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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)?

Hello. I’m back. That’s good or bad or indifferent to you. Regardless, I’m back for now.

My thanks to KO for lighting the fire and for getting us started in what has been a difficult spring for cycling so far. Also, thanks to all the weekend riders for showing up and making the group rides, group rides. It’s a pleasure to share the joy of cycling with fellow enthusiasts.

Above all, we want to be safe and free from accidents and we want to look forward to riding each weekend because the last weekend was so much fun. Really, there’s no other way … .

This is the 30th anniversary of the ‘mafia’, now referred to by me as arnpriorcycling. There’s much to celebrate. There’s a great history behind us and a great future. We’ve seen riders come and go and disappear. But, we’re still here. We have a few ‘oldies’ hanging around for continuity, for a while anyway.

I hope you can join us for this memorable year of celebration – for some, there first, others their fourth, their tenth, their thirtieth. No mater, we all count; we all matter. We are all threads in a golden tapestry, woven in one’s and two’s and three’s from near and far, from the past to the present and beyond. Really, where else would you rather be than on the weekend than pedalling away the fatty bits with your friends. We are stronger together.

Okay, we’re behind the eight ball. The 130 km Middleville ride is May 18; the 170 km Pembroke ride is May 25. We have to get moving. So, here’s the deal:

When: Saturday, May 11 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s

Where: Douglas via Goshen, Opeongo, Stone, McNaughton, Burnstown Rd McLeod, Mclachlan

Description: 112 km cycle; 722 Metres; Turnaround point (Douglas) 55 kms; Coffee 78 kms at Bonnechere Cafe or at 90 kms Neat Cafe (your choice)

Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation

Weather: 3-8 Celcius; wind NW 20; a mix of sun and cloud

Editorial: An Atheist’s perspective: “A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.” George Wald

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=shallow+song+gaga

Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page.

Rules to cycle by – Not the Velominati, the Philuminati, with Rulle #11 being worthy of note.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnhYPZUpe5c

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.

Hello. Where have you been? Or, is that your question. Does it matter? No. What matters is that we go forward and not backwards.

The RLCT is scheduled for June 08/09. If it’s not already on your calendar, pencil it in now. We’ll begin our official training programme on May 04/05. This gives us 10 weekend training days before the event itself. That’s not enough so we’ll hit the road running with 100+ kilometre rides right from the get-go. We’ll also include a couple of trips to the Gatineau to toughen the legs.

Let’s hope April is warm and dry. It’s likely to be wet and cool, making group rides a hit and miss affair. Regardless come May, it’s pedal to the metal.

You might say this advance notice is too early. Perhaps. But, I also invite you to consider skate skiing to maintain and improve your cardio fitness. That way you’ll arrive in April fitter than ever. Snow is around the corner and xcountry skiing, of whatever kind, is more fun and less arduous than cycling indoors – in my opinion.

Okay, that was a great season of cycling, thanks in part to the incredible weather. If you rode with us, many thanks for bringing your joie de vivre each weekend. The sun is within us; let it shine through. One candle lights many.

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday (no kidding):

Stinsons 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Neat Cafe or Carp to see Alice, depending upon the wind direction. Total kilometres expected to be on the 70-90 km range. Relaxed pace in comparison to the rides during peak season. Weather will be cool but sunny. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday 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=BcJbzuyp6VY  C King

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;  

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AC Jersey WIP

Hello –

Well, it had to come. It’s September 1st on Saturday. We’ve been cycling since April. That’s five months, with four of these in perfect conditions, by which I mean warm and dry. How has your summer cycling season been? Have you reached a significant kilometre milestone? Are you ahead of last year? Or, have you had personal issues (work, bicycle, family, pain, illness) that have reduced your cycling time. The impediments are many. That’s why it’s a good idea to seize the day when opportunity permits. Don’t hesitate. There are still two months, well, at least one good month left of cycling. Then what?

Winter! yes, it’s coming. Did you feel that north wind with its glacial breath on Thursday morning? Brr!

I mention it now to alert you to pre-season xcountry sales. Don’t miss a chance to get geared up for winter activity. For me, it’s skate-skiing. I was re-drawn to this by CAM, thinking I could be first up the climbs by transferring my cycling fitness to the skis. Didn’t happen. I was left in the ‘dust’ so to speak. Yes, you need to be fit but also you need balance and proper transfer of power from one ski to the other and good glide and wax technique. Takes a while to master everything but worth the effort. You’ll love it.

It’s not cheap, though. Skis, poles, boots, jacket, tights, wax, etc will set you back $500+ for a basic kit. Mid-level would be $1000, with really nice kit from $2000. It’s a bit like cycling – the more you spend, the lighter the gear. Basically, you get what you pay for but beyond a certain point you’re paying more for less. Be that as it may, you won’t replicate the whole-body cardio fitness gained from SS. It’s fantastic, especially in the Gatineau. You’ll ski up the same hills you cycle (the Doldrums, the FP Corkscew, Blacks, Penguin, the Lookout). You’ll come to appreciate these in a new way. No kidding.

Season passes are $108 to $172 if purchased before November 01.

http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/gatineau-park-winter-passes

Okay, FYI.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Upcoming Events: September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Saturday, September 01:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start for three loops 94 kms, 1600 metres. Please email arnpriorcycling@bell.net to confirm attendance.

NB: There will be no Blog entry on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday, September 02:

Stinsons at 7:30 am start on Sunday for a route and distance to be determined by those present.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings 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=oTFvAvsHC_Y  Boz Scaggs

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

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. (Joseph Campbell)

Pure Joy – Being Alive

Hello there –

This is a mid-week missive. Unusual, yes?

A couple of things of interest:

1) My Raid Alpine Tour (August 05-11 from Geneva to Nice) was fantastic. The Stuart Hall Cycling crew were great. The experience was stupendous. The climbs, two to three Cols per day, were awesome; the descents thrilling and never-ending. Unbelievable, really. As an example, from the top of the Galibier, we rode 60 kilometres downhill to the Alpe d’Huez climb. I kept looking at my Garmin – 30 kms, then 40, then 50, and finally 60 kms. How does that happen. Who cares; it did and it was so much fun. And, that was only one of many such descents. In fact, if you’d been a kid, with a pocket full of quarters at a Midway amusement fair, where the rides were only a nickel a piece, you would not have had more fun. Exhilarating is insufficient to express the feeling of flying down the Cols to the next climb. If you’re thinking about riding the Raid Alpine or about cycling in Europe do it. The scenery is breathtaking. Not to be missed.

2) Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26 I’m unavailable to ride or post a blog.

Upcoming Events:

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzB5T_B_iI    Rod Stewart

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

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius

Bounty of Goodness

Hello to you.

It’s been a while since we were in touch. I hope you’re well and in fine fettle. Life is easier when you’re feeling good – with no aches or pains or physical complaints or pathologies. It’s a crap shoot, really; some have issues, others do not. We all succumb, some early, but, eventually everyone. How do you account for adverse change of circumstances? Genetics, good living, dumb luck – all three? I’m pretty sure it’s happenstance.

It’s just a matter of time, soon or late, for the curtain to rise on calamity of one kind or another. So, if you’re in good form now, enjoy it. Health is like water in the desert, a scarce and precious vessel not given much thought until its container leaks. Ultimately, there is no oasis or sanctuary; it’s all a mirage. Still, we walk in hope, if not desperation, towards renewal. Walk on with vigour.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, on Sunday, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday, August 18:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start from P3. Three loops, 95 kms, 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, 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=vDctl_P5pqo     Aretha Franklin

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

“I know what I have given you… /I do not know what you have received.” A Porchia

Sunflower Obsession