I kept tossing around buying a new bike. I sold two this past summer, with the intent of maybe, just maybe, buying a new one. After following Ryan Van Duzer on Youtube riding the great divide on a Priority bike, I realized that would be the style for me. My first choice wouldn’t be deliverd till late September. I considered waiting, making my decision solely on the price.
My second choice was $400 more and naturally, a much better bike. More than I needed but not more than I wanted, if you get my drift. The clincher was four no interest payments. My Continuum Onyx will arrive around May 28th. Oh boy, oh boy.
Those who have been reading my posts know that my interests are biking and soccer. My favorite bike group is the New Bedford, MA. Starchasers. Youse also know that the only sport that interests me is soccer. Tomorrow I have a conundrum to work out.
The Starchasers have a unique event tomorrow night. Operation Follicular Commutation. However….It’s also opening day for Major League Soccer. One of my boys lives in Atlanta and is a fan of United. Another lives in Austin and is now a fan of his hometown team, Austin FC. I have been to many World Cup games both here and abroad. The atmosphere in Mercedes Benz stadium matches that intensity and fan participation. It’s loud and you can feel the stadium bouncing. Austin is going to produce the same with their fans. It’s Austin’s first team to call their own, and everyone is on board. Most of the bars in town will have watch parties rivaling any NFL or College championship game.
Besides visiting the families, I am prone to booking a flight to attend a game. I am also a fan, and season ticket holder of the Revolution.
The kerfuffle you may ask? (Or not). The bike ride is 7:30-10 PM tomorrow. Austin plays at 6 PM and the Revs at 8:30. This is going to be a last minute decision. As I write this I’m leaning to staying home. This morning I was sure to be riding. By mid afternoon…. soccer. An hour ago….riding. Oh the humanity.
I got a request to show some out of town friends the area. Many of you know them and they asked me to invite others to join us. It’s last minute, but what else do you have to do?
When: Thursday April 8
Where: Meet at Staples, 17 Plaza Way in Fairhaven, MA
Time: Wheels up at 10:30. Get there before then.
We will ride into New Bedford over the bridge spanning the harbor. While making our way to Fort Rodman, we will briefly check out some of the murals along the route. The route takes us along West Beach into the fort and exit on East Beach. We will ride the elevated bikeway to the middle of the harbor on Buzzards Bay.
On the return to Staples we will visit Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven then ride some of the side streets that show the unique architecture gifted to the town by our benefactor, Henry Huttleston Rogers.
This casual ride will total around 17 flat miles with a few stops for photos.
The Shining Sea Bike Trail. Falmouth to Wood’s Hole.
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Time: Ride begins at 9:30 AM
How to get there.
From Bourne Bridge to Bikeway Northern Terminus at County Road
Take Rt. 28. Exit Route 28 at Route 151 and turn left (west). Pass through traffic light at Route 28A and continue straight ahead (name changes to County Road). Cross RR tracks and turn right to enter County Road parking lot. Bikeway begins directly across County Road
Meet at the rest area on Rt. 195 in Wareham . We will depart the rest area at 9 AM. You can follow me to the parking lot in Falmouth. –
I got my second Covid-45 shot today and to celebrate, I joined a few friends to work our way through an Escape Room. We chose the 44 Winter Wood Ln escape room, and are are sitting comfortably in 5th place at Mass Escape for the month of March, with only three days to go. Can we hang on?
Every Pilot under the Starchasers command takes an AKA of their choosing. Can you find Pilot, Boomer?
A new challenge begins next week. 30 Days of Biking I have been doing this one for a few years and it’s another of those fun things that lets us make new bike friends. Here is last years 30 Days of Biking intro video.
Spring Has arrived!!! It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride.
The Details: Date: Saturday 3/27/21. Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade. Set you GPS to 65 Child St. Warren R.I. Time: Arrive: 6:15PM Departure: 6:30PM promptly Sunset: 7:05PM Moonrise: 5:50PM Name: Full Worm Moon Distance is flexible.
Rain, snow, strong winds etc. cancels the ride.
We will ride to Colt’s State Park in Bristol to watch the sunset. We will then return to the Warren parking lot (approx 10 miles round trip). Depending on the weather we might ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around. Turn around point could be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner. That’s around another 20+ miles round trip.
Bikes should have adequate lighting. Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.
Dress warmly. You can always take off a layer if you get too warm.
Please take note: As organized rides are not happening at this time, this should be considered a casual, unorganized (disorganized???) ride. Appropriate social distancing, wearing of masks when that’s not possible etc. should be observed. If we’re going to do this it should be done as safely as possible.