Oct 07/17: 89 Kms; 2Hrs 52; 414 Metres; Six Riders

Hello to you all.

Wow, did we get wet. Is that a question or an exclamation? Both – yes, wet, big time!

Are you dry, yet? Yes, now, finally. But, it was all fun. The morning had atmosphere of pending mystery and suspense. The sky hung low and roiled with pregnant clouds in the last hour of delivery. Someone called the midwife. New rain was about to appear. But not just yet. For now, “The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.”

Okay, so, that might be an exaggeration. There were no stars and the cobbled alley was merely the rough tarmacadam on Myer Road. It was dream-like though in its ethereal beauty. The variegated foliage interspersed with shots of green still hanging from summer; the muted hues and tones of autumn, with splashes of red sumac and rust sedge and grasses and Virginia creeper filling the verge and roadside ditches – all elements in a rich tapestry of delight, threading and binding us in un-tieable friendship knots. Yes, you know, you really just should have been there.

But, what of the rain. When It came, it fell hard, and it conquered, washing away the morning’s delight from the ride, the rider, and the road. Yet, in so doing creating a lasting image, in the way a painter applies light and dark, Chiaroscuro-like, to illuminate and enchant. Yes, we were wet; yes, we were cold; but we were exultant from the effort and the company. Yes, 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 7.30 am start and ride to coffee at Tim’s on O’Brien after 76 kilometres that will take us to Douglas via Stewartville, 508, Goshen, Opeongo, Stone, S. McNaughton, Butler, #60, Raglan, Hall, O’Brien, Whitton, Gillan, L-W, Stevenson, Campbell, etc. for a total distance of 106 kms and 550 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  has no difficult climbs, just long gradients and a few rollers.

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: 15 – 20 C, with high humidity; sun and cloud with some rain forecasted; winds SW 30.

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

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Events: See Pages – http://hillyhundred.ca/    Oct 14, Sunday Bancroft

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

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.          WBY