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About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.

Turkey – Antalya to Gallipoli, April 2014

The western Turkish Coast was part of the Ancient Greek and Roman empires, and therefore, many historic sites that are thought of as Greek are actually in Turkey. Myra, the birthplace of Saint Nicholas was the first place that we … Continue reading

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Turkey – Ankara to Antalya, April 2014

We drove 6 hours from Istanbul up to the Anatolian Plateau and the capital city of Ankara. Our main purpose here was to see the Ataturk Mausoleum. This museum was dedicated to presenting the founder of modern turkey in a … Continue reading

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Turkey – Istanbul April 2014

Turkey – land belonging to the Turks – a melting pot of history, religion, invasion, earthquakes, volcanoes, offers the traveller a diverse experience like few other places in the world.  Nestled in the top right corner of the Mediterranean basin, … Continue reading

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Ricoh GR Field Report Part 1

On my recent trips to Europe and Chile I had wanted to take discreet street photos of local people. This usually resulted in me using my Canon S90 as the Pentax K5 was a bit too intimidating and relatively loud … Continue reading

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Seattle Bike Show 2014

I visited the Seattle Bike Show this past weekend as part of my research for the Randoneurring bike that I have set my sights on for the future. Some of my targeted bike manufacturers were at that show. these included … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on pedals

I have been riding my hybrid bike for the past few weeks sporadically given the weather. However, I noticed that my enjoyment went up as I was using flat pedals and wide tires. I researched the pedal issue this weekend, … Continue reading

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Optimizing the hybrid bicycle

With the wet fall season underway I want to continue riding a bicycle for training purposes. The R3 cannot take a fender and a 25mm tire. I decided to go back to my hybrid bicycle and see what I could … Continue reading

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RIding the Granfondo Whistler

The Granfondo Whistler was on September 7th. As mentioned earlier i had a minor crash and injured by outer thigh. The following was an email I sent to my riding clinic members reflecting on the ride. I did the shorter … Continue reading

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Training for the Granfondo Weeks 9 through 12

Realize it has been a while since I updated this blog. My training had been going pretty well until a couple of weeks a go. I joined a FirstFondo clinic group ride up Cypress Mountain on August 11th. The weather … Continue reading

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Training for Granfondo Weeks 8 and 9

I did a combination of short rides, spin classes, hikes up the Grouse Grind and two rides up Cypress Mountain, each approximately 70km. I was able to see improvement in my speed vs heart rate, and managed to break an … Continue reading

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