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Hello, well, the RLCT is around the corner. In fact, it’s coming up fast. Real fast.

This is our last big weekend of mileage before the event. You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s cycle to Pembroke or Carp. Decision to be made on Saturday morning.

It’s an awesome ride whichever destination we choose, with the same distance+/- as the Ottawa-Kingston trip but with more elevation gain. All in all, a very good test of one’s fitness for the big weekend. You won’t regret joining us.

You’ll win in four ways: 1) your confidence will go through the roof 2) your cardio-respiratory fitness will get a real boost 3) you’ll get a good feel for your bike’s mechanical readiness 4) you’ll make final choices about on-road food – bars, gels, liquids, etc.

As for the destinations, Pembroke is straight away, with Keith in the driver’s seat. The route is a variation on previous years with a visit to Osceola and Micksburg to Hwy 41 and then the Big Truck Stop for Breakfast after 88 kms; home via Zion and Queensline to Storyland, etc. Total distance is 169 kms. Escape routes include, Storyland, 4 Corners, Haley’s Station, Cobden for those with time constraints.

The Carp route is more complicated because of the number of roads but really not that difficult. I may need crib notes. On the other hand, this is Blair and Tim’s neck of the woods. In brief, we ride from Stinsons at 7 am to Alice’s Cafe (kilometre 109) for coffee and a sandwich (no bf, sorry). Route is W-L Rd, Bellamy, Campbell Sd Rd, Waba Rd, Barr, Waba, Pakenham, Blakeney #17 to Almonte, Appleton, Carleton Place to 9th Conc, Ashton, Flewellyn Rd, Dwyer Hill, Fern Bank, Shea, Abbott, Iber, Huntmar, Richardson, Terry Fox, 2nd Line, Old Carp Rd, Carp, Cnty Rd 5, Thomas Dolan, Stonecrest to Kinburn Sd Rd to Pakenham, Hwy 29 to Conc 12 to Shaw Rd to Waba Rd to Conc 8 to W-L Rd to Arnprior. I’m out of breath just typing this.

Rationale for the Carp destination is that the wind direction is forecasted to be north and west in the morning and north and east in the mid morning. Of course, conditions may change.

Meet time is 7 am because of the unsettled weather and the length of the proposed rides.

Saddle time for Carp, barring any flats or other major delays, will be 6 hrs, depending upon the wind and weather. So, if we say 6 hrs on the road, with a half hour+/- stop in Carp, we should be back in Arnprior by 1:30 at the earliest, 3 pm at the latest, baring flats, etc. Pembroke would likely be an hour or so later.

Okay, Rain or Shine: Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:00 am 7:00 7.00 am start. When the alarm rings on Saturday morning, where else would you rather be than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits?

Weather:  18 C; cloudy; 60% of rain; winds S and S&E then N and E mid morning

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net;  arnpriorcycling.blog;  https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;   https://www.instagram.com

*Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen

Up-Hill

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.           Christina Rossetti

Howdy …

Just asking you, “When the alarm rings on Saturday morning, where else would you rather be than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits?”

To-day’s poem salutes the unselfish and loving, but unacknowledged, act of kindness of parents for their children. It reminds me of when I was sixteen in Ireland getting ready for work at Ulster Meats, and of my mother who used to get up alone in the dark to light the hearth fire. Back then, the kitchen in Drumnakelly was a cold and damp place but when I entered it was warm and cozy and inviting. I would sit down in my granddad’s big chair, with my feet in the fire coals, and sup a steaming hot cup of tea prepared by my mum and set by her on the hob. It’s too late now to say thank you for those times … . Sunday is mother’s day.

