Growing up without a cell phone (OMG!)
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  Posted December 14th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Tales from the past

By: The Over 35 Crowd

If you are 35, or older, you might think this is hilarious!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. Uphill… Barefoot… BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda.


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 Stone Island
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  Posted December 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Great beach day gateway from the city!
When in Mazatlan, you should not miss this trip. But do not take expensive tour offered by many Tour companies. It just isn’t necessary! You can easily do it on your own. Simply get to the ‘Embarcadero’ by foot or taxi. Don’t forget beach towels and swimming suits!


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 Cycling starting at 50
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  Posted December 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

Source: I Love Bicycling portal

Riding your bike is fun and enjoyable
There’s never a wrong time to get into cycling whether at 5 years old or starting at 50 years old. We all do it for various reasons but it always comes down to the fact that it is fun and enjoyable. Age can be seen as a hurdle by many and it can be if you don’t know a few things to look out for going into it.


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 Old Mazatlán
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  Posted December 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Old Mazatlán (Centro Historico)
It is true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun. And that’s what we have here in Centro Historico area, or as they also call it Old Mazatlán. The average temperature hovers around 28 degrees Celsius; the sun shines every day and outdoors is the place to be.


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 Vancouver highlights
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  Posted November 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Long weekend in Vancouver (BC) back in 2012.
As the Labour Day holiday was approaching this year, Vera and I were making plans how to spend this long weekend in neighboring province of British Columbia. Our plan was to drive there and visit our friends in Langley (BC) and we also wanted to finally tour the city of Vancouver. I knew, it was going to be a long drive, but I like driving so off we went on Friday morning (I had an extra day off from work) via Jasper and Kamloops on this 1000 km journey through western Canada.


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 The misery machine
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  Posted November 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | One comment

Winter training

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Suffering on the Turbo trainer in the basement.
If you have used the turbo trainer like me, suffering in the pain cave surrounded by snow, getting photos from Los Angeles friends, still riding outside and doing paceline work and dreaming of the spring – you know the trainer is a necessary evil for all of us cyclists in Canada.


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 Chichen Itza ruins
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  Posted November 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Day trip to Chichen Itza & Valladolid, in Mexico.
While they are not in the Riviera Maya but a two and a half hours drive deep into the land of the Maya (and in the Yucatan State), the new world wonder of Chichen Itza and the beautiful town of Valladolid are worth a visit for everyone visiting Cancún or Mayan Riviera areas.


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 Edmonton – Historic buildings
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  Posted November 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 3 comments

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E Forum

As promised long time ago, here’s round 3 of Edmonton’s downtown core and area.
Thanks to Sonic Death Monkey and Green Grovenor, I have been made aware of another source of historical information: Lawrence Herzog’s collection of ‘It’s Our Heritage’ columns which are available online.  …


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 Bethesda, Maryland
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  Posted November 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Walking tour of Bethesda
Bethesda is a small town in Montgomery County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area. When Vera and I purchased Metro daily passes while visiting Washington, we had to use them to get our money worth. So we decided to take the train and travel from one side of the city to the other. It was a Friday afternoon, my conference was over and we had plenty of time.


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 Winters in Edmonton
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  Posted November 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton life

Source: EDMONTON JOURNAL

How to survive Edmonton winters
It’s only November and I’m starting to feel the winter crazies. Winter has officially arrived in Edmonton, like it does every year. That’s one season that never fails. And when winter arrives it’s time to take out the warm gloves, hats, scarves and shovels. Edmonton endures very cold winters, with quite a long snow season.


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 Briuni Archipelago
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  Posted November 4th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Traveling Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Visiting Briuni Archipelago in Croatia
After spending few days in Labin and Pula, we headed north along the Istrian coast. First stop was Fažana, small fishery town, settled amongst numerous pine woods and vineyards. Fažana lies opposite the Brijuni Islands, in the vicinity of Pula. It serves as a starting point for ships and shipping routes, mostly for the Brijuni islands.


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 The Red Rock of Sedona
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  Posted October 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Discovering Arizona: A day trip to the north Arizona and the Red Rock of Sedona.
There is an old saying: “God created the Grand Canyon, but he lives in Sedona.” One trip to Sedona and you know it has to be true!


