cmkl: Paugan Road closure: it’s real

Parts of Paugan Road are closing while the Municipality of Denholm and the province spar over who should be responsible for the road after rainfall-driven floods washed out two stretches of the east-west road that links several West Québec towns. I went to the emergency meeting Denholm Town Council called to vote on a proposal ...

cmkl: Paugan Road closing for good?

I admit it’s a bit of an acquired taste, but I like riding Paugan Road in Denholm Québec. The latest bout of severe rainfall and flooding has done away with more of it. The municipality is facing a $2.5 million bill to fix it. This is money they don’t have. So they’re appealing to the ...

cmkl: Tap-to-wake Montana GPS: oh Garmin what have you done?

Someone decided a feature of my beloved Garmin Montana GPS was in fact a bug. And now I’ve got a game-changing disappointment on my hands where before I had a must-have canoe tripping tool. See you used to be able to configure it so that you could tap its screen to wake it up while ...

cmkl: Four days, 86kms, one root fire: fall trip in Algonquin Park

Chatty write-up with photos, GPX file and numbers about the annual Chris-Martin fall canoe trip. Nine years and counting. This year we rambled through main street Algonquin Park on the hottest September weekend anyone has ever seen. Read more The post Four days, 86kms, one root fire: fall trip in Algonquin Park appeared first on ...

cmkl: Notes from a taster trip to Northern California

Mallory Irene and I went to The Bay and drove up the coast this August. We flew into San Francisco and took the BART up to Berkeley Hills where Irene had booked us an awesome AirBnB. It’s only the second time I’ve been to California and the first time I actually stopped in the Bay ...

cmkl: Road cycling shoes for wide feet: what to do when you’re descended from ducks

I have been looking for cycling shoes to fit my wide feet for years. And I’ve finally found some. I’ve always wanted to wear the cool shoes. Topsiders, Cebos, Stan Smiths, pointy Oxfords, Doc Maartens. You name it. But most of the time, they never worked for me because my feet are really wide. I’d ...

cmkl: Do wide tires make you faster – one rider’s experience

Now I’m just one numbers-obsessed rider. No expert. But I have been following with interest the whole inquiry into whether or not the road cycling religion of Skinny Tires and High Pressure Makes You Faster is actually true. And I decided to run my own tests. What did I discover? Wider tires won the series, ...

cmkl: Lap the Gats: an 80km hilly crit

Lap the Gats. Done. I did well, I think. I cut about 8 minutes off my last year’s time, scored my top three results on the Fortune Parkway climb segment, and generally managed to stick with the lead group from start to finish. It wasn’t the result I was looking for, but you never know ...

cmkl: Half way, a week away

Today my buddy Joel and I rode out to Dunrobin Shore and back — all in about 117km. I hit the half-way point for my yearly kilometre goal and I’m about half way to my Lap the Gats fundraising goal. So I’m pretty happy about that. Only I’ve got until the end of December to get ...

cmkl: Much pavement in my near future

I’m having a relaxing evening trying to get a decent earworm into my head in preparation for riding 420km from Ottawa to Kingston and back in the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour this weekend. Wish me luck and please, if you can, donate to one or both of my Great Cycle Challenge or Lap the Gats ...

cmkl: Why are we subsidizing landlords to keep commercial buildings vacant?

How is this even a thing? A 30 or 35 per cent refund on property taxes for vacant commercial or industrial properties. What purpose does that serve?  It doesn’t seem like there’s a time limit either. Someone could keep a building vacant for years, make no attempt to rent or renovate the property and keep ...

cmkl: Pedalling against Parkinson’s again

You don’t have to join me. You can just donate. I’m riding the Gatineau Parkway ‘A’ Loop four times — maybe five — to raise money for the University of Ottawa’s Parkinson’s research consortium. The event, Lap the Gats, is in its third year. And each year I’ve been getting better. At fundraising too. Donate ...

cmkl: The Trudeau government needs to speak, take risks to oppose Trump

I’m not normally one to reach out to elected representatives. I’m happy to help others to do so but I’m shy myself. However I’m feeling a need to see big action from our government to stop the lunacy down south. So I just emailed my this to my MP, Catherine McKenna: Read more The post ...

cmkl: Outrage and shame over Québec City shooting

There is a meme going round the internet for a couple of years now showing the faces of several American terrorists — the white man who opened fire on the audience of a Batman movie. The white man who opened fire on Sandy Hook. The white man who opened fire on a Black Baptist Church. ...

cmkl: Giving back at 50

For 50 years I’ve lived a pretty comfortable, privileged life. Time to give something back. I’m giving up my birthday up to fundraise for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Read more The post Giving back at 50 appeared first on cmkl.

cmkl: December 6th: Constant progress, constant retreat

We take consolation in disasters from the idea that society might learn something and that the horror might never recur. The war to end all wars, the massacre to end all massacres. We want to see progress to encourage ourselves to keep pushing for change. And yet we don’t want to magnify a tiny step ...

cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

Fake news played a pretty significant role in influencing opinion on the recent US election, which, I note, has not gone unnoticed here in Canada. The Guardian had an interesting piece about the preponderance of lies that got circulated and re-circulated amongst both Clinton and Trump supporters. Although it notes that the Trump camp was ...

cmkl: Boy poses and girl poses

Lately it’s been bothering me and Irene that Mallory would come back from photo day with tales of how kids were being posed by gender. Read more

cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

I am going to lose friends for saying this but I never ride the Laurier Bike Lane. I hate it. I want to see actual, safe cycling infrastructure in Ottawa, not just narrow channels designed to keep us from impeding the progress of car traffic. Read more

cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

Wherein I plead with Canada Post to do the sensible thing and settle. As if corporations are guided by rational thought. Read more

cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map

I was planning a bike ride on my favourite route planning app when I came across a rather shocking site. There is a place marked on Google Maps — don’t think it even has a population count — south of Maniwaki Québec called N–ger Rapids. (Sorry about the dashes. I’m not afraid to handle the word, if only to ...

cmkl: Lap the Gats – flat out bragging

Not humble bragging. Nope. Just out and out bragging. Tempered by the fact that I didn’t actually win. But I rode Lap the Gats today and came in third overall. Second in my age group.

cmkl: For fathers and men everywhere: enough rage and thuggery. Be the person you were meant to be

Between the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando, the assassination of Jo Cox and this dude rolling on his motor, waving a gun in the air I am beside myself with rage and fear about what on earth is happening to men.

cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

Rideau Lakes is done – Made it back home: a much tougher day

cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

What do you do with a forecast that calls for temperatures in the mid teens and a 40 to 60 per cent chance of rain. And what if you are supposed to ride for six plus hours in it? I spent two hours agonizing over my clothing strategy before finally settling on ‘see how it ...