Sunday, August 31, 2008

Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass
While on vacation in Kananaskis I rode the north end of the Highwood Pass, that's a 700 meter climb, my first major rode climb. Trivia: the Highwood Pass is Canada's highest paved pass.

- Peace

Friday, August 29, 2008

400 KM behind and 7 Weeks ahead

2800 KM over Memorial Drive
Hit the 2800 KM mark tonight. Bad news is that I'm 400 KM short of the plan, good news is that I'm 7 weeks ahead of when I hit the 2800 KM mark last year.

- Peace

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I punctured an Nimbus Armadillo

Had a rash of flats back around the 1400 KM mark, so I bought a pair of Nimbus Armadillo tires. Speacialized says:
This armored version of our classic, fast rolling Nimbus tire has a rounded profile and recessed tread for great traction, designed for speedy commutes and changing conditions city streets - even when they include glass, nails, and other hazards.

However a screw punctured the main tread of my back tire on Elbow drive this morning. Now the Nimbus Armidillo did last about 4x longer than a normal tires were lasting me, but I was sad that it didn't live up to the "nails and other hazards" hype.

- Peace

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We Hiked King Creek

Kim & Sarah @ King Creek
King Creek is by no means an official trail, you have to cross the creek on longs placed by previous hikers, cling to a rock face and hunt for the best crossing. I think this is what makes this trail so popular. Kim and I found that having hiking poles made it much easier. It'a only 3 KM in, but with some side climbs, pictures and a break for lunch we spent almost five hours there.

- Peace

Monday, August 25, 2008

Team Airdrie at 2700 KM

Team Airdrie at 2700 KM
Biked to Airdrie and back with Calvin, Clement and Richard. Had a great BBQ, hosted by Richard's mom in Airdrie. It was a good day. Also the first time I've done 100 KM in a day :)

- Peace

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Kananaskis Lake Panorama

Kanaskis Lakes Panorama
I took a fire road off highway 40 and it lead to a fire tower where I was able to take this panorama, with the kind permission of the fire watcher.

- Peace

Friday, August 22, 2008

2600 KM at Ribbon Creek

2600 KM at Ribbon Creek
Hit the 2600 KM mark while ridding Ribbon Creek with Kim and Sarah.

- Peace

2500 KM and a view

2500 KM and a view
Just got back from a week of camping in Kananskis country. Hit the 2500 KM mark while doing a ride on highway 40.

- Peace

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

10 Years with Pedalhead, Thank You!

Country Road
Dropped off a framed 8x10 of the above picture at Pedalhead this morning. It's been 10 years, 20,000 km, 5 bikes and I don't know how many rims since I bought my first brodie from Al at the Edmonton Store. He then moved to Calgary to open the Calgary shop and I followed the next year. I'm much larger than anyone I know who averages 2000 km in year, so keeping me on the road for 10 years is no small feat. Thanks guys!

- Peace

Monday, August 11, 2008

Field and City at 2400 KM

Field and City at 2500 KM
Hit the 2400 KM mark yesterday morning. Was on the way back into the city from a ride out to Pridis.

- Peace

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rough Notes on Forgivness

I'm speaking tonight at Xalt, Here are my rough notes. Mostly reminders about what intend to talk about, make of them what you will.

- Peace

Matthew 18:21-35 (The Message)

21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?"

22 Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

23-25"The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn't pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.

26-27"The poor wretch threw himself at the king's feet and begged, 'Give me a chance and I'll pay it all back.' Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.

28"The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, 'Pay up. Now!'

29-31"The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, 'Give me a chance and I'll pay it all back.' But he wouldn't do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.

32-35"The king summoned the man and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn't you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?' The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that's exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn't forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy."

Works on several levels

The master forgives first: this is not pop-karma

The economic: who's money was lent?

Kingdom: We have a modern view of law and goverment, for all it's faults, Kingship is far more relational. The King had set a personal example on how things should be done, to reject that was to reject the rule of the King.

BTW - pure speculation, but who do you think Peter was thinking of? Who was he spending most of his time with?
Matthew 6:9-13 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)

9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Again God is the source, of our meals, of forgiveness.
If we believe that God is the source of what we need, then we can forgive our debtors
Used to wonder what it meant for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, I believe the rest of the prayer is the answer,
God provides, forgives and keeps us from participating in evil
We forgive and we follow.

Jesus sums up the Kingdom with the first story, and forgiveness makes up a major part of our action in the Lord's prayer, why?

Mathew: New convent
John: New commandment, Love one another as I have loved you.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Two Breakfasts Two DHLs

Debbi At Nellies on 4th
Helped to make Breakfast on Thursday morning for Inn From the Cold. Was thrilled to see Dave Hansen-Lange was part of the crew. Dave lives in Hong Kong, but is visiting Canada for a few weeks. Had a great time serving breakfast and talking code with him and Calvin. On Friday I had breakfast with Debbi Hansen-Lange, who is also in town from Hong Kong and had a great time getting caught up. HK tidbits from the two DHLs:
  • Hong Kong is easy, you can live with just English, public transport is wonderful even in their village, they only goto the city when they want to.
  • The expat cultrue in HK takes some getting used to, lots of money, lots of quirky people.

    BTW if you didn't know Dave & Debbi share a blog and photo stream.

    - Peace
  • 2300 KM on Wed

    Traffic City 2300 KM
    Hit the 2300 KM mark on Wed, just getting caught up with the blogging :)

    - Peace

    Monday, August 04, 2008

    Echo Lake

    Echo Lake
    After Revelstoke I headed south to the Mazu farm for a family party with Melissa and Phil. On Monday we had a great time at Echo Lake, somewhere near Lumby.

    - Peace

    Friday, August 01, 2008

    Hit 2200 KM coming down Mt Revelstoke

    All of Us at 2200 KM
    We stopped at a waterfall that Calvin had found just off the road, but hidden by trees for my 2200 KM shot.

    - Peace