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

July 02/18: 71 Kms; 2 Hrs, 16; 393 Metres; Four Riders

Hello –

Hot as Hades, as they say. That’s why we opted for a 6:30 am start. It worked. The air was cool and the temperature pleasant. All was good, until about 7 kms into the ride, I got a flat. Now, that’s unusual. I change tyres maybe two times a year, and rarely on the road. No problem. Except, there was a problem. In my haste to get the job done, I pinched the new tube and had to begin the process all over again. Haste makes waste. So, after 20+ minutes we saddled-up and resumed the ride. No harm done other than it had the effect of curtailing our ride by 10 kilometres. We decided to cut the route short by looping home via Dwyer Hill and not Kinburn. The heat was out now and it was becoming increasingly uncomfortable.

Kudos to Joe G for his power. He’s one strong dude! Nice to see Steve (from Pembroke) and Glenn (from Burnstown) this morning. As for the others, the early start may have been a deterrent or maybe three days of cycling is too much or maybe there were better offers on the table. That was clearly the case for at least one of the group. Oh well, it’s hard to be everything to everyone, unlike St Paul who made himself “all things to all men, that (he) might by all means save some.”

No such august calling for us; though we strive to please and thereby grow the stable of riders. Is it working? Maybe? Perhaps, it’s time for a new order? Yes/No?

Okay – take note the next blog posting will be on Saturday, July 07.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UoJ47SzjA Joan Baez

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

July 01/18: 102 Kms; 3 Hrs, 10; 433 Metres; Seven Riders

Hello, and Happy Canada Day to you all –

Wow, that was hot. Actually, it was fine until the last hour when the clouds dissipated and we were left to contend with a remorseless sun, whose rays were as fierce as a blacksmith’s ball-peen hammer raining down on cold steel. We didn’t ‘give’ under the force but we weren’t far from it. The temperature was 35 C and the humidity was 40+ – not pleasant. But, hey, where else would you have rather been than riding your bicycle and thumbing your nose at Sloth, that ever lurking, evil beast ready to steal your days and nights with his soft allure of idleness. Entropy will get us all in the end but why advance the date, I ask?

Resist, I say and ride your bike! “Life is short; art is long.” “The grave’s a fine and private place,/ But none, I think, do there embrace.” All to say that in the end, it doesn’t matter one whit to the universe or anyone else, really.

“And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.” I 22-13

Thanks to to-day’s cyclists for braving the elements and for adding their joyfulness to to-day’s intoxicating recipe. You know, you just should have been there!

Strava Re-live thanks to JG: https://www.relive.cc/view/1674364819

Okay, here’s the plan for Monday – wind direction will determine whether we ride 1) or 2).

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am start and ride toTim’s on Obrien fro coffee (km 49); home via Whitten, Gillan, L-W, etc for  total distance of  83 kms; 485 Metres

2) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am 6:30 am start and ride to Carp for morning coffee with Alice (Km 53). You know, you’ll just want to be there!  Total distance 89 kms; 406 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 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 – 30 C; Mainly sunny; winds 1) SE 15 or 2) SW 15-20.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yoD-7QpcqI&list=RD5uKGWpqnS8E&index=2

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 30/18: 83 Kms; 3 Hrs, 02; 1544 Metres; Five Riders

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.

As for Stinsons crew, I have no update on that but I understand that several of the group met and rode from there at 7:30. Here’s hoping they, too, had a memorable morning.

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

Hello.

Some of us are riding in Gatineau Park on Saturday. That means the usual group ride will see fewer potential riders at Stinsons. So, rather than setting out a route now, I’ll leave it to those present at Stinsons  to decide what suits them.

In keeping with our usual practice, the start time will remain at 7:30 am.

As of this writing, I can’t guarantee that anyone will actually be at Stinsons. Sorry.

FYI, I will post a group ride for Sunday on Saturday afternoon.

 

June 24/18: 93 Kms; 2 Hrs, 54; 587 Metres; Five Riders

Joy abounds and the “world is charged with the grandeur of God”. Well, that’s if you’re not a refugee, an asylum seeker, a migrant worker, a single mother working minimum-wage jobs, an east-side junkie, a persecuted minority, or any number of other downtrodden and disadvantaged people. Life for many has no solace and few pleasures. Why do we get to enjoy the fruits of the tree? Uneven and poorly distributed are life’s delights.

So, we humbly give thanks for our good health, our good fortune, our sound mind and body, our abundant leisure time, our material possessions, our freedom and liberty, and our great joy in the simple pleasure of riding a bicycle.

At times, I can’t contain my spirits, so like an artesian well springing from a high pressure aquifer deep in the earth and flowing to the surface without priming or pumping. Are such thoughts from a sound mind, you ask?

Well, one never knows but I do know that I feel alive. My thanks to you for making these cycling days we share so immensely gratifying. To-day was another example of what great pleasure can come from riding a bicycle. It’s such an elemental thing, involving balance and movement, like walking – with roots in childhood, and it reverberates now into ‘old’ age. I mean, really, what do we bring with us from those years long ago. Not much – no hair but memories and the ability to ride a bicycle.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYna-UAt75c   Neil Young

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

“Who seeks perfection in the art of driving well and ass and cart; or, painting mountains in the mist, seeks god although an atheist?”