Month: December 2014

A Vexing Conundrum.

Got the single speed ready for the winter.
Got the single speed ready for the winter.

Winter weather is slowly creeping into the area.  I was in Atlanta for the Xmas holiday and the weather on Cape Cod was pretty much the same as Atlanta.  Now that I’m home the cold weather has also arrived.

The single speed winter bike and the winter clothing are ready to get me through these next two months.  The only thing that keeps me off the bike is when the MUP is covered with ice and snow.  The town still will not clear the path even though it gets lots of use all winter long.  Private citiezens have done the plowing in the past but are always issued a cease and desist by the Department of Public Works.  The reason.   “It’s the DPW’s job”.  But they won’t do it.  I think that’s what is known as a Vexing Conundrum.

Here is a little fun from a Turkish Ice Cream Truck.

Morning Commute

31 F at the start of the day's commute.
31 F at the start of the day’s commute.

As always, click any photo for big. Click again for bigger

Morning commutes are still very much bearable. I had to make a run to the UPS Store to send out a package and things ran smoothly enough that I had time to drive back home, hop on my bike and ride to work. My commute is a little over five miles that begins on the local MUP, meanders through the village of Fairhaven, Ma before riding over the bridge spanning the harbor into downtown New Bedford, Ma. The waterfronts in both towns are very active with fishing and scallop fleet, lobster boats, island ferrys and some pretty big cargo ships.

There are lots of things people driving notice, that on a bike, we get to see. For example.

Fellow commuter.
Fellow commuter.
Looking across the harbor from the New Bedford, Fairhaven Bridge
Looking across the harbor from the New Bedford, Fairhaven Bridge. Shipload of clementines.
Part of the scallop fleet in New Bedford
Part of the scallop fleet in New Bedford
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The Green Honduras
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The Green Honduras in New Bedford, Ma harbor

Biking Provincetown MA and the National Seashore Part II

National Seashore in Provincetown Ma in December
National Seashore in Provincetown Ma in December

Lots more photos HERE

See part I video HERE

After ride coffee shop video is HERE

What made me go to Provincetown in December? Let me explain.

A few weeks ago, wifey and I attended a fundraiser for the Humane Society.  It’s one of her favorite charities and during the event and after a couple of martinis she got the idea to bid up items in a silent auction to get other people to bid higher and raise more money for the society.  She left the event smug hoping her idea paid dividends.  I got a message on our answering machine a few days later, congratulating her on winning the following.

  • 10 lbs of cod fish
  • 10 lbs of scallops
  • A $250 certificate for a catering service
  • An immersion blender
  • A Swedish massage
  • A Dutch Oven
  • A condo for a week in Provincetown, Ma.

The message also said that grand total was one thousand two hundred and forty three dollars. We attended another fund raiser a week later and we both agreed that she not even look at the silent auction items.

We have been eating lots of cod, we are sending 1/2 the scallops to #1 son in Boulder costing $75.00 for overnight shipping, and we are taking the other 5lbs to #2 son’s home in Atlanta for Christmas. The Dutch Oven and immersion blender get good use because I cook a lot. She will get a massage soon and we may re-gift the catering service back to the humane society for them to use at their next  fundraiser.

I couldn’t spend the whole week in P-Town so wifey invited friends to stay the first three days.  Monday and Tuesday saw torrential rains followed by temperatures just above freezing and gale force winds.  Wednesday was just OK.  I drove to Outer Cape Cod on Thursday and the mild temperatures got me on my bike within an hour of arriving.  The following video is a log of part of my bike ride and our walk on the beach Friday.  The rains returned on Saturday and we decided to bail on the remaining two days and drive the 90 minutes home.

She hated almost everything about the week and I really enjoyed my two days there.  Biking can do that.  I want to bid on this item again next year.  The available weeks are limited and if I can get a week in April, I’m going to go for it and make it a biking week for me and a couple of biking friends.

Pehhhh

The big one. The grand finale. The title bout. Whatever you want to call it, this is where it all ended when the LA Galaxy hosted the New England Revolution with the league championship on the line.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2014/12/07/highlights-mls-cup-2014-la-galaxy-vs-new-england-revolution-december-7-2014#ooid=5hZG01cjpQJcpmFJ-MOpvaxSYI7nZQfK

Lots Of Rides This Weekend

This Weekend has four choices for bike rides.  The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen  have their usual Saturday Cafe Tour on the East Bay Bike Path, and the usual Sunday morning rides. 

The Appalachian Mountain Club is putting on an easy 23 mile spin through Fairhaven, while Ten Speed Spokes in Newport is doing their annual Shortest Day of the Year Ride.

  • Appalachian Mountain Club is hosting a ride this Saturday in Fairhaven

Hi fellow bike riders, Anyone feel like riding Saturday?  Weather should be ok. I think the forecast said 50 degrees. The ride will start from Kmart in Fairhaven at 9:30. Address is 9 Plaza Way. This is a nice,easy flat ride (no hills) of about 23 miles. We’ll ride the Phoenix/Mattapoisett Rail Trail , then head to Fort Phoenix and the hurricane dike overlooking beautiful New Bedford Harbor. We’ll finish with a spin around Fairhaven Ctr. with it’s impressive architecture. A mile before the end of the ride we can stop for lunch (optional) at our usual place, Simmy’s Restaurant . Bring a helmet, water, snacks and a bike lock and dress warm. If you need directions to the start, let me know and also let me know if you plan on coming. Contact me, Jack Jacobsen, at cyclejac51@yahoo.com  or my cell phone at 508-353-3708. Hope to see you Saturday.    Jack

It’s not exactly the shortest day but on Dec 6th 2014 we’ll be featuring a new ride as a counterpart to our Longest Day of the Year Ride.  You’ll need lights for your bike and possibly warm clothes, depending on what the unpredictable early December weather brings.   We’ll have coffee from Empire Tea and Coffee and hot chocolate to help keep you warm.

Since the ride will be taking place after dark, please bring lights appropriate for riding at night.  In other words a light “to see”, not just to “be seen”.  More then just a 1 LED blinky.  For those who don’t have headlights, Light and Motion will be on site to provide lights for those who need them.
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We’ll roll out at 5pm.  Plan on 15 and 25 mile loops.

After lighting up Ocean Drive, plan to stick around for an open house at the shop.
As is the case with our summer ride, registration is free and cyclists of all abilities are invited to join in.