A wild pack of Year-of-the-Dog doodles

AeroDog is the latest addition to my growing collection of canine GPS Doodles

In the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. So to join my already-doodled canine collection featured below (including Doggie Do(odle), Growly Dog with a Ball, Superdawg and, I suppose, this aberration), I doodled another dog today. He seems kinda cartoony. I think I’ll call him AeroDog.

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AeroDog (Jan. 12, 2018) • See it on Strava

AeroDog by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art dog animal pet puppy superhero canine

Superdawg! (July 5, 2017) • See it on Strava

SuperDawg! by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art dog animal pet puppy superhero canine

Growly and possessive dog with a ball (May 20, 2016) • See it on Strava

Growly and possessive dog with a ball by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art dog animal pet puppy

Doggie do(odle) (March 14, 2016) • See it on Strava

Doggie Do(odle) by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art dog animal pet puppy

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Q: What do you get when you cross a llama with a dog?

A: This atrocity (a Llabrador retriever, I guess)

Sometimes a GPS Doodle just can’t decide what it wants to be. The shape I spotted in the map (below) looked decidedly like a llama; but when I started to flesh out the details, the face and front end became curiously canine. Oh well…everyone loves a chimera.

Llabrador retriever by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art llama dog chimera animals

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Back at it in 2018!

After a way-too-long hiatus, I’m looking forward to getting back into the GPS Doodling groove in 2018. I figured I’d kick off a new year of doodling the same way I kicked off the whole phenomenon back in 2015…with a little bike-writing on frosty roads on the first day of the New Year. You can watch the Doodle take shape in the Relive.cc video below…

Happy 2018 by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art Happy New Year

 

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What does a 1 billion square foot GPS Doodle look like?

It looks like this…The Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula

I planned this GPS Doodle in November 2015 – a year and a half ago – but only got around to riding the route today. I knew it was going to be big, but when I used DaftLogic’s Google Maps Area Calculator Tool to see just how big, I was gobsmacked. Requiring 109 kilometres (68 miles) of cycling to complete, this huge sea monster occupies a rectangular canvas covering 93.1 million square metres…just over 1 billion square feet!

GPS Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art sea monster sea serpent Saanich North Saanich Central Saanich Land's End Sidney BC

GPS Sea Creature of Saanich Peninsula by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art sea monster sea serpent Saanich North Saanich Central Saanich Land's End Sidney BC

Using DaftLogic’s Google Maps Area Calculator Tool, I discovered how unbelievably big this sea monster really is!

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Cheep thrills on my bicycle

A YYJ birdie inspired by Strava’s Global Heat Map

I find inspiration for my GPS Doodles in all sorts of places. Many begin as shapes that emerge as I pore over a city map. Others I go looking for to celebrate special occasions or fulfill special requests. Sometimes a feature of the cityscape inspires a Doodle (this little alien dude, for example). And sometimes inspiration springs from Strava’s Global Heatmap. That’s how I found the giant bunny I doodled in Calgary for Easter 2016, and it’s how I spotted the songbird I doodled yesterday…

GPS Birdie by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art birdie songbird nature wildlife

A distinctive shape in Strava’s Global Heatmap inspired this GPS songbird

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A happy flappy inflatable tubeman. Or is it?

Sometimes I do a GPS Doodle thinking it’s one thing, but it turns out to look like something else altogether. Case in point: today’s Doodle.

The picture I planned was one of those flappy, floppy “airdancers” you often see outside gas stations and tire shops. (Fans of Rectify will know what I’m talking about.) But as soon as I uploaded my 51 kilometre (32 mile) ride to Strava, people started commenting.

“It looks like an Ent from Lord of the Rings,” said one. (Interestingly, today is Tolkien Reading Day.) “Hey – it’s the Cheestrings guy!” said another. Someone else thought it was Gumby. And my wife wondered if it was a cartoon carrot or parsnip.

Any other interpretations out there?

Happy flappy floppy inflatable tubeman by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art airdancer tubeman gas station Tolkien Ent Lord of the Rings Cheestrings Gumby

A flappy floppy inflatable airdancer… and so much more!

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An alien invasion in three parts

In February 2015, I doodled a little friend for my big giraffe using a feature of the landscape – Swan Lake – as a key part of the image.

Well, not too long ago, I was poring over a satellite image of Victoria and noticed that the boat slips at Oak Bay Marina look like a skeletal or mechanical hand.

Working outward from that organ (yes – the hand is an organ), I discovered a strange little alien-dude, ET; and then I discovered strange little alien-dude’s companion, (P)ET (thanks, David Bradbury, for the clever acronym); and then I discovered their mothership.

I also discovered a very cool app that let’s you combine multiple Strava activities into a single image. I used it to unite ET and (P)ET with their ship in the image below. It’s called Heatflask. Check it out!

Strange little alien dude with a strange little alien pet and a hand that's actually Oak Bay Marina by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity urban art street art extraterrestrial outer space Oak Bay

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