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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.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“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.

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.

“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.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;
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Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street. WB

November 04/18: 75 Kms; 2 Hrs, 29; 542 Metres; Four Riders

Yes, you read that correctly. The date says November 04. What’s with that? Awesome, really, once we saddled-up and got moving down Russet and felt the full rays of the sun on our backs. Every kilometre brought us closer to pleasure and before long we experienced the pure, simple joy of riding (again) with like-minded friends. Yes, it was cool but only marginally. By the time we reached the Crevier, we had to stop to shed outer layers. Faces aglow and spirits high we carried on, knowing the pace and climbs would keep us warm. It was perfect. Well, it would have been perfect if I were twenty years younger, had fresh legs, and a stout heart. Still, I had good companions looking after me and we made a merry (small) group of cohesive cyclists. It was great, especially given the time of year – a day stolen, you might say; a gift from November to remind us that even the bleakest month has its delicious fruits. You know, you just should have been there.

Kudos to Joe, who is all-go all the time – strong, fit, powerful; and thanks to Steve for driving down from Pembroke and whose steady wheel is always a delight to follow; and, to Cathy, too. Words don’t capture her tenacity, amazing drive, wattage, and radiance.

Okay, next weekend is looking favourable for riding. Stay tuned for  updates later in the week.

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 weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? Hey, X-mas is coming and food will be plentiful and resolve inadequate for the occasion.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTIu4UbkK94   Bonnie Rait

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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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”

September 03/18: 94 Kms; 3 hrs, 04; 608 Metres Four Riders (M, E, B, H); 94 Kms;  2 Hrs, 54; 608 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N)

September 02/18: 92 Kms; 2 Hrs, 59; 517 Metres; Three Riders (C, J, N): 84 Kms; 2 Hrs, 57; 500 Metres; One Rider (H)

September 01/18: 94 Kms; 3 Hrs, 38; 1671 Metres; Three Riders (M, B, H): 51 Kms; 1 Hrs, 37; 308 Metres; Two Riders (K, J)

Okay, I’m back in the loop. Buy hey, that’s way too much information but it gives you an idea of the variety of rides on offer and the different priorities and personal circumstances of the riders in choosing one ride over another. It also reflects the time commitment of the riders. Not everyone has a long leash or the wants to escape domestic confines. And, some riders like to hit the snooze button while others like to get up and at it. We each have differing expectations, too; for example, some of us favour the Saturday Gatineau rides and others do not.

In the past, we’ve tried to be flexible, by finding the middle ground. This is now becoming difficult as riders voice their opinion on what suits them best. Hey, that’s democracy.

Perspective is a matter of the lens and the frame from which we view the world. For example, both the early (6:30 am) and the late (7:30 am) riders stated they made the right call this morning; and, they wondered why the others chose differently. Both groups were satisfied on all accounts. This got us thinking that there’s merit in being more accommodating by way of offering a greater choice of ride times – one at 6:30/7 am, the other at 7:30/8 to attract a larger number of potential participants. This may also result in bringing new cyclists to the weekend rides. By my count, there is an even split among the regulars between a desire to ride early – M,R,Kev,T,B,E,H; or, late – K,J,N,C,A,S. To simplify, we could have a designated ‘leader’ for each group to coordinate and to set routes, coffee stops, etc. Something to consider.

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 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=2rd8VktT8xY   Eva Cassidy

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

“Men have called me mad, but the question is not settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest of intelligence.” Edgar Alan Poe

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”

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