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Howdy –

This is a short message to tell you that several of us are riding the RLCT this weekend. There will therefore be no group rides from Stinsons this Saturday and Sunday. For those of you still in town, you can reach out to each other. The weather is looking great. You don’t want to miss a chance to saddle-up. Meantime, you can be thinking of us enjoying a brew on the Queens’ Commons about 2 pm on Saturday. I know you’ll be there in spirit. Where else would you rather be? Wish us a safe journey.

Our usual weekend rides will recommence June 16/17, with me posting ride information on Friday afternoon.

What I’m listening to:

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net;;

“Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature, if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you, know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus you may feel your pulse.” hdt

Well hello there. It’s time to remind you again of the big day – June 09/10, 2018; 100 days and counting.

I hope you find these blog posts informative, if not interesting. Of course, I hope you find them of interest, too, in the way a x-mas form letter is not particularly personal but is a welcome read just the same. As I write, I think of you, my readers far and near- some of you friends, others acquaintances, and many not known to me at all.

No, I’m not on meds, though they has been highly recommended by some. It’s just my enthusiasm is ever high and my outlook ever hopeful in living up to the daily miracle of this life – precious, distinct, and inexplicable. So, I try to be fully awake, and alive.

That’s why I have always liked walking the Camino. It’s an endeavor demanding attention and discipline. Routine imposes itself, naturally. On the Camino, you walk, eat, and sleep; you carry your world on your back (and in your wallet). You have few belongings, except for a cluttered mind that will soon be emptied of care and worry. Your feet become your primary concern. That’s all. Beautiful and simple.

Just like this toast I make for you: May life never be so dark that you lack hope; may your tomorrow always be brighter than to-day; may your cup runneth over with life’s bounty; may humour lighten your days; may you have abundant health; may you have good friends aplenty; and, may your bicycle always be at hand for adventure.

Right, one last thing. If you have any thoughts/recommendations on this year’s cycling season re meeting times, venue, route planning, pace, distances, coffee, training regime, tour leaders, blog reports/recaps, etc., please get back to me at

Also, FYI, I’ve upgraded WordPress to remove banner adds to de-clutter your reading experience. I have also obtained the domain name I hope you find these changes to your liking. Having said that, if you’d prefer to go back to email notification of rides rather than having a blog (which you find has little value), let me know.

Also, is there any interest in signing up for the Super 160 KM Fondo at Mount Tremblant, May 27:  If so, this could replace our annual Pembroke 170 km training route.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at;;

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold      William Carlos Williams

Okay, we are going to seize the day and ride the Tour des Ponts On Saturday. How many weekend rides remain this year. Tomorrow is one of them. Don’t miss out. The group ride is fun and the food is great and the conversation is what you make it.

The venue is the Quyon Hotel. Registration is at 9 am, with the ride starting at 10 am. See you there for some coffee and toast and chat before the ride.

Details at

Unfortunately, some of our regulars will be mia doing other things. Still, I expect to see about nine or ten of us at the start line. Hope you are one of them.

Okay. Bye bye. AC. Comments welcome at; Twitter at

June 08: 174.2 kms; 5 hrs 40 minutes saddle time; 658 Metres; 6210 calories; June 09: 173.7 kms; 5 hrs 47 minutes saddle time; 600 metres; 595 calories.  jeff, mark, perry, peter, raymond, keith, rob, derek, kevin, brian, tim, eric, terry, (marcel, chris). Total 347.9 kms!

Okay. Wow. We made it. Fourteen riders. One puncture. Great ride! Great riders! Great time! Great memories! A whole lot of fun. Priceless. The chinese writer is right: First you taste the bitterness; then the sweetness. Grim and inauspicious at the start but all smiles and high-fives in Kingston. Yes, if the early morning rain and the prospect of a cold and wet ride was not off-putting enough, then, the rule-bound registration marshal was just another ominous sign that this was going to be a tough ride–even before we clipped feet into pedals.

