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May 27/18: 101.9 Kms; 3 Hrs, 13: 508 Metres;  Five Riders + PD

Howdy. That’s a grand day now. Hope you’ve had a good morning’s activity. We sure have. Certainly, the prospects for the ride were brighter (than yesterday) as we left Stinsons for Carp – the long way. It was a hard effort into the relentless east wind. We all agreed climbing hills is more satisfying that riding the flats into the wind. Thank goodness we have a couple of big lads, as in strong, to haul us along. But, we also have an AF (in MAFIA) in our midst, who contributed much to the homeward pace, and the overall average speed of the ride. You just had to be there on Kinburn Side Road and then again on Carp Road and the Galetta Side Road as CAM took the lead and bolted like a young filly newly released into the paddock. It was truly inspiring, and I might say, a delight, and a relief, to be in her direct slipstream. KO gave added incentive by calling out the pace – 45, 46, 47, 48, 49. This acted like a jockey’s light tap on the front runner’s flank at the quarter pole, and spurred CAM to bear down even more so. Yes, you really just should have been there.

Kudos to Blair for his early morning cycle in from Carp to meet us at Stinsons. Also, hats off to Raymond for gutting out what was a tough three hours. Also, to Peter, who did his own ride to Almonte and fought the wind mightily. You guys set great examples to us all.

Right, we are almost ready for the RLCT. We’ve completed all the big training rides. You can still ride hard this week, if you have the time; but next weekend, we’ll take a more relaxed approach well, maybe just a little. For those that have been able to ride regularly, you won’t regret all of your hard effort, especially if we encounter heavy winds and rain on June 09/10.

Congratulations for making it out to Stinsons each weekend.

What I’m listening to:

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

Look forward to hearing from you at;;;

There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness.  This mysterious unity and integrity is wisdom, the mother of us all, “natura naturans.”  There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy.  It rises up in wordless gentleness, and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.  Thomas Merton

Too full to speak

May 26/18: 168 Kms; 762 Metres; 5 Hrs, 20; Nine Riders

Wow, did we dodge a bullet this morning. Rain to start, spits really, that’s all. And, the wind, well it was a head and cross wind for the outward leg but strength in numbers allowed for a good pace. Mind you, it’s hard to have much of a conversation with your cycle mate when the wind is assaulting your ear, like a squalling babe begging for attention. Most distracting. But, sometimes just the mere presence of another human offers solace though no words pass between – alone as we are in this unfeeling universe. Curious the dynamic of interpersonal relations. We are lucky to share such communal spirit and joy. Not all are fortunate to find like-minded souls for a few intense hours each week. Thank you for being part of my week.

As  for the return trip, well it was a breeze, at pace, and with effort. We held nothing back – leaving us all relieved to finally swing into Stinsons, and so end the ride. Mind you, the after cycle debrief is not to be missed. You know, you really just should have been there.

Sunday, Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to Carp to have coffee with Alice. You know, you’ll just want to be there. Route is via Dwyer Hill, Cnty Rd 20, Blakeney, Almonte, #49, Burnt Lands, Vaughn, Donald B Munro to Carp (km 59); home via Cnty Rd 5, Thomad Dolan, Stonecrest, #20, #5, Galetta Side Rd, Olh Hwy 17 for a total distance of 102 kms; 471 Metres.

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:  13C – 24 C; mix of sun & cloud; winds E 18.

What I’m listening to:

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

Look forward to hearing from you at;;;

You didn’t come into this world.  You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.  Alan Watts


Beauty In the foggy dew

Totally shocked by the surfeit of food

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.

Look forward to hearing from you at;;;

*Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen


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

May 21/18: 65 Kms; 2 Hrs 21; 396 Metres; Six Riders

May 20/18: 67 Kms; 2 Hrs, 32; 1068 Metres; Five Riders + JG

May 19/18: 131 Kms; 4 Hrs 12; 891 Metres; Seven Riders

That’s not a bad weekend of riding at pace and with climbs, except for this morning when we were true to our word. Willie R can vouch for that. Controlled and at a conversational speed. This was a very nice change and one we’ll adopt from time to time. Well disciplined everyone.

Yesterday in the Gatineau, we wasted no time (for us at any rate) in riding a double loop, albeit we were scattered in groups of two and singles because of a parking lot mix-up that resulted in JG very  late. This caused dissension about whether to wait or go. The impatient went and the patient doctor waited. Lots of lessons to be learned here for me. Sorry guys. Still, the Gatineau makes for great cycling. We’ll do that again but with more planning and contingency built in. Thanks to everyone for accepting me back to the fold.

As for next weekend, it’s Pembroke and 170 kilometres. Details to follow about the route and time of departure. KO is the road-boss and I await his instructions.

