Coffee Challenge #5 Providence, R.I.

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Along with the Coffeeneuring Challenge I have been participating in a Halloween Mileage Challenge at bikejournal.com. The coffee challenge was to ride at least two miles to have coffee. Click the link above for all the rules.  This is more fun than I anticipated and I get quite a few suggestions from friends to visit their favorite coffee shops.  I made a list and plan to hit them all.  Also, part of the challenge is to come up with a theme.  Last year, I wore a different bike cap to each coffee shop.  This year, I decided to make of video of each ride.

The bikejournal challenge was to ride 310 miles during the month of October to win a tootsie roll.  If your rode 620, you get two tootsie rolls.  Virtual candy naturally.  For those of us who ride, 310 miles in a month is pretty easy.

Today, two of us did a 38 mile bike ride from the terminus of the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence, to the Blackstone River Bike Path and ride that path to Woonsocket, R.I. We followed, sometimes not, the Blackstone Bikeway through Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Cumberland to get to the bike path.  We did need the help of the Pawtucket Fire Department and a friendly rider we met in Central Falls, to get us through some of the many turns and finally to the start of the Blackstone River Bike Path.

2016 Coffee Challenge #5 Providence R.I. from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Coffee Challenge #4 Fairhaven, MA

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There was not enough time to do a long bike ride with the impending rain storm.  I decided to stay in town in case I had to make a mad dash home to keep from getting soaked. I rode to the Flower Girls Bakery and Cafe that was only a couple of block from the property that I use to store my new RV, to satisfy the Coffeeneur Challange #4/

Q. How do you get a 40’6″ wide ship into a 40′ hole?

A.  Do it at high tide.

Sometimes it’s all in the timing.  I saw the Provincetown fast ferry in dry dock at the Fairhaven Shipyard, and almost took a short video and left.  I decided however to continue down the dock to film the Buzzards Bay Whaleboats and some of the scallop boats.  I back tracked to the ferry in time to see the start of the transfer from dry dock to the bay.  The boat was wider than the slip but fortunately the hull is tapered into a V shape.  At high tide, the widest part of the boat was above the slip walls.  It was a tight fit.

The bus riding friend I mention in the video from Indiana is from Iowa.  What I didn’t mention is when he does charter road trips for groups and sports teams. Dan brings his bike along and does lots of riding while his passengers do whatever it is that brought on the road trip.  Pretty cool if you ask me.

2916 COFFEENEURING CHALLENGE #4 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Coffeeneur’s Challenge #3. Wood’s Hole, MA

A stormy October day was the setting for this coffee challenge riding the Shining Sea Bike Way from North Falmouth to Wood’s Hole, MA.

The winds were howling with gusts up to 40 MPH in the open spaces.  Most of the path is protected from the wind by trees as it winds inland.  Today’s coffee challenge stop was Pie in the Sky Bakery and Cafe in Wood’s Hole for a latte and a delicious rum raisin pudding.  The return route took me along Nobska Light and beach, with it’s spectacular vistas.

 

Untitled from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Country Ride (Just a Simple Day)

New England is experiencing some spectacular weather for outdoor stuff, especially bike riding.  Sunny, warm and the colors are beginning to burst from the tree tops.  We are not at peak color yet, but it’s coming.

Today was one of those days when we think, “this is the best bike riding day of the year”.  I said that last winter. Again in the spring and not to forget that day on Martha’s Vineyard, this past summer.  The best day of the year.  It happened again today.  For the most part.  It was one of those days till the winds came.  It was a stiff breeze for the last few miles putting a bit of a damper on the perfect day.

The forecast is for temperatures in the high 70’s for the next three days.   I’m definitely going to take advantage of that.

Untitled from John Sullivan on Vimeo.