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We’re going to Montreal on today’s show to talk about cycling. Herve′ Grosdemanche and Victoria Burns live and bike in Montreal. They say the city is bicycle friendly and a great place to ride. They have a number of bikes and use them as their major means of transportation. Herve′ and Victoria ride to and from work every day, use them to go to the store and they bike for recreation. They love going on long rides. These two cycling enthusiasts say everyone should ride a bike every day.

We have more of your comments, outdoor adventures and story suggestions.  Podsafe music this week from Steve Dreher and Friends.  Contact Gary at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

Victoria and Herve′

Victoria and Herve′

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We have two stories on the show today. We’ll meet up with a group of kids in the outdoors as they release butterflies they raised from caterpillars. Our feature interview is with Carl Schwab, one of the creators of the Great Minnesota Race. It’s an Urban Scavenger Hunt across the metro area of Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday, August 29th. Think of it as an adventure race for beginners where you are racing around the city vs. the countryside. It’s a little like the Amazing Race, but scaled down to one or two cities and for a few hours instead of a week. Urban Scavenger Hunts are geared more toward the casual outdoor enthusiast though anyone with a sense of adventure will find them enjoyable.

We have more of your outdoor comments and music from Scott Mclean and Josh Woodward.  Contact us by email at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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This is the 100th edition of DSO. Gary had hoped to produce a special anniversary show complete with balloons and fireworks to celebrate. Well it isn’t going to happen, on this show at least. But plans are underway for a special anniversary edition of DSO down the road and you can learn more about it on todays show.
Also today, a road report from cyclists Eric and Elaine Hendrickson from Presque Isle, Maine. And on the ‘Runners’ segment Gary talks to 70 year old Frank Kelly and his daughter Marta. He started running in his late 60’s and wore a pair of hiking boots on his first race. Frank must have caught the running bug because he and Marta ran the Boston Marathon together this year.
We’ll tell you about a new podcast called Rock and Trail Tales. Music on the show this week from Grayscale and Sickboys and Lowmen.
Send along your comments and stories of outdoor adventure to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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Marta and Frank

Marta and Frank

This is the 100th edition of DSO. Gary had hoped to produce a special anniversary show complete with balloons and fireworks to celebrate. Well it isn’t going to happen, on this show at least. But plans are underway for a special anniversary edition of DSO down the road and you can learn more about it on todays show.

Also today, a road report from cyclists Eric and Elaine Hendrickson from Presque Isle, Maine. And on the ‘Runners’ segment Gary talks to 70 year old Frank Kelly and his daughter Marta. He started running in his late 60’s and wore a pair of hiking boots on his first race. Frank must have caught the running bug because he and Marta ran the Boston Marathon together this year.

We’ll tell you about a new podcast called Rock and Trail Tales. Music on the show this week from Grayscale and Sickboys and Lowmen.

Send along your comments and stories of outdoor adventure to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Eric and Elaine Hendrickson are active, outdoors people in their mid 50’s. They live in Presque Isle, Maine. They ski, hike, paddle, go geocaching, mess about in caves and much more. They love outdoor adventures and Gary met up with them part way through a cycling trip of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. We also have a comment about an unusual outdoor event in Tulsa, Oklahoma and music from Sean Fournier.

Send in your comments and outdoor adventures to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

Next time…. show 100.

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Dennis & Bert

Dennis & Bert

Today we’re going bass fishing on the St. John River in New Brunswick.  Here a print story that Gary wrote about the adventure:

Years ago when the kids were younger I took them fishing. We went under the Nerepis Bridge and on my first cast I caught a nice bass. That was the last bass I pulled from the river until this summer. I recently had the chance to so some serious bass fishing with a pair of tournament anglers from the New Brunswick Sportfishing Association. Dennis Sennett lives in Grand Bay-Westfield and is the vice-chair of the organization. Bert Beek is the chair and he lives in Ripples.

First of all, bass are not native to new Brunswick. The species was introduced years ago and they’re thrived. Now we have one of the best sport fisheries for smallmouth bass around. Tournament fishing isn’t as big here as it is in the United States but it is very competitive. In fact some top prizes go as high as $10,000.

