The Cafe Tour

Two lighthouses on Narragansett Bay RI
Two lighthouses on Narragansett Bay RI

Willie Weir a world bike traveler and author said that the fall is the best time of year to ride a bike.  Riding the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island on a spectacular fall Saturday morning confirmed that feeling.

The Cafe Tour is a regular Saturday ritual for a group of local bike enthusiasts.  It’s just under 30 miles on the flat and visually stunning East Bay Bike Bath.

From Providence to Bristol along the abandoned railroad line. For the greater part of it’s length, it passes along or near the shore of Narragansett Bay.

The number and makeup of riders changes weekly and there is really no leader.  Everyone is welcome to join the Cafe Tour no matter your pace.  The Tour stops at Your Bike Shop. in Warren, R.I. right on the path, to allow everyone to gather for the final push to breakfast.  Bristol Bagel Works, is the preferred choice for most, although a couple of the riders prefer Dunkin Donuts located a block away.  Whatever the choice for coffee and food, everyone meets on the sidewalk at the Bagel shop.

On the return to Providence everyone rides at their own pace some wanting to get back quickly and others like to meander, making stops at a beach,  one of the many parks, for ice cream shops, or simply to take in the sights.

The East Bay Bike Path is a visually stunning route that is worthy of being on any bikers list of places to ride. If you go, be sure to leave the path in downtown Warren and Bristol to spend some time in these 18th century towns that have maintained their original waterfront charm. CLICK HERE for a video presentation

Waiting for the slower rides at Your Bike Shop in Warren, RI
Waiting for the slower rides at Your Bike Shop in Warren, RI


The Cafe Ride in Bristol, R.I.
The Cafe Ride in Bristol, R.I.


All of the photos of today’s ride are HERE

Weekend Rides

East Bay Bike Path. Bristol, R.I.
East Bay Bike Path. Bristol, R.I.

Saturday:  Sept. 27


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: Sunny, with a high near 76. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning

Sunday, Sept 28:  10 AM

Narragansett Bay Wheelmen Cranberry Metric 17/34/64 miles.

Route: Lakeville, Assawompsett, Middleboro, Bridgewater
Start at the Staples plaza on Route 44 in Raynham, MA, nearthe junction of Routes 44 and 24. Park away from the stores.
Drive Time  25 minutes from Providence
Enjoy this spectacular and relatively flat ride originated by Judy Northrup, updated this year by Don Chiavaroli and Raul Silvia. Scenic country roads, ponds, and cranberry bogs abound throughout the ride. Long ride goes by Mattapoisett and Marion harbors

5th Annual Woonaquatucket Watershead Ride


All the photos are HERE

It was a crisp sunny Saturday bike ride in support of the Woonsquatucket Watershed Council in Providence.  Two hundred fifty riders set out from downtown using staggered starts for the 62-50-30-10 and 5 mile options.  The Council provided valet parking for bikes, a band, food and swag at the finish area of Waterplace Park.

The ride was a nice mix of bike path and low traffic urban and rural roads.  A couple of the highlights were Blackstone Boulevard, the Blackstone Valley and Burriville bike paths.  Riding through the city of Pawtucket was a tease to the coolness of riding through the Brown University area and downtown Providence.

There are some great and unique rides available to those in this part of New England and the Woonasquatucket Watershed ride easily ranks with the NYC Five Boroughs and the Midnight Marathon rides.

2014 Woony E Pa Pa HD from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Upcoming Fundraising Rides

Two fundraising rides are approaching.  The Woonasquatucket Watershed Ride on September 21 and the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on October 5th.    The Woony Ride is a flat $40 fee with a variety of mileage choices. Raising additional money is encouraged but not a requirement.

We have more options for this, our 5th Annual bike-a-thon fundraiser for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council! Ride 62, 50, 30, 10 or 5 miles with full support from our brilliant and steadfast team of volunteers.

The Woony Ride brings out families and avid cyclists from the all over the region to enjoy the beauty of the Woonasquatucket River, a historic asset to the state of Rhode Island. It’s a fully supported ride, and it ends with an AFTER-PARTY at Waterplace Park in Downtown Providence – live music, food, and awesome prizes for fundraisers!

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The Buzzards Bay Watershed ride has an initial $30 registration fee and requires a rider to raise an additional minimum of $300.

Celebrate the beauty of the Buzzards Bay region by participating in the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride! Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a casual rider, you’ll enjoy a fun, scenic ride with 75-mile and 35-mile route options. And you’ll raise funds to protect clean water for all

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