Category Archives: Travelogs

Training for the Granfondo Week 7

This is halfway through the training for the Big Ride. I repeated my UBC circuit ride but focused on keeping in Zone 1. This slowed down my overall time by 5 minutes. The Wednesday clinic coincided with the Tour de … Continue reading

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Training for the Granfondo, Weeks 5 and 6

I had a bit of an interruption in my training schedule as I was out of town the June 30th weekend for a total of 5 days. I got my results from the lactate testing, and VO2 max. I actually … Continue reading

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Chile, April 9 -13th – Santiago and Valparaiso

Santiago/Valparaiso. The Santiago Valley is home to one third to one half of the Chilean population. It is also the main wine growing region in Chile. The valley is sandwiched between the Andes and the coastal mountains, and is a … Continue reading

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Easter Island, April 4 to 8th, 2013

Easter Island Easter Island, one of the remotest populated islands on the planet, has long been a source of fascination for most people. The stone heads or moai, carved some 400 to 700 years ago, are the most recognizable artifact … Continue reading

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Training for the Granfondo

Now that I am more comfortable with the clipless pedals, I have been out riding the R3 around UBC and over to the Northshore. I was quite impressed that I was able to maintain 15km/h going up the hill of … Continue reading

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Chile – San Pedro de Atacama March 30 to April 4, 2013

Chile – a land of contrasts. Chile – Seems like a strange place for a vacation. However, Chile is a misunderstood country by most North Americans. A long slender slice hanging off the western edge of the Andes against the … Continue reading

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Photobook – Holland, Switzerland and France is now online

My latest photo book published through Blurb is now online. Holland, Switzerland, France by Peter Simmons and Marg Toronchuk | Make Your Own Book

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Paris, France, October 2012

The City of Light was our final stop on our short visit through France, Holland and Switzerland. We stayed near the Eiffel Tower on Rue Cler, on a delightful side street with lots of restaurants and pastry shops. The eating … Continue reading

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Beaune, France, October 2012

Beaune is the heart of the wine country of Burgundy. The old town is a walled village approximately 3km by 3km. We stayed inside the walled area in a modern “old” hotel – Via Mokis. The weather was overcast, and … Continue reading

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Lyon, France October 2012

Lyon – the food capital of France did not disappoint. The local cuisine, wines and pastries proved to be a gourmet delight, and reasonably priced at that. Lyon is at the boundary of the Beaujolais and Rhone wine growing regions. … Continue reading

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