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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

June 30/18: 101 Kms; 3 Hrs, 25; 500 Metres; Six Riders – Renfrew?

Hello –
There were 6 riders from the Mafia this am @ Stinson’s …5 dressed in green and one in red ( for Canada  Day)!
Clearly there was a memo that went out and was not privy to all the members ..lol
We cycled 101.3 km and climbed just under 500 m
We had a well deserved coffee/tea/ smoothie and treat @ the Neat Cafe before the final 20 km home down Hwy 508. The wind was never really our friend but we battled through with our tenacity and determination.
Special to the Blog


June 30/18: 83 Kms; 3 Hrs, 02; 1544 Metres; Five Riders – Gatineau Park

Hello to you all. That was a grand day – a granddaddy of a day. There are not many of these in any one year.

Did you ride to-day? I hope so. Did you get out early? I hope so. We did. And, our reward was another over-the-top experience in Gatineau Park. Actually 7 am is not so early. Yes, the temperature was warm and there was rain on the road but the prospect for the day held promise, like the graduate valedictorian at the lectern.

We left P3 amidst laughter and bonhomie and rode to Pink Lake Hill, our first challenge of the morning, with Joe out front chasing down an unsuspecting cyclist. Priceless!

I did caution Joe (everyone actually) that we were riding Fortune (the corkscrew) once, King twice, and the two Penguins twice – not inconsiderable climbs themselves. But, hey, adrenaline was high. So off we rode as if the road ahead were flat and downhill for 83 kilometres.

It wasn’t, of course; and, we eventually settled down to the natural order with Blair and Tim out front and the rest of us following as best we could. Finally the pace was sensible and we found a good rhythm that served us well for the duration of the ride. Gravity has that effect. It puts the break on forward motion in the way a stern parent limits the freedom of a newly licensed adolescent driver. Still, we tested our legs on more than one occasion to summit, only to find there was yet another curve in the road leading up and beyond our grasp. It was absolutely delightful. You know, you really just should have been there.

Many thanks to Blair and Steve for their participation this morning, after having driven a considerable distance to take part in the ride.

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:00 am 7:00 am 7:00 am 7:00 am 7.00 am start and ride to The Good Food Company in Carleton Place for coffee (km 51); home via Conc 8, Clayton Rd, Hwy 29, Pakenham, etc for a total distance of 102 kms and 400 metres of climbing.

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.

Caveat: Route is tentative and is depends upon rider consensus, the turnout, and wind direction.

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:  23C – 33 C; Mainly sunny; winds SE 15.

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

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

June 23/18: 66.28 Kms; 2 Hrs, 23; 1214 Metres; Five Riders

Hello!! Sorry, too many exclamation points. But, I just had to emphasize my greeting, so enthused am I from the effect of this morning’s ride on my mood. Not that I need any supplements to get me up, being a naturally ebullient person. Riding is mental therapy and physical pleasure and pure joy, all together. Now, that’s a threesome! And, like I said, no drugs –

“Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew” ed

Yes, that’s what riding in the Gatineau does to one/for one. As Tony the Tiger might say, “It was Grrreat”. Conditions were near perfect, with just the shadow of rain on the pavement, like a dash of horseradish on a dinner plate with its pungent promise close at hand. But, like a picky dinner guest playing with his food, the rain wasn’t serious. We rode sans jackets, enjoying the fresh air on arms and legs. You know, you just should have been there.

The pace was quick, and I soon found myself (last man) several metres off the back as we approached the Pink Lake climb. Soon after, it was a hard left turn onto the Champlain Parkway and a steady climb to the Lookout. Exultant we were, at the top. But, with only 20 kms ridden, we had lots of work yet to do. So, off we cycled – down Fortune Parkway to the Meech Lake Rd and then back up Fortune Parkway and then down King Mountain to the t-junction, where we swung left to make a final counter-clockwise ride to P8, P9/P10 and the Corkscrew, again. Did I mention we were having a blast? Unbelievable. In fact, we almost did a third loop. No kidding, you just should have been there.

Thanks to the lads for showing up early, especially JG. Also, special thanks and a big surprise to welcome Steve G, who drove down from Pembroke. This was his inaugural cycle in the Gats; and, he loved it, as shown by his strong riding (what hills?) and happy smiles. Well done!

Strava Live, courtesy of TS: https://www.relive.cc/view/1656878207

Okay, here’s the plan for tomorrow:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am 7.30 am start and rideto Tim’s on O’Brien for Coffee (km 56) or Neat Cafe (km 73); home via Whitten, L-W, Goshen, #508, Burnstown, W-L, etc for a total distance of 94 kms and elevation of 587 metres.

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.

