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Magic Bike IX

Though the winter weather was harsh this year, there were some ‘bluebird’ days. I stopped the little beach on Mill Cove Shore Road in February to admire the beautiful blue of the ocean, the white sand, and sunny sky: this could be the middle of summer, I thought, as I snapped this picture of my […]

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Magic Bike VIII

Ah, it’s quiet now. The beaches are empty, the roads less traveled, the beauty of our surroundings is breathtaking. This is our reward for living here in rural Nova Scotia. The summer is gone in a flash, stuffed with doing – people visit us because we live in paradise. Tourism services abound. We are all […]

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Magic Bike VII

Summer activities are ramped up now! The rainy spring is (hopefully) a distant memory filed away with the other epic weather events of our lives – and epic, indeed, was the rain, cold, and wind! The Hubbards Market opened its doors with vendors and shoppers bundled, and I pounded through grayness on my bicycle. As […]

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Magic Bike VI

Magic Bike VI

What a spring we have had so far! We will be talking about the winter that didn’t end until summer (fingers crossed that summer will come). Yet despite cold temperatures and seemingly constant wind, drizzle and rain, flowers are blooming, trees are fuzzy, and fragrance fills the air. I cycled to meet Baby Rowan one […]

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Adventures are abounding… with a few cold, windy bicycle commutes to music class on Tuesdays in Hubbards, and some actual cycling EVENTS to report! It’s possible that I have cycled to Hubbards and back at least one hundred times, maybe more, yet it continues to be uplifting. Somedays, it’s super fun, even exhilarating, and other days, I’m patting myself on the back that I made it home. On those days, the white capped steel blue ocean waves are frolicking right in my face; other days, I may have had a close call with a motorist, and am humming prayer mantras in gratitude. Mostly, riding my bike on those weekly commutes gives me time for meditation, and working on a few songs that I will never have the guts to sing in front of anyone (though I have been caught at it a few times and got a bit of a reputation as “that singing cyclist”). As much as I enjoy the solitary time, I am usually willing to cycle with others, especially if they could use some encouragement. At first glance, that was not the case on Good Friday, March 29th, when I showed up for the 10:30 a.m. start with the Bridgewater triathlon group at the Aspotogan Heritage Trust parking lot. Around 50 cyclists were milling about in full racing garb, with neon sponsorships and aero-dynamic stylin’. I knew that their ages ranged from early 20s to mid-70s, though no one looked a day over 40 years: this is a fit, lean, strong group – spandex reveals all. Because of my years of yoga experience, I no longer had that same knot I used to get in my stomach when I showed up on race day and knew I would soon be in pain…I let them all go first (that is, I smiled encouragingly at each one as he/she passed me). Still, I knew I was somewhere in the middle of ‘the pack’ riding my own race, and I was grinning from ear to ear. The sun, the wind, the fresh air, the blue ocean – nice folks ahead of me, nice folks behind me. Normally, I would not have dreamed of cycling the Aspotogan Peninsula route in March – it’s just too early! – yet here I was loving it! Thank you, Bridgewater triathletes, for letting me tag along! Next on the EVENT agenda was the last day of my Family Yoga program at the Shatford School in Hubbards. Arriving by bicycle, late for class and breathless, the kids were outside in the sun waiting for me, making me feel like a superstar. After six weeks with this group of elementary school aged kids, and a few brave parents, I found that many were able to stay quiet for a count of five breaths in some of the poses: the relaxation was palpable. My dear friend, Charlie, always talked about the importance of listening to and learning from children. It was a great privilege to share a circle with this wise young group. Lastly, I have just returned from a gathering at the East Chester Recreation Centre, where we were invited to hear about the active transportation initiatives of our local government. A small group of us rode for the first time on “active transportation corridors” along Route 3, from East River to East Chester, and got our pictures taken for the newspaper. Our Route Enhancement Committee of the Aspotogan Peninsula (RECAP), together since 2006, has stayed focused in our goals about sharing the roads with motorists, walkers, skateboarders, roller blade affectionados, and cyclists. It sure feels good to see a lot of happy faces with the same idea. For more information and lots of nice pictures, follow this link: novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-04-22-How-You-Move. Until next time…enjoy the spring…Catherine Guest

Magic Bike — Part V

Adventures are abounding… with a few cold, windy bicycle commutes to music class on Tuesdays in Hubbards, and some actual cycling EVENTS to report! It’s possible that I have cycled to Hubbards and back at least one hundred times, maybe more, yet it continues to be uplifting. Somedays, it’s super fun, even exhilarating, and other […]

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Bald Eagle, Hubbards, Nova Scotia

The Magic Bike – Part IV

Having succumbed to one of the nasty flu bugs going around earlier this month, I was delighted to discover that my strength had returned: even though it was blowing 50 kph from the north, I was still excited about cycling to my music class in Hubbards. But the cold and wind was taking all the […]

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The Magic Bike, Part III, Nova Scotia

The Magic Bike – Part III

The sun rises and moves through cloudless skies, then sets. The moon rises and floats through a starry night, sets. The sun rises, moving through the empty blue sky, sets; The moon comes up like a big orange ball on the horizon, and gently makes its way across the navy sky, sets. The sun rises, […]

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Magic Bike Feather

The Magic Bike – Part II

With such a winter of snow, ice, wind, and rain, I enthusiastically agreed to bicycle to Hubbards on Saturday during a break in the weather (10 degrees!) to do a few ‘errands': getting the Globe and Mail for Philip and fresh Julien’s bread for me, to name a few! As I rode my Magic Bike […]

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