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Tofino Trippin – A few photos from an island escape

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Tofino, it has everything! Wind, sun, rain, fog, waves, and a few other things along the way. On a recent Island trip which involved 6 ferries, some driving, walking and beaching I took a few photos. This is what they looked like.

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You Better Belize It! (Belize excuse the pun…)

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Recently, Kelly and I made our annual fall vacation and this year we chose Belize as our destination. Having traveled to a few countries in the area (Mexico, Dominican and Costa Rica) it was exciting to see something that was geographically close yet environmentally quite different. Belize for the most part is actually situated below sea level. This fact has led to a very unique landscape that is very flat, very wet and quite beautiful.

For the sake of our vacation we chose a small hotel/resort called the X’Tan Ha. This is a quaint, secluded and absolutely beautiful spot about 7 miles north of San Pedro on the Ambergris Caye. Accessible only by boat this secluded gem offered a week of rest and relaxation away from it all. While seclusion was definitely an aspect of desire town and amenities were also quite close and easily capitalized on.

These photos are mostly from in and around the X’Tan Ha but we did actually go outside and explore. You will just have to take my word for it though…

 

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More Photos are hosted on Flickr

A Week Away in a Mountain Biker’s Paradise – Moab Utah

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This year (as with a few other years) following the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas Nevada a small group of Norco staffords took to the East instead of the North in search of higher ground. The destination was Moab Utah for a week of riding and unwinding after a busy event season over the summer. For 8 days this group of cyclists (me included) rode the best that Moab had to offer including the Whole Enchilada (twice), Captain Ahab, Hidden Valley, Portal, Poisen Spider, Pritchet Arch and more. An Amazing week of riding in a worldwide cycling destination.

This trip was more about riding that photos but I did still lug the ol’ camera with me on most of the rides. Here you can reap the rewards of my unfortunately heavy labours.


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The 2013 Quebec Ride To Conquer Cancer in Photos

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For the second year I had the opportunity to help support the Quebec Ride to Conquer Cancer. This ride runs from Montreal to Quebec City where 1800 riders banded together and raised $6.4 million dollars towards cancer research and treatment. Better known in beautiful Quebec as “Cyclo-défi Enbridge contre le cancer” this is another amazing event! I am proud to have been able to offer tech support on this and many other Ride to conquer Cancer events over the past 5 years. Next up is Alberta on August 10-11th.

Here are a jumble of photos from the ride!

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A Costa Rican Road Trip

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With the busyness of summer and fall passing a week away from the usual in somewhere hot and tropical was long overdue. Kelly and I took the trip down to Costa Rica and rented a vehicle out of Liberia. From here we spent 7 days exploring the Nicoya Peninsula in the Northwest corner of this amazing country.

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As could be expected, a good portion of the trip was spent in the ocean and on the beach drinking beer. Not the worst way to relax in a Central American country.

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The highlight beach-front location for the trip was Samara Beach. Here we pulled up and booked two nights in the Samara Tree House Inn. This is definetly worth the money. Small, quiet and classy these elevated, beach front apartments offer luxurious accommodations with the intimacy lacking in a larger facility. 2012_11_CostaRica-477

Being that we were on the West Coast of Costa Rica, the evening light was always amazing offering sunsets and beautiful views as the glow settles beneath the horizon.

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Once the sun sets though, that is not the end of it. The Samara accommodations were just as magnificent in the dark as they were in the tropical sun.

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One unexpected happening of chance put us in the area during a full moon when the phosphorescence given off by plankton was at its height. The glow coming in off the crashing waves was out of this world.

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The night sky was simply spectacular while the full moon gave the foreground a magnificent glow.

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No vacation is complete without some quality micro-brewery action right, well part of our trip we made a point of stopping at the Volcano Brewing Company. This is the only micro-brewery in Costa Rica and is situated in Arenal at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Here they serve four different beers brewed on site giving some diversity from the otherwise ‘beach pilsner’ style of beer.