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

Look forward to hearing from you at;;;

So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.   wby


Okay, it has taken me a while but I’ve finally gotten the message loud and clear. Just the facts, no editorial comments or musings or ride details since they are of no interest to you and only take up space and time. Henceforth, it’s route info only.

Meet at P3 Gatineau Park on Sunday. 8 am start sharp. Route will be a double route of approx 67 kilometres.

May 13/18: 104 Kms; 3 Hrs 25; 513 Metres; Eight Riders.

Well that was another great cycling morning, if somewhat cold to start at 7 am when we saddled up from Stinsons. No matter, we pedalled on, and said little to each other, tried to conserve energy, and looked to the sky for signs of warmth, rode the shady sections of road with vigour, and generally hunkered down to the task at hand. We greeted the little inclines on the road to Fitzroy with pace in the hope of staving off the windchill, until at Stonecrest we stopped in sunlight by the side of the road. Spirits were high and rising by the minute with the temperature. The lads were in top form and vying for turns at the front as we cycled mostly downhill towards Kinburn Side Rd. And so it went for several kilometres until the fateful climb up Thomas Dolan to the Sixth Line. That double crest caught us unawares, and some of us were spent before the top, having given too much on the initial slope. Blair and Keith, of course, cruised on as if it were a molehill.  You know, you just should have been there.


– Kudos to Blair for leaving home on his bicycle from Kanata at 5 am. Now, that’s commitment to the group rides and much appreciated; also, a shout out to Steve from Pembroke for an early morning drive to join us. No flies on Steve as he rode with grace and strength for the entire trip.

– Also, thanks to all for cooperating with the 7 am start and for accepting the change without complaint in the planned route from Quyon to Kanata. That’s why I write, “The tentative plan … .”

– Next Saturday’s ride is the Middleville-Hopetown-Calabogie circuit for 130 kilometres; elevation gain 816 Metres. Stops at Hopetown (57 kms), Neat Cafe (108 kms) for coffee.

– Riding to Kingston is one thing; riding back is another. Also, bad weather creates extra physical strain and sapping mental fatigue. Think of your training as building fitness and reserves for day two and inclement weather, possibly on both days. What a thought! Aren’t you really happy you signed up now. But, really, it’s so much fun, especially the beer garden on the common. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

– Supplies/inventory at MEC/Bushtukah, etc dry up leading up to the RLCT. If you need to replace your cycling shoes, for example, or maybe you need tyres, tubes, a new  helmet, Gels, Chews, energy bars, etc, it would be best to get them now. Don’t procrastinate or you’ll have little or no choice. Not meaning to sound paternalistic but I do count on everyone to be at his best to get me to Kingston and back. Vested interest, I have in this.

– Cross-training is a great thing. Just don’t begin new exercise regimes just before the RLCT. You still have time to add running into your weekly schedule but keep it light and short.

– Finally, if you know any mother cyclists out there, wish them a happy Mother’s Day.

What I’m listening to: Jann Arden Mother

Pointless – ultimately all human endeavour is, given that entropy will result in the universe collapsing inwardly on itself. “because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit” Ecclesiastes

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

 Look forward to hearing from you at;;;

“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.” Alan Watts

May 12/18: 119 Kms; 3 Hrs, 47; 574 Metres; Eight Riders

Howdy …

Sorry, no time to write. Under the influence of an alien force. Best, I could do. Ciao

Just asking you, “When the alarm rings on Sunday morning, where else would you rather be than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits?”

As for to-day’s ride, what do you say when the day beckons you for an embrace, like a young child –  eyes sparkling and open wide, arms outstretched, joyful, and a mouth full of a sweet laughter. That was our surprise greeting as we soft pedaled, light of mood, and full of delight into the morning air. Yes, it was cool but the sky was deep blue with promise. We embraced it, holding nothing back, like two lovers long-time parted and now reunited. You know you just should have been there.

Yes, our days are filled with little moments of magic even though we don’t know at the time. Reflection adds a patina of nostalgia; and while physical effort hardens the body, repose afterwards calms the mind and enlivens the spirit.

A full Ten to Kevin for discovering this route and for his steady riding. Kudos to everyone for showing up. Appreciate that. Also, it was nice to see a couple of new faces at Stinsons this morning: SG and WR. Hope to see you guys again soon.
Sunday 7:00 am 7:00 am Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:00 am 7:00 am 7.00 am 7:00 7:00 start and ride to Starbucks in Kanata for coffee after 56 kms; Rob’s route, mostly. Total distance 104 kms; 489 Metres. 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:  6C – 19 C; sunny; winds SE 15.

What I’m listening to:

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

Look forward to hearing from you at;;;


When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses.

So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives–
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.   Seamus Heaney