Tuesday, October 31, 2006

snowcross anyone

back from winter storm drive to and from regina.
may post navel gazing observations.
on second thought, i'll spare you.

this sunday.
be there.

Monday, October 30, 2006


cold, dark 5 a.m.
children, slumber still dreaming
sun will rise, i sit

then i'll paint.
my kitchen is being 'refreshed.'

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

extreme trail running

i was close to turtle mountain yesterday [right on the north dakota border] after staying in boissevain while on a business trip. i went into the park for a trail run. the trail was, as i expected full of rolling hills and mature forest cover. i had the place to myself, no hunters. tomorrow i may get into spruce woods provincial park while returning from a work trip to brandon. i enjoy running in spruce woods so i will try hard to get in there.

with all this work travel this week my cyclocross bike still has saskatoon mud on it. i have had no time to ride.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

double cross results

bowling anyone?

ouch. the race results have me incorrectly as the winner of my category. when in saskatoon "i" was told that i had won race one while i was still racing race two. without the ability ot question the result of race two i thought that for once i was somehow in a category of one - not easy for a 41 year ols cat 4 rider. well i checked the sask cycling results page and to my horror discovered that my laps were miscounted. i have written to sask-cycling to tell them of the error. for the time being ignore those results i should in fact be 10th.

Monday, October 16, 2006

double cross

a photo of 'team manitoba' left to right back row; tom, johnny, moi, hal, cam: front row; naomi, paddy, brian.

we came, we saw, we got our asses kicked. it was a great trip!

now i am back on the road for much of the week.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

stop, look, listen: a season changes

snow resting on leaves
october 12 too early
this snow will not last

while out for a run this a.m. i ran into dave dorning, who was, i may add, looking as ultra-fit as usual, we had a quick chat about cx and snowshoes. yeah snowshoes. apparently there is a local endurance snowshoe scene. hook me up.

ran into chris, who i had not seen since menno-cross. he had what looked like the winter bike out for today's commute.

finally i ran into suzanne, brian scklarchuk's partner, and their bundled baby emma. suzanne and emma were out enjoying the snowy day.

charleswood cx

From Marc Fournier

After all the fun of Menno-Cross, I thought I would return the favour by hosting the Charleswood Cyclo-cross; an un-sanctioned and un-affiliated cyclo-cross event this Sunday, October 15th at 2 pm. The start is located at the Fraser Meadow parking lot at the end of Municipal Road off Roblin Blvd. 30 minutes for little kids, 60 minutes for big kids. There will be tea and cookies afterwards. Your $5 donation is appreciated.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


paddy at speed. no flats that day.

the irrepressible shona.

landscape with cyclist

cam, showing how its done.

laura braun, local cyclist and photog, took some great shots at menno-cross.

Monday, October 9, 2006

thanksgiving weekend: markets, mazes, mennocross

corn maze others lost
with our instincts we flourish
thanksgiving table

thanksgiving would not be complete without a trip to the farmer's market. piper owen and i went to the market with friends michelle and madison. among things bought: the worlds largest pumpkin [or at least the largest pumpkin any of us had ever left a market with]; countless cookies; a very good blueberry pie; veggies; halloween snacks for our canine friends william, lucky and belle.

the maze was, once again, most difficult in the finding of it. my internal compass vanishes south of winnipeg. once there the petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, and maze all added up to the usual fun.

the results for menno cross are at fgbc and olympia sites. the race was a blast, conditions were very cross like and the race was well attended.

thanksgiving dinner was surreal fun with the spontaneous and perfect invitation of wayne and mawney. it was a blast! the food was great, the converstaion scintilatting, the kitchen was a warm, beautiful, food producing, haven.

Saturday, October 7, 2006


i'm digging this story. imagine a world of cyclists. bike shops instead of car dealerships. transportation costing the eqivalent of one car payment......

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

throw down

this sunday 2 p.m. CMU. brought to you by the fort garry bike club, cx lab and underground productions. MENNOCROSS. unsanctioned and unmissable. [awesome poster by tomek.]

be there.

woodhaven cx

i poached a couple of the great photos from woodhaven and the birch bike club web-site
the photos are further evidence on top of my hrm which said i was pretty much at race - pace for the full 60 minutes. thanks agian to bill algeo who designed an awesome course

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

road trip: notes from an extra night in regina

ungrammatical hiaku

regina bathtub
believing good and non harm
intersect but where

i am not indifferent to the events, concerns and opinions that fill newspapers, t.v and radio. i can at times be hostile towards the mediums and their messages. i shield my mental landscape with the ideas, aspirations and news of like minded fellow travellers. this is not willfull ignorance but wise engagement.

the drive from winnipeg to regina is just long enough to listen to all the radiohead on my ipod.

make something beautiful
make no claims to it
make no claims for it.

i should talk to my parents more often.