Six forty-five became 7 am became 7.15–wet, cool, and waiting for Peter, who was caught-up in the slow-moving back-water administration of RCLT sign-in desk. With no sign of Peter, we saddled-up and left in the hope that things would improve. And, they did, albeit slowly. I suppose Ashton was the turning point. And while Perth still found us bedraggled, the road was now dry; and, miraculously, Peter arrived. Now reunited, all was sweetness and light; or, so it became the closer we got to Kingston.

The first break-away took place on the long hill just past the T-Junction at Althrope and Bollingbroke/Mountain Rd. Here, Keith, Raymond, and Perry and some others made the jump, leaving the rest of us to scramble as best we could to meet them at the Christie Lake Rest Stop. No harm done. We regrouped, ate, and moved on, with Kevin and Tim leading the way with no shortage of energy. And this is how it remained until, Keith, Perry and Raymond hit the accelerator on the hills to Perth Road Village. It was here that Jeff and Rob took up the chase pulling the rest of us up and down several bumps to close the gap. We didn’t catch them but it was a ride!

From PRV, all was sweetness and light again until Mark decided that he would go for the moon on the long climb into Inverary, saying as he passed everyone ”I don’t know why I’m doing this” but smiling all the while. And, so the big engine was away with several others in pursuit. Thankfully, Rob didn’t take the bait, waiting instead to pull the rest of us across the gap, which was now some 250 metres. This took some effort and was only realized in part because one of the front-runners had the wit to distract Mark into talking about his favourite movie. It worked. We were back and so we remained (more or less) the rest of the way into Kingston.

All that was left now was a beer, some chips/pretzels, a photo, a shower, bike wash, and dinner. Not the kind of food that Gregg would have approved of but welcome just the same. And then, rest — ”our little (ride) rounded with a sleep.”

Sunday began early, with the prospect of fair weather just out-of-town—and there it was in perfect cue with the rise in the road as we crested one of the many rollers on Battersea Road. The sun broke through a black curtain of cloud to shine on our efforts. It was a dramatic scene, framed as it was on either side by pastoral green. By California Road, with Perry out of sight and Mark (smiling) on the hunt, we were in full throttle with nothing to stay the forward rush but Sand Lake Road, some five kilometres ahead. The rundown was on to catch Perry, with Brian leading the charge followed quickly by Keith and Raymond and Rob. Next stop was Elgin for a brief respite and then the long ride to Merrickville for a tasty sandwich and a bit of a rest. And, the rest–well it is a blur but a few sights stick out, such as the two large snappers on the side of the road, the large nest- building Osprey on the lamppost, the home stretch sprint thwarted along Woodroffe by traffic lights and a level crossing, with Perry, Keith and Brian alternating positions; the whirr of tyres in perfect pitch to the sweetness of the road; and, the WAHOO moment turning onto college Drive, Algonquin College. Made it! You just should have been there!

Lessons Learned: — hold your line; signal changes in speed; ride with predictability; restart to allow for a full regroup

Kudos: Congrats to Tim and Brian on their first RLCT; Terrific ride Kevin!; Welcome back to Jeff and Derek. Glad to have you back on the RLCT. Congrats, also, to Keith–reigning Ontario and Canadian 55+ age category Champ (again).


Peter: Best disposition (positive attitude)

Brian: Best Dressed/Best Hair (most professional)

Perry: Best Form (riding position)

Thank-you: to Eric for very long, smooth pulls at the front; to Rob for bridging the gap and for making sure no one was left behind; to Brian, Raymond, Keith, and Perry for spirited attacks and head-wind buffering, especially on the last twenty-five kilometres into Ottawa. Welcome to Terry and Chris. Nice to ride with you. And, thank you to Chris for his help with Terry’s puncture. Marcel, thank you for your pulls to Perth.

Down memory Lane: meeting up with Leslie, Larry and David from our 2012 Canbicuba Tour. Nice to see you guys.

Okay, that’s it. Stay tuned for info on this weekend. ciao for now. hc

At the Start---Why?

At the Start—Why?

Finish Line--no question!

Finish Line–no question!