August 04: 80 Kms;  2 hrs 40 Saddle Time; 435 Metres; 2449 Calories. Jeff, Mark, Perry, Raymond, Rob. Total for the weekend so far 156 Kms.

Okay, so the weather man has amnesia and thinks this is either mid September or early May. I had to wear my gilet this morning. And, a few of the lads were actually in tights and knee warmers. Thank goodness we didn’t need toe caps and gloves. But, that’s coming–don’t you know. All the more reason to ride now before there is no return. And, what is with the wind? This is where group riding comes into its own. Many thanks again to the guys for pulling me along. It took a while but I finally reached (or almost reached) full throttle. This in part to a spirited climb on Goshen; a flat-out effort on Gilan trying to stay with Perry (I didn’t); and a similar effort on River Road, hanging on while Jeff and then Perry went for the roses. You just should have been there!  And, you can tomorrow, when we will do it all over again. Take note that Sunday’s ride is a recovery ride. If you haven’t been out, this would be a good time to join us when the pace will be 25 kms/average speed, or less. Should be fun. Don’t miss it. Here is the plan:

Stinsons at 8 am 8am 8am; Route– a gentle meander on some rural back roads, crisscrossing the highway a few times. Coffee will be at the Neat Cafe after about 42 kms or so. Nothing serious. Total distance for the ride s/b 65 kms, approx. Can be extended, as necessary. Why not join us? You won’t regret it.

ciao for now. ac. Comments always welcome at or twitter at

August is the dying month
When hot July struggles to keep her hold
Moving toward a hopeless chilled September
Pretending to be summer
As if children heading back to school stir the cold from the sky (w.s. strunk)

Perry Roubaix

Perry Roubaix

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. Lao Tzu