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May 18/19: 126 Kms; 4 Hrs 19;  961 Metres; 9 Riders

Essentials:

  • Next Ride: Sunday, May 19 for a 9 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Carp via Galetta, Stonecrest, TDolan, Cnty Rd 5; home via Diamondview, Dwyerhill
  • Description: 83 km cycle; 409 Metres; Turnaround point Carp (43 kms); Coffee with Alice
  • Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Weather: 8-14 Celsius; wind E 15; light rain to start
  • Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page
  • arnpriorcycling https://arnpriorcycling.blog/, that’s the official website for corrections, etc.

Non Essential Commentary

  • A circuitous route this morning seeking every rise in the road. Heavy wind and cool air but warm and friendly cycling companions made for a most joyous ride. You just should have been there.
  • Congrats to MG and AB for their solo efforts and for just getting out.
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgQWjQZydY0

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 private Instagram. Please request to follow. I won’t follow back.

et lux in tenebris lucet – light shines in the darkness (of everyone). You are your own sun. Burn bright.

So many twists and turns – had to scribble down the route myself

May 11/19: 111 Kms; 3 Hrs, 44; 722 Metres; 10 Riders

Essentials: The website for arnpriorcycling is https://arnpriorcycling.blog/, That’s the official blog post re corrections, etc.

  • Next Ride: Sunday, May 12 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Almonte via Pakenham, Tatlock, Wolf Grove, Martin St, Kinburn, Logger’s Way, Galetta
  • Description: 101 km cycle; 485 Metres; Turnaround point Almonte (55 kms); Coffee Equator Cafe.
  • Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Weather: 5-12 Celsius; wind E 20; a mix of sun and cloud
  • Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page

Non Essential Commentary

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 private Instagram. Please request to follow. I won’t follow back.

“never hurry through the world
 but walk slowly, and bow often….
to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” MO

Hello. I’m back. That’s good or bad or indifferent to you. Regardless, I’m back for now.

My thanks to KO for lighting the fire and for getting us started in what has been a difficult spring for cycling so far. Also, thanks to all the weekend riders for showing up and making the group rides, group rides. It’s a pleasure to share the joy of cycling with fellow enthusiasts.

Above all, we want to be safe and free from accidents and we want to look forward to riding each weekend because the last weekend was so much fun. Really, there’s no other way … .

This is the 30th anniversary of the ‘mafia’, now referred to by me as arnpriorcycling. There’s much to celebrate. There’s a great history behind us and a great future. We’ve seen riders come and go and disappear. But, we’re still here. We have a few ‘oldies’ hanging around for continuity, for a while anyway.

I hope you can join us for this memorable year of celebration – for some, there first, others their fourth, their tenth, their thirtieth. No mater, we all count; we all matter. We are all threads in a golden tapestry, woven in one’s and two’s and three’s from near and far, from the past to the present and beyond. Really, where else would you rather be than on the weekend than pedalling away the fatty bits with your friends. We are stronger together.

Okay, we’re behind the eight ball. The 130 km Middleville ride is May 18; the 170 km Pembroke ride is May 25. We have to get moving. So, here’s the deal:

When: Saturday, May 11 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s

Where: Douglas via Goshen, Opeongo, Stone, McNaughton, Burnstown Rd McLeod, Mclachlan

Description: 112 km cycle; 722 Metres; Turnaround point (Douglas) 55 kms; Coffee 78 kms at Bonnechere Cafe or at 90 kms Neat Cafe (your choice)

Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation

Weather: 3-8 Celcius; wind NW 20; a mix of sun and cloud

Editorial: An Atheist’s perspective: “A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.” George Wald

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=shallow+song+gaga

Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page.

Rules to cycle by – Not the Velominati, the Philuminati, with Rulle #11 being worthy of note.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnhYPZUpe5c

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 private Instagram. Please request to follow. I won’t follow back.

Hello, and merry x-mas to you all. Don’t you just love this time of year – the nostalgia for childhood that it elicits, the parties, the x-mas cheer, the raising of glasses – and the relaxed, easy-going manner of most folk, the genial smiles, the close embraces, and the firm handshakes, and the genuine gaiety that abounds.

In fact, I was saying to an acquaintance a day or so ago that if x-mas didn’t exist we’d have to make it up. It’s just such a welcome interruption to everyday life, coming when it does in late December in this dark, cold, snowy land. And, then, I reminded myself that it is made up.

