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Hello –

These are the days to ride a bicycle – it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy/Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” Max and his sons can relate to that, as they sit at the dock on the bay and cast for meaning in the deep, dark current.

For the rest of us, it’s time for the bicycle; and, for those of us lucky enough to have free time during the week or flexible work hours, we get to luxuriate in rides of wonder and awe. Wonder at the bounteous beauty of the natural world, the rural rolling landscape, and the peace and stillness of early morning; awe at life’s magic and mystery and our solitary existence. All this presents itself to the mind, before the intoxication arising from injecting or imbibing artificial stimulants enable us to understand and “see into the life of things.”

Okay, so, I’ve had a coffee or two after my ride – nothing stronger. I shed my cycling duds now to wear sweet delight, joy, and then pleasure, with happiness next up, hanging loosely over the chair arm. It’s quite a sight! You know, you just should have been there.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 7:30 am start for a 95 km route and 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Similar to last week, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday 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=FJ85Hep0kD0   John Prine

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

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

The Bees Knees

Hello there  –

Life is good. It’s a privilege to be able to say that. For many, life is not good or at least it has onerous restrictions and constraints – money, time, physical/mental impairment, employment, family, personal relationships, and happenstance. I hope none of these afflict you in a negative way. And, if they do, I hope riding your bicycle provides respite and solace – a simple, elemental, and fluid esthetic in its purity. It’s an uncomplicated and accessible past-time offering delight, joy, and pleasure – that powerful triumvirate to a happy life and times.

Now, perfection is something else entirely – a sterile and unnatural state unknown to human experience. May you not be perfect nor strive for perfection. Goodness yes; perfection, no.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Meet at P3 Gatineau 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride three loops (FP x1, King/Blacks x2 with links via Kingsmere). Total distance 85-87 kms; 1584 metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday 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=5LWpw3CMCEg  Ray LaMontagne

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

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. KJV

Wonder

Hello –

Almost mid summer and the living is easy. Superb weather, except for the lack of rain for gardens and fields and vegetables and crops. It’s certainly great weather for the beach and water sports. It’s good too for cycling but only first thing in the morning before the high sun and humidity and winds kick-up.

Okay, there are two options this Saturday: 1) Stinsons; 2) Gatineau. Expect we’ll have a regular complement of riders for Stinsons on Sunday.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

1) Stinsons at 7:30 am with the route and distance to be determined by those present

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 for a 83 – 85 km route and 1544 – 1571 metres. This involves climbing King three times and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Ask yourself, where else would you rather be?

Time to complete will be 3 hrs to 3.5 hrs, approx. We will stop for a rare photo at the Belvedere Lookout.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwmVfewqu7I   George Harrison

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

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.”  Maya Angelo

Summer Scene W-L Rd

Hello.

Some of us are riding in Gatineau Park on Saturday. That means the usual group ride will see fewer potential riders at Stinsons. So, rather than setting out a route now, I’ll leave it to those present at Stinsons  to decide what suits them.

In keeping with our usual practice, the start time will remain at 7:30 am.

As of this writing, I can’t guarantee that anyone will actually be at Stinsons. Sorry.

FYI, I will post a group ride for Sunday on Saturday afternoon.

 

Howdy, this will be short.

For those interested, meet at Stinsons for a 7:30 am start.

Route and destination, mileage, pace etc to be determined by those present.

Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!    Lord Byron

June 09/18: 172 Kms; 5 Hrs, 21; 620 Metres; June 10/18: 175 Kms; 5 Hrs, 50; 540 Metres: Nine Riders + MG, EC, SC – Century Ride From Perth

Done and dusty.

At what point is an activity checked off the bucket list. This was my 30th consecutive RLCT. And, it was a good one in the agreeable company of fellow cyclists. In fact, it was wonderful. The conditions were near perfect, the ride was incident free, my fellow cyclists were incomparable – all courteous, with sweet dispositions and one metre smiles, a delight to be in their company.

This was the 47th year for the OBC and RLCT. It seems like a no brainer to go for three more to make it to the grand quinquagenary. Okay, that’s a bit highfalutin. The 50th. But, really, where does one stop? In three years or five, or just call it a day now? Whatever I do, I hope you come along for the ride. You know, you’ll just want to be there.

