Aug 05/17: 110 Kms; 3 Hrs 30; 907 Metres; Seven Riders

Hello to you all.
Well, what can I say other than that was a memorable ride in less than ideal conditions, by that I mean swirling wind. But, really, the elephant in the room at the Bonnechere Cafe was the unspoken thought on everyone’s mind about summarily dismissing the tour director for choosing to ride up Calabogie Road on a long weekend. To say that it was busy was like saying the 417 is busy at rush hour. According to the tally, one hundred and eight-one cars passed us. That’s the bad news. The good news is that without exception the drivers gave us a lane to ourselves. Still, it was worrisome. Suffice it to say, there was very little conversation for 18 kilometres, until we took refuge on the side of the road on Norton by the graveyard – a fitting spot to pause and give thanks for our safe arrival at what was for some their ‘final resting place’. Fortunately, not ours, not this time.So, without belabouring the point, this was not your TD’s finest hour, as he had to bear the ignominy of hearing the day’s route dubbed as “The Three Evil Sisters – White Lake Mountain, Calabogie Rd, and Pucker St., with the worst of these, as always, the middle child. But, the TD is a cheery fellow and didn’t let this vociferous criticism affect his genial disposition. And, smart fellow that he is, he won’t be scheduling any rides on Calabogie Rd for some time.

Still, when all is said and done, it was (in retrospect)(and for the mindful) a glorious morning. The sky was its own theater – dramatic, full of sunshine one minute; the next, overcast; and, then, mottled; followed by the billowing, variegated clouds of high summer, as if the sky director couldn’t make up his mind on what set to use for the play unfolding in the verdant and fertile fields, and on the roads below. 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 Renfrew via Dwyer Hill, Waba, Stewartville, Goshen, Gillan, Opeongo, #132, Lochiel, etc to Tim’s on O’Brien for coffee after 67 Kms; home via Whitton, L-W, Stevenson, etc. for a total distance of 97 Kms. See Map for details

This route is designed to keep us away from any busy roads and will be in stark contrast to Saturday’s course. Also, it is relatively flat with low gradients for the most part. So, when you wake up early on Sunday morning, don’t forget to ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bicycle with my buddies. Now, I guarantee that will get you up and out. No question, unless, of course, you’ve already hightailed it out-of-town to escape this dynamic, irresistible call. Why, even night-owls have been known to leave their nest rather than miss such a joyous gathering. It’s that good, you’ll just want to be there.

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: 13 – 20 C, mixed sun and cloud; POP 10%; winds W & NW 20, with gusts to 25.

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