 

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The whole trip was not on the beach. In fact our time was split approximately 50/50 between the beach and the mountainous interior. It was inland where the nature fix took place and we were able to get some hikes under our belts.

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This is a bridge crossing a valley in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

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The view below the bridge was a spectacular aerial view of the valley floor.

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Next to the Cloud Forest is a hummingbird observatory where feeders are set up to attract the many species in the area.

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The Coatimundi is a Marsupial that we found in plenty at the Arenal Volcano. As neat as it was to see this raccoon like creature, it was even more interesting to see the territorial battle happen on the forest floor.

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Watching the Pelicans hunt is another spectacular show while relaxing on the beach.

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Okay, I won’t lie though. It did rain a bit.

 

If you are curious about the trip or want to know more about where we went here is a map of the road trip. If you take on a trip like this, do not use google maps as a reference for time. The times and distances are very unreliable in the presence of many gravel roads and marginal driving conditions. If you have additional questions feel free to leave your comments below.


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Wined and Dined in Naramata BC

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As a Pre-Canada Day celebration Kelly and I head to the interior; Narimata BC. to be more precise, one of the best known wine regions of BC. Just outside of Penticton, Narimata is home to more than 20 different wineries. With weather fading in and out over the three days it was a matter of quick-draw on the shudder but I managed to get a few shots over the weekend. Visiting some 14 wineries and one brewery this was an inevitably awesome time.

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Lucky Number 7 – An Albertan Ride To Conquer Cancer

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On the Ride to Conquer Cancer wrench support tally this was number 7. The Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer had an extra variable this year and it was weather. While the ride started and ended in relative dryness, the creamy center was as wet as it could possibly be. With camp floor unable to handle the foot-traffic and extreme precipitation the camp was slightly refugee-camp like. That said, the cause, the drive and the thought of loved ones drove people forward. If nothing else, the camp conditions were a good excuse to get an early start to day 2. There were a few more casualties along the way and the buses were slightly more full than usual but the majority of riders still pedaled on and ended their ride on two wheels.

The ride is not supposed to be easy and by no means is it. This year the struggle was a little harder but all the more worthwhile. These 2000 riders that collectively raised $8 Million towards the Alberta Cancer Foundation. This event and all its participants truly are making a difference in finding a cure for cancer.

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Conquering Cancer Swimmingly

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The second Ride to Conquer Cancer of 2012 is now complete. This past weekend more than 3000 riders hit the road aboard their self-powered bikes in a massive fundraising effort benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The participants of the BC ride raised an astounding $11.2 Million dollars this year alone!

I have personally been present at all 4 of the BC Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer events. through these events I have seen rain, hail, sun, cloud, fog and nearly any other weather pattern that you can think of. We have been lucky to avoid snow as of so far though. 2012 was the worst one yet. While there have been stints of rain in the past this year it was a torrential downpour. There were times when it let off but it was overall, VERY wet.

Despite the miserable conditions the riders persevered and worked their way through the course counting down the kms to the finish line in Seattle Washington. Through two days of following the ride in a tech support capacity our crew managed to muster up the following numbers.

 

900 Bikes Repaired

450 Tubes Replaced

50 Tires Replaced

75 Broken Spokes

20 Sets of Brake Pads Replaced

10 Broken Chains

8 Wheels Replaced

1 Broken Frame

A Ton of other things that I have already forgot.

 

And without further adieu, here are a gaggle of photos from the weekend.

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Random Photo Shenanigans

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These photos are seemingly completely unrelated… And they may well be. Regardless, here they are.

 

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A New Photo-Challenge, Welding Light Oddities

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I have been working with YESS Products on some custom frames that are being built for an upcoming project. Through this process I have been fortunate enough be observe the process of manufacturing the frame. The Welding aspect is one area that was a photo-challenge as the lighting is very unique.

Dealing with such a bright light made the contrast in photos like no other. Here are a few samples from the welding of these frames. These shots were not taken using any type of filters or special equipment.

 
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