Hello –

I have other plans for tomorrow; consequently, I won’t be posting a Sunday Ride for July 25.

Wishing you guys a good, safe ride tomorrow wherever you go.

The weather look to be fine, with the forecasted rain overnight ending by ride time.

That was another great cycle this morning with ten keeners ready to rock and roll. Neil and three others pealed off in Almonte; and, six others of us rode on to Carleton Place. The ride home was good but the wind was a mix of tail/cross. We made the most of it on Conc 12 and on Old Hwy 17, especially with EC at the front doing full-on domestic duty and the rest of us sitting there reading the weekend newspaper. You just s/h been there!

G1’s were 107.5 kms; G2 ? kms.

For my part part, I thought that was a productive ride but Mr Garmin slapped me with a ‘Unproductive’ status, like an officer of the law issuing a ticket when you knew you’d done nothing wrong.

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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Regrets, I’ve had a few” pa

Hello –

So, I had a friend that kept a photo on his bedside table. He drank too much. He’s resolved to quit many times; but, he failed because temptation was always at hand; he was forlorn by unreasonable emotion, and hopeless like McCandless in his bus in Alaska. Lacking insight, his nostrum deepened the darkness and engulfed him, like a black hole swallowing itself.

The lesson was obvious to me – beware beguilement of body and heart; harden up; a lesson too late for the learning. Only priests and monks and other ascetics can lead such unrestrained lives but even they eventually find the wayward path. And, then after forty days and nights in the dessert, they stumble and stagger and return parched and hungry – sun burnt and psychotic, having imagined conversing with the devil, himself.

How are you?


Tomorrow’s ride will be 100kms+. Why, you ask.

It’s all in preparation for the 100 km TDB on August 29.

Short and medium distance rides won’t cut it for training purposes; neither will short snappy intervals or 40-60 kms hard efforts. Longer rides (not that 100 kms is really that long) require a well developed aerobic energy system that relies on fat rather than carbohydrates for fuel. So, feeling good after 75 kms and feeling good after 100 kms may be a challenge if you’ve been riding short to medium rides, only.

The traditional mantra has been long and slow before going long and fast. Short and fast lacks fitness depth, like white bread lacks nutrition, and has questionable long term training effects on the body.

What do I know? Nothing.

Here is the latest from the TDB committee:

“We are excited that we are able to proceed with a live event. We are holding a BBQ afterward. Unfortunately, we will not be having our usual potluck though. We issue tax receipts for donations in excess of the entry fee. There will be mailed to the address you provided for your registration.

FYI, a few riders have expressed an interest and some (me included) have signed up. Be warned though there’s a $6 surcharge for on-line registration. You can save yourself this fee if you pay on the day of the event (but that might be a hassle).

I know some of you are hesitant about taking the plunge, like a child at the shore’s edge dipping a tentative toe into the water, and will only go forth if your buddies go first. Fair enough but if you are confident enough now, please let me know if you’re in or out, bearing in mind that we’ll only ride if the weather is favourable.

I’m happy to report that a couple of lads have tested the 50 km gravel route already. I understand they were impressed.

As for Saturday, we’re riding to Carleton Place at tempo (no racing). This is a flat course, given the distance so it shouldn’t present any difficulty. As for hill training, you’ll have to do this on your own unless you’re prepared to do hill repeats on Saturdays.

Saturday’s ride is open to G1&G2 cyclists, with options for those short of time or lack of fitness.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: G1 & G2 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff July 24/21

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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For all we know
We may never meet again

Hello –

Well, the Barrett Chute ride didn’t disappoint.

Eight of us rode the 114 kms/1044m route. It was marvellous, even when accounting for the traffic (26 cars) on the road to Calabogie. As for Barrett Chute Rd, it’s a buttery smooth stretch of delight with undulations and curves, just like a random date on a hot night in July, requiring deep rhythmic breathing and lots of control. You just s/h been there.

Tomorrow’s offering will not be as sumptuous. It’s a plain Jane affair of bread and jam. In other words, nothing special. Just the same old-same old – a ride east to Almonte and Kinburn along familiar roads.

This will be a social G1 & G2 ride, with no split contemplated. I’m categorizing it as a recovery ride for myself, if no one else. My legs are weary, like a man’s mind after a long stressful week of clamour and distress.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: G1 & G2 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff July 18/21

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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Hello –

The crazy weather continues – inconsistent, unreliable, like an intemperate youth; and, the wind is a ghost playing peekaboo, ethereal at times and then bold – battering the clapboard, a midnight nightmare when one is alone in the house and the staircase creaks with heavy footfall.

Shall I venture forth or shall I hide under the covers? What would you do?

I headed to the Gatineau to test the legs and the lungs.

I ask myself, “Why had I waited so long?” Fear of failure, like a hesitant first kiss delayed until it was past doing. Seize the moment now. Age crawls then gallops then all is dust.

Too soon, it’s only a memory. We long for youthfulness but time locks the door that has no key. And, in the seventh age, “Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything“.

(Shall I) wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.”

Okay, this notification has two parts:

  • 7:00 am Stinsons G1 riders 114kms/915m Refer to MMR Link
  • 7:30 am Stinson G2 riders 80 kms approx with Neil and Kevin

G1 – the proposed ride will begin at 7 am from Stinsons and will take us to Barrett Chute via Burnstown and Calabogie. The return trip will be via Norton and Pucker. This is a superb route and will test everyone.

Coffee/water stop The Neat Cafe (is a possibility).

This is a rock and roll event. You’ll be talking about it for a long time.

G1 riders see MMR Link: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4502598850

Re G1: Saturday’s ride will be ridden at a suitable effort to ensure everyone completes the ride together. The rollers will give us all we can handle at this stage of our training.

FYI, the Barrett Chute Rd is a quiet stretch of road; it’s paved and undulating and a real treat to cycle. It’s also an out and back section of road. You won’t be disappointed.

For old timers, this route is a variation on our rides to Mountain Chute but it avoids Dump Hill, and the rough Hydro Dam Rd, and the steep climb up Mountain Chute Rd. All to say, if you like riding a bicycle, you’ll really enjoy the Barrett Chute Rd.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: G1 7:00 am Start
  • NB: G2 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff July 17/21 – G1

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet — and here’s no great matter;
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid. tse

Hello –

We were missing our usual numbers this morning. It appears that the July holiday season is upon us and the troops have taken flight to various parts of the country and province searching for fertile ground for adventure, like milkweed parachutes in a meadow, strewn by a young boy to the four winds, and beyond. Where will they land?

Still, there were six enthusiastic riders waiting at Stinsons and a lone rider waiting patiently at the Valley Carver. Delight and guffaws abounded as we pulled over for a brief chat and a “How Do You Do. Didn’t know you’d be here. That’s fantastic. We’ve got quorum now. Let’s rock”. You just should have been there!

What followed was a 96 kilometre breakfast platter of high energy riding, with a side plate and second helpings aplenty. Lots of fun but the body needs relief. Sugar won’t help, apparently.

Insulin resistance in ‘older’ riders was the topic du jour, with MB advancing a theory of starvation. Well, maybe, that’s not quite how MB put it. The point is that old guys have difficulty using glucose from blood for energy and their muscles thereby are starved for fuel to fund the athletic effort. Volunteers are requested for trial studies! Insulin shots available at the start for those interested.

So, Sunday’s cycle will be a G2 ride, meaning a moderate pace, relatively easy effort, social ride. G1&2 will ride together for the duration.

NB: Wind and waves and TWN offer conflicting reports on the wind. One says SE/SSW and the other says W. Route may change depending upon actual conditions.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff July 11/21

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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A man walks down the street
He says, “Why am I soft in the middle, now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know, I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore ps

How’s it going, eh?

Another weekend, another ride …

So, I was wondering … are Christians naked or clothed before their God; or, are they just an ethereal presence in front of an omniscient deity? Are corpulence and flaccidity and moral rectitude equal measures of a life; or, are meanness, dissipation, excess, and inhumanity the measure?

How do you actually measure a life? And, who measures?

Does the priest’s cassock and surplice conceal hunger or reveal piety?

Desire is like a covered pot steaming at the mouth on a rolling boil.

Who is looking back at you from the vanity mirror?


Crazy weather of late with temperatures in foul territory when we’re hankering for a centre field home run. No fear. Sunshine is at the plate for tomorrow; and, hope is alive. Don’t leave your seats.

Okay, Saturday’s ride will begin as a joint G1&2 ride, with the Group 2’s pealing off at Castleford or Story Land, depending upon how it’s going.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff

  • Start: 7:30 am (SHARP) from Stinsons on Vanjamar Dr
  • Distance: 96 kms (with options)/524m
  • Where: Haley’s via Magnesium; Hwy 60
  • Route: Refer to MMR Map
  • Weather: Sunny; Temps 16-23C; NW15
  • Coffee: None

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love” lm

Hello – Well, that was f___king awesome this morning.

Wow and Wow and Wow! You really just s/h been there!

What a beautiful morning to ride the Quyon loop. The air was warm and calm and we had eleven riders pulling the train, with the kilometres ticking down in short fashion. Absolutely memorable, with everyone in great form and looking out for their fellow riders. Does it get any better?

We stopped briefly in Quyon and then rode directly onto the ferry, as if it had been summoned by the Ferry Master, Charron, in anticipation of our arrival at the river Styx. All make believe, of course.

Loud laughter and broad smiles accompanied our unbelievable good fortune at the sweetness of the moment, as could be seen in the photos of the event.

All in all, we rode 112.87kms/555m, with the first 26 kms a joint affair. Well done to PD for his effort, given that the pacing was higher than advertised but doable, given the tailwind and relatively flat terrain to that point. Also, a big thanks to NS for taking charge of the G2 ride.

So, I’m thinking that if the TDB goes a head as planned, we’ll ramp up our training to take in additional distance and elevation to prepare for that event. It’s only 100 kms but it has 1000 metres of climbing in the Eganville/Foymount area. Lots of hills there.

And, if we aim for a three hour tour, it will take adequate training to achieve this. You’ll just want to be there. Stay tuned.

Meantime tomorrow, we’ll do a G2 social ride requiring a moderate effort. If you’ve been riding regularly, it shouldn’t present any difficulty. The G1’s are chill and are looking forward to laid back ride.

As for the route, we’ll head up W-L Rd to Conc 8 and around to Pakenham and Dwyer Hill, Panmure to TDP and Stonecrest. Anyone wanting a shorter version can turn at DBM. See MMR Links for details.

Just a reminder that we start sharp at 7:30, with only two minutes grace. You should therefore be ready to ride at 7:30 bearing in mind my preamble takes a minute or so.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • NB: 7:30 am Start

Important Stuff Sunday July 04/21
Start: 7:30 am (SHARP) from Stinsons on Vanjamar Dr
Distance: 82kms/399m; Option 67kms
Where: Stonecrest Kinburn Hwy 17
Route: Refer to MMR Map
Weather: Mainly sunny; Temps 15-22C; E20
Coffee: None


Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.
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“all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over” jm

Hello –

Hope all is well and that you’re riding as much as you’d like to. The weather is certainly hard to figure out. One day the pop is high and you don’t ride and it doesn’t rain; the next day the pop is low and you ride and you get soaked.

Of course, one could always pack a rain jacket; but, rain jackets are like emergency savings – only to be used for a rainy day. Too many pretend rainy days and you’re out of funds.

That’s what happened to us on Canada Day. No jackets. We were saving them for the real McCoy.

Just the same it was a memorable ride in the rain. It was like being caught in the shower for a couple of hours but with lukewarm water and the air-conditioner blasting away, and no off switch.

There was no relief to be had other than put pedal-to-the-metal and to race for home before hypothermia set in – which we did with elan, or as much elan as was possible in the circumstances.

However, the fun fades when shivers and shakes cause a speed wobble and then threaten to fell a rider, such as happened to me flying down the rock-cut at Castleford. I discovered it’s better to pedal than trying to slow down because pedalling steadies the bike and rider, like a good friend’s arm at the end of a pub crawl.

Kudos to NS and J_ for their superb effort in completing the course and for everyone’s ‘Where else would your rather be attitude’.

There were 10 of us – four sensible riders turning at 25 kms for home and six pollyana riders carrying on for another 50+ kms. But, hey, the sky brightened (briefly) and we thought we had dodged a bullet. Not so, unfortunately. It was just a tease to keep the flame alive, like the faint promise of a cold-hearted, friend.

A delusion, readily believed in spite of the reality.

In the end, all was good. It was a blast. You really just s/h been there!

As for tomorrow, it’s looking great for a ride up River Rd to Portage and around to Bristol and Quyon, capped with a Ferry ride ($3) to the Ontario side. This is one of our favourite training routes for the RLCT. As a rule we ride this every May and then once again during the easy going days of summer. Sometimes, we even stop for breakfast and golf at the Pine Lodge Resort. Well, maybe not for golf, none of us are low energy enough for that toff non-activity, yet.

Speaking of training, there’s a possibility that the TdB will take place as a real event on Aug 29. If so, we should definitely pencil that in as a group ride. We’ve ridden this in past years and it’s lots of fun but requires a step up in fitness and lots more hill work. I’m up for it; are you?

Okay, tomorrow’s ride will begin as a joint G1&2 ride, with the Group 2’s pealing off at Castleford or Story Land, depending upon how it’s going. But, given this is a longer ride than normal, we’ll need to maintain a good pace. Having said that, we’ll definitely stay together for at least 26 kms.

