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We're home! Now to try to tell the story of our trip a bit more thoroughly (and with photos!)...

On Friday afternoon, we packed up the car and set off:


We pulled off the highway briefly at a scenic overlook not long before we reached the Canadian border. Exile #3 and E5N1 were happy to stretch their legs, but what was concerning Exile #2 and Exile #4?


They were trying to spot Mount Katahdin through the mist. We managed - but with a bit of photographic enhancement, you can make it out better than we did:


After an uneventful border crossing, we drove to Fredericton, the provincial capital of New Brunswick, where we had arranged to stay in a student apartment at the university.

It was great - especially for E5N1 who often finds himself sleeping on an air mattress on a hotel room floor - and instead had a bed, and a room to himself.

The first two nights

Aug. 19th, 2017 11:55 pm
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Posted by Philip Brewer

The first two nights I was home I was too busy for cocktail hour. Since then I’ve been drinking rum punches (rums punch?) to gradually decompress from the islands to back home.

Sat, Aug. 19 Electoral Vote Predictor

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Trump to Bannon: You're Fired

Well, not really. Although President Donald Trump excelled at firing people on television, in real life he is afraid to actually do it. When somebody has to go, he always gets someone else to do the dirty work. So it was on Friday, when Steve Bannon exited the White House stage right, with Chief of Staff John Kelly doing the honors. Bannon actually submitted his "resignation" on Aug. 7, but everyone waited until Friday to make it public. This marks the third Friday in the last six that a high-profile White House staffer got whacked. It's almost like the administration would prefer that the weekend news cycle—which includes the Sunday morning talk shows—be focused on staffing issues, and not on things like Russiagate and Charlottesville.

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Day 10.220: A fort and a hill

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:31 pm
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Posted by the_exile

our last day trip took us into New Brunswick again. We visited a fort built by the French which then found itself in disputed territory between French Acadia and British North America and was captured by the British. Once again we were not sure that we were representing the good-guys!

We headed further west where we bamboozled ourselves at the Magnetic Hill - where we paid $6 for the privilege of driving down a small hill, stopping and putting our car into Neutral. The money pays for whatever magic pulls the car backwards back up the hill. It's actually an optical illusion, but knowing that didn't detract from the strangeness of the experience.

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 91

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:30 pm
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“The reason to see an eclipse isn’t because it’s rare—it’s because of how it will make you feel.” “Creators spend…

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Barcelona Attacked; Trump Tweets

There was a terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday, in which a van was driven into a crowd, killing 13 people. Later on, a second attack of the same sort happened in Cambrils, about 75 miles from Barcelona. None of the victims in that one died, but seven were injured, two of them seriously.

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Day 10.219: New Scotland

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Posted by the_exile

Nova Scotia may have a fancy name in English but the Francophones say it like it is Nouvelle Écosse - "New Scotland". Today we learned a slice of Scottish history in Pictou where there is a replica of the Hector - a ship that brought 179 Scottish immigrants to the area in 1783. The ship is astonishingly small and the story - which includes children dying of smallpox en route and a journey that took 10 weeks - after a storm caused a two week delay when they had nearly arrived - is fascinating and well told.

We enjoyed a couple of short walks - one in Pictou along the waterfront and another in Tatamagouche where we stopped for dinner on our way back to camp.

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More Businessmen Distance Themselves from Trump

Donald Trump promised to run the government more like a business. As it turns out, increasingly many businessmen do not like how Trump is doing at all. Four CEOs who were on Trump's Manufacturing Advisory Council already left on account of his failure to unambiguously say whose fault the Charlottesville violence was. Two union leaders also left. Yesterday, a seventh person left, 3M CEO Inge Thulin. Upon his departure he said that the council was "no longer an effective vehicle to advance the goals of sustainability, diversity, and inclusion."

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Day 10.218: Prince Edward Island

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:43 pm
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We took in our third Canadian province of the trip with the drive over the impressive Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. We visited Charlottetown where we largely avoided everything Anne of Green Gables related (though we thought of friends who are big fans). We spent some time at an art gallery where E5N1 waved to and pulled faces at people in Edmonton thanks to an interesting exhibit including video screens and a camera which exists in three identical installations - those two and one in Newfoundland.

We ended the day with pizza and s'mores cooked on the campfire.

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Trump Once Again Blames Both Sides for the Charlottesville Violence

Reporters talked to President Donald Trump about the Charlottesville violence again late yesterday afternoon, and once more he reiterated his view that both sides were to blame. To recap the situation, here is the sequence so far:

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Day 10.217: Beach day

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Posted by the_exile

After a couple of days involving significant trips in the car we decided to spend the day that looked to be the warmest and sunniest at the park. We spent the morning at the beach where the water was almost weirdly warm - we had heard that it is the warmest sea water north of the Carolinas - and amazingly clear. We saw hermit crabs and shrimp and flat fish and schools of small fish and a couple of sea stars as we paddled and waded. Exile #4 and I swam and watched terns fishing out to sea and we all had a great view of a bald eagle as it gave us a fly-by.

The afternoon wa spent lazily at camp reading and playing games and then we ventured out for dinner 20 minutes along the coast but over the border in New Brunswick.

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Three Days Too Late and Under Pressure, Trump Denounces White Supremacists

Yesterday, 3 days after white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia's campus, triggering a riot that ultimately left three people dead, President Donald Trump said: "Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans." His remarks took just 5 minutes and were preceded by him touting his administration's economic success. He didn't mention anything about domestic terrorism.

