Month: July 2015

This Weekend’s Rides On The South Coast Of Massachusetts

NBW Rides


Saturday 08/01/15 – 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

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Bike Fall River holding a bike to a Yoga class
Saturday – August 1, 2015

Meetup is at 7:15am at the parking lot across from Meditech on Martine Street (Route 6) Fall River
Ride starts at 7:30am sharp!

The Yoga class begins at 8:30am at Partners Village in Westport and the class is given by Jeff Costa – Jeff is one of the top Yoga instructors in the area. Make sure to bring your yoga mat. Cost of the instruction is by donation.
The ride is approximately 10 miles from Fall River to Partners Village. (For those who want to continue to ride there will be a ride to Westport Point and back)
As always helmets highly recommended – make sure to bring water and a snack.
After the instruction riders can take a break at the bakery shop for some coffee and delicious treats.
As with all rides, this is weather permitting.

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Ned's Point Light
Ned’s Point Light Mattapoisett
Sunday – August 2, 2015 – John Sullivan’s Mattapoisett / Marion 30 mile loop
Meetup is at 8:15am at the Stop & Shop parking lot on Route 6 in Fairhaven. Take 195 East – Take Exit 18 in Fairhaven to Route 240.
Follow Route 240 and cross Route 6. Stop and Shop driveway is on the left. Make sure to park away from the store toward Route 6.
The ride starts at 8:30am – This ride is for the experienced road cyclist since most of the ride will be on the road. We will utilize the Fairhaven Bike Path just a bit.
Here is a link to the route:   http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9572164  For the most part the route is relatively flat. The mileage is like riding the East Bay Bike Path with a side trip into Colt State Park.  Our average speed will be 10-14 MPH.  We will set catch up stops for the slower riders. No one will be dropped.
This ride will take us to the Camp Massasoit grounds where we will dodge golf drives as we make our way to rt 6.  A couple of hundred yards on rt 6 will bring us to Mattapoisett center and a short ride to Ned’s Point light house.  Our next stop after a few miles will be Tabor Academy and a short ride around the center of Marion.  We will return on the back roads of Rochester and stop at Plumb Corner for snacks before the final push back to Fairhaven.  
As always helmets are highly recommended – Make sure to bring water and a snack.

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Sunday 08/02/15 – NBW #057 – Miles Standish State Forest

  • 23 & 47 mile rides
  • Wareham Town Hall, Wareham, MA
  • Why this ride is special


    • It’s Cape Cod riding, off Cape, with much less traffic, and a shorter drive
    • Stopping for a swim in one of the ponds of Myles Standish State Forest
    • The downhill return along Farm to Market road
    • Plymouth Rock
    • The Mayflower II

    Towns & Villages we travel through


    Wareham – Marion – Carver – South Carver – Plymouth

Start:

  • 9:00 AM Summer Start 
  • Wareham Town Hall, Wareham, MA
  • The GPS address is 54 Marion Rd (AKA Route 6), Wareham, MA

GPS Files – RideWithGps format (free to use)

Samantha Johnson (America’s Got Talent)

Rode to the Friday night concert on Pier 3 in New Bedford, Ma. The funk band was killing it and ended their first set with a great rendition of Bruno Mars Uptown Funk. After the mayor introduced New Bedford’s own Samantha Johnson who had the crowd and judges standing and screaming at her audition. She took the stage and thanked the city for all the support, reminded us to vote and let loose with a great Stevie Wonder song.

Protect Your Bike and Today’s Ride in Portsmouth and Tiverton, RI

If your bike is stolen and you don’t know the serial number, it could be difficult to claim your bike if found. It’s not uncommon for you to have to bid on it at the police auction if you don’t have proof of ownership. There are two really good resources to help recover a stolen bike.  The catch is that we have to get people to join the community because is no one knows there is a stolen bike in town, no one can report it.  So pass on the two following resources to your bike community.  There is only one feeling worse than having your bike stolen and that is when none of those who can help recover it, know it’s stolen.

