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November 10/18: 63 Kms; 2 Hrs, 23; 476 Metres; Four Riders

Well, hello there.

Did you rollover in bed this morning and pull the pillow over your head to drown the roar of the wind? Did you jump out of bed with a bounce in your step and a song in your heart at the prospect of a new day.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. RF

How many indistinguishable moments in a lifetime? How many in a year, each slipping away unnoticed, unmarked, and unfulfilled? A long life is a short life – even Methuselah is dead. What does one, anyone, remember of lying in bed. It’s getting up and confronting the day that creates memories. We had such a day. It’s rare for a bicycle ride to disappoint. Pedalling is elemental, a simple pleasure reaching back into childhood, and freedom – before books and consequences.

Still, some rides are difficult, arduous even; and, are enjoyed in remembrance more than in actuality. To-day’s answer to “How was the ride?” was that this Blog is BS when it extols the virtues of cycling and understates the effort, written as it is in the warmth and comfort of a den and far removed from the real cold and wind and climbs and treacherous roads encountered. The reality, we worked hard into a heavy cross-head wind for much of the ride and had to negotiate tricky patches of ice and snow especially on Goshen. Our fingers and toes were tingling from the cold; the mind tingling with anticipation and the heart warm with the coursing blood of life.

The effort paid dividends, however, when we turned at Burnstown for White Lake and then SW for Arnprior. It doesn’t get better than this. Okay, fair enough, it was fun, I think. But thinking is insufficient to the experience. It’s the feeling that I recall/remember. And, that was great. Nothing quite like the afterglow of a hard effort, cheeks ablaze, hands cupped around a hot mug of coffee, apres ride chatter and banter filling the air. Ah, delicious memories to feast on down through the years.

All said, you guessed it; there will be no ride on Sunday.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6zaCV4niKk Cat Stevens

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

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street. WB

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November 04/18: 75 Kms; 2 Hrs, 29; 542 Metres; Four Riders

Yes, you read that correctly. The date says November 04. What’s with that? Awesome, really, once we saddled-up and got moving down Russet and felt the full rays of the sun on our backs. Every kilometre brought us closer to pleasure and before long we experienced the pure, simple joy of riding (again) with like-minded friends. Yes, it was cool but only marginally. By the time we reached the Crevier, we had to stop to shed outer layers. Faces aglow and spirits high we carried on, knowing the pace and climbs would keep us warm. It was perfect. Well, it would have been perfect if I were twenty years younger, had fresh legs, and a stout heart. Still, I had good companions looking after me and we made a merry (small) group of cohesive cyclists. It was great, especially given the time of year – a day stolen, you might say; a gift from November to remind us that even the bleakest month has its delicious fruits. You know, you just should have been there.

Kudos to Joe, who is all-go all the time – strong, fit, powerful; and thanks to Steve for driving down from Pembroke and whose steady wheel is always a delight to follow; and, to Cathy, too. Words don’t capture her tenacity, amazing drive, wattage, and radiance.

Okay, next weekend is looking favourable for riding. Stay tuned for  updates later in the week.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? Hey, X-mas is coming and food will be plentiful and resolve inadequate for the occasion.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTIu4UbkK94   Bonnie Rait

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

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

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”

Burnstown Brethren

Hello. Where have you been? Or, is that your question. Does it matter? No. What matters is that we go forward and not backwards.

The RLCT is scheduled for June 08/09. If it’s not already on your calendar, pencil it in now. We’ll begin our official training programme on May 04/05. This gives us 10 weekend training days before the event itself. That’s not enough so we’ll hit the road running with 100+ kilometre rides right from the get-go. We’ll also include a couple of trips to the Gatineau to toughen the legs.

Let’s hope April is warm and dry. It’s likely to be wet and cool, making group rides a hit and miss affair. Regardless come May, it’s pedal to the metal.

You might say this advance notice is too early. Perhaps. But, I also invite you to consider skate skiing to maintain and improve your cardio fitness. That way you’ll arrive in April fitter than ever. Snow is around the corner and xcountry skiing, of whatever kind, is more fun and less arduous than cycling indoors – in my opinion.

Okay, that was a great season of cycling, thanks in part to the incredible weather. If you rode with us, many thanks for bringing your joie de vivre each weekend. The sun is within us; let it shine through. One candle lights many.

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday (no kidding):

Stinsons 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Neat Cafe or Carp to see Alice, depending upon the wind direction. Total kilometres expected to be on the 70-90 km range. Relaxed pace in comparison to the rides during peak season. Weather will be cool but sunny. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcJbzuyp6VY  C King

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

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

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September 03/18: 94 Kms; 3 hrs, 04; 608 Metres Four Riders (M, E, B, H); 94 Kms;  2 Hrs, 54; 608 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N)

September 02/18: 92 Kms; 2 Hrs, 59; 517 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N): 84 Kms; 2 Hrs, 57; 500 Metres; One Rider (H)

September 01/18: 94 Kms; 3 Hrs, 38; 1671 Metres; Three Riders (M, B, H): 51 Kms; 1 Hrs, 37; 308 Metres; Two Riders (K, J)

Okay, I’m back in the loop. Buy hey, that’s way too much information but it gives you an idea of the variety of rides on offer and the different priorities and personal circumstances of the riders in choosing one ride over another. It also reflects the time commitment of the riders. Not everyone has a long leash or the wants to escape domestic confines. And, some riders like to hit the snooze button while others like to get up and at it. We each have differing expectations, too; for example, some of us favour the Saturday Gatineau rides and others do not.

In the past, we’ve tried to be flexible, by finding the middle ground. This is now becoming difficult as riders voice their opinion on what suits them best. Hey, that’s democracy.

