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Hello –

How are you doing, eh? Are you bearing up under the strain of COVID19 and the COVID19 police.

For most of us, we’re lucky it’s only an inconvenience but for small business it’s a death knell. The authorities have put a gun to the head of the economy and pulled the trigger. The scale of bankruptcies and the destruction of Main St in towns will be enormous. If it’s not, then, our currency will be worthless because the printing presses will have been working overtime to print dollars to make restitution. Say goodbye to new roads, hospital, schools, and all public infrastructure. The country will be broken. The only good news here is that every other country will be in the same boat.

My take is that the official response to COVID19 has been an ill-thought-out strategy. The issue isn’t the number of potential dead; it’s really about saving the hospitals and the rate of fatalities. We could have dealt with COVID19 by a rifleman approach involving mass testing, proper segregation of the infected, and certificates of clean health for everyone else. But no, we quarantine everyone.

There’s a mouse in the shed (figuratively speaking) but instead of setting a trap selectively we set the traps in every house in the neighbourhood. Meantime, no one can walk around his/her house for fear of stepping on a trap. Crazy nut-bars in charge of the Pandemic. For my part, I don’t subscribe to the hero status of the Public Health Officials, Dr. Theresa Tam, et al. The medical professionals, the janitors, the essential workers, the shop assistants, etc., yes, for sure. The others are out to lunch. Thank God (sorry, don’t believe in God just an expression) we are not at war because if these guys were generals they’d have us all slaughtered for lack of foresight and planning.

Sorry, but, there’s way too much self-congratulations on how we’ve responded. I don’t buy that. The whole thing is a soap opera, like OJ’s trial on CNN.

Mind you, COVID19 has impacted my personal routines in the past few weeks.

I used to be abstemious about food and drink, had a reasonable diet, and had good habits but not now. Now, I’m eating, snacking really, all the time – chips, chocolate bars, candy, sesame snaps. My consumption of cheese and crackers is, well, over the top.

I used to drink one, maybe two, cups of coffee a day but not now. Now, I’m drinking coffee with the crackers and cheese, almonds, and other kitchen goodies throughout the day.

I used to be slim but not now. Now, I have a bulging waistline and my tapered, body fit cycling jerseys are a tad tight. I thought it was the bathroom scales. In fact, I was sure it was the bathroom scales but there’s no denying the fat rolls, as much as I try to.

I used to be a tee-teetotaler for most of my life but not now. Now, i enjoy a regular Bailey’s. It used to be a single drink once a week on a Saturday after a skate ski or long, hard cycle but not now. Now, I enjoy a drink anytime. Well, to be truthful, it’s one or two drinks at a time. Life just seems better afterwards.

I used to be a reasonable person, looking to the future, planning adventure and good time but not now. Now, my retirement $$ have diminished and I’m left enjoying the moment because instead of one more day it’s ‘one day less’. But, really, is there any point of cycling when there’s no coffee stop? It’s a hard grind.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
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“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” Seneca

Hello –

In my last Post I had anticipated the start-up of group riding to begin as early as this weekend. Since then, Cycling Canada (March 30) has published recommendations against this:

“If cyclists do not practice proper social distancing, the government may feel it has no choice but to intervene and prevent all outdoor riding which has happened in some other countries,” (NB: Spain, France; Restricted cycling in the UK; Province of Quebec under consideration).

URL here: https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/ridesevents/if-you-have-the-equipment-consider-training-inside-says-cycling-canada/

Accordingly, I will not post group ride details until further notice. If individuals want to make their own arrangements to ride in ones/twos, that’s fine. I don’t see an issue with that; whereas, a group of five riders may cause undue concern among the COVID19 police. The last thing we want is to be banned from cycling altogether, except for up and down one’s driveway. If the messaging doesn’t change, we will all die in bed from a coronary. It’s dangerously lacking in matters relating to exercise, in particular 250 minutes of moderate to vigorous per week. I wish the Heart Institute would speak up.

The way things are going it won’t be long before corpulent politicians and public health officials will demand permits from us to get out of bed in the morning. Instead of Stay at Home, it will be Stay in Bed! That, and the blanket dictate that 70+ individuals should stay at home is an indictment of their shotgun approach and an indictment of a society that assumes 70+ individuals are feeble.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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ANIMALS
Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth
it’s no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners
the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn’t need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water
I wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days (Frank O’Hara)

Hello –

Bizarre times.  Social distance and physical separation arising from an insidious viral threat lurking nearby – on the door handle, on the faucet tap, on bits of clothing, on tabletops, on stanchions, on columns, basically everywhere and on everything. Having to go about one’s life assuming one is an asymptomatic carrier; having to act in a responsible manner to save not just yourself but your neighbour, your family members, strangers, health care workers, cashiers, and service workers everywhere. Being admonished to stay indoors, stay at home, avoid all contact with humanity. Is this a Margaret Atwood novel?

