November 21st, 2004
Woah! Got outta bed today around 3 pm….a direct result of working 5 – 12 hour night shifts and not getting enough sleep in between shifts….
Anyway, thought I share some pictures from a visitor we had at the airport in the late fall:
So this aircraft is an ANTONOV 124-100, originally designed as a heavy strategic airlifter for the USSR Airforce, since ugraded to a civil – certified commercial long-range freighter. Known to carry super heavy pieces of cargo such as space launcher/booster components, satalites, helicopters, heavy construction equipment, having a max payload of 120 tonnes! The really cool thing – you can drive equipment in and out to load/unload this baby because the whole nose of the Antonov flips up and the front end kneels down, and the tail of the aircraft has drop-down ramp. The Antonov came to YVR a couple times that I know of and so impressive is this aircraft that it had every team during its shift come and check it out…….For perspective, our firetrucks are about 11 feet tall and 35 feet long….try that on for size!
November 13th, 2004
Yesterday Johnny and I went for a ride with Dub and Kelly and Stu (from the shop). Changed things up and went over to Cypress.
First run was down Pre-Reaper, Reaper, Paul Hogan’s, Fire Hose and Family Guy (Family Guy is a scream!).
Second lap was Roach, Roach hit and a new piece which was super cool. Lots of different stunts some of which need work but still very fun to ride! Don’t know the name of it….don’t know how Johnny finds/knows these trails…..he has a gift. I had to hurry home and get cleaned up so I could get back to West Vancouver and go for a Ride-a-long with the BC Ambulance Service.
So glad to have my Peeler back in action….I missed it! That bike is so much fun to ride!
November 7th, 2004
Went out for a ride with Brent (Denny’s restaurant Marketing Manager and NSMB sponsor) and two of his buddies, Mark and Rob. It was pouring rain but it didn’t matter, cause once you’re wet you can’t get wetter.
Everyone had a COVE bike (the boys were on PEELERS – I’m so proud!) I had my STIFFEE HT/SS (’cause the rear wheel from my PEELER was in for service) and Johnny was testing out the new steel full suspension bike from DARK CYCLES made in Burnaby.
We started at the top, CBC then down TNT and over to the Boogeyman finishing with the lower section of Pangor. It was really slick out, but the wood was suprisingly grippy – not counting the greasy roots tho. Coming around this big tree on TNT, the good line is to go wide – but as I was dropping into it all I could hear from Johnny in front of me was “….Take the inside line!”. But what he really said was “don’t take the inside line!”. Oops. I endo’ed running over my bars and kinda straight legged my landing with more weight on my left leg (the one I had my scope on 2 years ago) = instapain. Now my knee is full of fluid and pain and it sucks. I can’t wait until the medical world perfects the cartilage growing technology.
Time to take some anti-inflamatories…..