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 Coming Dead Last
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  Posted October 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

Source: Bicycling portal, by: CAITLIN GIDDINGS

The Best Part of Coming In Dead F*cking Last
When your worst-case scenario — finishing last in a race, is the best thing that could happen…


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 Gateway to the North
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  Posted October 22nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton history

Source: Edmonton History

A Salute to Edmonton’s History
What makes Edmonton special to me is city’s history. This history lets me discover and know where we’ve been and has indeed paved the way to what we’ve become!


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 Apache trail
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  Posted October 18th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Arizona – Scenic drive on Apache Trail
This world-famous trail was used by Apache Indians as a short-cut through the mountains to reach early Salt River settlers. The trail twists through the back of the Superstition Mountains from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake and the town of Globe.


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 Istria, true cycling paradise
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  Posted October 14th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling stories

Source: Colours of Istria

Croatian cycling champion Vladimir Miholjević talks about Istria
Northwest Istria has recently been getting a lot of praise in the context of cycling activities, recreational cycling, organized competitions, marathons and similar. What is the secret? What magic ingredients have captivated many of its visitors with two-wheeled lovers? Here is the story, first hand.


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 Beaumaris Lake
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  Posted October 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 2 comments

Edmonton life

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Best place in Edmonton to live!
Looking for the best place in Edmonton to live? Then focus your Google Earth search on north Edmonton and focus in on a man made Beaumaris Lake, a delightful and relatively unknown amenity in Castle Downs neighborhood (North Edmonton).


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 About Crankarm Length
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  Posted October 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Joe Lindsey, Published in Bicycling magazine

What You Need to Know About Crankarm Length
Overlooked for years, crankarm dimensions are starting to play a pivotal role in many aspects of cycling.


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 Murphys
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  Posted October 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 4 comments

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Murphys, Queen of the Sierra Foothills
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered small town of Murphys in the Sierra foothills – Gold Country. This trip makes a wonderful weekend trip for many from Sacramento or San Francisco area. We went there in August of 2012 to visit our daughter Sanja and her boyfriend James, who lives there. But we came from far, far away…


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 American River rafting
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  Posted September 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Whitewater Rafting – South Fork American River (CA)
During our visit to Murphys this summer, in the Calaveras County, gold rush era town in Northern California, we had an opportunity to go rafting on the American river. As it turns out, our daughter’s boyfriend James is one of the guides for O.A.R.S rafting company and he invited the whole group of his Croatian quests to the South Fork American River for one rafting adventure.


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 Where the Buffalo Roam
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  Posted September 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Alberta travel

Source: Westworld, By: John Cambell

The big lone bull stepped out of the aspens near sundown.
“What do you think?” asked my friend Phil Despins, wondering aloud whether I shared his hunch that this animal might be dangerous. One thing was clear to us: we were not in a good position tactically for a sudden encounter with wild bison here on the southwest apron of isolated Prince Albert National Park, three hours north of Saskatoon.


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 Learning to ride
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  Posted September 21st, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling stories

Source: Bicycling, written by Elly Blue

Do you remember learning to ride a bike?
I don’t mean those first heady moments of awkwardness and freedom. But the process of becoming truly comfortable on the bike—all the things that you had to figure out the hard way, even as an adult. Things that seem like second nature now, so obvious and easy that it’s hard to remember your early growing pains.


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 Bridges and Trails of Edmonton
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  Posted September 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Life in Edmonton

By: Jay Palter

The magnificent bridges and bicycle trails of Edmonton’s river valley
Edmonton’s river valley is by far its most compelling natural attraction and one of its best kept secrets – even among many of the city’s own residents.


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 Married to a MAMIL
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  Posted September 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Hooked on Cycling

Source: The Daily Mail, written by: Jennie Price

Oh the shame of being married to a MAMIL (that’s a Middle Aged Man In Lycra)
Jennie Price from Surrey is a cycling widow. Her husband Richard’s transformation began five years ago. To get fit, he bought a road bike but soon became obsessed. Now he spends hours in the saddle. He has also spent a fortune on bikes, cycling clothing and gadgets.


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 Exploring Southern Utah
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  Posted September 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Santa Clara Loop near St. George
While visiting St. George with our rented car during the stay in Las Vegas last summer, Vera and I decided to explore surrounding area as we heard about some interesting sites near by. We wanted to taste the Southern Utah in only few hours that we had available, because we were returning to Vegas before the end of the day.


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