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Day 10.216: Fundy tides

Aug. 14th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Posted by the_exile

After another good night's sleep, we went to satisfy my main ambition for this trip - to witness the largest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. We also managed a visit to a geological museum and a tidal power research center and still had time to cook dinner on the campfire. 

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Trump's Advisers Try to Stem Fallout from Trump's Remarks about Charlottesville

It has been reported that the "White House" has tried to clarify President Donald Trump's remarks about the white supremacist march and rally that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend. That is technically impossible. The White House is a building at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. Buildings cannot make statements. What actually happened is that an unsigned email was sent to reporters in the traveling press pool saying that the president's condemnation of the violence in Virginia also includes white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis. Whether the President, the Vice President, or any government official wrote the email is unclear. For all the reporters know, it could have been written by a summer intern. When Trump wants to make something clear, he generally tweets it.

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Day 10.215: Truro and a gathering

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:02 pm
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After a surprisingly long and sound night's sleep, we headed down to Truro where we ate lunch at Tim Hortons, walked and played and listened to live country music  at Victoria Park and then had dinner with some friends. Yes there are pictures. No I can't post them!

Training log - Week ending 8/13/17

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:59 am
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Posted by AKA Darkwave, AKA Anarcha, AKA Cris.

This week was 65 miles of running, 30 "miles" of pool-running and 3000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.

The week started out cautiously.  Though it never seems that hard when I'm doing it, the "4-3-2-1" workout that I did last Sunday always takes a lot out of me the first time I run it.  My guess is that it's the combination of a) 10 miles of marathon pace work (a hard effort in itself) with b) the distance - 17 miles won't feel long by the end of the cycle, but at that time it was the longest I've run since last December.  (that record has since been eclipsed by this Sunday's long run)

So, I was tired on Sunday.  And, frustratingly, I dealt with some insomnia Sunday night - a feeling that my body just could NOT turn off.

I've learned through hard experience that this insomnia is my early warning sign that I'm overreaching.  I've also learned (again, the hard way) that when I'm starting to dig a hole, the proper response to to back off, not to fight through it.  The quicker I get out of the hole, the better.

So, Monday became even easier than normal.  I wore a belt for pool-running, and kept the effort very easy - just wiggling my legs in the water.   Thus, what would normally the equivalent of an easy run instead became an extended ice bath.

[why didn't I just take the day off?  Because I truly believe that gentle pool-running with the belt works far better for recovery than pure rest.  At least for me.]

[and I'll also note here that one benefit of pool-running with the belt is that I can take the off day that I need and still log the "mileage" that my type A personality demands.  Ugly, but the truth.  Know your weaknesses and work with them.]

I slept far better Monday night, which was a good sign, and felt much better on Tuesday morning, though still a bit tired.  To be stay on the safe side, my coach and I agreed that I'd back off of the pace for Tuesday's workout.  The prescribed workout was 4-5x1200m.  I'd normally run each in 4:2x, but instead I bumped myself back a "group" and let them set the pace - that ended up being a range from 4:40 down to 4:31 for the fourth repeat.

By the fourth repeat, I was feeling pretty darn good, and ready to go for a fifth.  However, my coach split that into an 800 and 400 instead, which I ran at my normal effort.  End result was that I felt great physically and positive mentally after the workout - unquestionably a far better result than if I had gutted out four repeats at my normal pace.

And the rest of the week went very well, with a solid tempo on Friday, and a good long run on Sunday.  All very positive.

I'm clearly in good shape.  The trick now, for the next several weeks, is not to get greedy and try to build even more fitness by hammering workouts, but instead to refine and carefully reinforce the fitness I currently have.

Dailies 

Monday: In the morning, foam rolling, yoga and 8 "miles" pool-running with the belt. 2 "miles" pool-running in the evening.

Tuesday: 11.5 miles, including a track workout of 4x1200 plus 800, 400 in 4:40, 4:36, 4:36, 4:32, 2:54, 82.  Also did injury prevention work at the gym and 1250 yards of recovery swimming.  Foam-rolling at night.

Wednesday: In the morning, 8.5 miles very easy to yoga (8:55), yoga, and then 4 miles very easy (8:40) plus drills and strides.  4 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling in the evening.

Thursday: In the morning, 9 "miles" pool-running and upper body weights and core.  Another 3 "miles" of pool-running and foam rolling at night.

Friday: 11 miles, including a 4 mile tempo on the track in 25:16 (6:25/6:22/6:21/6:08).  Followed with injury prevention work and 1250 yards recovery swimming. Foam rolling at night.

Saturday: 10 miles easy (8:58) followed by drills and four strides, and upper body weights and core.  Foam rolling and 4 "miles" pool-running in afternoon.

Sunday: 21 miles progressive, split as first 7 averaging 8:51 pace, next 6.5 averaging 7:43, last 7.5 averaging 6:52.  Followed with injury prevention work and 500 yards recovery swimming.   Foam rolling in afternoon.

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Trump Condemns Violence in Charlottesville but Doesn't Mention Who Started It

The city of Charlottesville has decided to take down its statue of Robert E. Lee. This is an entirely justifiable decision, inasmuch as: (1) Lee fought to preserve white supremacy, (2) The city has a sizable minority population, among them thousands of black students, and (3) Lee had no connection with the city. The jettisoning of the Lee statue has a lot of alt-right folks and white supremacists angry, so the KKK and other groups decided to hold a protest this weekend. Things turned quite ugly; most disturbing was an incident where an apparent white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

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10M: 1:12:59
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