Bert and Dennis spend most of their weekends fishing in tournaments but on this day we were just out for some fun fishing. We met Bert in Oromocto and loaded our gear into his 18 foot Crestliner. We tried a few spots along the river including the mouth of the Nashwaak River in Fredericton. The fishing wasn’t terrific but we all managed to catch a few fish, even though Dennis was a little slow off the start.

“Smallmouth are one of the most fun fish to catch,” says Dennis. “I’ve fished for salmon and trout but if you catch a 3 or 4 pound bass it beats salmon.” Bert calls fishing his way of relaxing. “You get away from everything, all the struggles of daily life,” says Bert. “It’s calm and quiet and gives you a chance to be among friends and tell fishing stories.”

Dennis holding Gary's fish.

Dennis holding Gary's fish.

And every angler has a story. Bert says one day last year he and his father caught over a hundred bass in a tournament. It’s always ‘catch and release’ and the top five biggest fish win. But Dennis says you don’t need to be in a tournament with a fancy bass boat to enjoy fishing. Just drop a line anywhere you can and enjoy.

The River Valley has many great fishing spots. Some anglers have a lot of luck just fishing off the Westfield Wharf or where I caught that bass by the Nerepis Bridge. Further up river the fishing is great around Gagetown, especially if you can get in a canoe and paddle around some of the islands. If, like me, you haven’t gone fishing in a few years, why not give it a try this summer. After all, as Bert says, a bad day on the water is better than a good day at work.

Music on the show by Bill Kahler. Email in your comments and summer outdoor adventures to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

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Today on the show we have another edition of Trail Magic with Lorne Blagdon. A few years ago Lorne and his daughter Naomi walked the entire Appalachian Trail. He’s written an account of that adventure and joins us from time to time to talk about it. Today Lorne tells us about the 60 plus pound pack he carried around (why, he doesn’t know) and being sprayed with Skin-So-Soft to protect him from the bugs. Also fears of being eaten by a bear, hearing gunshots at night and enjoying espresso coffee by the campfire.
Also today we begin a new summer segment on DSO called Runners. Every runner has a story and we’re going to hear some of them beginning with Ken McIntosh, a new runner who just finished his second 5 km race. He started running a few months ago after giving up a 34 year smoking habit. He’s changing his life and running is a big part of that transition.
Music on the show from Josh Woodward of Ohio. Send in your summer outdoor adventures to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca. Next time we’re going bass fishing in New Brunswick.

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Ken quit smoking and started running.

Ken quit smoking and started running.

Today on the show we have another edition of Trail Magic with Lorne Blagdon. A few years ago Lorne and his daughter Naomi walked the entire Appalachian Trail. He’s written an account of that adventure and joins us from time to time to talk about it. Today Lorne tells us about the 60 plus pound pack he carried around (why, he doesn’t know) and being sprayed with Skin-So-Soft to protect him from the bugs. Also fears of being eaten by a bear, hearing gunshots at night and enjoying espresso coffee by the campfire.

Also today we begin a new summer segment on DSO called Runners. Every runner has a story and we’re going to hear some of them beginning with Ken McIntosh, a new runner who just finished his second 5 km race. He started running a few months ago after giving up a 34 year smoking habit. He’s changing his life and running is a big part of that transition.

Music on the show from Josh Woodward of Ohio. Send in your summer outdoor adventures to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca. Next time we’re going bass fishing in New Brunswick.

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Our feature interview today is with Dan Coons of New Hampshire. This spring he and his wife spent a week in southwestern France. They rented bikes and toured the countryside, visiting medieval hilltop towns from the 13th century.  They found that traveling around by bicycle opened up interaction with the locals that they would never have seen had they confined their traveling to rental cars and walking around the towns.

Music on the show from a French band called Fresh Body Shop and comments about climbing Maine’s Mount Katahdin in winter and spending time in the outdoors with your dog.

Send along your comments, story suggestions, outdoor adventures and favorite outdoor books to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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