This Sunday’s Ride.

Winter Solstice – Shortest Day of the Year

This Sunday’s Ride

NBW #038 Jamestown Tour – 11, 20 & 30 miles

Ride a circuit of this lovely island around Beavertail Lighthouse, Fort Wetherill, Jamestown Harbor, beaches and marinas, with great view of Narragansett Bay from all aspects. A few sandy patches of road. This ride is adapted from our old Rhody Roundup routes; we’ve moved the start from Fort Getty to Beavertail since we will not, of course have a summer barbecue after the ride

Beavertail Lighthouse

Fort Wetherill State Park – with its cliffs looking back towards Newport. Our arrower Tony added a nice loop this year through the park, and to the tops of the cliffs

Jamestown Harbor – on one of its more exciting days

Sunday’s Map

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Tony Rizzotti – Arrower of the year(s)

Our arrower reports that arrows are yellow and/or white. In any case they are the only NBW arrows on the Island.The first turn is a right out of the parking lot to continue around on the Beavertail Light road.  The GPS Address of the start if Beavertail State Park, Beavertail Road, Jamestown, RI

GPS Files – RideWithGps format (a no cost service)

11 mile ride with 700 feet of climbing

20 mile ride with 1200 feet of climbing

30 mile ride with 1600 feet of climbing

Next Sunday’s Ride

NBW #067 North Smithfield-Uxbridge-Burrillville

(Recovered from the NBW Archives – new map will be ready next week)

Be prepared for the questions every cyclist asks/sees when….

…. they approach the last climb of the year

Weekly rides of note:

Wendesday Blinky Ride – leaves 5:30 pm

Alternates between East Bay and Blackstone Bikepath’s

A proud NBW winter tradition, going back many, many years

contact Rod Breault for more details

Saturday’s – Saturday Cafe Ride

East Bay Bike Path – 9:00 AM starter – Contact John Nery for details

Varies – Casually Employed Mid Week Series

Varies – Contact Jan Harbutiak for details

Current Issue Spoke N Word

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Saturday Morning Bike Ride


For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Saturday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind around 8 mph.

The Bell Tolls

Fairhaven MA.  Old Burying Ground

Morning Commute

31 F at the start of the day's commute.

31 F at the start of the day’s commute.

As always, click any photo for big. Click again for bigger

Morning commutes are still very much bearable. I had to make a run to the UPS Store to send out a package and things ran smoothly enough that I had time to drive back home, hop on my bike and ride to work. My commute is a little over five miles that begins on the local MUP, meanders through the village of Fairhaven, Ma before riding over the bridge spanning the harbor into downtown New Bedford, Ma. The waterfronts in both towns are very active with fishing and scallop fleet, lobster boats, island ferrys and some pretty big cargo ships.

There are lots of things people driving notice, that on a bike, we get to see. For example.

Fellow commuter.

Fellow commuter.

Looking across the harbor from the New Bedford, Fairhaven Bridge

Looking across the harbor from the New Bedford, Fairhaven Bridge. Shipload of clementines.

Part of the scallop fleet in New Bedford

Part of the scallop fleet in New Bedford


The Green Honduras


The Green Honduras in New Bedford, Ma harbor

Biking Provincetown MA and the National Seashore Part II

National Seashore in Provincetown Ma in December

National Seashore in Provincetown Ma in December

Lots more photos HERE

See part I video HERE

After ride coffee shop video is HERE

What made me go to Provincetown in December? Let me explain.

A few weeks ago, wifey and I attended a fundraiser for the Humane Society.  It’s one of her favorite charities and during the event and after a couple of martinis she got the idea to bid up items in a silent auction to get other people to bid higher and raise more money for the society.  She left the event smug hoping her idea paid dividends.  I got a message on our answering machine a few days later, congratulating her on winning the following.

  • 10 lbs of cod fish
  • 10 lbs of scallops
  • A $250 certificate for a catering service
  • An immersion blender
  • A Swedish massage
  • A Dutch Oven
  • A condo for a week in Provincetown, Ma.

The message also said that grand total was one thousand two hundred and forty three dollars. We attended another fund raiser a week later and we both agreed that she not even look at the silent auction items.

We have been eating lots of cod, we are sending 1/2 the scallops to #1 son in Boulder costing $75.00 for overnight shipping, and we are taking the other 5lbs to #2 son’s home in Atlanta for Christmas. The Dutch Oven and immersion blender get good use because I cook a lot. She will get a massage soon and we may re-gift the catering service back to the humane society for them to use at their next  fundraiser.

I couldn’t spend the whole week in P-Town so wifey invited friends to stay the first three days.  Monday and Tuesday saw torrential rains followed by temperatures just above freezing and gale force winds.  Wednesday was just OK.  I drove to Outer Cape Cod on Thursday and the mild temperatures got me on my bike within an hour of arriving.  The following video is a log of part of my bike ride and our walk on the beach Friday.  The rains returned on Saturday and we decided to bail on the remaining two days and drive the 90 minutes home.

She hated almost everything about the week and I really enjoyed my two days there.  Biking can do that.  I want to bid on this item again next year.  The available weeks are limited and if I can get a week in April, I’m going to go for it and make it a biking week for me and a couple of biking friends.


The big one. The grand finale. The title bout. Whatever you want to call it, this is where it all ended when the LA Galaxy hosted the New England Revolution with the league championship on the line.

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