As for the ride, The conditions were near perfect on Saturday. Sunday was hard work, with us having to combat a strong north-east wind. We managed well, however, in having 6-9 riders to share the work load. This made a huge difference. Still, we were relieved to pull into Algonquin on Sunday, after 175 kilometres. No one wished for a longer ride.

In fact, with about eight kilometres to go on Woodroffe, and Blair at the front taking the full force of the cross winds, I focused as much on the cold brew soon to be within my grasp as I did on holding the wheel in front of me. That beer would symbolise the completion of the Tour and of thirty years of long distance cycling. Yes, I have been cycling for thirty years, not including all those years as a child and as a youth riding my bike to the local swimming hole. Do you get a pension after thirty years of riding a bike? I guess not. No matter, I savoured every gulp and caped it with a second beer, unprecedented for me. It was special to have my regular cycling buddies close at hand to share this moment, even if they were not aware of its significance to me.

Yes, thank you to Jeff (1990), Max (1992), Mark (1994), Peter (1998), Raymond (2003), Keith (2004), Glenn (2007), Kevin (2012), Eric (2012), Blair, (2014) Joe( 2014), Neil (2014), and Cathy (2015) for your encouragement and companionship on thousands of kilometres. It’s no small goodness to have a fraternity of friends for so many years sharing both the hardness and the joy of intense physical exercise. It’s not easy but that’s probably why we do it.

Yes, I know, too much text and not any information about Saturday’s ride yet.

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am 7.30 am start and ride to the Renfrew Bistro Cafe (Km 79) via Russett, #508, Goshen, Gillan, Hall, Opeongo, #132, Stone Rd S McNaughton, Butler, #60 to the Bistro; home via Hall, Gillan, L-W, Stevenson, Campbell Dr, etc for a distance of 111 kms and elevation of 542 metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday 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 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:  15C – 23 C; Sunshine; winds NW 15.

General Info

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBNRBBR8C24&list=PLwOxgqLQK7oahKTlBRi1CwmY4XJk-Jww4&index=25

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

“. . . Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”     Abraham J Heschel

Hello, how are you? It’s close, real close now. And, I don’t mean the ambient air, although that’s brutal to-day. You know what I mean. We’re down to the short strokes, and my body is feeling it big time. Found that out this morning when I ran to town. It’s not that far, really; but, I was hurting. Legs were fine but my heart rate wouldn’t respond to the effort required, telling me I needed rest, real soon. With that in mind, and thinking you’re in a similar state, I’m proposing shorter rides this weekend – 85 kms on Saturday and 72 kms Sunday. We’ll see. Hope you agree.

At this point, there is nothing to be gained by going hard. Instead, the emphasis is maintaining our current level of fitness, reducing fatigue immediately – all in aid of arriving at the big weekend in top-notch form.

So, the plan tomorrow is to ride Tempo, which is just below Lactate Threshold. In other words, hard enough but not real hard. Here’s a definition:

“Riding tempo means riding steadily. It does not mean riding at a constant speed, half-wheeling or killing it at the front. Riding Tempo means riding at a constant effort – that’s, at a constant effort not at a constant speed; your average power minus 5%.”

Regarding the verses, poems, and quotations found in this blog, these may not always reflect my point of view, especially the ones with a spiritual and religious quality, and which intimate the hereafter. Atheist that I am, I do however like to graze in what appears to be the barren and fallow lands (and that includes biblical and christian writings) in search of apophthegms; and, like the bovine and sheep and horse and other ruminants snipping a sweet blade of grass found singly among the rocks and hard ground, I take a bite. Or to change the metaphor, I inhale the fragrance of the rose and try to avoid the hidden thorns. Sources matter but they don’t all have the same authority.

Are you still with me? Not likely.

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 7.30 am start and ride to Almonte for Coffee at the Equator after 46 kms. Route via W-L Rd, Conc 10, Pakenham, Dwyer Hill, Panmure, Marshwood Rd (soem gravel), Vaughn, Burnt Lands, Hwy 49 to Almonte; home via Martin Rd, Cnty Rd 20, Dwyer Hill, etc. Toal 84 kms and 346 Metres.

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:  11C – 19 C; Sunshine; winds N 22.

General Info

RLCT rules of the road: https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/rlct-code-of-conduct

Website from EC: https://onlinecyclinggear.com

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ

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

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.  HDT