Sept 27/15: 72 Kms; 2 Hrs 23; 351 Metres; Four Riders.

Well hello there. It was slim pickings on Sunday as I sat inside at Stinsons and sipped my coffee and waited in hope of more riders to show up. No luck; so at 8:02, three of us departed and were met eventually by Rob, who had ridden from Fitzroy. The air was mostly cool as we rode from bright sunshine into dappled light and then full shade We felt in turn currents of warm air, and then cool, and sometimes damp patches. This was an alternating pattern that played out on the road as if the fluctuating air temperatures were different strings in an aeolian harp being plucked in weird syncopation for the delight of an unseen artist. This had us reaching to unzip the gilet one moment and to zip-up the next. It was like this for the duration of the ride. That, and an uncooperative wind, no matter the direction of travel, were the order of the day. This was especially so on that long stretch of Waba Road to Pakenham. Now, that’s a hard slog. Fortunately, when Neil took to the lead, he punched a big hole for those that followed. The race was now on.

We took turns at the front – with short, sharp pulls that soon brought us to that final curve and the downhill into Pakenham. Glory be at last! You just should have been there as we sat at the harvest table in the back of the General Store and ate apple turnovers and pumpkin muffins and sipped our coffee. Not to be missed. All these good times continued as we swung left from the Five Arches bridge onto Dark’s Side Road. What a great time of year to cycle these country roads. Corn high and smiles all around – hard pack to boot. It was fun. You might want to join us next weekend?

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

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