “Why don’t you just restore a backup?” Well, I’m tried that option but I didn’t had much luck doing so. Sigh.


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