Archive for April, 2012
Went for a walk outside at lunch to stretch out my feet. Wow what a nice day!
Feet were a little stiff at the start of the walk but felt better by the end. I only have a 30 min lunch so I did a lap of the campus while eating a sandwich. I got a nice little up and down hill in there too to stretch out my calves.
I’ll have to do a better review on these once I’ve had them a bit longer.
Finally, after many months of hibernating and waiting the hiking season has started. Jane, Jeff and I packed up our things and ripped over to Frontenac for a nice easy overnighter to kick off the hiking season.
For this weeks adventure we had to gamble on the first come first serve status that the park is running under as they don’t start taking reservations until the start of May. Luckily the weather had been forecasting rain and being so early we only saw a few other people during out hike.
We chose a direct route but to one of the farther sites in the park. Our route ended up being approximately 10Km each way through some beautifully rugged terrain.
Our site was up on a ridge with a beautiful view of a lake. We setup our tent and suck in a quick nap before waking to cook dinner and sit around the camp fire. Unfortunately the strong breeze kept the smoke blowing towards all of our gear and our seating on the picnic table so now everything smells like smoke.
Once the sun was down and the fire was out we crashed for the night. Overnight lows were around 10C so everyone slept well and woke rested and ready to go in the morning.
We packed up our gear to overcast skies and readied our rain gear at the tops of our packs in preparation for what we all knew was going to happen. GPSes started up, we headed out on a trail that none of us had hiked before. The south shore of Big Salmon Lake was more rugged than the north shore and as a result the trail meandered between rocky outcrops and dipped into the occasional gorge.
Later in the afternoon we stopped on the trail at a unused campsite to enjoy the view and get a bite to eat. Re-energized we made one last push to get back to the car. Tired and sore we all piled in and headed towards the nearest Wendy’s to get our reward for a hard day of hiking.
Overall we had a good time and it was nice to get out in the woods before the bugs got bad.
Here’s a an overview of the route we took:
Started up my bike this morning to go get some supplies at shoppers drug mart and headed down the street when I realized my back break was basically useless. I turned and accelerated to the next stop sign and again no back break. Confused I looked down to discover all my oil, the lifeblood of my motorcycle, was quickly leaking into the ground.
Ignition off. Jump off the bike. Time for some damage control. I quickly looked for the source of the leak fearing a lost drain plug or worse a cracked case. Then I noticed the oil was leaking from the cover for my front sprocket.
This could be two things the first it’s leaking from my shifter however unlikely or it’s coming from the drive shaft. My mind starts to race imagining blown bearing and splitting my engine open to attempt a repair all the while hope in its something easier. Thinking back the bike was running fine so that’s a good sign
Upon pushing the bike home, following the trail of bike blood left on the road, I park and pull out my tools. Luckily all that was wrong was the seal behind the front sprocket had popped out. I removed it and now I just need to get a new one. Looks like I’ll be off the bike for a few days.