July 20: 104 kms; 3 Hrs 55; — metres; 3500 calories. Mark, Max, Peter, Raymond, Keith, Rob, Perry, Kevin, Angelo, Tim, Eric.

Okay- outside my door this morning there were a good number of eager and hungry cyclists, all looking forward to an easy ride to breakfast at Pine Lodge at Bristol on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. But alas, ”The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,/ Gang aft agley”. And, so what was to be was not to be, so to speak. First, the ride to Storyland was made difficult by gusting winds. No problem. Payback was the ‘run’ to Pine Lodge, with speeds in excess of 50 kms/hr, aided considerably by the breeze. All was well and spirits were high but … upon arrival at Pine Lodge we discovered the place was without hydro and so closed for business; or closed for no business, I suppose. No problem, we thought–the Quyon Hotel will be open. So off we rode with even more conviction towards our long overdue breakfast. On the way, we had to clamber over a large white pine  strewn across Ch d’ Alymer. No problem. One by one, we made our way up and over the monster obstacle until we were on the bicycles and riding in no time with renewed vigour towards Quyon. That was until Kevin’s bicycle chain jammed in his frame and in so doing broke the non-drive-side drop out and mashed the derailleur itself.  And, so began bicycle surgery by the chain gang–Max (our  doc) and his residents, Angelo and Perry, extricated the chain from the frame, removed the derailleur and shortened the chain to MacGyver a fix—-and so converted the ten speed into a fixed gear, single speed. No problem. You just should have been there–or maybe not. But, we could have used Mark’s bag of tools.

Well, by this time the bacon and egg breakfast was looking lost to time and to power outages, if not desire. The Quyon hotel was closed, too. No problem. We found a roadside stand across the road from the hotel–McCann’s, staffed by cheery young folk. And, so we had our BF after all. Maybe not as we had imagined or when and where we had imagined but we had it. One must be adaptable. Kudos to all the lads for their good humour, patience and collegiality, which would be tested again soon when Keith punctured opposite Wes’ Chips on Madawaska Blvd. No problem–not home yet but close. You just should have been there. It was just one of those days.

Okay, tomorrow we ride to Kanata via Galetta to Cty Rd 5 to Carp and beyond; home via Carp and Panmure Rd to Dwyer Hill. Distance about 100 kms. Meet at Arnprior Library; 7.30 am 7.30 am. It will be cool but it will be perfect.

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Closed for breakfast! Now What?

Closed for breakfast! Now What?

Doc Max and his Residents examine the patient

Doc Max and his Residents examine the patient

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