Well, hello. Did you ride this week. I didn’t. I couldn’t.

Missed opportunity for sure but when one is under-the-weather even the highly desirable is of no interest. Better now, I think. Yes, better now. I tell myself, better now.

Okay, this is a reminder to log your Silver Challenge cycling kms at http://www.silverchainchallenge.ca/. Why bother? Because a high rate of participation sends a message to the authorities about the level of interest in cycling in Renfrew County. This is our opportunity to advocate for cycling infrastructure simply be riding and recording the kilometres. That beats going to a meeting. Actually, it’s to our benefit to record our activity by taking the Silver Challenge. It’s all part of what’s looked at when planners make decisions about road surfacing, extended shoulders, etc. Don’t miss this opportunity to let you voice be heard.

Brexit is all the news. Totally shocked this morning. Markets are roiling with uncertainty. Up is down and The old order changeth yielding place to new. (LAT)

Okay, maybe it’s not that bad; or, maybe it is. The worry is not the economy to-day. Xenophobia is plain ugly – full stop!

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday, assuming winds are from the west/sw:

Meet at Stinsons at 7:30 am 7:30 am and ride to Renfrew via White Lake, Burnstown to Pucker St to Norton to #132 and then back into the Bonnechere Bakery or Tims for coffee; home via Burstown or Lochwinnow for a total distance of 103 Kms, approx. This is a classic route and one you won’t forget. It has everything to test your fitness. The key is to not blow-up by pushing hard too soon.

NOTE the Venue and Time: Stinsons 7:30 am, sharp departure.

The plan is to keep moving, with minimal delays on the road. Bring gels, bars, water, electrolytes, etc. Liquids will be a key element tomorrow. The coffee stop is at the 70 kms+-.

Temperature will be in the high 20’s/low 30’s C ; wind west at 15. Who wouldn’t want to ride in that?

Alert: Important information: These are ‘no-drop’ group rides. It’s steady as she goes (conversational style), except for the hills where it’s every man for himself. Regroup at the top. Honest effort required by all. New cyclists welcome.

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

Yes, I remember Adlestrop —
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop — only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. (Edward Thomas)