Okay, this is an early blog post about tentative plans for Saturday and Sunday. I’m thinking you’d like to know sooner rather than later of plans for this weekend’s riding. So, assuming there is no major change in the weather forecast and wind direction, we’ll head south and east on Saturday and ride the Quyon circuit on Sunday when the wind is from the north. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

To put this in context, we’re riding 220 this weekend; and a minimum of 240 May 19/20; 270 the weekend of May 26/27; 200 June 02/03; 344 June 09/10. All told, this may be insufficient for adequate RLCT preparation. Ideas welcome.

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to Almonte for coffee after 81 kms;  route (condensed version) via Conc 9, Pakenham, Tatlock, Galbraith, Wolf Grove, etc. Total distance 120 kilometres, 569 metres of climbing. You’ll just want to be there.

Caveat: Route is tentative and is depends upon rider consensus, the turnout, and the weather.

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:  4C – 13 C; sunny; winds E 15.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95gu6758320

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog; https://www.instagram.com/

Those Winter Days

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?   Robert Heyden

Howdy …

Just asking you, “When the alarm rings in the morning, where else would you rather be than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits?”

And so the season begins, leaving us with only a few weekends to ‘clock’ significant kilometres in preparation for the RLCT. There is no time to waste. Are you keen to ride? That’s a pointless question. Of course, you are. Ready and impatient, too. So am I. But, regrettably, it will be arm and knee warmers, maybe tights even, for tomorrow’s ride. Dress appropriately and bring energy bars/gels for on-the-road consumption. We have a long ride planned so stops will be at a premium.

But, first, some administration. Please read the Disclaimer Page. If you receive this Post via email, you’ll have to visit arnpriorcycling.blog to review it. The key point of the disclaimer is to remind readers of the inherent risks in cycling, especially in a group setting. We must ride and conduct ourselves with the safety of our fellow cyclists paramount.

Next, a clean bike is a safe bike. Please arrive with a mechanically fit and tuned bicycle. If you haven’t had yours to a mechanic, you should have at least checked it over thoroughly. Also, please carry essential items in your saddlebag. All this was covered under a January 11 blog post.

Next, just a reminder that we leave Stinsons on White Lake Rd (corner with Vanjamur Rd and across from Antrim Truck Stop) on time, with only two minutes grace. If you’re not there, we don’t wait. This is not a popular convention but it’s our longstanding practice. In fact, it would take an executive resolution to change it. And, someone has veto.

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to the Bonnechere Cafe for coffee after 90 kms. Route (condensed version) via Stewartville, Goshen, Renfrew, Stone Rd, S McNaughton, Butler, Pinnacle, GoE, Bruce St, etc. Total distance approx 123 kms.

Caveat: Route is tentative and is depends upon rider consensus, the turnout, and the weather.

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: 7C – 15 C; sunny; winds W 25.

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog; https://www.instagram.com/

Sea Calm

How still,
How strangely still
The water is today,
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.   Langston Hughes

Hello to you all.

Life is busy here at the blog-outpost. I haven’t had much time this afternoon to give thought to writing. You may say “Wow, I never thought that you gave much thought to writing the blog.” Well, I do. Read, or not, by you – in full or in part. It’s a forum for reflection as well as a means to spread the word about cycling.

It’s thanksgiving, a time to consider the cornucopia of our lives. Yes, life is short, even a long one. Where is Methuselah now? Where is Noah? Enoch? All dead and gone, though they lived centuries, apparently. None of us will live much past one-hundred, if that long. Time slips away. We all know that. We live and die in a blink. Yet, there’s plenty of time in that blink to have a good life – to flourish, to experience pleasure, savour joy, cultivate friendships, meet new friends, be a good neighbour, raise a family, give thanks, express gratitude, and lend a helping hand … .

What words would you choose? What does it mean to live a good life? To live long and well? To be honest and moral, upright, spiritual, principled? Maybe? For my part, I’m not a spiritual person, finding no solace in the non-material, except in the way music or poetry or art or nature or things lovely are an alchemy to the soul. These affect mine, are wondrous, are welcome, and are treasured aspects of my life. And, of yours?