But, what a fabulous story, even if it’s genesis is an elaborate concoction of Roman and Hellenistic and Jewish cultures and traditions.

Fortunately, the purported virgin nativity phenomenon has not yet hijacked the joy and bonhomie of this secular occasion and is no impediment to commercial enterprise and family reunions and the excitement and anticipation of young children, and the feeling we have of belonging to a greater community – as neighbours, and total strangers alike, greet each other on the street, at the LCBO and in the grocery shops, and myriad disparate places with jovial salutations of Happy Holidays, Merry X-mas, Joyeux Noel, and Happy New Year.

It’s amazing and wonderful. All, just because it’s a lovely pagan mid winter festival. Perhaps, good cheer is at work, too. That’s my two-cents worth anyway.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be on December 25 than adding to your fatty bits by sitting down to a welcome feast with good friends and close family?

Okay, just to remind you that within the month we’ll be registering for the 2019 RLCT:

https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Regarding the Manifesto (Rules of the Road), it’s on ice for now for lack of interest and participation.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhMfd-NhCeo   Bob Seger

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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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.

“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – AE

Dear Mr Einstein: Why are we alive?

Dear Miss Block: The question ‘Why” in the human sphere is easy to answer: to create satisfaction for ourselves and for other people. In the extra-human sphere the question has no meaning. Also, the belief in God is no way out for in this case you may ask “Why God”. AE

Champlain Parkway just west of Black’s Lake

Update … .

Hello. I’m writing this from the comfort of the Mamie Clafoutis Wesboro Boulangerie – a very nice place. I’m sipping a hot americano and munching a pumpkin muffin. I’m thinking of the morrow. My bicycle is in the capable hands of Alistair at Cyclelogik. I await his welcoming text telling me all is well. Alas, all is not well. I just heard what I didn’t want to hear; and while I love Campagnolo, not today. So, no bike but no issues, as in N+1. As the Scout’s say, Be Prepared. Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Snow is falling and the wind has kicked up. It’s definitely not cycling weather. But, we are nothing if not intrepid wanderers impatient for our next cycling fix. And, like a battery with only one terminal attached, we don’t spark until connected with two feet to our alfresco passion. These are now the days of dwindling light, gloominess, and cold. It’s not easy to saddle-up these mornings but it’s worth the effort. ‘Trust me’ just like Richard Nixon said. You won’t be disappointed.

Plug yourself into the moment. You’ll be alive and alert, and happy.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Sweet & Sassy Sweet & Sassy 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Burnstown via RR and L-W and Goshen; home via McLeod, McLaughlin, W-L for a total distance of 64 kms/476 metres. No coffee until back at S&S. Weather as of now, full sunshine from 7 am to 10 am; winds SW 30+; Temperature +1. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

NB: Check for an updated blog post by 6:30 am in the event of cancellation of the ride.

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 Saturday 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=YIXh0JNvuHs Tracey  Chapman

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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May 24/08 Pembroke Bound

Hello –

Just informing my readers that I’m suspending updates to the Blog until further notice.

I will not be providing route, venue, time or other information about weekend rides, effective immediately.

FYI, I started the Blog in August 2012. I’ve posted 435 times. The Blog has had 6376 visitors and 27135 views.

The Blog has had some success in bringing new cyclists to the weekend group-rides at Stinsons. I say some success but not a big success, given the effort involved to create the Blog two to three times a week from April to October. I now leave it to others to continue to promote the group rides as they see fit.

To those that have commented on the ‘posts’ from time to time, I say thank you. I always appreciated hearing from you, even the criticism. Indifference is the worst criticism, really. To those that actually read what I wrote with all the grammatical errors and typos, I say thank you. I even thank those that merely skipped to ‘the tentative ride’ section.

My Blog posts have ended.

So, we’ll go no more a roving
   So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
   And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
   And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
   And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
   And the day returns too soon,
Yet we’ll go no more a roving
   By the light of the moon.  LB
You can reach me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net. I’d be happy to pass your name and email to the new coordinator in due course.
Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Hello –

Just a quick post to say that many of us are riding the Whitewater Tour in Westmeath on Saturday. There will therefore be no official ride leaving from Stinsons tomorrow.

It’s still not too late to ride the WWT. You can sign up on site tomorrow morning.

https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.com/

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