It’s Been A While

According to my recently upgraded cycling spreadsheet (yes, I upgraded my cycling spreadsheet and it’s more than a little fantastic if I do say so myself – and I do!), it’s been 639 days since I’ve ridden a fully loaded bicycle. 639 days! I knew it had been a while but when I actually saw that number I was a bit taken aback. What had I been doing for the past 639 days … other than NOT riding a fully loaded bicycle? Well for starters, as has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion, I haven’t been posting many updates to my blog. (Cue the collective “sigh” from my 11 … maybe 12 … followers)

The main reason for the lack of cycling (and blog entries) was my focus shifted to the Africa documentary (aka. Lucy Has Worms) that my friend Gage and I had been working on. Yes, “had”. After three trips to Kenya and more than a few hours of editing, we’re finally finished. And, dare I say, we’re very happy with the way it turned out. Whether that turns into getting into any festivals or sales opportunities remains to be seen. But we’re hopeful.

Tent life cycle.

Anyway, with Kenya in the rear view mirror, my focus was free to shift to other things. As it turns out, a little over a week ago (i.e., June 7th), it was actually sunny and warm-ish so I decided, for no real reason, to set up my tent. Side note: it’s been 643 days since I did that. Have I mentioned I love my spreadsheet? Ok, yeah, I know … that’s probably not normal. That said, I was pleased to see that my tent seemed to be in good shape after its extended hibernation. Of course, a true test of its condition could really only be done in less pleasant (aka. rainy) conditions. Current weather conditions notwithstanding, upon seeing said tent in its full form I couldn’t help but be reminded of the good times we’d had together. Really good. And even not-so-good times have a tendency to become good times in hindsight. Funny how that happens. And so my mind started to wander.

It didn’t take long for my wandering mind to return to a “plan” I’d first come up with a few years ago. I wouldn’t call it a “bucket list” plan because, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a fan of that expression and, as such, I don’t have such a list. Either way, the plan had been placed on the back burner when the Kenya documentary came along and subsequently became my priority. Now, with an opening on the front burner, the plan of years gone by was gaining momentum.

A whole lot of gear. I wonder what I should do with it.

With my mind really starting to work (it happens from time to time), I thought it would be a good idea to do a gear inventory. My tent wasn’t the only neglected gear over the past 643 days. Several hours later I was looking at a semi-organized pile of cycling and camping supples. There were a few new items to replace tragically lost items since my previous trek but fortunately, only a few.

In the span of a few short hours, I had gone from casually setting up my tent to the realization that I had pretty much convinced myself to load up my bike for what could potentially be another extended tour. Granted, not as ambitious as my 2015 tour of 13,476.57 km (yup, still loving the spreadsheet) but I can’t imagine topping that tour. I’m not as young as I used to be!

Taking The Plunge, Again

It’s a bit hard to believe that over a month has passed since my most recent arrival in BC. And, after a great three weeks of house/dog/cat sitting in Salmon Arm (where Chai, the dog, MAY have received more than a little spoiling from me – I couldn’t help it, I was almost powerless against her blue eyes) I’ve now returned to Peachland for house sit #2 of the season.

The timing of my return to Peachland was fortuitous in that it meant that I could attend my second consecutive New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim. Not surprisingly, I’ve now also NOT participated in my second consecutive New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in Peachland, BC. Truth be told, in my youth (oh so many years ago) I remember thinking that such plunges seemed like a good idea. And I still think they’re a good idea – so long as someone else is doing the plunging.

In lieu of me setting foot (or toe, or even finger) in Okanagan Lake I once again took to the sky to capture the event. I’m happy to report that at no time did the drone come in contact with the water – retrieval would’ve been more than a little unpleasant! Fortunately, the same can’t be said for the 89 registered swimmers for this year’s event and the swim seemed to be another success … and, with an air temperature of about 2°C and water temperature of 5°C, it was practically balmy compared to last year’s -8°C conditions.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Tappen, BC

Despite the unseasonably green winter solstice, nature opted not to grant my wish for a green Xmas. Of course, a green Xmas would’ve made this video much more challenging. Either way, BC remains my favourite province. Hard to believe I only have a couple more days before I move on to house sit #2.

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