July 02/17: 97 Kms; 3 Hrs 03; 752 Metres; Six Riders

Hello. You missed a good one this morning. We had everything you’d want from a Sunday ride – favourable temperature, cloud cover, fair winds, mostly; scenic roads, several rollers in succession, minimal delays on the road, and a steady pace, without any annoying concertina effects. Okay, so not everyone was thrilled with the roughness of Pucker Street but that didn’t deter Joe and Neil from catching fire. We were at the T-junction at Norton in short order. And, after a brief stop for a gel, Keith found a delightful rhythm for 7.7 kms to Calabogie Road. It was pure poetry in motion. As Neil said “that was a blast”. You just should have been there.

Here’s the tentative plan for Monday:

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride to Renfrew via Campbell Dr, Braeloch, Stevenson, RR, Bruce St to Tims on O’Brien (Km 36); home via Whitton, Gillan, L-W, Stevenson, etc for a total distance of 65 Kms.

This route is easier than to-day’s but there is a steady incline to Braeloch and from Castleford to Renfrew; otherwise, it’s a piece of cake. Of course, there’s McGregor’s hill but we usually have enough momentum to top out before it hurts. The ride home on Campbell Dr is always a highlight. Ask yourself, “Where else would you rather be?” Our training goal is to develop the legs for next week’s Tour of White Water. Plan is to keep the effort moderate.

As usual, it’s steady as she goes, with minimal delays on the road.

Weather: 17 – 20 C, a mix of sun, cloud; winds west and north-west at 20; POP 20 %

Caveat: All this subject to change based upon the turnout and the weather and rider consensus.

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

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
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