stationary cycle and virtual travel

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DateDistance (Minutes)from/to
January 1120Insch to Auchleven
January 1320Auchleven
January 1520road to Keig
January 1720road to Keig
January 1920road to Keig
cumulative total (since Dec. 30/21)190

Continuing on my virtual travel in Scotland while on my Stationary Bike at home: this week I cycled every second day and increased my time to 20 minutes per session. Travel in the country side is very much like travel here in New Brunswick.

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Along the road are plants that seem familiar. This is probably a relative of our fireweed.

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Along the road are plantations of what I think must be Christmas trees. Acres and acres of Christmas trees.

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Back Burn near Auchleven

Crossed a couple of streams, called Burns.

Occasionally I see forested areas and I love the older, bigger trees. Perhaps some were there in the 1700s when my ancestors lived here.

On Friday, I will reach Keig, a possible birthplace of my third great-grandfather John Clarke.

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Stay well,

Alexandra

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virtual tour: Insch Scotland

I’ve had fun looking around the streets of Insch, Scotland for three days of biking.

DateDistance (minutes)from/to
Dec 3015
Jan 115
Jan 315Insch
Jan 515Insch
Jan 715Insch
Insch to Auchleven

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Insch is a residential village, full of older homes. I saw an old church and graveyard, and lots of tree-lined streets. The main river flowing through the village is The Shevock. There is a castle ruin (Dunnideer Castle) south of Insch.

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The 15 minutes of cycling goes very fast when you are busy looking around a town!

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Dunnideer Castle ruin

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Next biking will be on the way to Keig, Scotland, by way of Auchleven.

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All my best,

Alexandra

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virtual biking in Scotland

When I am stationary cycling, it is always a challenge to alleviate boredom. Of course, I can read or edit, but sometimes my eyes are tired, or the light is not quite right. By far the best activity during biking is to take a virtual tour of any countryside. In the past, I have cycled through France, Cornwall, Southern Ireland and northern New Brunswick. All virtually, using Google and Street View.

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This time I decided to tour a part of Scotland. My third great-grandmother, Jane Cooper (1799 to 1887), came from Scotland. She married my third great-grandfather, John Clark (1793 to 1855?), from Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1822. I have never been to Scotland, so I thought I’d use this biking tour to bike the roads they may have once walked.

I decided to start my tour in Insch, Scotland and after a look-around there, work my way to Kaig, Aberdeenshire and north to Fyvie, Aberdeenshire (I have found a military record showing John Clarke was born in Kaig, southwest of Insch; I also found the 1851 Census for Scotland, listing Jane’s birthplace as Fyvie, Aberdeenshire).

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Today I started in Insch, biking to the edges of the village. The countryside is rural, agricultural, not that different from the area where I live.

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In Insch, the charming stone and wood construction I’ve seen elsewhere in England dominates. A great way to start my tour.

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Off I go!

All my best to you in your wellness journey!

Alexandra

Virtual biking … Phase One, Day One

Biking from Donegal West towards Reengaroga Bridge¬†…. (virtual biking using Street View).

Here I am in Donegal West … stone walls, field of green, a dragon in the sky!

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On this short ride (20 minutes, 0.8 km) I drove a two-track lane with a hedgerow on either side. I saw bushes with red berries, gorse in bloom and some enticing gates.

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Hedgerows …

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Yellow gorse to the left …

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So tomorrow, which way do I turn? Two paths diverged … according to the map, they both end in the same place!

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All photos are from Street View, Google Earth (DuoMaps App)

Great beginning! Yahoo!

Alexandra

adventures on my bike …

I have set myself a challenge. 100 km on my stationary bike by Christmas.

To meet this challenge, I need an incentive, a way to bike without getting totally bored. I can’t bike and read or write at the same time, so I will try something that has worked for me before. I will take a virtual trip using Google Earth and Street View! For my earlier trips through France, Cornwall and northern New Brunswick, Canada, have a look at my other blog www.janetims.com under the category ‘virtual cycling …’

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Since I have some Irish roots, I have decided to take this virtual trip along the south coast of Ireland in County Cork. Phase One will take me from Donegal West on Ringarogy Island to Baltimore on Route R595. Then, for Phase Two, I will continue north-east on R595 toward Skibbereen.

Follow my journey!!! I will post my progress and some ‘photos’ of what I see as I travel.

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I begin tomorrow morning.

All my best!

Alexandra