The Oxford Street Grind

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If you’re doing a search for the Oxford Street Grind, you won’t find it listed.  But if you do a search for the Grouse Grind, in North Vancouver, you’ll understand the similarities to that famous street in White Rock, BC.  However, I have yet to climb either of them, until now.

Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, BC                                            photo by vancouvertrails.com

I first visited Oxford Street in the early ’80s during a drive to the beach in White Rock.  From the top of the hill to Marine Drive on the bottom, is about one kilometer, with an average grade of 23%.  However. the Grouse Grind climb is almost three kilometers to the top, with an average grade of 30%.

I’ve walked down the Oxford Street hill from the half-way point, a few times in the past and it was challenging – especially hard on the legs.  It’s not as easy going downhill as you might think (ask anyone with knee problems).

However, many of my friends have walked the Grouse Grind and have recommended it as a bucket list item.  I haven’t got anything on my bucket list, so I’ve created one that includes both the Oxford Street hill and the Grouse Grind.

My plan is to do the Oxford Street hill today (Tuesday, October 15th) to see if my cardio is strong enough to tackle the Grouse Grind.  My buddy Reg Dutton did the Grind – when he was in his seventies.  I want to do a hike up the grind before my 70th birthday in January.

UPDATE:  October 15th – I drove to Oxford Street and Marine Drive in White Rock, paid for parking three hours and went to the starting point of my walk – at the base of the hill.  I decided to take a few photos of my walk, beginning with a shot of the hill.  But my phone was dead – I forgot to charge it!

So, I decided to do the walk on Wednesday, October 16th.

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I arrived at the base of the Oxford Street Hill and took a few photos and a video clip of the hill.  I started walking at exactly 11:00 am.  I stopped a few times, to catch my breath, along the way.  At about a third of the way up the hill, I stopped to take a short video clip.  However, I thought it was the half-way point but discovered it was probably just a third of the way to the top.

Click this link to view videos:  Oxford Street – climb to the top of hill

It was when I was about three-quarters of the way to the top that I discovered that my phone’s battery was dead – so I couldn’t take any photos for the rest of the way.  But I made it to the top of the hill!

I will not be doing the Grouse Grind until I’m able to walk up the Oxford Street hill without stopping for breaks.  My plan is to continue walking the hill a couple of times a week, for the next few months and then I’ll attempt the Grouse Grind.

However, from this point onward, the Oxford Street hill is now unofficially, the Oxford Street Grind.

If you’re interested in joining me on the Grouse Grind climb – drop me a line – and we’ll make history together!

Hugs,

Danny

 

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Don’t Let the Old Man In – lyrics

Don’t let the old man in, I wanna leave this alone
Can’t leave it up to him, he’s knocking on my door
And I knew all of my life, that someday it would end
Get up and go outside, don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old you’d be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

Try to love on your wife
And stay close to your friends
Toast each sundown with wine
Don’t let the old man in

Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how old you’d be
If you didn’t know the day you were born

When he rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in

Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in

Songwriters: Toby Keith
Don’t Let the Old Man In lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

 

 

 

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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2 thoughts on “The Oxford Street Grind

  1. Sadly, I fractured my tailbone. I know that most people break a leg before a show. Not me. I bust my ass. Literally. Give ME A BREAK………..a Kit Kat BREAK. So no grinding for me of any sorts. I am so happy to hear that Holly is back to herself again. That was a bit of a scare indeed. Well, maybe next year Danny. We can walk on a flat surface somewhere. Or maybe just head to a moving carpet in Vegas. Sound good.

    1. Sue, I have one question: How does one ‘fracture’ their tailbone? I’m sure that there’s an interesting story to be told and my head is spinning with possible storylines, including 1) You fell off a swing; 2) You slid down a banister and forgot about the post at the bottom of the stairs; 3) During a karaoke performance as Cher, you tripped and fell off the stage 4) Sky-diving and landed on your bum. Please let me know if you’re able to sit for a coffee (or glass of wine) and I’ll come to the north shore for a visit. Hugs, Danny

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