June 23/18: 66.28 Kms; 2 Hrs, 23; 1214 Metres; Five Riders

Hello!! Sorry, too many exclamation points. But, I just had to emphasize my greeting, so enthused am I from the effect of this morning’s ride on my mood. Not that I need any supplements to get me up, being a naturally ebullient person. Riding is mental therapy and physical pleasure and pure joy, all together. Now, that’s a threesome! And, like I said, no drugs –

“Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew” ed

Yes, that’s what riding in the Gatineau does to one/for one. As Tony the Tiger might say, “It was Grrreat”. Conditions were near perfect, with just the shadow of rain on the pavement, like a dash of horseradish on a dinner plate with its pungent promise close at hand. But, like a picky dinner guest playing with his food, the rain wasn’t serious. We rode sans jackets, enjoying the fresh air on arms and legs. You know, you just should have been there.

The pace was quick, and I soon found myself (last man) several metres off the back as we approached the Pink Lake climb. Soon after, it was a hard left turn onto the Champlain Parkway and a steady climb to the Lookout. Exultant we were, at the top. But, with only 20 kms ridden, we had lots of work yet to do. So, off we cycled – down Fortune Parkway to the Meech Lake Rd and then back up Fortune Parkway and then down King Mountain to the t-junction, where we swung left to make a final counter-clockwise ride to P8, P9/P10 and the Corkscrew, again. Did I mention we were having a blast? Unbelievable. In fact, we almost did a third loop. No kidding, you just should have been there.

Thanks to the lads for showing up early, especially JG. Also, special thanks and a big surprise to welcome Steve G, who drove down from Pembroke. This was his inaugural cycle in the Gats; and, he loved it, as shown by his strong riding (what hills?) and happy smiles. Well done!

Strava Live, courtesy of TS: https://www.relive.cc/view/1656878207

Okay, here’s the plan for tomorrow:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am 7.30 am start and rideto Tim’s on O’Brien for Coffee (km 56) or Neat Cafe (km 73); home via Whitten, L-W, Goshen, #508, Burnstown, W-L, etc for a total distance of 94 kms and elevation of 587 metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

Caveat: Route is tentative and is depends upon rider consensus, the turnout, and the weather.

For those with time constraints, there are many options to cut it short. Don’t miss out, just because the route is longer than you have time for. Weather:  16C – 20 C; Cloudy; winds N 12.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9GlC9GyF4Y   Elvis Costello

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

At the door of every happy, contented man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws, some calamity will befall him–illness, poverty, loss–and nobody will hear or see, just as he doesn’t hear or see others now. But there is nobody with a little hammer, the happy man lives on, and the petty cares of life stir him only slightly, as wind stirs an aspen–and everything is fine.”       Anton Chekhov