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July 21/18: 94.24 Kms; 3 Hrs, 24; 1584 Metres; Five Riders

July 21/18: Stinsons two Riders

Hello there –

Wow. Wowie, even. When did you last say that? As a kid, probably running to the kitchen to tell your mum about the latest antics of Road Runner and Coyote. Well, that was my exclamation after three big loops of the Gatineau this morning. What fun! And, what a five-some of cyclists, led capably by Blair and Tim up and down and up and over the rollers and climbs of Pink, Black’s, Fortune, and the two Penguins, plus an unnamed tough sob of a climb on Chemin Kinsgmere. You know, you just should have been there.

There is no argument that hills are the cream on the sweet dessert that’s cycling. We had a sugar high to-day, without the deleterious consequences – no twitchiness or spasms or lassitude aftermath. You just can’t beat the elation of reaching the top of a difficult climb and the glee of the long, downhill run that follows. You’ll just want to be there next time.

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday: 7:00 am

1) 7:00 am 7:00 am Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:00 am 7:00 am start and ride to Pakenham for sticky buns and coffee (Km 46) on the front steps of the General Store. Distance 67 Kms; elevation gain 352 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.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6Sd4gbu20 Johnny Cash

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

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies (aka Doug Ford).” Groucho Marx

July 14/18: 83 Kms; 3 Hrs; 1544 Metres; Seven Riders

Hello –

Well, we missed the rain in the Gatineau, again. Yes, the road was wet when we left P3, allowing for rooster-tails of water off the back wheel; but, it didn’t last long. The warm, humid air dried the road with each lap ridden and we had no issues descending the Fortune Cork Screw.

It was a lovely morning ride, if you’re prepared to overlook the gut wrenching first loop, which almost did me in. I was just a few pedal strokes shy of upchucking. I red-lined three-quarters of the way up Blacks; but I recovered well for the second and third loops. In fact, everyone rode well, with Blair setting the standard for the rest of us to emulate.

The only issue arising was that CAM felt we should have done a forth lap. This, upon her arriving back at P3 with energy left in the tank. Still, she agreed (with some enthusiasm) it was a terrific cycle with a super group of lads. Now, that’s a compliment we don’t hear much. You know, you just should have been there.

Okay, here’s the plan for Sunday:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:00 am 7:00 am start and ride to Quyon with a stop at Pinelodge in Bristol for alfresco breakfast. Route via Campbell Dr, Braeloch, River Rd, etc., as per usual. Home via Quyon Ferry and Fitzroy Harbour. Total distance 105 Kms and 630 Metres.

  • Bring $$ for BF and $3.00 for the Ferry

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:  21C – 29 C; Mainly sunny; winds NE 15.

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

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the lover of it. I live it.”   Maya Angelo

July 08: Stinsons – 124 Kms; AS 29.5; Two Riders

July 08: Gatineau – 68 Kms; 2 Hr, 36; 1089 Metres; Three Riders

July 08: Gatineau – 38 Kms; 1 Hr, 22; 677 Metres; Two Riders

So, a mixed bag this morning as each of us pursued a different course. Well, really, there were only two groups: Stinsons and the Gatineau. But, in the Gats, one of us, through lack of attention to things that matter, and with no forethought of the morrow, had a preventable bike issue. In the end, this is inexcusable.

This meant the Gat group had to separate to accommodate the lack of pace by the one of the riders. No harm done, however, as this allowed that trio to continue as planned while the chastened rider (gracefully accompanied by another rider) limped back to P3. These two got lots of leg work, so all was not lost. It’s never fun to ride the Gats in a 50/14 gear but there you have it. Lesson learned. That won’t happen again.

Speaking of forethought, the end is coming, as you know. Are you ready for la fine dei tempi? Who is ready? Theist are, I suppose – the ones with easy, rehearsed answers to life’s vexing questions, who live life wrapped in a fanciful blanket of delusional belief while running crazily towards a desert oasis, to find it’s only shimmering sunlight on desolate sand.

Many thanks to the Gat riders for, again, agreeing to a remote start. Much appreciated.

For those of you who haven’t been to the Gats, it’s well worth the effort. In fact, the plan for the rest of the season, except when it conflicts with cycle events (the actual events or event preparation) will be to ride the Gats on Saturdays. This is just a heads-up. Details to follow later in the week.

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

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

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

July 07/18: 107 Kms; 3 Hrs, 12; 440 Metres; Nine Riders

Hello –

No photo of the ride. Oversight, especially given the turnout and the fair conditions. By fair, I mean sunny and warm. It was windy. Super windy at times but the course was such that we had great variety – head wind, cross wind, tail wind, repeat, and then repeat again. Actually, it wasn’t bad. The elevation gain was modest, too. All in all, we were smoking; and, I don’t mean the medicinal stuff or the other stuff either. I mean, the pace was wicked. Of course, in these matters average speed is a relative thing.

A big thanks to everyone for agreeing to a remote start. It sure eats into the day. But, it was worth doing and we got to ride in unfamiliar terrain. Scenic and pretty and a nice change from our usual fare. Hope you enjoyed it. I did.

It’s turning out to be the year of the flat. Mine last Monday and Blair’s to-day, within 7 kilometres of the end. All things considered, we got some welcome respite in the shade while Blair worked on his repair. In any event, nothing was going to spoil the experience. It was a great tour of Westmeath and we had a pleasant time afterwards chatting and going over the ride. You know, you just should have been there.

Relive thanks to JG: https://www.relive.cc/view/1687261925

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Sunday (two options)

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride whatever distance and to wherever based upon the preferences of those present.

2) Meet at P3 in the Gatineau for a 7:30 7:30 am start and ride clockwise up King to the Lookout, down Fortune and then back up King down Fortune again to the start of King and then reverse direction and climb back to P8, P9, P10, then up Fortune (the Corkscrew) etc. In short, this route takes in climbs up King twice and F-Parkway once. Total s/b in the range of 83 kms and 1507 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.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toJ3ZYWRh24      Bonnie Raitt

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

“I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed questions in accordance with the evidence, or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive. This virtue, though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma, is to my mind of the very greatest social importance and far more likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organized beliefs” Bertrand Russell

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: 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