Month: December 2013

Ho Hum! Not Much to See Here

2013 to 2014

I finished 2013 with 3048 miles. Yea for me. Annual mileage is not one of my goals but I do keep track at Bike Journals. I have been a member since 2005 and just about every ride I have done is recorded there. My odometer is always connected and records the miles of going to the beach, or market or whatever. Every once in a while I total those and record them as miscellaneous Single Speed or Marin (my beater bike), miles.

I originally took advantage of the free membership at bike journals, but it didn’t take long to realized that I really like what the web master did for all of us, and that he deserved the $20 annual premium membership fee. The premium versions lets me record the weather conditions, ride type, weather it be road, tour, commute, etc. It also lets me record my weight every time I post which is the reason there is no screen shot of my journal here.
230! Alright. Now shut up.
There are a few other columns you could add to your journal but none of the others really interested me and too many clog up the journal space. I also visit bike forums occasionally, but there seems to be a lot of fighting in the over 50 and the safety and advocacy sections.

In conclusion: I will no doubt do a lot more riding with the local groups in Fall River and New Bedford, MA, as well as my favorite, the Newport R.I. group. I like the people at the Newport group but I go there predominately because the riding is so spectacular.

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Summer Tour

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There is a major snow storm heading this way. There is no better time to start planning for a summer bike tour.   A week, for me, is the near perfect amount of time to pick a destination, get there, hop on the bike and ride for a few days.   I have been saying since, oh, 2008, that I was going to ride DC to Pittsburgh.   Last year I and a couple of friends narrowed our summer tour  almost daily until we finally decided to ride this route.  For sure, we all said, no turning back. We are definitely riding DC to Pittsburgh.  A thirteen hour overnight drive followed by a 6-8 hour train ride really put the squash on that.  I had the time but my two riding partners were limited to 9 days off from work. We did Lake Champlain which was no more than OK.

This year I again am focused on riding the C&O/GAP but unlike past tours, this one will be fully supported.  I’m getting the itch for touring just researching all my options but I’m also looking forward to a pretty good snow storm.

CLICK HERE to view our Lake Champlain tour this past summer.

There Are New Landmarks In Town.

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The twin turbines have become the new landmarks in the town of Fairhaven, Ma. For years when someone returned to town for holidays or back from college there were a few old buildings and the smell of the ocean that brought back that felling of “I’m home”. Now it’s the sight of the turbines. There was opposition to them before and soon after they were built. Those against the turbines were making progress in trying to get them removed. Over time, the residents of town came to realize that these were nothing more than NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) activists and turned against them.

The last election saw their candidate trounced by a 5-1 margin in a turnout that had not been reached since the mid 1980’s.

With all the negatives this group that calls themselves Windwise have created, they have also reignited the civic duty of the town. Residents are now talking about elections that are over a year away and are itching to get into the voting booth to replace the two remaining Windwise officials and put this issue to rest.