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May 24/20: Eight Riders; 89.7 kms; 2 hour 44; 435 metres

Hello – How was your Sunday morning? What did you do? Were you alone or with others?  Were you active? Did you gasp for breath in the doing? Was your effort rewarded? How so? Did you just kill time? If killing time, was your effort rewarded? Did you reflect on anything? What will come of that? Am I asking you or myself?

Life slips away, like dripping water from a kitchen tap, inconsequential but not to be summoned back. Lost, like Cinderella’s slipper but with no happy ending.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan: Check Back on Friday

Stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“I knew I would not always be a child/
with a model train and a model tunnel,
/and I knew I would not live forever,/
jumping all day through the hoop of myself.” bc

Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

First, her tippet made of tulle,
easily lifted off her shoulders and laid
on the back of a wooden chair.

And her bonnet,
the bow undone with a light forward pull.

Then the long white dress, a more
complicated matter with mother-of-pearl
buttons down the back,
so tiny and numerous that it takes forever
before my hands can part the fabric,
like a swimmer’s dividing water,
and slip inside.

You will want to know
that she was standing
by an open window in an upstairs bedroom,
motionless, a little wide-eyed,
looking out at the orchard below,
the white dress puddled at her feet
on the wide-board, hardwood floor.

The complexity of women’s undergarments
in nineteenth-century America
is not to be waved off,
and I proceeded like a polar explorer
through clips, clasps, and moorings,
catches, straps, and whalebone stays,
sailing toward the iceberg of her nakedness.

Later, I wrote in a notebook
it was like riding a swan into the night,
but, of course, I cannot tell you everything –
the way she closed her eyes to the orchard,
how her hair tumbled free of its pins,
how there were sudden dashes
whenever we spoke.

What I can tell you is
it was terribly quiet in Amherst
that Sabbath afternoon,
nothing but a carriage passing the house,
a fly buzzing in a windowpane.

So I could plainly hear her inhale
when I undid the very top
hook-and-eye fastener of her corset

and I could hear her sigh when finally it was unloosed,
the way some readers sigh when they realize
that Hope has feathers,
that reason is a plank,
that life is a loaded gun
that looks right at you with a yellow eye. Billy Collins

“I will drink/Life to the lees …
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d” (lat)

May 17/20: Five Riders; 92.2 kms; 2 hours 54; 431 metres

Well, that was okay; actually better than okay (except for BG who had a puncture with 11 kms to go) but otherwise what a delight to get such favourable conditions after yesterday’s difficult north-west wind. Let’s hope we get a good run of good weather and light winds. It was a splendid morning of riding and conversation but no coffee stop. Eventually, that will happen. Meantime, if you’d like to join us cycling, please come out to Stinsons on White Lake road.

Tomorrow would be a good day for new riders or past riders. We’re doing a shorter ride and a recovery pace, after a few days of hard riding. I know, I’m ready for a change of pace. Also, the elevation gain will be minimal; so, what’s stopping you, eh?

Maybe, we’ll see you tomorrow? I hope so.

Okay, thanks to all those that rode because there is no group ride without riders showing up. That was an excellent turnout and I appreciate the commitment.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

  • When/Who: May 18/20: 7:30 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where:  Pakenham/Kinburn
  • Coffee: None
  • Description: 50 kms
  • Weather: Mainly cloudy; Temp 8-10C
  • Wind East 20-40 kms

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other” A C

June 08/19: 175 Kms; 5 Hrs 29;  620 Metres; 10 Riders

June 09/19: 175 Kms; 5Hrs 48; 620 Metres; 10 Riders

Required Reading:

  • Next Ride: Saturday, June 15 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Burnstown via Pakenham
  • Description: Dwyer Hill, Pakenham, Waba, W-L, Burnstown, Fraser Rd, Burnstown (Neat 61 kms), Stewartville, #508, Russett, Arnprior – Total 90 kms
  • Purpose: Training for WWT July 06.
  • Weather: 14-16C; Winds 25 SW; POP 80%
  • Always check the blog by 6 am on day of ride.
  • https://arnpriorcycling.blog/  the official website for latest news/corrections.

Take it or Leave it

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

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“Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.” C M A McKinney

June 02/19: 78 Kms; 2 Hrs 30;  595 Metres; 6 Riders

Required Reading:

  • Next Ride: RLCT June 08/09
  • Where: Ottawa-Kingston-Ottawa
  • Description: Classic: 171 km/620 Metres ascent each day
  • Route: NB – Classic both days, just for a change.
  • Purpose: Good cheer, camaraderie,  a few apres-ride beers, memories
  • Weather: Who knows
  • https://arnpriorcycling.blog/  the official website for latest news/corrections.

Take it or Leave it

  • Every day has its sunshine even if the sky is cloud heavy. Great ride this morning largely due to feedback and us adapting to the conditions, as in pushing the start time by two hours and by changing the route. Good fun, albeit not without its rough patch.
  • Nothing to say. Life is short; sloth never sleeps; time passes and then we’re gone; that’s it.
  • RLCT: Green Saturday/Red Sunday
  • The Silver Challenge is back for the month of June: https://silverchainchallenge.ca/
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWwEi4SNf1M

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.

“The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.” GBS

June 01/19: 129 Kms; 4 Hrs 16;  706 Metres; 6 Riders

Required Reading:

  • Next Ride: Sunday, June 02 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Burnstown via Pakenham, Waba, W-L, McLaughlin, McLeod, Fraser Rd, Burnstown, Arnprior
  • Description: 85 kms coffee at Neat at Km 64
  • Purpose: Training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Weather: 14-16C; Wind NW 20; Light rain, showers 90%
  • Check the blog by 6 am to see if the ride is cancelled
  • https://arnpriorcycling.blog/  the official website for latest news/corrections.

Take it or Leave it

  • JG HB to-day but Keith was the one with the present. How did that happen?
  • Nothing to say. Legs dead but that’s the price of admission … . Life is short; sloth never sleeps; time passes and then we’re gone; that’s it.
  • RLCT: Green Saturday/Red Sunday
  • The Silver Challenge is back for the month of June: https://silverchainchallenge.ca/
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

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.

“It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”
Thomas Jefferson

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

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