May 18/15: 45 Kms; 1 Hr 37; 206 Metres; Six Riders.

Well, hello there. You may have missed a good one this morning. Of course, that depends upon your definition of a good one. But, if you’re a fan of adventure, light winds, warm air, and no pressure pedaling, then, this was it. We took advantage of the superb conditions to wander a bit from the usual path. You might say it was exploratory, containing some hard-pack and undulating back roads. It really was quite delightful. You just should have been there. And, that doesn’t even take into account the tail-wind on Dwyer Hill, and us sitting on the ‘bus’ behind Rob and Joe. Pretty nice, I must say.

Okay, when is it safe to ride a bicycle. I think the answer is never. It’s too easy to take for granted that we’ll arrive home safely. Not so. I had a reminder of this as I turned onto Usborne Rd, with just a half-kilometre to go. Suddenly, in front of me, the driver of a parked car decided to do a U-turn in the middle of the road. No notice, no signal, no nothing. I just missed being side swiped. The poor lady driver had no idea I was there. It certainly frightened her and scared the bejesus out of me. All this to say, I was almost home free but you are never home free. Take care and stay safe.

Now, for next Saturday, we ride to Pembroke. It’s Keith’s route: RR to the Four Corners, Haley’s Station, Magnesium Road, etc. for brunch after 100 kms+/- at the Irving Big Stop Restaurant; home via Beachburg and Forester’s Falls. Total distance 170 Kms. This is a long ride with hilly sections and it will require a measured pace for the duration. Stay tuned for an update on the start time and venue. Please have your bike in good nick for this RLCT dress rehearsal. Don’t miss this opportunity to nail down your on-ride food and liquid.

Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

“Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch a path, if you can only see it.” hm

In the moment

In the moment