Project 529

Website and app that lets you build a (hidden) profile for your bike(s) and record serial numbers, photos and identifying characteristics. If it is ever stolen you can alert other users immediately, and you can browse local stolen bikes in case you hapen to spot one.                                                        Project 529.com

Bike Index

A national registry with more than 45.000 serial numbers recorded that helps users, bike shops and law enforcemtne find owners of recovered bikes. It’s open API can be integrated with the inventory software used by ike shops to automatically register bikes as they’re sold.                                                                                                                                                                                      bikeindex.org

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Now that your bike is safe, make it look nice with this quick 5 minute cleaning technique.

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Here are a few photos from today’s ride in Portsmouth and Tiverton, RI

Tiverton Boat Dock
Tiverton Boat Dock
Fishing the Taunton River
Fishing the Taunton River
Cemetery dating to mid 18th century
Cemetery dating to mid 18th century

View of Sakonnet River
View of Sakonnet River

The old and new Sakonett River Bridge
The old and new Sakonett River Bridge
Till next time Healthy Day
Till next time
Healthy Day

Football, Music and Bike Rides

Football

Spent mid week in Atlanta with both boys at #2 sons home.  We gathered for the Gold Cup semi finals and watched the US get beat by Jamaica in front of 72,000 screaming fans in a sold out Georgia Dome. My first US Men’s National Team game was in some small college field in Indiana back in the mid 80’s with less than a thousand fans packed in sitting on portable stands.

Leaving the house in our US outfits.
Leaving the house in our US outfits.
We  changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.
We changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.

The second game was how I remembered playing football back in the 20th century, with all the controversy, bad fan behavior and the general craziness of the atmosphere. This is how it’s done in the Southern Americas and it’s very entertaining.

On the music side of things.

The Friday night concert series on Pier 3 in New Bedford will feature a send off celebration Samantha-Johnsonfor Samantha Johnson. She has been performing all over the county and abroad for a long time and she is now being recognized as a trained, well polished, professional vocalist.

The concert proceeds with Brass Force Funk band.  I’ll be packing my bike with a couple of cold ones and riding from Fairhaven at around 5:30 ish.

Biking this weekend

Bike Fall River will hold 2 rides this weekend
Saturday – July 25, 2015 – Portsmouth – Tiverton – Little Compton Ride
The riders will meet on Park Avenue in Portsmouth, park on the road near 501 Park Avenue (Grazianos Restaurant)
*** See Attached Map for the Ride***
Ride will start at 8:30am – this ride is for experienced cyclists – all on-road – 27 miles with some hills.
This is a beautiful ride that will go over the new Sakonnet River Bridge bike path into Tiverton along the water front.
Once in Little Compton the group will ride inland toward Route 177 and then back to Park Avenue in Portsmouth.
Helmets highly recommended, make sure to bring along water and a snack.
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Sunday – July 26, 2015 – East Bay Bike Path — For those who want to ride at a leisurely pace on a flat route this is it!!!
Riders will meet at 9:00am. Take Route 103 into Warren and take the first left after Dels Lemonade (Railroad Avenue) Park on the left
*** This ride is perfect for beginners!! ***  Ride will start at 9:15am – come and enjoy the scenery along the bike path.
This will be a leisurely ride. Helmets Highly Recommended – bring water and a snack – who knows, maybe we will stop for ice cream along the way!!!
All rides are weather permitting
Any questions contact Brian Pearson at btrekman@comcast.net
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Saturday
– 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.

Two Thousand Miles and It’s Still July.

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2000 Mile Club.

A few short years ago, I bought my first real road bike.  2005 I think.  It was a Giant OC3 and I thought it was the neatest thing.  Before that I was riding a very much over sized Huffy, and was so proud of riding 15 miles after work every day. Naturally, I got into road riding and bought a helmet, speed-o-meter and spandex.  Shorts, shirts, bike sock.  I looked the part of the Tour de France contender racing along at 18 MPH on the bike path. I’m embarrassed to no end over that, and really feel for the wives of the men I see doing that now.  Back then, it was a goal to ride two thousand miles in a year.  I have a couple of certificates from the Appalachian Mountain Club for reaching that goal.  2K in a year was a big deal.  I had a good year last years and am having a better one this year.

