July 22/17: 115 Kms; 3 Hrs 42; 667 Metres; Seven Riders

Hello, from the centre of the universe  or more precisely from the centre of my world – my computer screen. It’s crazy, I know, but the world is at one’s finger tips. A click or two here and there and one is transported via Google Maps to, say, Toulouse, France, the gateway to the Pyrenees. Now, why would anyone randomly search Toulouse on Google Maps? Well, maybe because it’s not so random. But, the point is that the world (both real and virtual) is just a key click away.

What about to-day’s ride, you ask. Well, there’s not much that would capture it as well as having been there. You know, there are not many days, even in a good summer, when the wind, the temperature, the road, the route, and the company is just right. To-day had it all. Sure, there was a flat tyre, and the service at Starbucks was slow, and one of the lads had his brake on for about 90 kms, making his ride hurt just a little more than usual. So, yes, it wasn’t perfect; and, we were missing, too, some former riders who would have added their own special charm to the experience. But, it appears we’ve been jettisoned for the greener pleasures of RVing and Boating. Cut adrift, you might say. Still, like the biblical father and his prodigal son, we hold hope yet for a return to the fold.

All said and done, it would have been nice if you could have been there. You know, you really just should have been there.

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday: (subject to rider consensus)

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride to Almonte for coffee at Equator (Km 55); home via Burntlands, Vaughn, Donald B Munro, etc. Start is down White Lake Rd to Conc 9 to Waba to Barr to Pakenham to #29, Clayton Rd, etc. Total Ride distance 105 Kms.

This route is similar to our ride to Kanata, except we encounter several rollers throughout the first 55 kilometres. After that, it’s a breeze or should be because of the east wind. Ask yourself, “Where else would you rather be?” Unless, of course, all things nautical have now caught your fancy.

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

Weather: 16 – 22 C, with a mix of sun and cloud; winds E at 12; 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

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