July 19/14: Nine Riders; 107 Kms; 395 Metres; 3 Hrs 26

Well, we had a good group this morning – all strong riders eager to set an honest pace on a morning when light winds would ensure a quick trip to coffee at Starbucks in Kanata; but, that was some 58 kms away and there was lots of riding (and some racing) to do before then. First out of the gate was Perry. Fortunately, we had Marcel to mark him and hold rein while the rest of us pedaled a steady rhythm forward.

It was just glorious all round. Sure, there was the odd rough patch of road and some hard-pack but apparently not enough for Marcel who extended the gravel section on Vance’s Side Rd by riding the shoulder to get his fix. The rest of us were content to ride the pavement. And, what pavement it was. The Sixth Line can’t be beaten, unless of course you ride the new pavement on Diamondview. It’s all good and we are so lucky, don’t you think?

But, the highlight of the day was the chipmunk that got flung from Raymond’s wheel into the air like some Romanian acrobat. He flew straight up about six feet, somersaulted a couple of times, landed on his feet and scurried away. It was unbelievable. We couldn’t believe our eyes. You just should have been there!

Here’s tomorrow’s tentative plan:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Road at 8 am 8 am and ride to Pakenham via Burnstown and White Lake, etc; home via Kinburn Side Rd and Dwyer Hill for a total distance of approx 78 Kms. Coffee and sticky buns at the Pakenham General Store. Temperature will be in the high teens; winds SE at 10; there is a pop of 70%. I expect to ride unless the forecast deteriorates.

Bye bye, ac. Comments welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

PS: Gregg is resting so there is no Ride with Gregg this Sunday.

Old Carp Road Club

Old Carp Road Club