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
All of the photos of today’s ride are HERE