Southeast MB may not have much for canals, polders or windmills, but it does have a bit of that Holland feel with water everywhere. With Curtis R., Neil T. and Merle H. in attendance, the ride bypassed all Nederlander towns in favour of the French Triangle of La Broquerie, Ste. Anne and Richer. Conversation ranged from Neil’s epic holiday plans to Curtis’s belief that beer is the ultimate athletic drink due to its anti-oxidant properties countering the destructive effects of exercise.
Neil recounted Cliff Claven’s Buffalo Theory from Cheers for us. It goes something like: “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest & weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed & health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.” I can vouch for Neil that he is as smart….. as ever. After dropping Neil a few times between Ste. Anne and Richer it dawned on me that the inverse might be true when it comes to beer and leg speed. I better stop with the beer stuff though as this is starting to sound like an “Abes” post.
The Lagimodiere Restaurant in Richer provided excellent Reuben sandwiches and the venue for further chat which primarily focused on the refugee experience. One horn blower and 20km of relaxed riding later we finished the ride back in LaBroquerie. So cheers to the three of us who kicked off the start of the MIT season together.