Sept 30/17: 94 Kms; 3 Hrs 01; 424 Metres; Eight Riders

Hello to you all.

Well, to my surprise, there were eight eager riders this morning. Who would have thought that the cool temperatures and north wind would have been so popular. Kudos especially to Blair, who rode in from Kanata, and had to saddle-up very early to make it to Stinsons. Obviously, we all shared a healthy enthusiasm for the bicycle, given that the cycling season is nigh at an end. We certainly were intent on making the most of the conditions. And, so, we rode with pace to keep our date with Alice in Carp. Unfortunately, the demand for her attention was great, the inn was full, so to speak; Alice was otherwise engaged, although she smiled and her embrace was warm; we were shown the door, like an ill-fated lover, faced with a cold shoulder, no longer the favourite.

And so, we sat forsaken at the outdoor, picnic table. The sun shone in a clear sky; the air was cool. At least, the coffee was hot. It kept us warm momentarily. That, and laughter at Max’s commentary on weed control. You know, you really, really just should have been there.

Plus, we would have welcomed your help on Dwyer Hill, just a miserable stretch of road, especially when facing a head-cross wind. It was to have been from the north but had changed now to the north-west, making for a terrible slog. But, largely, thanks to Keith, we made good time and were soon back at Stinsons, warm, happy, and contented, with all thoughts of Alice now gone. You know, you really, 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 7.30 am start and ride to Pinnacle Hill via Russett, Scheel, #508, Goshen, Gillan, Hall, Opeongo, S. McNaughton, Butler, #60, Pinnacle, GoE, Bruce, Raglan, Hall, to Tims on O’Brien at kilometre 65; home via Whitton, Gillan, L-W, Stevenson, Braeloch, Golf Course Rd, Toner, RR, Usborne, Campbell Dr, etc for a total distance of 97 kms and 519 Metres.

For those with time constraints, there are options to cut it short at several points along the way. Don’t miss out, just because the route is longer than you have time for.

This route is flatish, except for Pinnacle; otherwise, it’s rollers, mostly.  There is nothing too difficult.

When the alarm rings in the morning, ask yourself, “Where else would I rather be?” than on my bike pedalling away the fatty bits. If you need encouragement, just think you’ll be five months off the bicycle (Nov – March).

We have no training goal other than the pure enjoyment of riding one’s bicycle.

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

Weather: 02 – 14 C; full sun; POP 00%; winds W 15.

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

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Events: See Pages –    Oct 14, Sunday Bancroft

Okay, Ride your bike! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.   from When Death Comes by M. Oliver