Today I hit the 2000 mile milestone.  It’s the earliest I have accomplished that.  Back on 06-07 something like that, I was going for rides in cold, sometimes sub freezing weather in late December, to get to the 2K goal.  It’s so easy now because I very seldom drive.  I bike everywhere and putting on 25-40 miles a day is the norm.   I don’t do the 50 and 60 mile club rides any more and it’s unusual for me to ride more than 25 miles at one time.  I may to 15 miles three times a day and my normal weekly miles range in the 180 to 220 miles.  The high miles is when I do the weekend rides with the local groups in the area.

A short reprieve from riding to travel to Atlanta for the Gold Cup.  US/Jamaica on Wednesday night.  It should be a hoot

Upcoming Rides

SUMMER SOUND SERIES – FREE CONCERTS ON PIER 3

Friday July 17th. 
Meet at Parking lot behind Pub 99 in Fairhaven, near radio shack, for this 5:30 start.  An easy spin over the bridge into New Bedford for the Summer Sound Series. There is a beer truck, (Miller only), ice cream and light snacks for sale on the pier.  Or like me, you could strap a cooler to your rear bike rack and give Stella a ride to the concert.

If you want to have dinner, The Black Whale restaurant is also on Pier 3.

NOTE:     Dress summer casual. No helmet or spandex necessary for this slow 3.3 mile social ride on the bike path to New Bedford.     HERE is the bike route.

NOTE 2:  BRING A BIKE LOCK

Directions.  This is the old Shaws parking lot in Fairhaven.  From rt 195, take exit 18 to Fairhaven.  Cross Rt 6 at the second traffic light.

Enter the first driveway on the right which is 99 and Cardoza’s Liquors.  Stay right in the lot and drive around the back of Cardoza’s.  Park in  the large empty lot near Radio Shack.

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Back by popular demand!

Bike ride and Yoga class. (Weather Permitting)

Saturday – July 18, 2015
– Start Time for Ride 7:30am – Yoga Class starts at 8:30am – We will be riding at 12 to 14 miles per hour.

Meet up place – Parking lot across the street from Meditech which is located at 101 Martine Street (Route 6)

The Yoga class is given by Jeff Costa who is an internationally recognized fitness and lifestyle consultant and a leading creative force in the industry. The payment for the Yoga class is by donations and the class is located at Partners Village in Westport. The ride to the class is all on-road and is 10 miles with a 20 mile round trip. Those not taking part in the class will continue to ride to Westport Point and back for refreshments at Village Partners. Make sure to roll up your yoga mat and bring it along.

For further information about Jeff Costa go to his webpage:

http://jeffcostafitness.com/studio-classes/yoga/

Also Saturday

The Appalachian Mountain Club is sponsoring a ride in Fairhaven

Hi everyone, We’re having a ride this coming Saturday starting at 8am from the Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven. Address is 9 Plaza Way. This is a flat, scenic ride of 27 miles with a lot of nice ocean views. The pace is usually arowund 12-23 mph. Helmets are required and bring enough water and snacks . We’ll ride the Phoenix-Mattapoisett Rail Trail, visit West Island, Fort Phoenix and the Hurricane Dike overlooking beautiful New Bedord Harbor then take a spin around Fairhaven Ctr. A mile before the end of the ride we’ll stop at Simmy’s Restaurant for lunch. Please let me know if you’re coming to the ride and also let me know if you need specific directions to Kmart. Hope to see you on Saturday at 8. Jack. 508-353-3708. PS Bring a bike lock too if you have one

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Blithewold Mansion Museum Ride (Weather Permitting)

Sunday – July 19, 2015 – Start time of ride is 9:30am – Museum opens at 10am
Meet up place – Take 103 toward Warren – after Del’s Lemonade take left and park along the left. Ride will be along the bike path and on-road. Approximately 8 miles to the museum. (We have made arrangements for parking our bikes in their carriage house.

The Blithewold Mansion and garden is located in Bristol R.I. Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold, formerly home to the Van Wickle family, is a 45-room English-style manor mansion filled with family heirlooms, framed by a series of lovely gardens and arboretum on Narragansett Bay.

*** Important *** We need to give a count to the museum staff – Please contact Bike Fall River at btrekman@comcast.net by no later than Wednesday, 7/15/2015. Admission is $11 for AAA members, $12 regular price. (we are working on a group discount of $8 per-person but it would have to be in the form of one payment, more details to come on this) For further information about Blithewold go to this webpage:http://www.blithewold.org/

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Rode Rhode Island Today.

Coffee Stop at Bristol Bagel Works in RI
Coffee Stop at Bristol Bagel Works in RI

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CLICK HERE to see the Flickr album of this ride.
The Fall River gang called for a bike ride on the East Bay Bike Path.  The route took us through Colt State Park and our guide Brian gave us a tour of the newly upgraded and connecting MUP through the expansive park grounds.  The MUP is a 17 mile path from East Providence to Bristol, RI but on this day we cut the ride in half and made it a sightseeing easy spin while trying to avoid the overweight spandex wearing senior men living their fantasy of riding the Tour de France at 17 MPH.

Bristol Bagel Works was our turn around point.  A light breakfast and coffee gave us the energy to complete this 15 mile, 6.7 MPH average speed hammerfest.

Colt State Park
Colt State Park

 

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A Ride Into the Smugglers Den

Fort Rodman is located on the Southern tip of the New Bedford, MA peninsular.  It’s a near perfect sight for re-enactments.  In June there was the WWII event with lots of German, English and US Army actors.   There have been battles WWI and the Spanish American war, as well as the Revolutionary War reenactments.   This weekend, the Pirates were in town and the event’s highlight was the naval battle in Buzzards Bay.

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Preparing for the battle at sea
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English sloop
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Pirates of Buzzard’s Bay

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There were dozens of Johnny Depp Characters

Easy Bike Rides This Weekend

Bike Fall River Announces 2 rides for the weekend.

Saturday – Ride Around the Taunton River

Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Meet at 7:45am at the Park N Ride in Somerset off of County Street near the Rockland Trust Bank.
Ride will start at 8:00am This ride is for experienced road cyclists. The distance is approximately 23 to 25 miles and riders will encounter several hilly roads. Know your limitations.
The group will ride north along the scenic Somerset shoreline onto Dighton and then cross over the Taunton River into Berkley. From Berkley the group will head south into Freetown, Fall River and then over the Veterans Memorial Bridge back into Somerset.
Helmets are highly recommended, make sure to bring water and a snack.

Sunday – East Bay Bike Path and Colt State Park (Great Ride For Beginners!!!)

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Meet at 7:45am at the parking lot along the East Bay Bike Path in Warren. Take 103 from Somerset to Warren, take first left after Dels Lemonade stand and park along the left. Ride starts at 8:00am. The East Bay Bike path and the paths in Colt State Park are level with very small inclines. This ride will be at a leisurely pace and will take in the beautiful scenery at Colt State Park. The ride is approximately 10 to 12 miles. When the ride is over riders can opt for a longer ride by heading north on the East Bay Bike path. Helmets are highly recommended and make sure to bring water and a snack.

Santa Fe

Keith and Mia in Santa Fe

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Number one son got married in Panama this past March.  His wife’s 97 year old grandmother could not make the trip so there was a reception celebrating the wedding in Santa Fe.  Of course, there are lots of other things to do and we did our best to squeeze in a much as we could.  Fine southwest dining was a big part of the stay in New Mexico.

We hung around Santa Fe an extra day so we could watch the US women’s football match. We walked into the house three minutes into the match and thought people were pulling my leg when they said the US was up two-nil.  The game was the polar opposite of Pearl Harbor,

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Wish me luck on the raffle
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Santa Fe Art Museum
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Best seat in the house