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

August 19/18: TDB 70 Kms; 2 Hrs, 10; 770 Metres; Four Riders

August 19/18: MEC 110 Kms; 3 Hrs, 31; One Rider + Beer!

August 19/18: Stinsons 64 Kms, Two Riders

Hello there –

Well, the TDB felt like a non-event this year. It just didn’t have the usual vibe. No early morning coffee service, a smaller than usual registration, and a shortened 100 km route because of road construction. There was food aplenty, and the weather and conditions were perfect. It’s hard to know what was missing but there was no magic. Now, that’s not taking anything away from the efforts of the organising committee but it was a bit of a dud. Expectations birth anticipation and sometimes deliver disappointment. But, all in all, this is a querulous comment. The road is not always straight, thank goodness.

We did have a good ride. It was rather intense right from the get-go. We jumped on Gear-Head’s Rapidio Train. It was full steam ahead. The firebox was overcharged with young-uns, ready and able to stoke the engine. We held our ground, which is to say we barely hung-on as they rode with force for thirty kilometres. Yet, I knew that once we reached the long gradients at Brudennell Rd, we’d have their measure; and, we did. They caught us on the downs but eventually the climbs came fast and furious and we pulled away. Thank goodness for that because GH gang were kings and queens on the flats and rollers. You know, you just should have been there.

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=LZ5IUf4X4oM   Kris Kristofferson

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

“Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.” A Porchia

Aug 18/18: Gatineau – One Rider; 94 Kms; 3 Hrs, 40; 1600 metres

Aug 18/18: Stinsons – Four Riders; 111 Kms; 3 Hrs, 40; 650 Metres

Hello there –

Well, a mixed bag this morning, with the two ride options splitting the group. No issues, however, since everyone has to find what works for them. In future though I’ll ask for a show of hands regarding the remote starts since I waited until 6:55 am before leaving P3 this morning, after having been there at 6:15. I get it that schedules are fluid and things change and that not everyone knows his plans until the last-minute.

Okay, I don’t really have a lot to say. I’m a bit like “her majesty (who) is a very nice girl.” But, I could go on, if pressed, about Mr Doug Ford and his social, christian conservative cycling friends, his cancellation of the opioid centres, his cancellation of the carbon tax, the potential ruination of the environment, his cancellation of sex education, and his buck a beer programme – but really does that man, given his girth, need cheaper beer. I question whether he could make class representative to the Student Council at high school. Class clown, maybe. But, there he is, Premier of the largest province in Canada. There is no accounting for taste. How many see Mr Ford as a nonpareil in policy and legislative matters? A paragon of virtue, no doubt, for the nation’s children to emulate.

Enough – unfortunately, we have four years of his ‘rule’ yet.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, tomorrow, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

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

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

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday, August 19:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Tour de Bonnechere Eganville 8 am start
  3. MEC 8:45 am start

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=NmrVOuMVvGM     Ray Charles

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 anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.).” Robert Anton
Wilson

Galibier – 60 km Roller Coaster!

Hello to you.

It’s been a while since we were in touch. I hope you’re well and in fine fettle. Life is easier when you’re feeling good – with no aches or pains or physical complaints or pathologies. It’s a crap shoot, really; some have issues, others do not. We all succumb, some early, but, eventually everyone. How do you account for adverse change of circumstances? Genetics, good living, dumb luck – all three? I’m pretty sure it’s happenstance.

It’s just a matter of time, soon or late, for the curtain to rise on calamity of one kind or another. So, if you’re in good form now, enjoy it. Health is like water in the desert, a scarce and precious vessel not given much thought until its container leaks. Ultimately, there is no oasis or sanctuary; it’s all a mirage. Still, we walk in hope, if not desperation, towards renewal. Walk on with vigour.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, on Sunday, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

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

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

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday, August 18:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start from P3. Three loops, 95 kms, 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

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=vDctl_P5pqo     Aretha Franklin

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 know what I have given you… /I do not know what you have received.” A Porchia

Sunflower Obsession

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