Probus Peddlers participate for various reasons. For some it may be to get a bit of exercise, but for myself it’s the pleasure of being outside and riding Old Blue, my 33 year old Nishiki Continental bike and doing it with like minded people, many of which have become friends. We always stop for coffee somewhere so the social aspect certainly is important. On occasion, not often, we have a purpose for our ride. It might be seeing the Snowbirds perform or stopping at a blue berry farm to fill a few buckets. On Oct 15 our purpose was to find a Hobbit House we heard was located near Cumberland. I did a trial ride a few days earlier and didn’t find it. The 20 or so cyclists that came out with me for this ride were all pleased to locate the Hobbit House and our photo captures the moment. We welcome new participants to Probus Peddlers, whatever their reason for cycling might be. We usually cycle between 20 and 30 kilometres and try to avoid busier roads. We don’t travel too fast and include stops to “smell the roses”. Helmets are required and we promote safe cycling. Members on our contact list will receive details of upcoming rides a few days before they take place. We will give you a detailed itinerary, an estimate of the duration and/or distance of each ride as well as the elevation gains. Ed Harding will often offer more adventurous “off road” experiences in conjunction with the scheduled rides. While we try to offer rides most weeks during the summer this frequency is limited to “good weather days” in the winter months. For more information on our local rides (and cycling tours) please contact Willy.