Hello, well, the RLCT is around the corner. In fact, it’s coming up fast. Real fast.

This is our last big weekend of mileage before the event. You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s cycle to Pembroke or Carp. Decision to be made on Saturday morning.

It’s an awesome ride whichever destination we choose, with the same distance+/- as the Ottawa-Kingston trip but with more elevation gain. All in all, a very good test of one’s fitness for the big weekend. You won’t regret joining us.

You’ll win in four ways: 1) your confidence will go through the roof 2) your cardio-respiratory fitness will get a real boost 3) you’ll get a good feel for your bike’s mechanical readiness 4) you’ll make final choices about on-road food – bars, gels, liquids, etc.

As for the destinations, Pembroke is straight away, with Keith in the driver’s seat. The route is a variation on previous years with a visit to Osceola and Micksburg to Hwy 41 and then the Big Truck Stop for Breakfast after 88 kms; home via Zion and Queensline to Storyland, etc. Total distance is 169 kms. Escape routes include, Storyland, 4 Corners, Haley’s Station, Cobden for those with time constraints.

The Carp route is more complicated because of the number of roads but really not that difficult. I may need crib notes. On the other hand, this is Blair and Tim’s neck of the woods. In brief, we ride from Stinsons at 7 am to Alice’s Cafe (kilometre 109) for coffee and a sandwich (no bf, sorry). Route is W-L Rd, Bellamy, Campbell Sd Rd, Waba Rd, Barr, Waba, Pakenham, Blakeney #17 to Almonte, Appleton, Carleton Place to 9th Conc, Ashton, Flewellyn Rd, Dwyer Hill, Fern Bank, Shea, Abbott, Iber, Huntmar, Richardson, Terry Fox, 2nd Line, Old Carp Rd, Carp, Cnty Rd 5, Thomas Dolan, Stonecrest to Kinburn Sd Rd to Pakenham, Hwy 29 to Conc 12 to Shaw Rd to Waba Rd to Conc 8 to W-L Rd to Arnprior. I’m out of breath just typing this.

Rationale for the Carp destination is that the wind direction is forecasted to be north and west in the morning and north and east in the mid morning. Of course, conditions may change.

Meet time is 7 am because of the unsettled weather and the length of the proposed rides.

Saddle time for Carp, barring any flats or other major delays, will be 6 hrs, depending upon the wind and weather. So, if we say 6 hrs on the road, with a half hour+/- stop in Carp, we should be back in Arnprior by 1:30 at the earliest, 3 pm at the latest, baring flats, etc. Pembroke would likely be an hour or so later.

Okay, Rain or Shine: Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:00 am 7:00 7.00 am start. When the alarm rings on Saturday morning, where else would you rather be than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits?

Weather:  18 C; cloudy; 60% of rain; winds S and S&E then N and E mid morning

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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*Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen

Up-Hill

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.           Christina Rossetti