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Hello –

The forecast for tomorrow is calling for wild wind and cool air under a full sun but rain possible around 11 am. Dress accordingly and be mindful of the expected crosswinds. It’s really a meander rather than ride to anywhere. As in past, there is no scheduled coffee stop, except for those wishing to stop at Neat cafe (52 km mark). The MFB is closed until next week, apparently. FYI.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: September 05/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Stinsons
Where: Heading east then west and north
Description: 89 kms/541 metrers
Coffee Stops: Neat or None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 10-16C
Wind: West 20 kms/hr

Regarding Sunday/Monday, no blog post for those days. It’s possible that KO, or NS, or KK will email. If you’re interested, please contact them. Need coordinates, email me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. m a

Hello –

Well, August has been wet and windy and wild and cool. Tomorrow’s weather is much of the same. Damp and rainy and out of bounds for the time of year, like a base’s loaded, two men out, a full count and an early swing that coughs up a foul territory, high-flyer to left field – going, going, gone. Disappointment until the next fastball flies free – home run. Fantasy: rain all day on Saturday?

So, as of now, there will be no official group ride from Stinsons on Saturday.

Please check this site by 6 am on Saturday in case the weather improves enough to allow us a window for a short ride. That’s unlikely given the current forecast but fingers crossed.

If you think I’m premature in cancelling the group ride, let me know. It’s just my opinion and I often get the weather wrong.

Regarding Sunday, the forecast is much brighter; however, I will not post a group ride. It’s possible that KO, or NS, or KK will email. If you’re interested, please contact them. Need coordinates, email me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 29 No Group Ride ArnpriorCycling
Start: No Group Ride from Stinsons
Where:
Description:
Coffee Stops:
Weather: 15C Thunderstorms, light rain 10mm
Wind: 15 kms East

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling (private)
– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” rb

Hello –

So, Saturday is upon us, again. Where did the week go? September is fast approaching and the sun rises now at 6:15. Darkness encroaches everywhere, except in the eternal heart – for those of cheery disposition and ebullient temperament. May you be of the elect and experience delight daily.

The road is long and difficult, and uneven and rough for kilometres but joy abounds for the chosen. We are privileged; many others suffer and live lives of great stress, and labour for essentials. Why – fate of country of birth, of parents, of opportunity, of mental resilience, of chemical imbalance, of ambition and initiative? Pinch yourself. I have.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan: (x2)

When/Who: August 22/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Municipal Parking Lot Arnprior behind Shoppers
Where: 1) Arnprior to Renfrew via Pucker; 2) Almonte via Tatlock
Description: 104 kms/104 kms
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 16-20C
Wind: 1) NW 15   2) East 15

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

NB: Stinsons 7 am Start

NB: Start from the Arnprior Municipal Parking Lot behind Shoppers Drug Mart

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
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– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

THE LAUGHING HEART
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch….

you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it…. Charles Bukowski

Hello –

Tomorrow’s route is Rob’s Route. That’s going back in time; and, it’s actually the second ride Cathy’s rode with us on June 27, 2015. How’s that for record keeping! Alas, of late, I have no such log of rides ridden or with whom.

Does it matter? Does anything matter? Not everything is ‘matter’. What was there before ‘matter’ existed 13.8 billion years ago? Time and space didn’t exist, apparently. There was no COVID-19, either. We live in different times now but for how long is a single life. And, what does it matter, anyway.

So, since you asked: If the universe’s existence was the equivalent of one year (365 days) on a timeline, then, the big bang was January 01. Modern man emerged on Dec 31 at 23:23:59 or 5000 years ago – according to a Carl Sagan. Talk about insignificance – ”

June 27. 2015: Max, Perry, Raymond, Keith, Rob, Kevin, Joe, Cathy 106 kms to Kanata

How do you spend your days?

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 15/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start from Stinsons
Where: Arnprior to Dunrobin
Description: 103 kms
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 17-26C
Wind: East 15 kms/hr

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

NB: Stinsons 7 am Start

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling (private)
– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. ws

August 08/20: Five Riders; 105.9 kms; 3 hours 16; 682 metres

Another super ride in the County of Renfrew,  followed up by coffee and treats and libation at the Neat Cafe. You just s/h been there!

There is no official ride scheduled for Sunday but KO may send an email for those interested.

Regarding next Saturday, stay tuned.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling (private)
– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”  Hippocrates

Hello –

Tomorrow’s ride is a change from our usual offerings for a Saturday. We’re going to check out some new roads on a scenic, undulating course with lots of hills and curves, just like your high school sweetheart or, at least, your fading memory of her. All to say, the topography is exciting, and ideal for cycling.

I look forward to seeing everyone again, including perhaps some riders who’ve been absent for a while. This is an interesting and adventurous route not to be missed. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: August 08/20: ArnpriorCycling
Start: 7:00 am start Burnstown at the United Church parking lot (Approval received from Rev Kim)
Where: Burnstown to Eganville
Description: 107 (?) kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Sunny; Temp 15-24C
Wind: South, SE, E, W, NW ?? – all over the map 10-15 kms/hr

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Take Note: Burnstown United Church  for a 7 am Start

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling (private)
– IG @arnpriorcycling (private)
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – hm

Hello –

Well, right off, let me apologise for being out of touch with reality. No sane person starts cycling at 5:45 am from P3 on Canada Day. Well, I did but I guess that’s the point. I’m missing a few marbles. This was a ludicrous idea (for everyone else) for which I apologise. I should have had more thought for my cycling companions and less for myself when I set the start time. I failed to consider the adverse effect an early start would have on those travelling from out of town. I hope this mea culpa will encourage you to join us again. I apologise for my self centered approach to organising the group rides. I will try harder in future to accommodate the many and varied interests of the group.

