Sept 22: 76 Kms; 2 Hrs 35 Saddle Time; 397 Metres; 2454 Calories. Jeff, Perry, Keith, Rob.

Okay, cool, cold and windy but feeling super now that’s it’s over. Tough ride for everyone, with the heavy winds being the most challenging aspect of this morning’s ride. Yes, the air was cool and the strong wind tore the warmth away from the body but the intense effort to move the bike forward soon raised one’s internal temperature. Still, no one minded that we would arrive at Tims for coffee after only thirty Kms into the ride. You just should have been there (for coffee, I mean). Here we were cocooned and warm and sheltered from the north-west wind, hiding a little perhaps from the elements. But soon, it was time to mount up and head towards Pinnacle Hill and Storyland, to be followed by the speedy dash home, with the aid of a welcome tailwind. If anyone was in doubt about what was coming, Perry’s 70 km downhill sprint off Storyland hill set the tone for the remaining kilometres. Now, you just should have been there. Great feeling of exhilaration and high spirits by the time we reached the Valley Carver.

Special mention to Jeff, who rode about 100 kms this morning.

Okay, ciao. AC. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling.

…It is colder now,
    there are many stars,
we are drifting
North by the Great Bear,
the leaves are falling,
The water is stone in the scooped rocks,
to southward
Red sun grey air:
the crows are
Slow on their crooked wings,
   the jays have left us— from Epistle To Be Left in the Earth (A MacLeish)

Just happy to be cycling

Just happy to be cycling

Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour