Day: June 25, 2015

Another Ride Into The Sunset

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I’m not sure how many times I have done the Ten Speed Spoke Longest Day of the Year ride.  Seven, maybe eight times.  During our ride in 2009 one in our group got a call from her daughter that Michael Jackson had died.  Funny how we relate stuff like that to our bike rides.

On this day, 10 Speed Spokes had a pre-ride fruit table with apples, oranges and watermelon, along with assorted flavored water and sport drinks.   At the end were were offered those things in addition to all the pizza you could eat, juices, soda, water and two coupons for locally brewed beer.

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An estimated 200 riders came out on this overcast cool evening for the 18th annual ride.  There was a 45-35-25 and 15 mile option.  Knowing the city pretty well, I was able to avoid the major climb that takes the 15 and 25 miles riders to the finish line, by bailing out of the arrowed course early, giving me a 19 mile ride.  Being in the first dozen finishers also guaranteed us hot pizza and cold beer.

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Thames Street in Newport RI
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This guy was a hit with all the tourists.

It was quite a thrill riding the tourist lined streets of Newport, RI and we became an instant attraction for the camera and smart phone crowd.

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Everyone enjoyed the ride
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Ocean Drive
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Approaching Ocean Drive
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Ocean Drive in Newport, RI

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The Breakers.  Summer home of  William Vanderbilt.
The Breakers. Summer home of William Vanderbilt.
Marble  House.  Summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Marble House. Summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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Quaint, historic Newport side street
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Pizza and beer.

As the band was setting up, a man living across the street approached and asked to see the live music permit.  He knew full well they didn’t have on because it’s he who issues them.  The bike shop put up a bit of an argument to no avail and the band packed up and left before most of the riders returned.

Rides This Weekend

Thursday June 25th

Ten Speed Spokes Bike Shop longest day of the year ride.

This is one of my regular annual rides.  It’s a fun ride around Newport with lots of food and activities at the end.   It’s all free.

There is also convenient free parking at 437 Broadway.  I’ll be leaving that lot to ride to the ride registration and start at 5:15.

Saturday 06/27/15 – NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)

  • East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
  • Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 9:00 AM
  • Contact John Nery for more details

Sunday 06/28/15 – NBW #032 – Providence Bicycle Ride

  • 10, 35 & 57 mile rides
  • Starts off Branch Av in Providence

Towns & Villages we travel through


Providence – North Providence – Smithfield – Glendale – Harrisville – Mapleville – Glocester – Foster – Scituate – North Scituate – Greenville – Johnston – Esmond

Some of the landmarks we pass by


West River – Wanskuck Park (Great Sledding) – Georgiaville Pond – Stillwater Reservoir – Wolf Hill – Clear River – Scituate Reservoir – Whipple Hill

Start:

  • 10:00 AM Regular Start
  • Providence, RI
  • The GPS address is 75 Branch Av, Providence, RI

GPS Files – RideWithGps format (free to use)

NBW #032 – Providence Bicycle Ride
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