Hello. Well, here we are again just a pedal stroke or two from another cycle. We’re about to sip from the weekend’s well of freedom. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is likely to dissuade some of you from participating. I hope not. Try to look past the grey sky, wet road, and gusts of wind you glimpse upon drawing the bedroom curtains.

Also, if you have any aversion to rollers, and twisty, curvy roads, you may want to avert your eyes from the route description, below. I know the weather will find some of you still at home at 7:30. If you get past the weather, I don’t want you to abandon because of the course. Just sing, “The hills are alive to the sound of music.” Emphasis on hills. You know you’ll just want to be there.

Okay, enough of that. I was in Ottawa the other day on errands, mostly related to my bicycle. It got me thinking that it’s great to have the amenities of a big city close at hand. On the other hand, as I found myself stuck in traffic at Wellington and Parkdale, it struck me how lucky we are to live in the Valley. Yes, it’s nice to live where we live, and to enjoy the quiet roads and easy access to rural scenes, far from traffic lights and the hurly-burly of a big city. The country is calming in all respects. A walk or cycle down a country lane restores the body, soothes the troubled mind, and enlightens the soul:

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” Lord Byron

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

Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride to Calabogie, Renfrew, Castleford, Arnprior for a total distance of 110 kms, with coffee after 67 kms at the Bonnechere Cafe. See map for details

This route is designed to test the legs and lungs as we cycle up to White Lake, over to Burnstown, and ride the rollers to Calabogie; after that it’s a long drag on Norton to Pucker, where we encounter several rollers on our way to Renfrew. If all that has left you wanting more, then, Pinnacle Hill, by way of an after-repast liqueur, will stimulate your palette. A second glass, perhaps? Ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?”

Our training goal is to gain power and strength and to build upon our existing endurance base.

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

Weather: 17 – 22 C, mixed sun and cloud; POP 60%; winds S & SW 20, with gusts to 35.

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

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”         John Muir