September 05/20: Four Riders; 89 kms; 2 hours 51; 474 metres

Well, that was a good ride this morning, albeit a gnarly wind and too few riders but overall most enjoyable. Legs are heavy from the effort and from several consecutive days of cycling. It’s frustrating how the muscles fatigue after repeated efforts, even though one nonetheless feels in great form. I suppose that’s why the fitness triumvirate of Stress, Recovery, and Rest is the trainer’s mantra. Maybe an injection would work just as well? Anyone know a doc or two? Asking for a friend.

Okay, thanks for cycling this morning. It turned out to be a good solid effort and Cathy’s home baking was a welcome treat. Someone once said, “you just s/h been there!”. He/she were right on that count. Thank you to CAM for the culinary surprise.

Happy cycling and safe cycling to those meeting at Stinsons and riding tomorrow and Monday.

Regarding Sunday/Monday, no blog post for those days. It’s possible that KO, or NS, or KK will email. If you’re interested, please contact them. Need coordinates, email me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Regarding next Saturday, stay tuned.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“It’s a mercy that time runs in one direction only, that we see the past but darkly and the future not at all.”

‘We Ride to Eat’

Hello –

The forecast for tomorrow is calling for wild wind and cool air under a full sun but rain possible around 11 am. Dress accordingly and be mindful of the expected crosswinds. It’s really a meander rather than ride to anywhere. As in past, there is no scheduled coffee stop, except for those wishing to stop at Neat cafe (52 km mark). The MFB is closed until next week, apparently. FYI.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: September 05/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Stinsons
Where: Heading east then west and north
Description: 89 kms/541 metrers
Coffee Stops: Neat or None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 10-16C
Wind: West 20 kms/hr

Regarding Sunday/Monday, no blog post for those days. It’s possible that KO, or NS, or KK will email. If you’re interested, please contact them. Need coordinates, email me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. m a

Hello –

Ever hopeful but reality intrudes, like the prospect of a second date, always a possibility but not likely. Such are expectations shattered on the rocks of disappointment and rejection – twin boulders crushing the heart.

Just so, I report that the forecast is still calling for crappy weather – showers and mid teens temperatures. Not the best outlook for a group ride. Road spray, if not actual rain, would make for a nasty cycle. So, no change in the status of the group ride for to-day: Cancelled.

Ciao for now, ac

There’s two people in this hallway
But there’s only one of us
That’s tryna keep this fire goin’ ab

Hello –

Well, August has been wet and windy and wild and cool. Tomorrow’s weather is much of the same. Damp and rainy and out of bounds for the time of year, like a base’s loaded, two men out, a full count and an early swing that coughs up a foul territory, high-flyer to left field – going, going, gone. Disappointment until the next fastball flies free – home run. Fantasy: rain all day on Saturday?

So, as of now, there will be no official group ride from Stinsons on Saturday.

Please check this site by 6 am on Saturday in case the weather improves enough to allow us a window for a short ride. That’s unlikely given the current forecast but fingers crossed.

If you think I’m premature in cancelling the group ride, let me know. It’s just my opinion and I often get the weather wrong.

Regarding Sunday, the forecast is much brighter; however, I will not post a group ride. It’s possible that KO, or NS, or KK will email. If you’re interested, please contact them. Need coordinates, email me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 29 No Group Ride ArnpriorCycling
Start: No Group Ride from Stinsons
Where:
Description:
Coffee Stops:
Weather: 15C Thunderstorms, light rain 10mm
Wind: 15 kms East

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” rb

August 22/20: Six Riders; 107.4 kms; 3 hours 24; 520 metres

Hello –

Well, that was an upside down ride with lots of twists and turns to make your head spin – no restrooms, detours, rough roads, gravel roads, busy highways, on-ride drama, extra mileage. Let’s say we had to adapt to the conditions and it helped that KO was familiar with the territory.  The ride down #148 was particularly trying but the topography of Sand Rd was lovely; and, while the gravel base on Ferry Rd was a surprise, it was actually better than the old tarmac. So, it was a mixed bag but everyone returned home safely, and smiling. You just should have been there!

