The Fall River Bike group put out the word for a season opening ride. They planned a 15 mile casual ride meeting in Warren R.I. on the East Bay Bike Path. Some of us have been riding all winter, either out on nice days, or indoors on a stationary bike. With that in mind, I called for an earlier start in Providence R.I. which would give us 30 miles. The two groups met in Warren and it worked out just dandy for both groups. We had a pretty nice day.
EPPB with Fall River bike from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
We got stuck in traffic leaving New Bedford, MA. We made up the time on the highway while driving to Providence, RI to meet some fellow riders at 5:30. We were going to be 15 minutes late. Giving us 45 minutes for the three mile spin to the start of the ride. One mile from out exit, traffic was stopped. Road sign ahead said, “Accident at 95 junction, left lanes closed.” We got to the meetup at 6:15 and by the time we got to downtown Providence, the park was deserted. I approached two sketchy looking men and asked if they had seen a group of bikes.
“Yea, you just missed them” as he pointed toward their route.
A bit down the road we saw a group of formal attired people and asked them the same question. They were very drunk and convinced we were on some kind of reality show. They wanted to know if they won something. We took their cue and raced off in the direction they pointed.
We decided to ride the reverse route confident we would eventually bump into the group eventually. We didn’t, and decided to ride back to the downtown park. We hung around for 30 minutes or so and they finally showed. We told of our chasing them down and were told that they did the ride in the reversed of the posted route.
In short, we rode Providence with the mayor without ever seeing him.
Just to make matters worse, a couple of them told us that they saw us riding like crazy people early in the ride, but never though of signaling us. I didn’t get much video on this ride and what I got was pretty helter skelter. It’s the best I could muster on this crazy, but fun, night.
Ride with the Mayor of Providence, R.I. from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Our group will be meeting at the Fort Hill parking lot of the East Bay Bike Path in Providence at 5:30.
Take Broadway exit off 195.
Left at the bottom of the ramp
Right at the lights onto Warren Ave.
Left at the light on Lyon Ave
Take the 5th Right onto Mercer St.
Parking lot is at the end of Mercer across the Veterans Parkway.
Click the link below for google maps
Here is the gps from Fort Hill to Burnside park. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1945406531
Ride Slow & Simple. This isn’t a race or a time to show off your bike tricks. Enjoy the company of your fellow riders and the scenery
This is so good. Click the Vimeo link at the bottom right, go full screen, put on your headphones and crank it up.
Heart – Stairway to Heaven (Live) from Hamilton Post Production on Vimeo.
Bike riding is at a premium this winter. I had a lot more energy to ride in the past, but this year I’m quite content to ride indoor at the fitness center. After the morning workout and ride, I take the dogs to the Buzzards Bay Coalition site called the Bogs. Previously a large cranberry bog, it’s now, thanks to BBC, a hiking, running, biking trail. There is always someone walking their dogs in the mornings and I have met some wonderful like minded animal lovers on my daily walks.
The Bogs from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Not much biking lately, therefore, not much bike video. Enjoy this while we wait for Spring.