Month: November 2016

SMILE

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I wasn’t going to bike commute today for a couple of reasons but those are moot because I ended up riding. Withing a few hundred feet of the ride, I knew this was going to be a video bonanza. I couldn’t help but think of how many times people who don’t walk or bike miss the things I saw today.

I got my 9 mile work commute after spending time at the fitness center and eating a healthy breakfast. It got easy to not weigh myself and how that happened is beyond me. I’m really hoping for a surprising (to the good) result on Monday when I step on the scale.

Today’s video is an early morning bike commute into the city while the fog was just starting to life. As I approached the bridge, a fishing boat was just entering the harbor and the freighter across the river was just beginning to emerge out of the fog. Also a couple of shots of my peeps, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.

Over the next two days I’m going to try to get them to do a mannequin challenge. The big challenge is going to be trying to get all of them to be still for 30 seconds.

2016 Bike Jounal Weight Loss challenge day 4 and 5 with Steven Tyler (Smile) from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Bike Journal Weight Loss Challenge.

It seems that when I try to lose weight I end up gaining. This time will be different.  They call me el Blimpo now but just wait. I’ll be Senior Svelte.

During this time of year I deliver the Salvation Army bell ringers to their stores. I bike commute the four miles to the office before loading the van with my peeps. After work I usually run errands on the bike or just go for a ride. Today was running errands but all were on the route home so I didn’t get any additional miles. I did however get a video. But you all knew I would.

2016 Bike Journal Weight Loss Challenge Day 1 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Commute’n Time Again. “YKAMF”

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Bell Ringer waiting for their ride.

Every year about this time I get to return to bike commuting to work.  It’s a volunteer job, but it’s commuting none the less.  I get to meet the Salvation Army bell ringers at the office, drive them to their stores and help them set up the kettles.  It’s a fun job for me and a decent income for the bell ringers.  It’s a five week gig and I have included a bike riding challenge into the commute with my friends a bike journal dot com.

Winter riding.  “YKAMF”

Coffee Challenge #7. Tiverton RI

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A recall notice for my car had me drive to Fall River, Ma for the minor repair.  Naturally I decided to take the bike along and try to do the final coffee challenge ride.  This one has been difficult.  I saved this last challenge for a road trip to Columbus Ohio, tried three different places,  and none are worth mentioning. A couple more local failures led to this ride.  It worked out pretty good.

En route today, I called a bike friend in Fall River and he gave me a hilly 15 mile loop to ride during the two hour repair.  A cappuccino and sandwich at the Moose Cafe in Tiverton, RI was a good way to finish the challenge.   If I had waited a bit and kept riding, I could have done #7 at the Goose Cafe.  But the Moose Cafe got the honor.

2016 Coffee Challenge #7 Tiverton RI from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

US/Mexico World Cup Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. Nov. 11, 2016

We arrived Thursday evening with plenty of time to join the festivities.  We chose Sam’s Army over the American Outlaws party.  Sam’s Army is for us older fans who have passed our hooligan prime, and like a much quieter pre match gathering.

There was a new and unusual friendliness between the fans of the two countries that I’m sure was caused by our election.  As Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”.  It was great to be a part of this event.

 

US_Mexico WCC in Columbus Ohio from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Election Day Bike Ride

It was another unusually warm day which screamed for a bike ride.   I still have one more coffee challenge ride to complete but I’m saving it for a possible road trip coffee stop.  I’ll be in Columbus, OH a couple of day to attend the Friday night  US/Mexico World Cup Qualifier.  My fourth time there.

A ride into New Bedford, MA for lunch at Destination Soup was followed by a ride around the South End Peninsula.  On the way back, a few things got my attention enough to stop and take some videos.

Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

I just finished the promo final edit of the 2016 Ride. If your a fanatical bike rider, this is a good ride for your bucket list.

We meet at South Station in Boston, load our bikes on trucks and take the commuter train to Hopkinton.

We ride the Boston Marathon route beginning at midnight on the day of the marathon. This year there were 3200 riders and it’s growing every year.

It’s not an organized ride as we know it. The only organization is the truck transportation, otherwise everyone is on their own.

This is without a doubt one of my highlight rides every year and is done on Patriots day in April, which is a state holiday in Massachusetts.

2016 BOSTON MIDNIGHT MARATHON BIKE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

US/MEXICO WCQ

I am a lover of the beautiful game.  Columbus, OH is a comfortable home venue for US men’s soccer.  I have been to three World Cup Qualifying matches over the years at the Crew Stadium including the first 2-0 win on a cold February night in  2001.   I applied for, and got tickets to the match on Nov. 11 in Columbus for the US/Mexico game.  Dos e cero is our mantra and I’ll be there with the American Outlaws to cheer on the red, white and blue next on Friday.  “I believe that we will win”.

Coffee Challenge #6. Padanaram

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I got a hot tip from a friend about a wonderful coffee shop in Padanaram Village located in Dartmouth MA.   Locally it’s pronounced  “paid nair’ im” and “Daht mith”.  I didn’t remember the name of the place, but the village only has a handful of shops in an area that can easily be cleared with a nine iron.

I rode up and back on the two streets and for the life of me, could not find a coffee shop.  Finally I got to ask a walker and she told me that it was inside the Farm and Coast Market.  I got myself a fruit and ricotta tart and a very good latte.

2016 Coffee Challenge #6 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.