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Hello, don’t despair the dry roads and warm temperatures are just around the corner. Okay, who am I kidding? We’re still in a deep freeze and there’s more snow than ever. But, the end is in sight, if the dry roads and warm temperatures aren’t. Yes, we live in hope – “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.” So, will we be on the bicycles soon?

What I didn’t say enough –

I didn’t say thank you to the Fitzroy skate-ski groomer.

I didn’t say thank you for the ride to the ski park.

I didn’t say thank you for sharing time with me to-day – that was fun.

I didn’t say thank you to the barista – that was a great cup of coffee.

I didn’t say thank you for dinner – that was delicious.

I didn’t say thank you for participating in the group weekend rides.

I didn’t say thank you for the compliment – that was nice of you to say that.

I didn’t say thank you for your patience – I’m sorry I’m late.

I didn’t say thank you for helping me understand how that’s done.

I didn’t say thank you for your frankness and friendship.

I didn’t say thank you for bringing that to my attention  – I’ll try to do better.

I didn’t say thank you to my parents.

I didn’t say thank you for being alive and being mindful of the great mystery of life

Yes, I didn’t say thank you enough.

To be – is to be alive and that is the beginning of everything.

Regarding future blog posts, the next one will be in May 06 or thereabouts.

Regarding the Manifesto (Rules of the Road), it’s on ice indefinitely but I do have a replacement – a simple, sensible statement for publication in a few days.

What I’m listening to: Mark Knofler

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net;   Tweets by @ArnpriorCycling

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Champlain Lookout – magic, marvel, and wonder

Hello there –

Good day. I wish you many happy kilometres of cycling for several more weeks.

It’s time for me to go. I’m off. The call of the Alps beckon:

I leave home and all that’s familiar and I enter a new world of novelty and desire. What will I find there? Will I return the same person or be changed or be indifferent to the experience? How will I find you upon my return, the same or changed or indifferent? Will we resume as before, will we start over, or just leave off?

Change can only come from within, they say; but it’s influenced by experiential reality of place and time and events, like the altering course of a river as it encounters boulders and ledges, constrictions, dams, and the erosion of time. Here’s to the tumble, the riffle, the rapid, and the boiling whitewater. May your life be a Level Six – challenging, adventuresome, and exhilarating. May I find you renewed and still alive with wonder, and with the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude for this one life.

I’ll return, no doubt –  the same but different.

Upcoming Events:

August 19:

September 29:

What I’m listening to:  Etta James

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net;;

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“When the Lord chooses slaves, they become his free people. And when he chooses free people, they become slaves of Christ” I Cor 7-22

Mourne Mountains – Glen River Ice Hut

Heather Vase

Hello. This is just a heads-up that I won’t be around in April to send blog posts about weekend rides. That being the case, I’ll leave you to get together on what ever basis you decide. I will be back for the weekend of April 28/29, and I expect to ride both days, assuming my return flight connections go as planned.

All this brings me to proposed changes to the ride format in May, or at the latest in June after the RLCT. I haven’t had much written feedback to my request for comments (March 01) about routes, meeting times, venue, etc. I do, however, know from casual conversation (and the odd remark) that many of you feel the rides are getting stale, the chosen roads busy and rough, and the two-minute warning restrictive – all this to say that you find me ‘old in my ways’, my routine too rigid, and lacking in spontaneity. That being the case, I propose that we rotate the weekend responsibility for route creation, start time, and venue so that everyone gets an opportunity to have a say in what we do and when we do it, etc. You’ll have an opportunity to do this during my absence. We might as well just carry on in the same way when I return. The only difference being that I’ll still create a blog post of the route on Friday and Saturday afternoons to spread the word further afield. In any event, something to think about during my absence. We can come up with a ‘rider in charge’ schedule upon my return.

Regarding the May 27 Grand Fondo in Mount Tremblant, there appears to be no interest in this:

Other rides to pencil into your calendar:

Tour de Whitewater July 07 from Westmeath –

Tour de Bonnechere August from Eganville. No details yet but last year it was on Aug 20, 2017

Other News

Instagram Account for Arnprior Cycling:

It’s a private account with photos of our rides for the past year plus a few scenes of the winter in the Gatineau. If you would like access to the photo journal, please send me a request via Instagram ‘to follow’. I will not publish photos on the blog for privacy reasons. Also, based upon feedback, I will no longer send a ride-recap email with the subject line To-day’s Photo.

Music I’m listening to as I write:

Look forward to hearing from you should you feel inclined to write.

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

Comments always welcome at;;;

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson

Well hello there. It’s time to remind you again of the big day – June 09/10, 2018; 100 days and counting.

I hope you find these blog posts informative, if not interesting. Of course, I hope you find them of interest, too, in the way a x-mas form letter is not particularly personal but is a welcome read just the same. As I write, I think of you, my readers far and near- some of you friends, others acquaintances, and many not known to me at all.

No, I’m not on meds, though they has been highly recommended by some. It’s just my enthusiasm is ever high and my outlook ever hopeful in living up to the daily miracle of this life – precious, distinct, and inexplicable. So, I try to be fully awake, and alive.

