City or country – moon or no moon – Jupiter is easily visible, and we’re now in the middle of the best time of year to see it. It’s now rising in the east as Venus is setting in the west … stand outside at nightfall, and see if you can catch the two planets at the same time, Jupiter ascending in the east and Venus sinking behind the sunset.
It was a relatively mild night when we set off on our monthly full moon ride in Warren, R.I. One of our group, Margret, suggested a couple of detours that took us off the bike path, giving us a nice change from the usual route. The wind slowed us considerably as we pedaled toward Providence, R.I.
One of the highlights is crossing the Washington Bridge spanning the East Bay on RT 195. When the bridge was redone a few years ago, a walking/biking path was added allowing a scenic, safe passage over the bay. After riding through India Point Park, we crossed rt 195 and worked our way up the multiple switchbacks to the outskirts of downtown Providence.
With the wind at our backs, we made good time on the 10 mile return ride. Because we were riding at such a quick pace, our lights were not adequate enough to warn us of the many pot holes and bumpy expansion joints on the blacktop in time to avoid the rattling of our bones as we smashed over them. Nothing a couple of martinis and ibuprofen couldn’t solve.