It’s Thanksgiving weekend. Families will be travelling near and far to be with loved ones. I hope yours will be close to you. Let’s give thanks for our country, our freedom, our health, our family, and for the weekend fellowship we share. Happy thanksgiving.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to Pakenham(?) Almonte(?) Carp?, somewhere east. Details to be provided in the morning.

Ride distance 30 -100 kilometres, depending upon the conditions.

For those with time constraints, there will be options to cut it short at several points along the way. Don’t miss out, just because the route is longer than you have time for.

Sorry, no map provided.

When the alarm rings in the morning, ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bike pedalling away the fatty bits. If you need encouragement, just think you’ll be five months off the bicycle (Nov – March).

We have no training goal at this time other than the pure enjoyment of riding a bicycle.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 13 – 15 C; Rain/Cloud; POP High; winds SE at 15.

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

New cyclists, please read Disclaimer; For non-subscribers, click on Contacts

Events: See Pages

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go;
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, – ‘snow’.
Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, – ‘frost’.

All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.

Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly –
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.      Rachel Field

Butler Bridge

Hello to you all.

First the good news: The start time tomorrow is 7:30 am; now, the bad news: It’s 7:30 because it will be cold as ice! Dress for winter.

My apologies, I’m late with this post about Saturday’s ride. I’ve been per-occupied with personal matters that have kept me away from the house and the computer. But, now I’m back, my head is clear, like a limpid pool in a verdant forest trail. I’m ready to talk about tomorrow’s ride. Speaking of which, it’s raining as I write this, and cold – not exactly favourable conditions to ride a bicycle. But, the outlook for Saturday morning is better, with no rain in the forecast, full sunshine, albeit low temperatures, and a north wind. I’m hoping that you won’t be deterred by that. We certainly can’t complain. We’ve had some great rides of late in terrific conditions. Now, we pay the piper. You’ll need extra clothing, for sure.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to Starbucks in Kanata via Old Hwy 17, Galetta, Stoencrest, Thomas Dolan, 6th Line, March Valley Rd, etc for coffee at km 57 kms; home via Old Carp Rd, Cnty Rd 5, Cnty 20, Dwyer Hill, etc for a total distance of 105 kms and 490 metres.

Alternatively, if conditions are unfavourable, we will ride to Carp to have coffee with Alice. Same route as above, except we’ll turn right on Thomas Dolan at Stonecrest and ride to cnty Rd 5 and Carp for coffee after 43 kms; home via DbM, Vaughn, Dwyer Hill, etc for a total of 83 kms and 382 metres.

For those with time constraints, there are options to cut it short at several points along the way. Don’t miss out, just because the route is longer than you have time for.

Sorry, no map provided.

This route has lots of rollers and steady gradients, just enough to keep you warm. There is nothing too difficult.

When the alarm rings in the morning, ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bike pedalling away the fatty bits. If you need encouragement, just think you’ll be five months off the bicycle (Nov – March).

We have no training goal at this time other than the pure enjoyment of riding a bicycle.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 2 – 12 C; full sun; POP 10%; winds N at 15.

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

New cyclists, please read Disclaimer; For non-subscribers, click on Contacts

Events: See Pages

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

When all the world is young, lad,/
And all the trees are green;/
And every goose is a swan, lad,/
And every lass a queen;/
Then hey, for boot and horse, lad,
/And round the world away;/Young blood must have its course, lad,
/And every dog its day.        Charles Kingsley

Remembering Glory

7 am 7 am 7 am 7 am Start

Hello. The good life continues. And, cyclists in the Ottawa Valley are blessed with another few days of great riding. Yes, management and the weather gods have consented to an encore performance of last weekend’s warm temperatures and fair winds. We are delighted to receive this bonus, like an expectant audience in sheer delight when the ‘head-liner’, say, Pavarotti, returns to the stage for one last aria. Priceless. You know, you just should have been there.

