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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

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