That’s why I have always liked walking the Camino. It’s an endeavor demanding attention and discipline. Routine imposes itself, naturally. On the Camino, you walk, eat, and sleep; you carry your world on your back (and in your wallet). You have few belongings, except for a cluttered mind that will soon be emptied of care and worry. Your feet become your primary concern. That’s all. Beautiful and simple.

Just like this toast I make for you: May life never be so dark that you lack hope; may your tomorrow always be brighter than to-day; may your cup runneth over with life’s bounty; may humour lighten your days; may you have abundant health; may you have good friends aplenty; and, may your bicycle always be at hand for adventure.

Right, one last thing. If you have any thoughts/recommendations on this year’s cycling season re meeting times, venue, route planning, pace, distances, coffee, training regime, tour leaders, blog reports/recaps, etc., please get back to me at

Also, FYI, I’ve upgraded WordPress to remove banner adds to de-clutter your reading experience. I have also obtained the domain name I hope you find these changes to your liking. Having said that, if you’d prefer to go back to email notification of rides rather than having a blog (which you find has little value), let me know.

Also, is there any interest in signing up for the Super 160 KM Fondo at Mount Tremblant, May 27:  If so, this could replace our annual Pembroke 170 km training route.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;;

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold      William Carlos Williams

Hello. Which rider are you?

Hello.  The countdown is on for the RLCT – 125 days. Are you ready? I hope not – not to be selfish but if you’re ready now then what’s to become of the rest of us. At the other extreme, I hope you’ve maintained at least a modicum of fitness this winter. I’ve found from personal experience that it’s very hard to start at zero and work one’s way into form in April when so many others have been active walking, swimming, running, skiing, or on indoor trainers. It’s not too late though to take-up the cudgel. You still have seven weeks before we hit the road. Don’t panic; just start your fitness programme now with a goal to ride 100 kms right out of the blocks in April. Gone are the days when we eased into the 100 km rides. So, there you have it – a shot across the bow to alert you to the quickly approaching cycling season.

I expect this year to be one of the best (for personal) reasons. I’m determined that age will not hold me back, yet. I also, expect to see the weekend group rides expand in size, with many of you already signed up for the RLCT. To that end, I’m proposing regular rides in the Gats (twice a month in the lead up to the RLCT and once a month thereafter), with a focus on hill work for that extra training edge. Proposed start at P3 by 7:30 am and riding to Chelsea via Pink Lake and the Corkscrew to the Champlain Lookout, with a return to the junction at Champlain and Gatineau Parkway. At this point, we’ll do a second loop. Total distance 63 kilometres and 1169 metres of climbing. Excited. I am. Can’t wait, but, really living in the now now. That’s the only way, right! Where else would you rather be? I know my Christian friends would answer this question differently as they hunger for the rapture but for me the end is the end, so to speak.

Been thinking of this, of late, as I continue to learn to soak up the entirety of each day and limit fruitless thoughts. Connection with others is paramount; connection with the natural world is essential. Favoured are those who have a boon companion – “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” Thomas Merton

A few good friends make a difference in one’s life. Our small but dynamic cycling group is a big part of my life, and my enjoyment – especially as I’m increasing alone in off-season fitness pursuits. One day, you may join me in Mallorca? Life is like a funnel – open at the conical mouth and constricted at the end. I’m doing my best to hold off the inevitable entropic spiral to the bottom. I therefore express my gratitude to you all for your gravitational pull upwards.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;

Hello. This is just a reminder that registration for the 2018 RLCT opens on January 31. Here is the link: FYI, most of us sign up for the Classic route on the registration page; but, we actually only ride the classic route to Kingston; we ride the Cruise route back to Ottawa. This is a nice variation on the out-and-back Classic route and affords a welcome change of scene. As well, the Cruise is not as heavily travelled as the Classic. Others choose to ride the Century from Perth. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be ready for the RLCT if you join us on our weekend training, beginning April 2018.

With that in mind, please don’t leave your annual bike tune-up until the last-minute. Do it now when you have lots of time and no need for the bike. A well maintained, clean bicycle is a safe bicycle to ride. This is absolutely paramount when riding in a group. Don’t endanger yourself or your cycling friends by riding an ‘unfit’ bicycle. That means a total check-up and overhaul by your favourite bike mechanic, and includes the inspection of the frame for scratches, cracks or dents; checking all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedals; checking quick releases, cassette and chain rings, spokes; truing wheels; checking bottle cages for tightness; replacing cleats and chain as necessary.

If you have carbon rims, use only approved brake pads for the specific wheel rim. Finally, well almost (the list is endless), treat yourself to new bar tape, and helmet, maybe. Check it out anyway.

As well, now’s the time to kit out your saddle bag. Remove the detritus from last year and resupply as necessary. Keep it simple – a spare (working) inner tube, tyre levers, tyre boot, patch kit, master link, CO2 cartridge, multi-tool, ID, some spare cash. That’s about it, unless you’re the safety guy, in which case you can add a  medical kit – bandages, medication, etc.

Okay, you know all the above anyway. Right? So, why bother with this post. Hey, I got things on my mind and needed to talk to somebody. That’s as good a reason as any.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;