  • Bring sufficient food/drink.
  • There’s a depanneur at Portage (42.5 kms) and Quyon (82 kms)
  • NB: 7:15 am Start

Important Stuff

Start: 7:15 am (SHARP) from Stinsons on Vanjamar Dr

Distance: 113 kms (with options)/731m

Where: Quyon

Route: Refer to MMR Map

Weather: Mix of Sun & Cloud; Temps 16-20C; E10

Coffee: None


Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. rb

Hello –

Canada Day is upon us and we’ll celebrate(?) with a social ride comprised of Group 1&2 riders. All are welcome. The pace and effort will be tempered but an honest effort is required by all to ensure a cohesive ride. There is some climbing but not so much. The final 35 kms s/b something to write home about.

As always, please bring food/water to refuel along the way. You’ll need it.

For Group 2 riders wishing a shorter ride, you could peal off at several points but really the total distance s/b within your capabilities.

This brings me to to-day’s question, “Why do you ride?”

Is it for –

fitness, health, something to do, to meet other like-minded individuals, for weight management, networking, improving endurance and VO2Max, to get better at climbing, to relieve stress, to carve out some personal time for yourself, other.

Or, just for the joy of it – who needs a reason?

All of the above requires commitment and discipline. It’s just a question of degree and how motivated you are in the pursuit of your cycling goals. Of course, time is a factor; as is overall interest, and where cycling fits within your life as a whole. As KO would say, “There’s more to life than riding a bicycle.”

As for myself, I ride to get better at riding. That’s about it.

Cycling is not really a high skilled sport like golf or activities requiring a high degree of athleticism. No one really ever forgets how to ride a bicycle. Vertigo, I suppose, might pose a problem but otherwise once you learn you always know how to do it. It’s like learning to do the jellyfish float. Once you know how to float, how do you forget to do that?

But, there are subtleties in cycling. For example, how to ride in a straight line, how to be still on a bike, how to become aero and to pedal efficiently. So, that’s what I’m working on.

What are you working on?

Okay, thanks to everyone for joining the rides and for being of good cheer. It doesn’t take up any physical or mental space; It’s weightless; costs nothing other than will and an appropriate disposition. Just, the perfect ride companion.

Looking to Saturday, I’m thinking about a circuit up the Valley and around to Quyon for about 105 kms. Give that some thought. It’s lots of fun. Group 2 riders could hang with us until Castelford, 25 kms into the ride. We’ll see. No decision made on this yet.

Important Stuff

Who/When: ArnpriorCycling/July 01/21
Start: 730 am (SHARP) from Stinsons on Vanjamar Dr
Distance: 79 kms (with options)/513m
Where: Castleford Story Land
Route: Refer to MMR Map
Weather: Mix of Sun & Cloud; Temps 17-22C; NW 20
Coffee: None


Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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“A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands” ww

Hello –

I’ve tried to get a definitive answer to whether we can ride as a group. Unfortunately Ford’s announcement came too late for me to contact the RCPH department for clarification. Their offices closed at 4 pm. I called the OPP and was told that the measures take effect on Monday. This is incorrect. The measures pertaining to us take effect at midnight tonight. Further, the OPP wouldn’t comment on whether they would ticket cyclists riding in a group. They referred me back to Ford’s announcement on social gatherings. So, I’ve been going in circles, which is another way of saying stuck in a rut.

Golfing has been banned. Is it a social gathering? I suppose it must be according to the Province’s definition. Using this logic, I guess, group cycling is also a social gathering. No one got back to my email with a contrary opinion so I’ve made the assumption that you are in agreement that group cycling of the type we undertake is prohibited.

If you think I’ve misinterpreted the prohibition on social gatherings as it pertains to cycling, then, please speak up. I don’t profess to speak for everyone on this issue. I’m just one voice to consider out of 22.

Here is a partial text from Ford:

“Outdoor gatherings with people outside your household banned, amenities like playgrounds shut down.

“All outdoor recreational amenities such as golf courses, basketball courts and playgrounds, will be closed.

“Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, outdoor gatherings will be prohibited except for members of the same household…” 

“Police will have the authority to ask anyone outside their residence to indicate their purpose for leaving home and provide their address. That includes stopping vehicles and potentially issuing tickets of approximately $750.”

You may ask what is the difference from last week at this time with respect to Group riding. The key difference is the police authority to stop and fine and to question why we’re in a social gathering. Also, members of the public have been encouraged to report individuals disobeying the Public Order. I’m not your mum but Mr Ford is definitely your big Daddy. Disobey him at your peril.

Accordingly, not wanting to put anyone at risk of incurring Mr Ford’s wrath and a Fine by the OPP, I’m cancelling notification of group rides via this Blog until further notice.