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Hello –

Are you restless for the road? Are you impatient to ride with others? Are you free from coughs, fever, a running nose, and sore throat? Is anyone in your immediate circle of friends, acquaintances, and family suffering from COVID19 symptoms? If not, now’s the time.

No, the official word hasn’t changed: groups of individuals must be five or less.

We can abide by that protocol by dividing into separate groups, if necessary, and by riding two abreast when safe to do so. The research from Belgium on cycling and running is controversial and doesn’t actually address the potency and probability of infection from errant ‘spray’. Further, recent research concludes that “close and prolonged contact is required for #COVID19 transmission. The risk is highest in enclosed environments: households, public transport, ships, and certain institutional settings (like nursing homes).” Being outside is less hazardous as a rule than being inside. Ergo, Alfresco Rules!

So, if you’re in good health, full of energy, vital, alive, and jumping out of your boots and can answer ‘no’ to the above questionnaire then, maybe, you’re ready to ride with others in a group setting.

Things to Bear in Mind First

The group ‘works’ best when rider expectations are aligned, when riders are compatible and make reasonable accommodations for each other, and when the routes are varied to distance and pace, and when voices are heard and listened to within the group about likes and don’t likes. It helps, too, if there’s a common goal to bond around and to serve as an incentive for riders for weekend training. Unfortunately, there’s no RLCT this season; so, fitness, health, camaraderie, and coffee will have to suffice.

Okay, I’m almost at the important part but I’d now like to thank KO for his contribution to the group for acting as the anchor and filling in willingly when needed. Thank you, KO!

Important Stuff – The tentative plan:

  • When/Who: May 10/20: 8 am ArnpriorCycling/MAFIA
  • Start: Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Where: Hurds Lake Crn via Stewartville
  • Coffee: MFB Arnprior after the ride(?)
  • Description: 76 kms/361 metres of rolling countryside from the Stewartville Hill onward
  • Weather: Mix of sun and cloud, wind west 15-30 kms

Meantime: stay fit, firm, fine – always.

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

– RLCT June 13/14  Cancelled
– Tour of Whitewater July 11  Cancelled
– Tour de Bonnechere Mid August
– Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30
– Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12
– Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13

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How swiftly the strained honey
of afternoon light
flows into darkness
and the closed bud shrugs off
its special mystery
in order to break into blossom:
as if what exists, exists
so that it can be lost.  Lisel Mueller

Hello –

I forgot to mention this yesterday. It’s just an idea I have to bridge the period between when we stop riding because of cold weather and when we take up winter activities such as skiing and riding on trainers. It makes sense to be outside as much as possible and not indoors on Zwift or on a spinner or rollers. What do you think?

Okay, so here’s the plan, assuming the weekend weather is inclement for cycling. What about getting together in our running gear on Saturday/Sunday mornings at Sweet and Sassy at 8 am. We’ll run 5-10 kilometres at an easy pace on the Centennial Trail to Robert Simpson Park then to the Grove and around (the long way) to the high school track where we’ll do some laps and some intervals; from there, we’ll reverse directions and run/jog back to S&S for coffee. This is a tentative route only and it will evolve as we get run-fit. I expect the run time to be an hour or so or longer. TBD.

In any event, something to think about. It definitely will be warmer than cycling. If you’re interested, email If not, then, no problem; it’s just an idea. Always searching for the next big thing.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than in your track suit and running shoes jogging away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to:    Alessia Cara

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

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“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”

Hello. This is a fyi for those that might be wondering what we’re up to this weekend. We won’t be cycling the roads of Renfrew County. Instead, we’ll be cycling the RLCT to Kingston, and back to Ottawa. Accordingly, there will be no local group ride until June 18. Stay tuned for details.

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New cyclists welcome.

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

The Wild Mountain Thyme

O the summer time has come
And the trees are sweetly bloomin’
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go

And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go

I will build my love a bower (summerhouse)
By yon cool crystal fountain
And round it I will pile
All the wild flowers o’ the mountain
Will ye go

And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go

I will range through the wilds
And the deep glen sae dreamy
And return wi’ their spoils
Tae the bower o’ my dearie
Will ye go

And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go

If my true love she’ll not come
Then I’ll surely find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go
go?        Francis McPeake

Primed and Ready for RLCT

Primed and Ready for RLCT

Radar shows a large swath of rain in our area around 9-10 am. POP increases with every hour.

Every man for himself. You might be able to get an hour’s ride. Don’t know.

Environment Canada has the best forecast with rain beginning at noon but the Weather Network and Accu-Weather are calling for rain around 9 am. I’m going with the TWN’s radar scan.

Bye bye, ac, Comments welcome at

Okay, two in one day. Bonus.

Hello world, so to speak. Check out @ArnpriorCycling on twitter for cycling news and commentary. Let’s get the word out on reading and recreation. Let’s not let McNab open “a door into the dark”(ness). What exactly is the real cost of restricting access to books and bikes. That’s a metaphor for the sake of alliteration.

Renfrew County has rates of obesity in males of 40%; females 35%. Do you expect those figures to go down anytime soon with McNab’s proposed elimination of its cost sharing agreement with Arnprior. And who said that reading was a luxury. Who would have thought that McNab Council would be proponents of aliteracy.

And, let’s do something about that dump. It is 2013, after all. Unbelievable but true. You just can’t make this stuff up. Will a new physician ever come to Arnprior and McNab-Braeside?

FYI, the earlier post had incorrect info on the twitter account. This has now been corrected. Comments always welcome.

Twitter @ArnpriorCycling

Okay, this is not about cycling. But, I’m prompted to write these few words by my reading in the Chronicle Guide about Arnprior’s recent branding exercise. I thought perhaps the above tag-line might be appropriate.  Now, the Town of Arnprior and MOE may well say that there are no public safety issues with respect to aquifers and ground water. And, this may be true. Just the same one has to question why in 2013 Arnprior would own, operate and manage a dump on a hill  some two-hundred metres away from the Ottawa River. Further, any future residential development of the lower Usborne Road is problematic. The optics are not great and no amount of white washing will improve the view. I guess perspective is a matter of time, distance and vested interests; those on the hill in Braeside have their concerns about the operation of Miller’s proposed asphalt plant; those of us down-wind and down- steam from the dump question why the dump is still in operation at all.

Now, I’m all for cycling. Perhaps, we need to re-cycle the Braeside dump! ac

Okay. A reprise from an earlier post. Worth watching, especially as the road ahead for one may have fewer miles than the road behind. Even if there is enough time, there is never enough time.

From Patrick’s kayak site, Tribe Rider via twitter @triberider.

A good reminder to sing in the shower … .

Only a two minute clip of Alan Watts.

Okay. Snow in April, then read this:

A Patch of Old Snow

There’s a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blown-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of the day I’ve forgotten–
If I ever read it. Robert Frost

Another one:

Like The Last Patch Of Snow

That’s the way
we’ve got to hang on–

Like the last patch of snow
clinging to the hillside
crouching at the wood edge
with April done

but defiant

fighting death. Raymond Souster

Heard this the other day about RFK: “He had the ability to get in the way” “He was maladjusted to the times.” Marvellous phrasing to my mind. Here is his speech on hearing of the death of MLK.

Also, if you haven’t seen it, the movie Bobby from 2006 is worth watching. hc