July 15/18: 106 kms; 3 Hrs, 15; 630 Metres; Seven Riders

Wow, that was a beautiful morning to ride to Quyon, and all the more pleasing when we indulged ourselves with a break at Pinelodge for an old world dining experience. You know, you just should have been there.

We rode under perfect conditions. We got a jump on the heat and humidity by leaving Stinsons at 7 am. The wind was mild but an ally on Chemin Front on the Quebec side, with David D in the lead for many kilometres. It was nice and easy and fast – no effort, really, until we hit some bad pavement within 5 kilometres of Pinelodge. Kevin was next up and he pulled us without incident to breakfast.

Ah, it was nice, so nice. In fact a real treat thanks to Max, who picked up the tab. It was a gentleman’s day all round, with our CAM taking in sacramental remembrance of family and therefore unable to join the ride. Yes, it was a Boy’s Club to-day.

After BF, we continued our merry way towards the Ferry, with Joe G out front breaking speed limits on #148 and Rue de Clarendon. If we would have had ‘Flaps’ we would have had lift off. Crazy but true. You know, you just should have been there.

Many thanks to Kevin K for his superb example of metronomic pedalling along Old Hwy 17. High pace, total control, and measured – beautiful.

You know, I just love cycling with the group. It keeps me young or, at  least, younger that I might otherwise be. Hey, old guys get left, eventually. Has to be that way, as one generation succeeds another in life’s progression. But, I feel I’m still climbing that hill and not wanting to admit/acknowledge that I reached the top a decade ago.

It’s a blessing to have will and a benign blindness to one’s inevitable infirmity, which lurks like an unseen thug at the darkened corner, ready to bop one over the head.

I remind myself that ebullience is easy when life is full and health is good, and with friends aplenty to share the joys of cycling. To repeat a saying from a few days ago: “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you knell to say your nightly prayers.”

Okay, that’s it – another couple of great days on the bicycle.

Relive thanks to JG: https://www.relive.cc/view/1704793331

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6UAYGxiRwU   Carly Simon

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“As soon as the gold in the casket rings; the rescued soul to heaven springs.” J Tetzel