Monday, January 15, 2018

Frost and lens flare

Frost on polled tree along river, lens flare

Friday, January 12, 2018

Boat on Ice

Some people live on the islands in the St. Lawrence year-round - travel can be tricky when the river is only partially frozen!

Spiders spinning webs, January 12, 15 C High

15 C. High today. Spiders awake and spinning webs

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Last ships leave Seaway

Seaway had some late traffic as there was a jam in the Snell lock:

 Pacific Huron
followed a few hours later by Federal Biscay, which was the boat jammed in the lock

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Itera plastic bicycle road test

Itera Plastic Bicycle, Wikimedia commons upload by user Racerbyce

I rented this for about an hour in Oslo in 1982 - it was an all-plastic bicycle, but why? The frame was so flexible riding it was exhausting, especially up hills (Oslo isn't flat!). The design was very well thought out by Volvo engineers with good placement of the gear shift, light, kickstand and bag rack, and it probably would have been successful if it had been made out of steel - it was actually heavier than a comparable metal frame bike. People stopped to talk to me, especially after I started just pushing along as I walked, because they'd been reading about it, and the bike shop very nicely gave me a full refund when I brought it back. The story that you read is that they were sold to the "West Indies" where they were supposed to be popular because they didn't rust - I don't see why they would do so more in the West Indies any more than any other coastal area - after no one wanted them much in Europe, but I haven't found any photos of them there yet. I'd wonder how well the plastic would last under strong UV sunlight.