Monthly Archives: May 2015

almost made it!

Set out this morning around 8:30, taking North Road to Net Loft, on the south end of the island. I’ve done this trip before, on South Road, and found that to be a real bear as it is all steep grades up and down and up and down, so I’m forever either climbing or coasting. […]
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making the best of it

Got the valve reassembled, with a fresh new gasket, but still the leak continues. Drained a tank of water in about 2 1/2 hours. We shut it off, of course. So now we’re in sunny downtown Nanaimo, doing all our off-island shopping and picking up a wider variety of flappers than can be had at […]
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my glamorous life

Looking at Amazon, what are all the cool kids checking out RIGHT NOW? Ooo, fancy flatscreen mounts, USB connectors, sparkly games… what am I looking for? That’s right, a flush valve for a one-piece toilet, that’s how I’m rocking Friday, you bet. Not that Amazon has one, not the kind this particular poorly-behaved toilet uses. […]
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real islands have hills

Little ones have more hills! It’s how they stay islands, as opposed to, say, undersea shelves. I use mapometer.com to figure out where I’ve been and how I got there, since nothing I own includes GPS. If I want to go from the north end to Net Loft, I can go by either North Road […]
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what’s in my bag, rural rider style

I am deciding where I want to go today, and what I need to take with me, and this seemed as good a time as any to dump my rack pack on the floor and possibly thin its contents. The bag itself is a rolltop Timbuk2, I don’t think it’s made anymore. It’s insulated, as […]
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