Sept 26/15: 96 Kms; 3 Hrs 20; 516 Metres; Six Riders

Okay, hello. Fog patches caused some difficulty this morning at the start of the ride. Fortunately, we rode into clear air on Young’s Side Rd but not before we questioned whether we should be on the road at all. It helped that we were eventually on back country roads with little traffic and that we had left the Madawaska river course behind. In fact, the sky was a mile high and a brilliant blue for all but the first four kilometres. Still, cycling in river bank fog is an eerie experience. Reality and motion are distorted. Day is night. It’s no fun. You just should have been there!

All this brought to mind a flash of a poem of my childhood: The Fog by William Davies. Why after all these years would I recall that poem? Aren’t we always astounded by the arcane archival mental filing process that retrieves one thing but not another? Perspective and gratitude are the hammer and anvil of character. If you have young children or grand-kids, why not read them this:

The Fog

I saw the fog grow thick,
Which soon made blind my ken;
It made tall men of boys,
And giants of tall men.

It clutched my throat, I coughed;
Nothing was in my head
Except two heavy eyes
Like balls of burning lead.

And when it grew so black
That I could know no place,
I lost all judgment then,
Of distance and of space.

The street lamps, and the lights
Upon the halted cars,
Could either be on earth
Or be the heavenly stars.

A man passed by me close,
I asked my way, he said,
“Come, follow me, my friend”—
I followed where he led.

He rapped the stones in front,
“Trust me,” he said, “and come”;
I followed like a child—
A blind man led me home.

Now, will I remember in some distant time my ride from Stinsons on White Lake Rd to Young’s Rd to Carp? What do you remember?

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Sunday:

Meet at Stinsons at 8am 8am on White Lake road and ride to Pakenham via Burnstown, White Lake, Campbell Side Rd, Waba Rd, etc for coffee at the General Store after 50 kms; home via Kinburn Side Rd and Dwyer Hill for a total distance of 70 kms+/-. This will be a nice easy ride – short on distance – on familiar roads. No surprises. Happy times for all.

The weather forecast is calling  for sunny skies and temperature in the single digits (early on), low teens later; winds SE at 10.

Information about to-day’s ride for new and old, these are ‘no-drop’ group rides. It’s steady as she goes (conversational style) and easy on the legs. If you have had thoughts of joining us and weren’t sure about the pace or the distance, then, here’s your chance. You’ll love it. We all do.

Just a reminder to subscribers that you will get an email alert of any last-minute notifications by 7am on ride-mornings. For non-subscribers, please check this blog before leaving home.

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;

PS: Here is a link from Rob on Aerovelo’s First Record Breaking Run in Human Powered Speed!:

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