May 6, 2023
The first week of May and riders are anxious to get out. Saturday started sunny and cool, 9C or so. Some members must have held back for a later start but we went out from RIM at 9. A nice group of nine showed up and for the majority it was their first club ride for 2023. Some confusion at the start line with a road maintenance crew blocking Millennium Dr entrance but shhhh we took to the sidewalk and got around it.
Good pace, good friendly traffic up to Jones Baseline.
Several short breaks at stop signs here and there on the way back and we were back before noon. Pace was good. The usual friendly conversations were started. New friends were made. Old friendships caught up with. Load was shared. Smiles and memories all around. Can’t beat that.
Saturday May 13 Ride to Elora
Solid core of strong riders showed up this morning. Winds picked up as we headed to Ariss. Modified the route as we rode, so we stopped at Elora Mews for a pleasant rest. Excellent riding weather. Traffic was light and friendly. Lots of Deeres out of the field. Nothing like the farm fresh smell this time of year. No mechanicals. Tough route, crosswinds all morning it seemed. Good group.
What an amazing day for a ride!! 18 people showed up for the intermediate ride, albeit a few where group 3 riders looking for a shorter route. A few new faces today.We split into 2 groups with myself leading the latter group. The pace line was tight even going up Hawkesville hill (both times!). Stopped at Conestoga lake for a photo op and came back to Floradale on some flat roads. Stopped at Bonnie Lou’s for a one-size fits all coffee and treats. Back through Hawkesville and Erbsville to Sobeys. Had a flat in Erbsville (sorry Andrew I did not tape myself changing a flat) but had the tube was replaced quickly and the ride ended well.
For those new people, I hope you enjoyed the ride and you will come out again.