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Old 11-07-2011, 04:01 PM   #16
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October ride, Cowichan Valley

I like to get out of Victoria at least once a week for a ride, and sometimes for some fishing. Here are some shots from about 2 weeks ago.

These shots are near Cowichan Bay, one of my favorite routes on the way to Duncan. There is some really unique scenery here! Next time i'm there, I'll try to remember to photograph the estuary.







Who can resist a boggy field?

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Nice shots. Looks like fun!

Yep, BC = Beautiful Country.

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I was merciful, and let this one go, regretting it later! Oh well, he gave me a good fight, and it was good fun.



This is definitely home! I haven't seen an air crane in years!



Why use roads if you don't have to? This is what I love about the lake!

This trail is beside my old derelict elementary school. I feel bad for any kid going to school in LC. 2 out of the 4 schools there are abandoned now. If they are elementary students, they have to go to Youbou now, and grades 5 thru 7 are crammed in with the high school kids!



Stanley Gordon Intermediate School. I went here, so did my Brother, and my Mother. Pretty sad to see our schools decaying like this!



Well, the days are short, so its time to go home along the old railway tracks. It's always good to see the home town!



I Decided to hit up the Glenora / Koksilah area before heading back to vic. I highly recommend a cruise through this neighborhood. It is beautiful anytime of year, not to mention how fun the twisty roads are!!

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October 30, 2011

Sorry, No photo's for this one, I more or less did the same trip anyway, but ended up stuck on the north end of Malahat due to another accident before the south Shawnigan Turnoff. I tried to go around through Shawnigan, but to no avail. It was dark now.

I spoke with a traffic director who said the road would be closed for another 4 or so hours, so I headed back a few clicks and up a dirt trail, and had a fire to keep warm. At least it wasn't raining! It was eerily silent without the sound of traffic. There was however the sound of shotguns......I listened to the radio on my mini ipod to see what was happening, and got going 3 hours later when traffic got moving in single lanes.

At about 10PM, I saw a flat deck pass by, with a written off PT cruiser on the back, and to my shock, a motorcycle Naturally, my heart sank seeing this. Did someone cut him off? The accident happened at about 3:45, and it was dry conditions. The next day, I learned that the motorcyclist was killed at the scene, and the driver of the PT Cruiser apparently had a medical emergency of some kind, causing it to cross the center line. He did not have a chance. That was the 3rd motorcycle fatality on this stretch of road this year!!
There is a rally at the BC Legislature next Saturday for road safety, and a calling for concrete barriers to be installed for the entire length of the Malahat. With an average of 55 accidents on this road per year, it is the only sensible thing to do. Be careful out there, people!

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Nice shots. Looks like fun!

Yep, BC = Beautiful Country.

Thanks for sharing, Mark H.
Thanks for commenting! It really helps inspire me to keep reporting!
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:57 PM   #21
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Has anyone seen the show "Prisoner"? This sign is actually for "Bubble Man" of Fernwood - a guy who does just that, blows bubbles in the street to bring cheer and happiness to all!

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Cry Nov 5, 2011 Rally For Safety

Put on by the Children of last weeks motorcycle casualty, the Malahat Fire Department, and the Vancouver Island Safety Council, the 1st annual Rally for Safety event brought hundreds of bikers from all walks of life.
It was amazing to see so many people come together on such short notice for such an important cause.








Nice getup! The local Steam Punks would love it!



We swarm onto the Legislature demanding that the Malahat be divided by concrete the entire length of it.

This is not a new issue. Anyone who lives here, knows how deadly this road can be. There are many safer roads with fewer turns that have barriers the whole way, so why not the Malahat? This is the ONLY road to Victoria, and gets shut down routinely because of accidents. Too many people have died in head on collisions.





A moment of silence is held for all highway victims, not just bikers.



The Malahat Fire Chief makes a speech. This man has seen more than enough tragedy on our highway. We want to put an end to head on collisions! Thank you all for coming out. Write to the ministry of transport people! Make this an election issue! Tell them we have seen enough!


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Frosty Morning Ride, Nov 6 2011

Well, I'm taking full advantage of the extra hour in the day, or was that yesterday?I can't even tell! That's what afternoon shift will do to you. Anyway, it's rare that I am up early enough to see the sun rise, but this morning, I was wide awake, and it was well worth it! It's a cool -2 Celcius (about 30F) and there's alota frost about! Black ice season is upon us! Time for some heated grips!



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Up a certain "secret" road.



Can you see the quad in the distance?



Mount Finlayson to the right, shrouded in fog.


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Off to my favorite Cowichan Bay muddy road tangent to the river! Someone got smart and tried to booby trap the muddiest part of the road at the open gate with fishing line. To no avail though, it was only about 10 lb test. I didn't want anyone else to fall into this, so I ripped it all down. dumb asses! You won't ruin my fun!



TKC 80's holding their line pretty well, considering the conditions! They fling their mud pretty good!


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Spawning salmon are jumping here and there. I'd try to catch one if they didn't look so sickly!

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Was this his last breath?

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Down to Skutz Falls. Gonna take the Back way into my hometown, Lake Cowichan.




They banned motorcycles from using the old railway tracks, which are now part of the Trans Canada Trail. Why did they not make parts of it Multi Use??? Well, local culture prevails, and you can still ride them, with people waving as you pass!What a long, boring trail this would be to hike. It is dead as it has ever been. It is much more conducive to dirt biking!!!




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This was my back yard growing up! It feels great finally getting to dirt bike on all my favorite old mountainbiking/hiking trails! It gets nice and technical this time of year! Great town for riding, if you know where to go!

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"Lost Lake". This seemed so far away from my house as a kid! it's really only a 20 minute hike from the edge of town, or a 5 minute ride!

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And how little it has changed!!!

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The inmate Motojournalism (my brother) will recognize this one! Same ole puddles from 20 years ago! While they haven't got bigger, they haven't got smaller either! Anton and I used to walk our neighbors Dalmation "Rookie" on these trails(my mom dubbed it "That Damn Nation"!) He was a really fun dog, strong and fast, but dumb like stick! This dog probably would have pulled your bike right through the mud if you were stuck! Absolutely no fear of mud or water!!!

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Remember this place Anton? Someone lives on the property now.

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Almost got stuck at the end of this one!!!

Same Ole Puddle

One last stream to cross.

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It's a pretty slick trail this time of year, which also makes it the most fun time to ride!!!

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Leaves hiding every detail.

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A quick stop at one of Papa's favorite fishing holes! The same spot I tried a few weeks back, not a sniff today though! I never thought I would miss living in this town, as much as I do now!

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Here's the Other Grandpa's old digs. Grandpa Wilson drove a bulldozer in either the 40's or the 50's building Highway 18 from Duncan to Youbou. Later on, he became a millwright at the old Youbou Sawmill. He built this shop on his Neva Road lot, right next to the highway, and he also built a home made, sawdust burning furnace underneath the house! It made perfect sense, bringing sawdust home from the mill to keep the house warm. I remember seeing him descending into this mysterious "dirt room" in the basement to stoke it. pretty strange, seeing this as a 5 year old!

Grandpa's Shop

Well, time to start heading back. I take Greendale Road, another favorite, to connect to the old highway. But wait! I forgot something!

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This is one of my favorite local fall traditions. If you head towards Mesachie from Lake Cowichan just after Halloween, there are a few kilometers of road known as "Sleepy Hollow"! Hundreds of carved pumpkins are placed here every year by the locals!

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Civic elections are coming!

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Heading home on Old Lake Cowichan Road. 26 kilometers of twisties! This was of the funnest day trips I have had in a long while! Great Dual Sporting country!

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