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Main Street

United Church at intersection of Queen and Church

Pleasant St.

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TCT runs horizontally through center of this shot

When conditions are right skiing truly is a great way to spend an afternoon. I love the sensation of a nice glide, the feeling of speed achieved with relatively little exertion.

Great conditions for skiing

Late in the afternoon on Tuesday I skied on the Trans Canada Trail near the village of Guysborough. I was able to park along the side of Route 16 with my car fully off the pavement. By beginning here I was able to go north toward Sunnyville then turn and go all the way to Cook’s Cove before turning again and making my way back to the car. The entire portion I skied is very flat, ideal for beginners and experienced skiers alike. There is a nice mix of wooded corridor with more open views, a pond, a tree lot and then at Cook’s Cove an impressive vista overlooking Chedabucto Bay.

Cook's Cove with Chedabucto Bay beyond

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Tanner's sailboat

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass

on a summer day listening to the murmur of water,

or watching the clouds float across the sky,

is hardly a waste of time.

John Lubbock

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Guysborough

Winter cycling is, for me, still very much an experimental and completely optional pursuit. I am not required to travel from point A to point B out of necessity five days a week. I don’t have to train regularly or grit my way through miserable weather due to some unavoidable obligation. Basically I can do it when and if I chose. The problem is if I only chose the finest and fairest days I could end up going weeks without riding. Part of experimenting is going out in less than ideal conditions. Doing so allows me to learn, first hand, what is and is not a limitation for me. I draw the line at ice. Unless I purchase studded tires there is no sense messing about with poor traction. I also avoid heavy rain though it is possible to remain dry for modest distances with modest energy output. I also avoid strong wind. In winter wind not only makes it hard to hear approaching cars, the chill factor can be very difficult to dress for and/or tolerate. (more…)

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