Investment portfolios decimated three times – 30+% decline in the value of blue chip equities. Life was never so easy than it was four weeks ago. Now mayhem and chaos and irrational nut-bars running for the hills with their cars full of toilet paper. What have we come to? House arrest is next, most likely. Let’s petition for country wide testing to ferret out this viral insult to our way of life.

All to say, in light of the COVID19 pandemic and in light of a ban on recreational cycling in France and in light of measures in the UK to ‘shame’ group riders, I will not be posting any rides to the Blog until we emerge on the other side of COVID19. According to one UK doctor, the expired breath of your fellow cyclists in front of you/around you during group rides contains droplets, some of which may be COVID19.

The other reason to restrict group rides is to demonstrate compliance with the national wide edict ‘to not spread the virus’. We may yet be given a general prohibition on all outdoor activity. I hope not.

Check out this chilling (but effective video from Northern Ireland) of health professionals pleading for cooperation:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus/stay-at-home-respiratory-teams-plea-to-ni-public-as-belfast-health-trust-says-coronavirus-crisis-is-our-greatest-challenge-39066280.html

For now, as individuals, we can ride in ones/twos, I suppose, but we risk incurring the wrath of fellow citizens. MG sent me a report from Belgium where a pro rider was assaulted by a passing motorist in a fit of COVID19 rage.

So, how are you doing? Bearing up nicely, I hope. I’m so lucky to have discovered skate skiing three years ago. My winters have been transformed into delight and joy. It’s a terrific challenge for the uncoordinated but can be mastered, in time; and, it’s good for the brain, requiring neuro-muscular control, balance, coordination, muscle memory, and high cardio fitness. One could find a worse pastime, i.e. dipsomania.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

Right, that’s it. Always interested in points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“Meanwhile, someplace in the world, somebody is making love and another a poem. Elsewhere in the universe, a star manyfold the mass of our third-rate sun is living out its final moments in a wild spin before collapsing into a black hole, its exhale bending spacetime itself into a well of nothingness that can swallow every atom that ever touched us and every datum we ever produced, every poem and statue and symphony we’ve ever known — an entropic spectacle insentient to questions of blame and mercy, devoid of why.
In four billion years, our own star will follow its fate, collapsing into a white dwarf. We exist only by chance, after all. The Voyager will still be sailing into the interstellar shorelessness on the wings of the “heavenly breezes” Kepler had once imagined, carrying Beethoven on a golden disc crafted by a symphonic civilization that long ago made love and war and mathematics on a distant blue dot.
But until that day comes, nothing once created ever fully leaves us. Seeds are planted and come abloom generations, centuries, civilizations later, migrating across coteries and countries and continents. Meanwhile, people live and people die — in peace as war rages on, in poverty and disrepute as latent fame awaits, with much that never meets its more, in shipwrecked love.
I will die.
You will die.
The atoms that huddled for a cosmic blink around the shadow of a self will return to the seas that made us.
What will survive of us are shoreless seeds and stardust.” MP

Hello – a strange time, is it not?

Avoid alcohol – it doesn’t work; eat well, get exercise; maintain social connections, albeit keep physical distance.

It’s no fun. We’re gregarious by nature. Getting together is essential but most be managed in light of COVID19.

My plans for Mallorca have been kiboshed. So, I plan to ride locally and to post blog rides soon. For the time being, I’m skate skiing with a few others in the Gatineau. This should be good for another couple of weeks, depending upon the how much the rain erodes the snow base. If you haven’t been to the Gatineau for skate skiing or classic, it’s well worth the drive – absolutely spectacular and provides an awesome workout.

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/ski-conditions

http://skitrails.xcottawa.ca/skitrails_gatineau_park.php

As for group riding, we’ll manage this by keeping the group small and by staying apart at Stinsons and by following good hygiene on and off the bicycle. Specifically, with respect to nose blowing and expectoration, this must be curtailed in the proximity of others. KO has a good practice (note to self) of going to the back of the ride or crossing to the other side of the road. Worth following his example and doing the same.

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Guidelines

– Move your body every day.
– Avoid processed foods.
– Go outside.
– Don’t smoke.
– Don’t get drunk.
– Sleep 7-9 hours.
– Drive From Within
– Focus On The Process
– Don’t Worry About Being Best; Worry About Being Best At Getting Better
– Be Patient
– Be Here Now
– Spend time with good people

“You can’t always control what happens but you can sometimes control what happens next. B Stulberg

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LauDl7qwcA0 Mark Knofler

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   Tweets by @ArnpriorCycling

Also available on https://www.instagram.com but you’ll have to request to follow. I won’t follow back so your privacy is assured.

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHGjS-QpxY

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: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt1xKtPbUQ  Etta James

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

“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: https://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/site/

Other rides to pencil into your calendar:

Tour de Whitewater July 07 from Westmeath – https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.ca/

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: https://www.instagram.com/

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLCYH36ahpE

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 arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog; https://www.instagram.com/

“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 arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Also, FYI, I’ve upgraded WordPress to remove banner adds to de-clutter your reading experience. I have also obtained the domain name arnpriorcycling.blog. 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: https://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/site/?  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 arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
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 arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling