I had so much trouble deciding which photo to use picking one, changing my mind. Pick another, then another. Eventually I decided to post more than one. All are from the New Bedford, Ma harbor. Twice New Bedford was the richest city in the country and once the richest in the world. It is has the honor of being the number 1 fishing port in America for many years.
#3 son and I have decided to ride the Erie Canal again this summer. We have done a few short tours together over the years. Back then, I had time constraints and now he has that problem because of work.
We are going to meet in Albany, NY, take the Amtrak to Buffalo and ride back on the canal, (mostly). I say mostly because we have the option to ride NY Bike Rt 5 which is state rt 31, in case of tow path being mucky due to rain. The first time we rode the canal in 2008, it rained 3 of the 6 days of our tour.
This time around we will probably take eight days to ride the four hundred miles because we are going to smell the roses, as they say. The last two times we did this adventure, we put our heads down and rode to the next destination. We never took the time to stop at any historical or quirky places. It was all work back then. We did the same on our Lake Champlain tour and the Great Allegheny Passage ride.
I’m the only retired person in our group that rides regularly in the winter. Today I was the only retired guy who rode in summer evening weather. I chose to head East to the town of Mattapoisett MA.
It was a short 11 mile spin that twice got bogged down in mud when I found myself on dirt paths. It was all caused by the two day thaw following a week of alternating rain and freezing temperatures. It’s all in the video.
This weeks challenge submitted by Frank Jansen at Dutch goes the Photo suggested a theme titled “growth”. My bike ride yesterday offered plenty of material for this weeks challenge. The grasses, the ducks, tides, fog, and houses all contribute to the growth of the tidal marsh over the centuries. This is a protected wet land in the town of Fairhaven, MA, which will ensure that the quality of wildlife will remain and allow to grow and prosper.
Very often in the warmer months, there is a artist painting variations of this salt marsh near Cape Cod. Never have I seen one in the winter taking advantage of a very different perspective of life on the marsh.
Today was Total Fitness. It started with an hour at the gym weight training, followed by a two mile walk with the dogs. The culmination was a 12 mile casual bike ride into the city and along the back side of the waterfront. (Where the action is).
The ride was originally scheduled to be a full moon, lunar eclipse, MLK and a birthday ride for one of our group, on Saturday evening. The frigid cold that continued on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday prevented us from our monthly ride on any day over the MLK holiday weekend. Everyone was back to work which left me to do the ride solo.
The city of New Bedford, MA has always been a sanctuary city since the mid 18th century. We were the last free port during the American Revolution and home to the Privateers who wreaked havoc on the British commercial fleet.
In the 19th century, New Bedford was a sanctuary city for runaway slaves who traveled on boats from the south, laden with cotton for the textile mills. Some came as stow away passengers and others bribed their way onto the ships. Once they arrived, the slaves were protected by a series of tunnels that kept them on the move avoiding the Federal Marshals that were hired as mercenaries for the plantation owners to bring back their property. The city continues to be a sanctuary city protecting our friends and neighbors.
Much of the city’s history is displayed on downtown building by art. New Bedford has a monthly festival celebrating our proud Art, History and Architecture on AHA night.
New Bedford was a sanctuary city during the dark times of slavery and continues that proud tradition during these dark times.
We tried to do a bike ride in honor of this great American over the weekend, but the weather did not cooperate. Wednesday’s 40ish temperature looks like the best day for a ride through the Underground RR section of New Bedford, and a visit the home of Fredrick Douglas.
I’ll be leaving Staples in Fairhaven around 11 AM for this short 10-12 mile history bike ride.