July 02/16: 96 Kms; 3 Hrs 20; 906 Metres; Four Riders

As a counter to what follows, I saw the last kilometre of the first stage of the TDF. The lead out train hit 109 kms/hr (on the flat). That puts things in perspective.

Okay, that was a reminder of how short a summer we have. The weather turns on a dime. You snooze you lose. One must ride at every reasonable opportunity. This morning the wind was fearsome and came at us like cannon-shot throughout the ride. It was a no-holds barred MMA full contact event until the ‘turn’ onto Pinnacle/GOE. After that, we had the upper hand. Keith had many double nickles and a soixante, with the three of us gasping close at hand. Yes, you just should have been there when we arrived at the Bonnechere Cafe to find it closed.  The executive took notes. There was a gentle warning; and, then, we scrambled to Tim’s for coffee on the patio, where we enjoyed a few warm rays before the cruise home. We concluded that with winds like this we should take up sailing.

Still, it was a fantastic three hours of cycling in albeit gnarly conditions but, really, what else would you rather do on a Saturday morning. Life is to be lived in deep breaths, with the lungs full of fresh air and the heart responding to the call. What are you doing tomorrow?

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

Meet at Stinsons at 7:30 am 7:30 am and ride to – well, let’s just say it will be a meander down White Lake Rd to Conc 10 to Waba Rd to Campbell Side Rd to Cedar Cove; then, back to White Lake and Burnstown, down #508 to the Stewartville Rd to Kippen to White Lake Rd to Stinsons for a total of 70 kms+-. This is  just a jumble ride to nowhere with a few hills and some familiar roads but nothing too far away. There will be no coffee until the end of the ride. Now, that’s plain crazy.

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.

Temperature will be in the low the twenties; wind west at 15. Who wouldn’t want to ride in that?

As for the ride, this one has some steady climbing and several rollers. The pace/effort will be easy, especially suited to new comers. We paid our dues this morning, so Sunday will be more relaxed. Right.

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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