Hello there –

Good day. I wish you many happy kilometres of cycling for several more weeks.

It’s time for me to go. I’m off. The call of the Alps beckon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHGjS-QpxY

I leave home and all that’s familiar and I enter a new world of novelty and desire. What will I find there? Will I return the same person or be changed or be indifferent to the experience? How will I find you upon my return, the same or changed or indifferent? Will we resume as before, will we start over, or just leave off?

Change can only come from within, they say; but it’s influenced by experiential reality of place and time and events, like the altering course of a river as it encounters boulders and ledges, constrictions, dams, and the erosion of time. Here’s to the tumble, the riffle, the rapid, and the boiling whitewater. May your life be a Level Six – challenging, adventuresome, and exhilarating. May I find you renewed and still alive with wonder, and with the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude for this one life.

I’ll return, no doubt –  the same but different.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt1xKtPbUQ  Etta James

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“When the Lord chooses slaves, they become his free people. And when he chooses free people, they become slaves of Christ” I Cor 7-22

Mourne Mountains – Glen River Ice Hut

Heather Vase

July 29/18: 102 Kms; 3 Hrs; 15; 675 Metres; Seven Riders (Stinsons)

July 28/18: 96 Kms; 3 Hrs, 32; 1600 Metres; Five Riders (Gatineau)

July 28/18 108 Kms Stinsons; Four Riders (Stinsons)

Hello –

Great riding this weekend with a number of our local cyclists making the effort to get out and ride from Stinsons and the Gatineau. Thanks to everyone for their flexibility and their participation. It’s always a treat for me when we have active participation in the group rides.

One person riding is a lone rider; two people are a pair of riders; three people are a group of riders. I like a group of riders. Preferably more than three. Six, seven, or more, if possible. The cycling dynamic is different and oftentimes better; the pace is higher; the work effort more easily shared; the conversation more varied and interesting; the coffee stops filled with raucous laughter and disputation; and the memories, when recounted over a brew or two, are like the colourful strands of a tapestry, with each strand woven by the yarn spinner.

I’m always delighted, as I sit in the For the Road Cafe, and see you arrive in turn, and wonder who will be next; how many will there be this morning? Will Mark and Jeff appear like ghosts from a past life? Will Kevin find the time to ride? If he’s not here on Saturday, will he make it on Sunday? Will Eric and Max escape, briefly, their yard and house obligations? Will Raymond be free from toing and froing his girls to-day? Will Blair break free from cottage life? Will reliable Joe be there again and again or is this the weekend he’s in Toronto? Will Alastair, on his new Giant Defy, arrive just as we’re pulling out of the parking lot? Will Neil be free to ride this Saturday or was it Sunday he said he’d be here? Will Keith’s late nights keep him out-of-town? Will Cathy juggle her hectic family affairs successful to make another weekend ride possible? So may questions.

Why do I fret because I’m happy to say that for the most part you arrive in your ones and twos. We always have a ‘group’ of riders. Can’t beat that. Thank you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ85Hep0kD0   Gov’t Mule

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“There is an anaesthetic of familiarity, a sedative of ordinariness which dulls the senses and hides the wonder of existence. R. Dawkins

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start. Route 102 kms, 675 Metres. Coffee after 64 kms or 82 Kms. Your choice.

Hello –

These are the days to ride a bicycle – it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy/Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” Max and his sons can relate to that, as they sit at the dock on the bay and cast for meaning in the deep, dark current.

For the rest of us, it’s time for the bicycle; and, for those of us lucky enough to have free time during the week or flexible work hours, we get to luxuriate in rides of wonder and awe. Wonder at the bounteous beauty of the natural world, the rural rolling landscape, and the peace and stillness of early morning; awe at life’s magic and mystery and our solitary existence. All this presents itself to the mind, before the intoxication arising from injecting or imbibing artificial stimulants enable us to understand and “see into the life of things.”

Okay, so, I’ve had a coffee or two after my ride – nothing stronger. I shed my cycling duds now to wear sweet delight, joy, and then pleasure, with happiness next up, hanging loosely over the chair arm. It’s quite a sight! You know, you just should have been there.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 7:30 am start for a 95 km route and 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Similar to last week, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ85Hep0kD0   John Prine

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

The Bees Knees

July 22/18: 76.6 Kms; 2 Hrs, 22; 469 Metres; Five Riders

Hello –

Rain, what rain. Wind, yes – a heavy easterly that would have been perfect for us to ride to Carp to have coffee with Alice. Regrettably, we rode within an 18 km ‘spoke’ radius of Arnprior to allow for a hasty retreat in the event of rain. But, as I wrote above, there was no rain. There was the hint of rain, like the serendipitous encounter between two strangers whose eyes meet with casual meaning but ultimately falls short of expectations.

Still, it was a great ride. Aren’t they all great? Thanks to everyone for making the effort to get out of bed for a 7 am start. It was worth it, I think. The wind certainly made for a hard slog at times but once we turned the corner at Kinburn it was easy pedalling. You know, you just should have been there as we booted it along Logger’s Way, the Galetta Side Rd, and Old Hwy 17. What a blast as we each took turns at the throttle, with Joe and CAM making the most of their opportunity to exceed the speed limit. Hang on because it doesn’t get better than this!

Thanks to MG for this reference to Sky. Check out Sky’s 8000 daily calorie diet: https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/the-chef-fuelling-team-sky-to-their-fourth-tour-de-france-win-47646/

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocReUIHoI4s  Nora Jones

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“all ye that labour and are heavy laden” kjv

July 21/18: 94.24 Kms; 3 Hrs, 24; 1584 Metres; Five Riders

July 21/18: Stinsons two Riders

Hello there –

Wow. Wowie, even. When did you last say that? As a kid, probably running to the kitchen to tell your mum about the latest antics of Road Runner and Coyote. Well, that was my exclamation after three big loops of the Gatineau this morning. What fun! And, what a five-some of cyclists, led capably by Blair and Tim up and down and up and over the rollers and climbs of Pink, Black’s, Fortune, and the two Penguins, plus an unnamed tough sob of a climb on Chemin Kinsgmere. You know, you just should have been there.

There is no argument that hills are the cream on the sweet dessert that’s cycling. We had a sugar high to-day, without the deleterious consequences – no twitchiness or spasms or lassitude aftermath. You just can’t beat the elation of reaching the top of a difficult climb and the glee of the long, downhill run that follows. You’ll just want to be there next time.

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday: 7:00 am

1) 7:00 am 7:00 am Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:00 am 7:00 am start and ride to Pakenham for sticky buns and coffee (Km 46) on the front steps of the General Store. Distance 67 Kms; elevation gain 352 Metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6Sd4gbu20 Johnny Cash

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies (aka Doug Ford).” Groucho Marx

Hello there  –

Life is good. It’s a privilege to be able to say that. For many, life is not good or at least it has onerous restrictions and constraints – money, time, physical/mental impairment, employment, family, personal relationships, and happenstance. I hope none of these afflict you in a negative way. And, if they do, I hope riding your bicycle provides respite and solace – a simple, elemental, and fluid esthetic in its purity. It’s an uncomplicated and accessible past-time offering delight, joy, and pleasure – that powerful triumvirate to a happy life and times.

Now, perfection is something else entirely – a sterile and unnatural state unknown to human experience. May you not be perfect nor strive for perfection. Goodness yes; perfection, no.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Meet at P3 Gatineau 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride three loops (FP x1, King/Blacks x2 with links via Kingsmere). Total distance 85-87 kms; 1584 metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LWpw3CMCEg  Ray LaMontagne

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. KJV

Wonder