July 29/17: 108 Kms; 3 Hrs 18; 574 Metres; Nine Riders

Hello. How are you? That was a great Saturday on all accounts, not the least of which was an early morning cycle for us. I hope you were able to make the most of your day. The clock hands turn too quickly to tarry. Up and at it, so to speak.

As for our ride, let me say that it was very nice to see CM, who has been absent for several weeks. But, no problem for her, as she continues to be in great form, adding not only spark and pizzazz to to-day’s ride but also pace.

Well, yesterday’s call to arms was heard loud and clear, resulting in a good number of cyclists at Stinsons ready and eager to pedal. Now, that’s a mixed metaphor because one doesn’t pedal a bicycle with one’s arms. Also, there was very little about to-day’s ride that was confrontational, unless you take into account the mad interval on Stonecrest, with several of the lads jockeying for position; or, the urging by Cathy, tucked in behind Mark, to go for it on Dwyer Hill; or, Joe’s riding for several kilometres just off the front of the group. Mind you, these were largely inconsequential compared to the north wind obstructing our forward movement. Still, like a squad of seasoned soldiers on the field of battle following their leader’s orders, we positioned ourselves in echelon formation to mitigate the enervating effects of the northerly force. So, it was with great relief that we finally reached the junction of Carp Rd and the Galetta Side Rd., where we had the best of what the day could offer by way of a tail wind. And, a delicious morsel it was, even though it gave us a false notion of our true abilities. But, reality is not desirable for ever minute of the day; so, we lived briefly in a state of denial and bliss. You know, you really just should have been there. 

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride to Pakenham for sweet buns and coffee (km 71); home via Kinburn, Loggers Way, Galetta, etc for a total distance of 104 kms. Note Map is an indication only.

This route is mostly flat. Sure we gain ground on our way to Burnstown; yes, there are rollers to White lake; and, we climb out of Pakenham but really it’s a piece of cake. You’ll be asking yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” as you relish the new pavement on Waba Rd. And, who doesn’t look forward to sticky-buns and butter tarts at the General Store. Not to be missed. Book your ticket. Don’t miss the train leaving Stinsons at 7:30 am. Toot toot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MSs3eFQ4nU

Our training goal is to gain power and strength and to build upon our existing endurance base.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 16 – 23 C, full sun and no rain in the forecast; winds variable and light.

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

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

Self-Portrait

I wish I was twenty and in love with life
and still full of beans.
Onward, old legs!
There are the long, pale dunes; on the other side
the roses are blooming and finding their labor
no adversity to the spirit.
Upward, old legs! There are the roses, and there is the sea
shining like a song, like a body
I want to touch
though I’m not twenty
and won’t be again but ah! seventy. And still
in love with life. And still
full of beans.       Mary Oliver