There is no official ride scheduled for Sunday but KK or NS may send an email/text for those interested. If you’d like to ride, get in touch with either one of them. Need coordinates, write me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net

Regarding next Saturday, stay tuned.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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Art and religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from “circumstance to ecstasy” Clive Bell

Hello –

So, Saturday is upon us, again. Where did the week go? September is fast approaching and the sun rises now at 6:15. Darkness encroaches everywhere, except in the eternal heart – for those of cheery disposition and ebullient temperament. May you be of the elect and experience delight daily.

The road is long and difficult, and uneven and rough for kilometres but joy abounds for the chosen. We are privileged; many others suffer and live lives of great stress, and labour for essentials. Why – fate of country of birth, of parents, of opportunity, of mental resilience, of chemical imbalance, of ambition and initiative? Pinch yourself. I have.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan: (x2)

When/Who: August 22/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Municipal Parking Lot Arnprior behind Shoppers
Where: 1) Arnprior to Renfrew via Pucker; 2) Almonte via Tatlock
Description: 104 kms/104 kms
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 16-20C
Wind: 1) NW 15   2) East 15

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

NB: Stinsons 7 am Start

NB: Start from the Arnprior Municipal Parking Lot behind Shoppers Drug Mart

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THE LAUGHING HEART
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch….

you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it…. Charles Bukowski

August 15/20: Six Riders; 103.8 kms; 3 hours 07; 447 metres

A big thanks to all riders for coming out this morning. The conditions were ideal for cycling. As KO would say, “it was a Doris Day” Not to be missed. Well, you might have wished to miss the puncture, resulting from the gravel on Vances Side Rd. It was a vibrating experience but not as hard on the body or bikes as the broken up and bumpy  Barlow Cr – definitely a road to be missed. How’s that for a string of six b’s? Okay, so it’s not a class in literary technique. Apologies.

Six is a good number. It would be nice to see six to eight riders on a regular basis. If you haven’t been out in awhile, why not join us?

There is no official ride scheduled for Sunday but KO may send an email for those interested. If you’d like to ride, get in touch with KO.

Regarding next Saturday, stay tuned.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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“Thou knowest this man’s fall; but thou knowest not his wrassling.” —James Baldwin

June 27,, 2015

Hello –

Tomorrow’s route is Rob’s Route. That’s going back in time; and, it’s actually the second ride Cathy’s rode with us on June 27, 2015. How’s that for record keeping! Alas, of late, I have no such log of rides ridden or with whom.

Does it matter? Does anything matter? Not everything is ‘matter’. What was there before ‘matter’ existed 13.8 billion years ago? Time and space didn’t exist, apparently. There was no COVID-19, either. We live in different times now but for how long is a single life. And, what does it matter, anyway.

So, since you asked: If the universe’s existence was the equivalent of one year (365 days) on a timeline, then, the big bang was January 01. Modern man emerged on Dec 31 at 23:23:59 or 5000 years ago – according to a Carl Sagan. Talk about insignificance – ”

June 27. 2015: Max, Perry, Raymond, Keith, Rob, Kevin, Joe, Cathy 106 kms to Kanata

How do you spend your days?

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 15/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Stinsons
Where: Arnprior to Dunrobin
Description: 103 kms
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 17-26C
Wind: East 15 kms/hr

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

NB: Stinsons 7 am Start

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. ws

August 08/20: Five Riders; 105.9 kms; 3 hours 16; 682 metres

Another super ride in the County of Renfrew,  followed up by coffee and treats and libation at the Neat Cafe. You just s/h been there!

There is no official ride scheduled for Sunday but KO may send an email for those interested.

Regarding next Saturday, stay tuned.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
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“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”  Hippocrates

Hello –

Tomorrow’s ride is a change from our usual offerings for a Saturday. We’re going to check out some new roads on a scenic, undulating course with lots of hills and curves, just like your high school sweetheart or, at least, your fading memory of her. All to say, the topography is exciting, and ideal for cycling.

I look forward to seeing everyone again, including perhaps some riders who’ve been absent for a while. This is an interesting and adventurous route not to be missed. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 08/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start Burnstown at the United Church parking lot (Approval received from Rev Kim)
Where: Burnstown to Eganville
Description: 107 (?) kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 15-24C
Wind: South, SE, E, W, NW ?? – all over the map 10-15 kms/hr

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Take Note: Burnstown United Church  for a 7 am Start

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – hm