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:  16C – 20 C; Cloudy; winds N 12.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9GlC9GyF4Y   Elvis Costello

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

At the door of every happy, contented man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws, some calamity will befall him–illness, poverty, loss–and nobody will hear or see, just as he doesn’t hear or see others now. But there is nobody with a little hammer, the happy man lives on, and the petty cares of life stir him only slightly, as wind stirs an aspen–and everything is fine.”       Anton Chekhov

June 17/18: 67 Kms; 2 Hrs, 35; 468 metres; Five Riders

Happy Father’s Day and a belated thanks to CAM for her purchase of our coffee and treats yesterday at the Bistro. A couple of the lads pulled me up for failing to mention this. I guess some of you do read the blog, after all. My apologies to Cathy.

Well, that was a pleasant cycle this morning in conditions that were both warm and lacking in turbulence of any kind. And, yes, we kept our word about the pace and effort. It was a relaxing ride, with no agenda other than to exult in the freedom of just being. And, we had the rare pleasure of the good, gentle company of Mr MG, who was celebrating 63 years of a full life. Mark has spent many happy hours cycling — his long-term drug of choice, requiring no legislative approvals or retail dispensary, no consultations or dosage recommendation; an activity that increases awareness of the moment by not obscuring it in a mystical fog wrapping.

Yes, we were totally laid back as we sat at the Neat Cafe sipping hot coffee and reflected on the passage of time and our good fortune to share so many special times. All that was missing were the familiar faces of our regular riding crew who were otherwise engaged with family, but who shared so many of these memories. We struggled to leave the Neat not from lack of energy but from reflection, preferring to let the moment have its hold on us. Yes, you just should have been there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y&list=RD5uKGWpqnS8E&index=11

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

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing” Aristotle

June 09/18: 172 Kms; 5 Hrs, 21; 620 Metres; June 10/18: 175 Kms; 5 Hrs, 50; 540 Metres: Nine Riders + MG, EC, SC – Century Ride From Perth

Done and dusty.

At what point is an activity checked off the bucket list. This was my 30th consecutive RLCT. And, it was a good one in the agreeable company of fellow cyclists. In fact, it was wonderful. The conditions were near perfect, the ride was incident free, my fellow cyclists were incomparable – all courteous, with sweet dispositions and one metre smiles, a delight to be in their company.

This was the 47th year for the OBC and RLCT. It seems like a no brainer to go for three more to make it to the grand quinquagenary. Okay, that’s a bit highfalutin. The 50th. But, really, where does one stop? In three years or five, or just call it a day now? Whatever I do, I hope you come along for the ride. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

As for the ride, The conditions were near perfect on Saturday. Sunday was hard work, with us having to combat a strong north-east wind. We managed well, however, in having 6-9 riders to share the work load. This made a huge difference. Still, we were relieved to pull into Algonquin on Sunday, after 175 kilometres. No one wished for a longer ride.

In fact, with about eight kilometres to go on Woodroffe, and Blair at the front taking the full force of the cross winds, I focused as much on the cold brew soon to be within my grasp as I did on holding the wheel in front of me. That beer would symbolise the completion of the Tour and of thirty years of long distance cycling. Yes, I have been cycling for thirty years, not including all those years as a child and as a youth riding my bike to the local swimming hole. Do you get a pension after thirty years of riding a bike? I guess not. No matter, I savoured every gulp and caped it with a second beer, unprecedented for me. It was special to have my regular cycling buddies close at hand to share this moment, even if they were not aware of its significance to me.

Yes, thank you to Jeff (1990), Max (1992), Mark (1994), Peter (1998), Raymond (2003), Keith (2004), Glenn (2007), Kevin (2012), Eric (2012), Blair, (2014) Joe( 2014), Neil (2014), and Cathy (2015) for your encouragement and companionship on thousands of kilometres. It’s no small goodness to have a fraternity of friends for so many years sharing both the hardness and the joy of intense physical exercise. It’s not easy but that’s probably why we do it.

Yes, I know, too much text and not any information about Saturday’s ride yet.

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am 7.30 am start and ride to the Renfrew Bistro Cafe (Km 79) via Russett, #508, Goshen, Gillan, Hall, Opeongo, #132, Stone Rd S McNaughton, Butler, #60 to the Bistro; home via Hall, Gillan, L-W, Stevenson, Campbell Dr, etc for a distance of 111 kms and elevation of 542 metres.

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.

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:  15C – 23 C; Sunshine; winds NW 15.

General Info

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBNRBBR8C24&list=PLwOxgqLQK7oahKTlBRi1CwmY4XJk-Jww4&index=25

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

“. . . Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”     Abraham J Heschel