a long walk on the beach

Keith And Mia Wedding In Playa Venao Panama

Title Photo.  Keith and Mia taking their first walk as husband and wife on the beach at Playa Venao, Panama moments after their wedding.

We are so proud of our son Keith and his marriage to his wonderful lady, Mia.  Both families were able to celebrate the week long ceremony in Panama with wonderful friends.  What a week it was.

Keith and Mia Wedding from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

getting my award at the summit

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Nicole Freedman. Guest speaker

Cover Photo:  Winners of the SouthCoast bike challenge being recognized.

That’s an acronym of a Bruce Willis quote from Die Hard.  It’s said in celebration of the cleansing of the Northeast for us bike riders.  Not only has the snow been cleared but the torrential downpours have cleared much of the debris off the roadways.

Last night was the annual SouthCoast bike summit. We has some wonderful guest speakers including a challenge from MassBike director RICHARD FRIESwho generously offered Marshmallow Fluff and Neco Wafferes to the area that rides the most miles during the challenge.  It does make our buffet from last night seem like a gluttonous dinner of Henry VIII, but really what more incentive do we need to ride till we drop? Richard also gave some valuable techniques on ways to make everywhere better and safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Nichole Freedman gave and inspiring talk about biking in Boston and how her work can be copied by anyone to advance the bicycling infrastructure. Nichole will be leaving us and we will certainly miss her enthusiasm and hard work and wish her well in the cycling nirvana city of Seattle.

When I started my bike blog way back in 2003, I was like Tom Cruise on the Planed Oblivion.  There seemed to be no one around and very few places to go to find other people who liked to rider their bikes.  It was originally a personal online record of my daily bike to work commutes.  It soon expanded into a bike touring and travel blog.  Then Facebook happened and the dam burst. Now we can be overwhelmed with bike pages linking to bike blogs, linking to bike travel journals and on and on.

With that in mind, here are this weeks local rides in the Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.  Also links to many of the local bike clubs that do events locally and organizations nationally that offer some really great rides are listed by type across the top of this page.  Bike Tours, Organized Rides, Local Rides and Rail Trails.  Check them out.  There are plenty of resources to get you to expand your riding off the local paths around your house.  It’s a great big bicycle friendly world waiting for you to enjoy.

Saturday March 28. The Cafe Tour:  Ride the East Bay Bike Path from East Providence, a light breakfast in Bristol R.I. then ride back. Meet at Fort Hill for the 9AM start.

Sunday: March 29.  The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s Sunday ride Land-O-Lakes tour, with 15/25/40 mile options. The ride starts in Lakeville, MA … GPS files available. As always there are arrows painted on the roads giving easy turn by turn directions.

There are some great rides by local town groups that will be posted here as they approach.

Fairhaven Bike organizes Saturday local rides occasionally.

New Bedford Bike Committee. Does a monthly Wednesday night ride that is posted on their Facebook

Fall River Bike Committee is the most active group.  Leader Brian Pearson has the biking bug and loves to lead rides in the Fall River and Tiverton R.I. area.

Bike Newport is another very active group that organizes both weekday and weekend ride. They are also on Facebook

Again all the rides will be posted on this page or if you prefer on Facebook

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The view from our room on the 22nd floor of the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City.

Shopping today in Panama City and driving to Playa Venao manana for #1 sons wedding happening on on Thursday. Some beach time and ridig my bike around the Panama Canal lake is part of the plan for the week.

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Dreaming Of This Years Bike Rides.

Cover Photo.  The Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.

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Hopkinton, MA. The start of the Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

There is still no place to ride a bike which put a severe crimp in training for biking in Panama next week.  I have been putting on some time at the gym, but anyone who rides knows that a stationary bike is no substitute for the real thing.  The only thing worse is riding on a trainer.  I tried that one season and ended up selling the stupid thing.

Biker riders all over the northeast are pining to get back on the road and all we can do for now is dream (and write) about our upcoming trips.  With that let the show begin with highlights of last years rides that we are doing again this year.
First up is the Midnight Marathon Bike ride that we do on the eve of the Boston Marathon in mid April. We load our bikes for transport to Hopkinton (some ride from Boston). We board the Amtrak to the start and the thousand or so riders bike the marathon route back to the city. No leaders, no rules, no helmet is required, no nothing. Everyone is on their own. It’s a hoot. Oh did I mention that the ride begins at midnight?

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Two weeks later on the first Sunday of May, it’s the New York City Five Boroughs Ride.  30.000 riders have the roads of Manhattan, Queens, da Bronx, Brooklyn  and the Verrazano Bridge to ourselves.  This is a big MF bridge especially at the end of a forty mile bike ride.  We also cross four other bridges to make this a five boroughs five bridges rides.  Seeing all the boroughs of New York on a bicycle at 12 mph with no vehicles is the bee’s knees.

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A month of training leads up to the years big tour.  Riding the Great Allegheny Passage Pittsburgh, PA. to Cumberland, MD.  Lat year I did it with the Rails to Trails dot org group and found it such a great ride that a couple of us are doing it again this year on our own.  Or as we in the bike culture say, “self supported”.

There is also the GRAND TOUR from Florida to Austin, Texas.  I have been wanting to do a cross country tour for years and time is running out for me to cross that off of my list.  Twice I have been ready to go and had to cancel.  I wanted to do this solo but I am not adverse to riding with company.  The video is a young man who did this last summer and I am only linking his video so he can get lots of hits on his YouTube.    CLICK HERE for Mr Smith’s (Barett), video.  Leave him a note if you feel like it. He did a great job and deserves recognition.

This has the possibility of being a really good spring and summer.

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Reward

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Reward.”

After a hard morning of play the dogs, Lucy and Owen,  earned their special spot for the afternoon nap

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Reward

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

Glaciar Castano Overa Argentina

This was our reward for a couple of hours hiking near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.  We could hear the rumbling of the glacier avalanches that happened every few minutes.  What looks like waterfalls is the remnants of those avalanches.

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