Perspective is a matter of the lens and the frame from which we view the world. For example, both the early (6:30 am) and the late (7:30 am) riders stated they made the right call this morning; and, they wondered why the others chose differently. Both groups were satisfied on all accounts. This got us thinking that there’s merit in being more accommodating by way of offering a greater choice of ride times – one at 6:30/7 am, the other at 7:30/8 to attract a larger number of potential participants. This may also result in bringing new cyclists to the weekend rides. By my count, there is an even split among the regulars between a desire to ride early – M,R,Kev,T,B,E,H; or, late – K,J,N,C,A,S. To simplify, we could have a designated ‘leader’ for each group to coordinate and to set routes, coffee stops, etc. Something to consider.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

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

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rd8VktT8xY   Eva Cassidy

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 Hesche

“Men have called me mad, but the question is not settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest of intelligence.” Edgar Alan Poe

Hello there –

Well, I missed this morning’s ride with the group because of family obligations. It does happen, even t o me. I didn’t get back for the 7:30 Stinsons rendezvous; and, I’ve had no word from the lads about to-day’s ride or Saturday’s ride, if in fact anyone rode. I did cycle myself mid-morning for 83.3 kms. It was wet but warm. I returned home with soaking feet but otherwise, no harm done. The sun was shining somewhere. Isn’t it always. Still, if we were to wait for the perfect conditions we’d never leave the house. Life is like that. Did Columbus set sail from Palos in 1492 under a clear sky and a calm sea?

Well, cycling from Stinsons won’t reach the local Chronicle Guide whether we ride in good or bad weather. And, we won’t cycle to a new world but maybe we’ll discover a renewed awareness and appreciation for the life we live daily. Vivimus Vivamus

Okay, I’ve been out of the loop. I’m the so called communication guy who doesn’t know what’s up. Here’s the tentative plan for Monday:

1) Stinsons 6:30 start (NB: Rain or shine) (email arnpriorcycling@bell.net to confirm attendance. If there is no interest, then, I’ll just cycle from home)). Ride to Neat cafe via Castleford Pinnacle, Butler, S McNaughton, Goshen, #508 to Burnstown for coffee after 74 kms; home via W-L. Total 95 kilometres and 608 Metres of climbing.

2) Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.

Okay, FYI.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

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

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yYchgX1fMw   Billy Joel

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 Hesche

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself” Chinese Proverb

“For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn”

Hello –

Well, it had to come. It’s September 1st on Saturday. We’ve been cycling since April. That’s five months, with four of these in perfect conditions, by which I mean warm and dry. How has your summer cycling season been? Have you reached a significant kilometre milestone? Are you ahead of last year? Or, have you had personal issues (work, bicycle, family, pain, illness) that have reduced your cycling time. The impediments are many. That’s why it’s a good idea to seize the day when opportunity permits. Don’t hesitate. There are still two months, well, at least one good month left of cycling. Then what?

Winter! yes, it’s coming. Did you feel that north wind with its glacial breath on Thursday morning? Brr!

I mention it now to alert you to pre-season xcountry sales. Don’t miss a chance to get geared up for winter activity. For me, it’s skate-skiing. I was re-drawn to this by CAM, thinking I could be first up the climbs by transferring my cycling fitness to the skis. Didn’t happen. I was left in the ‘dust’ so to speak. Yes, you need to be fit but also you need balance and proper transfer of power from one ski to the other and good glide and wax technique. Takes a while to master everything but worth the effort. You’ll love it.

It’s not cheap, though. Skis, poles, boots, jacket, tights, wax, etc will set you back $500+ for a basic kit. Mid-level would be $1000, with really nice kit from $2000. It’s a bit like cycling – the more you spend, the lighter the gear. Basically, you get what you pay for but beyond a certain point you’re paying more for less. Be that as it may, you won’t replicate the whole-body cardio fitness gained from SS. It’s fantastic, especially in the Gatineau. You’ll ski up the same hills you cycle (the Doldrums, the FP Corkscew, Blacks, Penguin, the Lookout). You’ll come to appreciate these in a new way. No kidding.

Season passes are $108 to $172 if purchased before November 01.

http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/gatineau-park-winter-passes

Okay, FYI.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

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

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Saturday, September 01:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start for three loops 94 kms, 1600 metres. Please email arnpriorcycling@bell.net to confirm attendance.

NB: There will be no Blog entry on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday, September 02:

Stinsons at 7:30 am start on Sunday for a route and distance to be determined by those present.

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

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTFvAvsHC_Y  Boz Scaggs

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 Hesche

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. (Joseph Campbell)

Pure Joy – Being Alive

Hello there –

This is a mid-week missive. Unusual, yes?

A couple of things of interest:

1) My Raid Alpine Tour (August 05-11 from Geneva to Nice) was fantastic. The Stuart Hall Cycling crew were great. The experience was stupendous. The climbs, two to three Cols per day, were awesome; the descents thrilling and never-ending. Unbelievable, really. As an example, from the top of the Galibier, we rode 60 kilometres downhill to the Alpe d’Huez climb. I kept looking at my Garmin – 30 kms, then 40, then 50, and finally 60 kms. How does that happen. Who cares; it did and it was so much fun. And, that was only one of many such descents. In fact, if you’d been a kid, with a pocket full of quarters at a Midway amusement fair, where the rides were only a nickel a piece, you would not have had more fun. Exhilarating is insufficient to express the feeling of flying down the Cols to the next climb. If you’re thinking about riding the Raid Alpine or about cycling in Europe do it. The scenery is breathtaking. Not to be missed.

2) Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26 I’m unavailable to ride or post a blog.

Upcoming Events:

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

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzB5T_B_iI    Rod Stewart

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 Hesche

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius

Bounty of Goodness