Nov 03/19: Three Riders; 92 kms; 3 hours 02; 644 metres

That was another great ride on the roads of Renfrew County. This is getting to be a habit – after 30 years, one might say. We’ve seen many rural roads paved and repaved in that time. The hard shoulders are a real boon these days. To-day, we returned from Renfrew on the Burnstown road. It’s recently been repaved for a couple of kilometres from the top of the hill at MacLaren’s old apple orchard to Hurds Lake road, where it widens to accommodate a paved bicycle lane all the way to the Neat.

That two kilometre stretch of new pavement was a pleasant surprise but not everyone was enthused about it. If you haven’t been out that way, give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

FYI, the Neat Cafe is contributing two $$ from every coffee and breakfast cookie towards repaving Calabogie Rd. This is a new initiative and certainly takes the bite out of their high prices. Well, maybe they’re not doing this but it’s an idea … .

The cycling season is winding down but we plan to ride until the snow falls and the temperature make the roads unsafe. It’s really not that bad, provided you dress for the conditions. Keeping one’s hands warm is the hardest part, I think. So, just saying that you might want to consider/reconsider keeping your bicycle on the ready for a few more weekends.

Finally, a big thank you to KO for holding the fort for the last five months with emails about weekend rides. This is no small endeavour because of the personal commitment required to be at Stinsons each and every Saturday and Sunday. Maybe we’ll recruit others in 2020 to share the responsibility?

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”   HDT