Well, hello. How was your week. The weather definitely has changed. I know because I didn’t ride once during the week. Plus my winter hockey league has just started back. What does that tell you? Winter is a coming, I guess. Cycling this time of year is difficult – it’s cold in the morning, the wind is high and full of bluster, one has to wear extra kit to stay warm, and besides we have ridden since April. It’s been a long season. Time for a rest. Wow! Hey, not so fast. We don’t want to hang up the bicycle just yet. I had a plan for Saturday. It was a change from our usual routine, in part because the troops are thin on the ground at Stinsons these weekends; and rather than cycle on my own or with only one or two others, I was opting to ride with the West Quebec Wheelers on their 100 km Tours des Ponts circuit, leaving from Quyon on Saturday. But, I have had second thoughts.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Meet at Canadian Tyre Canadian Tyre  at 8am 8am on Daniel and ride to Carp for coffee with Alice. I know we did this last week but the wind is NE, again. As for the route, we will cycle via Galetta to Loggers Way to Kinburn Side Rd to Diamondview, etc. Coffee after 36 kms. Home via Cnty Rd 5 to the Galetta Side Rd, etc for a total distance of 72 kms approx. This will be a short ride but the outward leg will be tough because of the NE wind; however, we will have fun sailing to Fitzroy on Cty Rd 5  for 20m kms or so on the homeward leg!

The weather forecast is calling  for eight hours of sunshine and temperature in the single digits (early on), low teens later; winds NE at 20+. Dress for the weather.

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.

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Okay, Ride your bike! Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

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