Tiny church in the Italian Alps. Non denominal
Tiny church in the Italian Alps

We are winding down our European vacation with a day at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Our trip began with the wedding of a young couple who spend a few months with us while they made seaworthy a derelict 29 foot sail boat they purchased. As destinations weddings tend to go, this was a week long affair in the Italian Alps.  What made this so wonderful is that it is not a destination for Americans and we were able to immerse ourselves into the Italian culture.

Some on the Italian side spoke a little English but the American’s Italian was even more limited. By the end of the week however, both sides, were able to communicate with a mix of spoken and sign languages just fine.

Cialvrina Village made everyone feel welcome and made the week truly special for the over 100 wedding guests.  We took over the whole hotel and the staff soon became not only our host but part of the wedding. For instance, on our last night at the bar, the bartenders were mingling onto the dance floor and partying like it was 1999 with us. Fortunately for us Yanks, the dress was casual because trying to out dress the Italians was futile.

A random photo of one of the Italian guests
A random photo of one of the Italian guests

We had a very busy time in Italy including a hike to the glacier in the Italian Alps. A bike tour of Milan, and a train ride from Milan to St Moritz  through the Swiss Alps

Our accommodations in the Alps
Our accommodations in the Alps

Sue and I are ending our trip in Iceland by driving the Golden Circle and visiting the Blue Lagoon.  I spent the last afternoon in Reykjavik taking random photos of people on bikes. It’s very hip to ride in work clothes using the streets that are only open to pedestrians and bikes.


Italian alps
The Cialvrina Resort in the Italian Alps

Played a lot of tennis this week which put a damper on the bike miles.   There is some business to attend to in the Italian Alps next week, and some bike riding to do in Milan.  A few days in Reykjavik will round out the next couple of weeks.

“Reykjavik rooftops” by Bjørn Giesenbauer 

How times have changed for travelers.  The bulk of my items for this trip are technology stuff.  Camera’s, laptops, outlet adapters, power cords.  Speaking of which, what ever happened to ISO 9000 standards?  Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our power needed devises could us the same cords?

Rides, Rides, Rides Dress Like Your in Amsterdam

Amsterdam dress code
Thursday – August 13, 2015

Mike Klek’s Thursday evening bike ride. Mike Klek, a member of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, will be leading a bike ride through the local area. It starts at Bristol Community College and then heads north into toward Freetown. Mike has marked the ride by placing “Green Arrows” on the road along the route. This is how the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen mark their rides and it is easy to follow. This ride is for experienced cyclist since it will be all on-road. Riders will have a choice between a 20 mile route and a 27 mile route. Here are the details:

Meet-up for the ride is 5:45pm, with a 6:00pm start. Riders are to park their vehicles at Bristol Community College, the northern parking lot that is at the corner of Elsbree Street and Valentine Street. Since this ride starts at 6:00pm riders need to make sure that their bike are equipped with headlights and flashing lights for visibility and to be seen. Helmets are mandatory for this ride. Make sure to have water and a snack.


This one looks to be a humdinger. 

On August 15th, join us for a celebration of the new bike path section in Coventry, RI, known as the Trestle Trail. It is a part of the Washington Secondary Trail, and was completed in 2014. In addition to celebrating the opening of the trail, we will honor the memory of Guy Lefebvre, longtime trail advocate from Coventry parks and recreation, without whom this trail segment would not have been possible.

Schedule for the event is as follows:

9:30 – Providence bike train departs from Providence City Hall
10:00 – Bike train departs from Washington Secondary @ Garfield Street in Cranston
10:40 – Bike train departs from Washington Secondary @ Sue Street
12:00 – Celebration at Washington Secondary @ Log Bridge Rd, Coventry (at the end of the trail, by Summit General Store) with words from the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, state agencies, and Town of Coventry representatives.
12:45 – Enjoy lunch at the General Store
1:30 – Providence bike train departure

Weelmen Have a Really Good Ride This Sunday.

Sunday 08/16/15 – NBW #088 – Scramble Metric

  • 17, 33, 56 & 66
  • Seekonk Town Centre, Seekonk, MA (AKA Ann & Hope)

About this Sunday’s Ride

NBW #088 – Scramble Metric
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Why this ride is special

  • It’s flat
  • It’s fast – between all the turns
  • Very close to Providence
  • You didn’t have to arrow it (it’s an arrower’s nightmare) and its a way to learn a lot about the nearby town

Towns & Villages we travel through

Seekonk – Rehoboth – Norton – Mansfield – Foxborough – Wrentham – Norfolk – Franklin – Sheldonville – Cumberland – North Alleborough – Attleborough – Rumford

Some of the landmarks we pass by

Wheaton College in Norton

Xfinity Center in Mansfield

F Gilbert Hills State Forest in Foxborough

The head waters of the Charles River in Norfolk


  • 9:00 AM Summer Start 
  • Seekonk Town Center (AKA Ann & Hope)
  • The GPS address is 140 Taunton Av, Seekonk, MA

GPS Files – RideWithGps format (free to use)

The Miles Add Up Very Fast. (3307 Miles On The Bike)

I do group rides once or twice a week.  They range from 25-40 miles and they are OK.  Every day, including those weekend rides, I am on my bike pretty much all day.  To the market, to the park, into the city, evening rides to the coffee shop.   It’s very seldom less than 25 miles a day and those miles add up very quickly.  Much quicker than I though.

Every once in  a while I take my speed-o-meter mileage off my “commuter bike” and add them to my log.  I don’t do this daily so my miles on one day may read a hundred miles or more.  This is an accumulation of many days.  I reset the gadget to zero, ride a few days and repeat.  On the club rides, I’ll use my Garmin, which automatically posts that ride’s miles.  Today I looked at the total and was shocked to see the number 3307.  Three thousand three hundred and seven miles.   That seems like a lot until I look at the miles on my car.   In June, I had the oil changed and the miles are prominently displayed on the little sticker on the wind shield.  A look at my odometer tells me that I have driven my car 183 miles since June 17th.   Ironically, almost all of those miles are riding to the start of a group bike ride.  Go figure.

Nice Day For A White Reception.

A panoramic of the White event

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

The evening was a fundraiser for the Fairhaven, MA  Historical Society. Our friend bought a table and each table provided it’s own pot luck dinner.  A beautiful evening for and outdoor dinner, at sunset, under the steeple of the Unitarian Church, where everyone was asked to wear white.   IMG_20150808_173038196


Mr and Mrs midnight rider
Hank, head coach of the Fairhaven Tennis Association.
The bar keepers
Sunset and the Unitarian Church of Fairhaven




You Like Historic Architecture? How About Scotch Bonnet Peppers?

Years ago I would find something funny or unusual on the web and conclude my weekday blog with Friday Funnies.  This YouTube definitely makes the cut as a Friday Funny.  These two at the end of this post are a riot.

For now though, from today’s bike ride, are some of the architecture of Old Fairhaven and the Whaling Historic National Park in New Bedford, MA.

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

Rogers School Fairhaven
Rogers School. Fairhaven, MA
Gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers.
Fairhaven Town Hall
Gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers
Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA
Historic Homes. New Bedford, Ma
Whaler Tavern, New Bedford, Ma
In the National Historic Park of New Bedford
Seaman's Bethel at Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA
Seaman’s Bethel, Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA


Afternoon Delight
Tabatha Inn, Fairhaven.  Samuel Clemens was a regular visitor to this Inn
Unitarian Church in Fairhaven, MA. A gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers
Unitarian Church, Fairhaven, MA
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Friday Funny