Yes, it will be hot and the winds will be light but where else would you rather be on a late September Saturday than on your bicycle, taking in the early fall sights-and-smells of the countryside. You know, it won’t last, so now’s the time to get out and ride. Now, some of you may choose instead to golf but that’s an activity for our dotage, and even that might be too soon. Sorry to my golfer friends (do I have any), we’re not there yet. Anyone can golf (badly) but not everyone chooses to cycle at pace and intensity.

Yes, we select our own poison from the medicine cabinet of life. Which one(s) have you chosen. “You can’t complain about the pain you seek.” I heard this in the documentary, Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame. This is worth watching, and not just for the cycling component, although it’s the backdrop to what unfolds. Life’s lessons abound, if we but see, like fallen leaves on an autumn’s walk –  red ones, burnt orange, and mottled, the crumpled and the plain.

There is no argument from me that riding a bicycle is hard work, requiring discipline, frequency, and mileage. All this involves pain on most rides. But the pain pays dividends by bringing us back time-and-again to reap the fruits of joy and pleasure. You don’t have to be racer, or a time-trialist, or be a club rider. Commitment to the activity brings delicious endorphins, excellent fitness, and well-defined legs to the dedicated cyclist. Who could resist that.

Okay, so, I’ve lost most of my audience by now. Sorry.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:00 am 7:00 7.00 am start and ride to Burnstown via Campbell Dr, Stevenson, Valley Carver, L-W, Thompson, Castleford, oE, Pinnacel, Hwy 60, Burnstown Rd to the Neat Cafe (bring Gold) (Km 67); home via White lake, Campbell Side Rd, Conc 9, W-L Rd, etc for a total distance of 98 kms and 662 metres of climbing.

For those with time constraints, there are options to cut it short at several points along the way. Don’t miss out, just because the route is longer than you have time for.

This route has lots of climbing but it’s all for your betterment. There is nothing too difficult, mostly steady grades that go on for a bit.

When the alarm rings in the morning, ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bike pedalling away the fatty bits. If you need encouragement, just think you’ll be five months off the bicycle (Nov – March). And, the weather is perfect for Saturday.

Our training goal is to gain power and strength and to build upon our existing endurance base.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 18 – 29 C, with high humidity; sun and cloud; POP 10%; winds S, SWS 10.

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

New cyclists, please read Disclaimer; For non-subscribers, click on Contacts

Events: See Pages

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

“You think records are broken with a smile on your face?” marinoni

Amazing Dawn – a daily wonder

Hello to another terrifying week in the world, courtesy of Donald Trump. But, that’s a topic for another forum. Still, one hardly knows what to expect next from this man; nor, from the weather this summer. Now, that’s a bad segue. I recognise that but it’s a way of saying we may be in for intermittent rain tomorrow morning. The forecasts give different accounts of when to expect the rain. That being said, unlike last Saturday, I’ll be at Stinsons for a 7:30 am start. We can make a collective decision at that time, given my poor record of making the right call. I’m already paying the price for some questionable route planning.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride to Neat Cafe (bring gold for coffee). Route via W-L Rd to Conc 10, Barr Side Rd, Waba Rd to  Kippen, Stewartville, #508 to Neat (Km 45); home via White Lake for a total distance of 66 kms  and 432 Metres. All this in preparation for the (100 Km, 1000 Metre) TdB on Sunday from Eganville.

This route is mostly flat with no big climbs,  just some steady grinds and a couple of short steep inclines. When the alarm rings in the morning, you’ll be asking yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bike. “Better get up and out of here now”, you’ll say.

Our training goal is to gain power and strength and to build upon our existing endurance base.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 18 – 22 C, full cloud; POP 40%; winds SW 15.

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

New cyclists, please read Disclaimer; For non-subscribers, click on Contacts

Events: See Pages

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

“The best things in life make you sweaty.” (not EGP)

Sweet and Sassy