You can help me by providing feedback directly rather than just summarily making changes to the start time without prior consultation. I would appreciate that.

Regarding the group’s historical name, I won’t be using it. The BLM movement and Indigenous concerns around the historical use of incendiary language have brought to light the negative consequences and harmful effects of entrenching objectionable words into everyday parlance. I hope you agree. I’m not stating this as a moral high ground issue. If you choose to continue to use the name and to wear the jerseys that’s your prerogative and it’s not for me to say it’s right or wrong for you. I’ll respect your choice and not comment. This has been a topic in the past but recent events have brought it to the foreground again.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: July  04/20: ArnpriorCycling.
Start: 7:30 am P3  Gatineau; if this doesn’t suit, we could try 8 am. But, barring objection, it’s 7:30 for now.
Where: Three Loops – Black’s x2; FLP x1, Lookout x3
Description: 87 kms of rolling countryside/ 1250 Metres
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: A mix of sun and cloud; Temp mid twenties
Wind: Not a factor because we’ll be climbing

So, this is a great route up to the Lookout. It gives us maximum climbing and good distance for the time spent cycling. Basically, we ride from P3 up Pink and up Black’s to the Lookout; then, we cycle down the FLP all the way round to the junction with GP and CP to start our second ride up Black’s to the Lookout; from there we ride down the FLP all the way to P8 before turning around and climbing back up the FLP to the Lookout; from there we ride down Black’s to the junction with GP; at that point we turn left for about two kilometres to take in another climb before we we turn for home. Total time will be 3 hours+/- a few minutes. That’s a medium length ride to afford a good training effect. It’s hard effort but most of us have ridden the Gatineau a few times and it shouldn’t present any major difficulty. The biggest obstacle will be heat and humidity.

You may ask why Black’s twice. For my money, it provides the best bang for the drive to the Gatineau. We go for the climbs, after all.

If a remote start doesn’t appeal, let me know. I can devise an alternative option.

As noted a few weeks ago, I won’t be posting details of Sunday rides. FYI.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” tr

Hello –

I regret that I’m not available to ride this weekend – errands in Ottawa.

KO may send an email later this afternoon, possibly.

Important Stuff  – Check back on June 26

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

Strawberry Picking
She picked strawberries with her teeth,
Red stains on lips blushed by the sweet taste
Of ripe fruit; her fingers clean
Brushed over me with delicate anticipation
Lifting the loose fabric of a summer dress
And I heard her confess her love
Through saying everything
Yet nothing at all. OliviaAutumn

Hello —

I just bought a sailboat. No kidding. I’m done with cycling in the heavy winds. No fun anymore. The new boat is a catamaran and it goes like the devil chasing after atheists, knowing they’re easy targets and must be caught before any christian intervention. Really, sailing is a hoot and has biblical overtones; sure, there’s spray from the water but leaning deep over the gunnel and kissing the river is luscious. You’ll just want to be there!.

Okay, no boat yet, on back order; so, cycling is on the menu.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 13/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Renfrew, Haley’s
Description: 94.2 kms of rolling countryside
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: A mix of sun and cloud; Temp 05-13C
Wind: NNW 13-35

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“Why are you kissing me in the middle of the sentence?!”
“Because this moment won’t always be here,” I say.
“Mommy — just read… please.”
Jacqueline Woodson,

Hello –

RLCT anyone. I think not. Year after year we ride to Kingston on the first weekend in June. Some things never change until they do change. The sun rises and sets every day but one day it too will be history, never to shine again. Where will we be then? Cosmic detritus, fragmented material, recombined matter – soulless born and soulless die. Philosophy and religion and science ultimately have no answer. The devout and atheists alike left wanting explanation.

Meantime, tomorrow, we ride, keeping alive the ordinary traditions of ordinary folks, a momentary diversion from the mundane. “The only thing that consoles us for our miseries is diversion. And yet it is the greatest of our miseries. For it is that above all which prevents us thinking about ourselves” bp

All to say, it’s good to stop and revel in the ‘now’ whatever the ‘now’ maybe. I just read about Mike Plummer, a bike mechanic familiar to many who rode the RLCT year after year. Mike died of cancer a few months ago. His presence is no longer. You may remember him as the long pony tailed mechanic, of slim build and quiet demeanor. He helped me in 2015 when I was stuck in Elgin with a broken derailleur. He cobbled together a fix and I was on my way courtesy of a tail wind for 120 kilometre solo ride back to Ottawa.

Incidentally, I met an attractive women while I waited for Mike Plummer at Elgin. She was alive, alert, and fresh of face, younger, and engaging. I often wonder where she is now – without name only the memory remains. Interesting how people come and go in one’s life –  family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers all just momentary interactions however brief or enduring.

https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/newsletter-2020-06-01#mike-plummer

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: June 06/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Kolhsmith/Queensline
Description:  120 Kms of a circuitous route because of road construction
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Mix of sun and cloud; Temp 15-21C
Wind: NW 15-33

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“For a moment man is a boy, for a moment a lovesick youth, for a moment bereft of wealth, for a moment in the height of prosperity; then at life’s end with limbs worn out by old age and wrinkles adorning his face, like an actor he retires behind the curtain of death.” bhartrhari