June 25/17: 84 Kms; 2 Hrs 48; 615 Metres; Nine Riders

RE the RLCT on the Inverary Road – “Did you hear that guy in the black pick-up yelling at us to get our spandex asses off the road?” “Ya, he’s a jerk, for sure!” “Well”, says Tim, “Not so fast. Just think of the groups of cyclists he’s had to wait behind to-day.” “I suppose you’re right. He’s just frustrated by the number of cyclists on the road to-day.” “Now, I understand.”

Understanding drives empathy. Buy, hey we can handle drivers yelling at us. It’s the ones that attempt to knock us off the road that scare the bejesus out of us. Our practice is to obey the rules of the road, to ride with care and safety in mind, and to eliminate cycling behaviours that cause friction and irritate drivers. That’s a tall order but it’s the best approach. “Breath and smile.” Peace is every step”

As for to-day’s cycle, it began under a clear sky and light winds and a steady pace on White Lake Rd towards ‘the mountain’. There was brief re-group at Kippen and then a spirited gallop to the short pitch to Creekside, followed by a moderate pace from here to Burnstown, where we climbed up and then down to Goshen. This eventually split the group in three as we all took our own time to Hwy 17, where we re-grouped, took a photo, and commented upon how lucky we were to ride such lovely back country roads. It was a delightful morning for a bike ride in the good company of like-minded souls. It doesn’t get better than this. Pinch yourself. We’re living the dream.  You really just should have been there.

 

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. c jung