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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

Hello – How are you?

What about Emily? Were you successful? Did she eventually reveal herself?

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Tomorrow we’re riding to Douglas over the hills, such as they are, to White Lake, Renfrew, and Stone Rd. We’ll come home on South McNaughton and Goshen. Lots of elevation gain to make it interesting and to test the legs. These aren’t really climbs, though; for that, we’ll need to ride the Gats. Perhaps, a remote start another time?

Not much to write about this afternoon but you’re okay with that, right?

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

When/Who: May 30/20: ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
Start: 7:30 am (Rain or Shine) Stinsons on White lake Rd.
Where: Douglas
Description: 110 Kms
Coffee Stops: None
Weather: Mainly cloudy; Temp 11-17C
Wind: NW & W 23-35
Perry’s cancelled his Almonte/Lanark ride because of a lack of interest/conflict with this ride.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

“She had said he had been driven away from her by a dream…” jc

Douglas

May 16/20: Seven Riders; 98.7 kms; 3 hours 15; 679 metres

Well, that was a brisk ride in stiff winds but most enjoyable, especially at the turn for home – the horses always know when it’s time to gallop; and, we did. Thanks to everyone for braving the elements. The prospects were bleak as we left Stinsons. I definitely felt under dressed; but, fortunately, the temperature and conditions improved; but, the wind remained a wall.  And, so, it was a great relief when the wind had a change of heart and lent us a hand. You just should have been there to partake in the exhilaration of the ride back to the ranch. Wow!

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 17/20: 7:30 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where:  Almonte/Carp/Fitzroy/Galetta
  • Coffee: None. MFB Arnprior after the ride for those interested.
  • Description: 100 kms of rolling countryside
  • Weather: Mix of sun and cloud, wind west 10-25 kms; Temp 9-16C
  • Wind NW, NE, ENE

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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

If you are afraid of loneliness, don’t marry. AC

Required Reading:

  • Next Ride: Saturday, June 01 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Quyon via Russett, #508, Anderson/Millar, L-W, Renfrew, Bruce, Castelford Rd, Johnston, Storyland, Portage, Bristol, Norway Bay, Quyon, Fitzroy, etc – bring $$ for Ferry
  • Description: 121 kms with no coffee stop; bring road ready food gels, energy bars
  • Purpose: Training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Weather: 12-18C; Wind E&SE 15; cloudy then a mix of sun and cloud
  • 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.

“To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.” Marquis de Sade

Essential Reading

  • Saturday, May 25  Group Ride cancelled due to rain in the forecast, as in
  • Rain likely, Thunder possible. High around 15C. Winds SE at 25 kms. Chance of rain 90%.
  • Next Ride: Sunday 26
  • Where: Pembroke (details to follow on Saturday afternoon)
  • Description: 168 km cycle; 762 Metres; Turnaround point Pembroke
  • Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Breakfast at the Irving Truck Stop at kilometre 87.3
  • Weather: pending info
  • Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page
  • https://arnpriorcycling.blog/  the official website for latest news/corrections

Take it or Leave it

  • And the light shines in the darkness. We all break down, become dust eventually; in the interim (before the – ) we need elation, joy, pleasure; and, comfort – above all. Does the wellspring matter: addiction, nature, art, sport, relationships? I know drinking alone is bereft of meaning.
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.bilibili.com/video/av21918956/

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.

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?” Friedrich Nietzche

Ride Details for Saturday May 18, 2019

Essentials: The website for arnpriorcycling is https://arnpriorcycling.blog/ That’s the official blog post re corrections.

  • Next Ride: Saturday, May 18/19 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s
  • Where: Renfrew via W-L, Waba, Burnstown, Opeongo, SMcNaughton, Butler, Pinnacle, etc
  • Description: 125 km cycle; 934 Metres; Turnaround point Renfrew (81 kms); Coffee Neat (100 kms)
  • Purpose: Training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation.
  • Weather: 5-14 Celsius; wind NW 15; 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.

Stephen Colbert: “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?”
Reeves: “I know the ones who love us will miss us.”

What’s in your wallet (saddlebag)?