Hello. When I re-read these posts, I’m occasionally embarrassed to see typos, spelling, and grammatical errors. I would like to say that most of them, if not all, result from gremlins within the predictive text software. I think that’s fair for the most part; but, there are times when I simply use the wrong word. It’s as if I’ve developed dyslexia at this age. Is that possible? In any event, thank you for your understanding when I write thank you for you’re understanding and when I use to when I mean to write too. And, that doesn’t even account for my use of who when I should write whom. Where is GS when I need him. Okay, that’s my mea culpa, for now.

To-day’s theme (isn’t it always) is becoming: childhood –  growth, blossom, maturity; age – decline and decay. Where are we on the  continuum? Is it really a progression? At what point, does it become regression? Stay fit, fine, firm – ride you bicycle – always.

Okay, so much for that. Here’s the scoop for  Saturday. It will be a shorter ride and easier than the MEC Summer Century on Sunday. We have six riders for that, with details to follow by way of a separate email on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday, assuming wind is from the north-east:

Meet at Stinsons at 7:30 am 7:30 am and ride to Carp for coffee with Alice. Route via Galetta and Fitzroy to County Rd 5 to Carp; home via Craig Side Rd, Donald B Munro, etc. for a total distance of approx 70 Kms.

NOTE the Venue and Time: Stinsons on White Lake Rd 7:30 am, sharp departure.

Temperature will be in the low twenties; wind NE at 10. Who wouldn’t want to ride in that?

As for the ride, this is a flat ride, for the most part; we’ll leave the heavy lifting until Sunday’s MEC Tour. Saturday, the pace will be down market to save the legs for Sunday. Hope you agree with this strategy. Coffee after 35 kilometres. As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road. Bring gels, bars, water, electrolytes, etc. Liquids will be a key element tomorrow.

Alert: Important information: These are ‘no-drop’ group rides. It’s steady as she goes (conversational style), except for the hills where it’s every man for himself. Regroup at the top. Honest effort required by all. New cyclists welcome.

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

I used to think that grown-up people chose
To have stiff backs and wrinkles round their nose,
And veins like small fat snakes on either hand,
On purpose to be grand.
Till through the banister I watched one day
My great-aunt Etty’s friend who was going away,
And how her onyx beads had come unstrung.
I saw her grope to find them as they rolled;
And then I knew that she was helplessly old,
As I was helplessly young. Francis Cornford

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