I am really sorry about abandoning “my post”, so to say. I got lost in the humdrum of life and just completely fell off the blogosphere. But I am back, and I am due for an update on life.
Currently, I am hibernating through the rather warm winter here in Calgary. Although I have seen a lot of bikers out on the road/street, I do not feel inclined to get out yet. And my travel options to work by bike are rather congested/unsafe during the winter. I received a job offer from an oil/gas/water well sand-screen manufacturing company at the start of October, and I took them up on their offer and have been going strong since. The bike ride to work has not happened however, as the temperatures at that time started to dip and I felt it was time to pack up the bike for the summer and pull out the ski equipment. In the last month here, though, a lot of changes have come about. The house I am currently living in will no longer be mine, as I have decided to leave due to the other tenants here. If all goes as planned later today, I may have found a place for just myself within cycling range of work.
I have also had to put my summer cycling exploration on hold as well, due to a marriage in my family (not mine). I had plans to go to the Czech Republic and Austria for two weeks to cycle from Prague to Vienna as a 30th birthday ride, but I will hold off until 2014. In the meantime, however, I have purchased a new digital Nikon D5100 SLR camera for taking way better pictures during my rides, so I am looking forward to getting back on the trail. I also picked up the front Surly Nice Rack for Shirley the Surly… it looks stellar, and completes the front and back rack combination. In the spring I will order in the Ortlieb Front Classic panniers for the rack, as well as order my BOB Yak trailer for pulling all my gear. I have shorter plans to go out to Jasper or Glacier Nat’l Park (Montana) for some cycling and R&R sometime in the summer.
All in all, I am ready to hit the road again on Shirley. I’m quite eager for this winter to be over, as due to the work season I am putting in 60-70 hour work weeks. As long as the oil patch is open for drilling crews, so are we also producing their orders.
So here’s to the new bike season; may it be full of great rides, great views, and great friends! Stay safe, and bike on!
Power To The Pedal,