Early Morning Old Orchard at the start

Early Morning Old Orchard at the start

105 kms; 3.46 hrs saddle time; 447 metres of elevation gain; 3370 calories–best of all! mg,rm,pr,ko,rt,ds,kk,ab,ts, plus Jeff (counterclockwise). And, a hello to Trish–a new cyclists, perhaps.

Okay, a morning like that just calls out for Housman.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
 
 
 
Okay, so we didn’t see a cherry tree. It’s symbolic. We did see a turkey fly (just barely fly) over our heads on the road to  Bristol. Whoosh.
 
Okay,  so I am not three score and ten (yet) but you get the point. The theme of late has been age related. Tempus Fugit and all that.  Still, who of us felt old this morning as we cycled up the valley alongside the mighty and wild Ottawa. Wasn’t that a ride for the books. You just should have been there. And, you can tomorrow–Sunday. Here’s the plan:
 
8 am; Stinsons; 85 kms approx; 400 metres of elevation; route: Renfrew via Campbell Dr, Lochwinnoh, Opeongo Rd, McNaughton, Butler, Hwy 60, then onward to Burnstown for coffee (64 km mark); home via 508 or White lake to be decided. Total distance approx 85 kms. Pace–steady. Now what does that mean?
 
ciao for now, hc
contact info: arnpriorcycling@bell.net
comments always welcome
 
ps: don’t ride an unsafe bicycle
pps: don’t ride an unclean bicycle
ppps: for tutelage with pace-line riding, check out the pace-line video (see disclaimer)