Riding Cross Country On The Southern Tier Bike Route.

Jacksonville to Austin

Jacksonville to Austin. The sidebars says 91 hours by bike. Really?

All of a sudden things are happening very quickly.  Wifey and I decided it may be better not to wait till March to do my cross country bike ride.  I am looking at beginning in about three weeks, four tops.  I am looking at all the logistics of getting to Jacksonville, Fla to begin the the ride somewhere in the first 10 days of September.   That will leave very little time for any planning which could really make this an adventure. 

Looking back at all of my past bike tours, the one that was the most miserable was the one that we stuck to the plan. We had no choice because we booked at non refundable B&Bs.  This ride from Jacksonville, Fla to Austin, TX will see me riding by the seat of my pants so to speak.  It should be very cool.  The change from March to September is not definite yet but it’s very likely.

Reggae On Pier 3. New Bedford, MA

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This was the finale of the music on Pier 3 in New Bedford and it was a humdinger. Jammin, a Bob Marley tribute band had the place rocking. This was the best of the summer series and drew the largest crowd.  People were dancing in the street, in their chairs and on the pier.  It was a great show to end this years summer series.

Pehhh.

The full moon bike ride was a bust. Only one other rider showed and we spent time in the Pub.  On the ride home I spotted the moon in all it’s glory.  It was spectacular. 

I did go for a bike ride this morning before going to the beach below a a few photos of both.

Wind turbine in Fairhaven, MA

Wind turbine in Fairhaven, MA

Naskatucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA

Naskatucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA

Girl Scout Island on the right.  Part of Naskatucket Bay in Fairhaven Ma

Girl Scout Island on the right. Part of Naskatucket Bay in Fairhaven Ma

The crowds were out in full glory at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Ma.

The crowds were out in full glory at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Ma.

The north end of the beach was quiet. It's a 2 mile walk from the crowded section.  Worth the trek.

The north end of the beach was quiet. It’s a 2 mile walk from the crowded section. Worth the trek.

Acoaxet  Point. Westport, MA

Acoaxet Point. Westport, MA

This section on the northern tip of Horseneck Beach reservation is where boats beach themselves and the party begins.

This section on the northern tip of Horseneck Beach reservation is where boats beach themselves and the party begins.

Full Moon Bike Ride

Bike parking is limited at Pub 99.  Get there early.

Bike parking is limited at Pub 99. Get there early.

You like to ride bikes, right?
You know when the moon is full, right?
You know the way to 99 in Fairhaven right?
You know how to have fun, right?
You know what to do.

Tonight is the Full Sturgeon Moon and what better way to celebrate than a bike ride.  This was a monthly thing a few years ago and maybe it’s time to revive the FBC Fairhaven group.  We have sister FBC’s in St. Louis, and Spokane WA. who have been dong this for years with themes.  We’ll talk about that another time.

Tonight we meed at Pub 99 in Fairhaven for a 7:15 start.  I’m sure you can figure why we want to end the ride at a Pub.  If not, ask someone tonight.   We will ride to Ft. Taber to view the bad moon rising then bike back to 99.   The total ride is around 14 easy miles.  There is very little road riding with most on bike paths.  The road riding is on marked bike lanes.

The return is a night ride, so light up your steed. We have no dress code or theme tonight so come as you are. (In the past this was the underwear ride) but we are new and are off the hook this month. If this works next month arrive with a mustache, real or fake, man or woman) Tonight an easy paced no drop ride and the more the merrier. Average speed is around 8-10 MPH. It’s fun not a race.

If you don’t want to go into 99 pack some beer in your car and party like it’s 1999 in the lot.  Actually if you pack some beer you should bring one or two to celebrate the moon rise.

Small Craft Advisory

Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.

Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.

 

There are little quirks those of us living in coastal communities that we take for granted and pay little attention.  For instance when I ride around the peninsular in New Bedford on the south coast of Massachusetts, I see a solid colored flag on each side.  The west is Clarks Cove and the east is Buzzards Bay.  These are called Coastal Warning Display Signals.  The flag above is small craft advisory.  There is also a flag for Gale Warning, Storm Warning and Hurricane Warning.  

These are remnants of a time long gone but still serve as an easy reference to the weather of the day. There are lots of people who drive, walk and bike around the point and all of us pay attention to the weather flags.

 

The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.

The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.

Salmons

In the city of New Bedford, Ma it’s not unusual to see bikes on the wrong side of the street. We call these salmons.( Riding upstream against the tide)