July 01/16: 70 Kms; 2 Hrs 14; 381 Metres; Thirteen Riders.

Okay, breaking news, tour director has just signed an extension to his contract. Details not disclosed at this time. The $$ figure is rumoured to have many zeros, in keeping with the current contract but just more zeros. Apparently, Vaughn and Burnt Lands clinched the deal for the club executives. Superlatives were the order of the day. It was nonpareil.

So, we are sitting drinking a chocolate milk at the cafe after the ride this morning when a fellow (Len was his name) approached us. We got into conversation which led to him asking us, “How old do you think I am?” We looked at each other not sure what to say. “I’ll give you a clue. I was in the second world war.” “Okay, you’re 85”, I replied. “No!, I’m 91.” And with that he walked away but turned after a few steps and said wistfully, “I was young once, too.” You just should have been there. Priceless. All of which reminded me of a song sung by Liam Clancy: The Dutchman. Long ago I used to be a young man. Lovely. Powerful, I need a drink now, myself; or, a handkerchief. Check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=429PaSejZCE

Joe’s thoughts about cycling captured here by Diane Ackerman: “When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.”

There you have it but what of tomorrow?

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

Meet at Stinsons at 7:30 am 7:30 am and ride to Renfrew via Russett, Burnstown, Opeongo, S McNaughton, Butler, Pinnacle, GOE, Bruce for coffee at the Bonnechere cafe after 70 kms; home via Lochwinnow, etc. for a total distance of 100 kms+-

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

As usual, 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 58 kms+-.

Temperature will be in the high teens; wind west at 35. Who wouldn’t want to ride in that?

As for the ride, this one has some climbing. That coupled with the high winds will make for a difficult cycle. Would be nice to have several riders to share the load. The homeward trip will be like lightning, just a flash. You can count on 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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