Month: May 2018

Full Flower Moon Bike Ride

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Full May Flower Moon

A good turnout on a spectacular, warm, clear spring evening for the Full Moon Ride.  A 22 mile round trip easy spin on the flat East Bay Bike Path, a rail to trail conversion.

The group meets in the public parking lot on RT 103 in Warren R.I. at Dell’s lemonade building and ride to India Point Park in Providence. And back.

Dell's in Warren

Full Flower Moon Ride in Providence from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

This Week’s Rides

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday Mornings Highland Ride – weekly ride – meetup 7:45AM, Ride starts at 8:00AM – Start from Bristol Community College on Elsbree Street (please park by tennis courts). This will be an approximately 11 mile ride through the beautiful Highland section of Fall River. The ride will take an hour to complete. A perfect start to our week day. Rain cancels our rides…hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018:   This is a really good 100% bike path ride. It’s a favorite.

Bike Fall River Ride – Sunset/Moonlight Ride on the East Bay Bike Path! Meetup will be at the parking lot off of Rte 103 in Warren – take left right after Dels Lemonade – arrive at 6:45PM – ride will start at 7:00PM sharp – Sunset is at 8:10PM, Moonrise is at 8:14PM, Distance is flexible. Names for this Full Moon: Full Flower Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon, Hare Moon.    Rain cancels the ride.

We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around. Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later). That’s around 22 or 23 miles roundtrip. Bikes should have adequate lighting. If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out. Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need. Helmets are highly recommended. Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.

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This is a Bike Newport ride – Meet at Bike Newport, 62 Broadway Newport RI – 8.00pm FREE Conquer the night, ride under the full moon and hear the sounds of the night with us on this Bike Month bike ride through Newport, guided by the full moon! So bring your cycling friends and sign up. Route tbd (probably around the ocean loop) – All riders are required to bring a bike, helmet, lights & weather-appropriate clothing. To register go to – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/full-moon-bike-ride-tickets-45450363260?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018: I’m away for this one. I’ll try to get a leader in Fairhaven but if not, leave Staples at 5:40 and Hiram will lead the ride from the Y in New Bedford.

Wednesday Night Casual Ride – Two areas to choose from to start the ride. 1st Location: Fairhaven to New Bedford – 15 mile ride – Meetup at Staples in Fairhaven, 17 Plaza Way, Fairhaven Ma. The ride starts exactly at 5:40pm. Other location – Meetup at YMCA in New Bedford at 6:00pm for a shorter ride of 9 miles.

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Thursday – May 31, 2018

ICE CREAM Ride!!! Meetup at Somerset Creamery, 146 County Street Somerset – Meetup starts at 5:30pm, Ride starts at 6:00pm sharp – 20 mile ride, all on-road, casual pace has us back at 8:00pm for ice cream. Helmets highly recommended – Rain Cancels Ride

Cape Cod Canal. Both Sides, Both Bridges

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Crossing the Sagamore Bridge

It was a near perfect day for a bike ride on the Cape Cod Canal. It was also a workday morning so only six of us did the ride.  The wind was at our back as we rode from the head of the canal in Bourne, MA and the Mass Maritime Academy.  It took us a while to get there because we had to walk our bikes over the Bourne Bridge, and the multiple stops to take pictures.

We rode to the power plant in at the opposite end of the canal before doubling back to cross  the Sagamore Bridge.  An easy ride to Scusset Beach brought us to our turn around spot.  That’s when things got a little crazy.  We had two riders missing.  After a quick look around, we determined they couldn’t find us and started riding back to Bourne.  The rest of us began the chase.  Then the winds came.

The canal is like a giant wind tunnel intensifying whatever wind kicks up.  On Buzzards Bay, the wind shifts to the southwest almost every afternoon We rode into the wind, heads down, pedaling hard, trying to catch the other two.  I was on a hybrid, and the others were on carbon fiber bikes.  They pulled away, and when they were too far gone, my phone rang.  The two riders  were looking for us.  I said, “we are trying to chase you down”.  They answered, “we haven’t left yet”.

We decided just to split up and go on our own since it was a straight ride along the canal to the cars.

Three ahead of me,
two behind me
the wind was making it feel like I was pedaling a truck.
it got to a point where I really no longer gave a

2018 Cape Cod Canal Both Sides Both Bridges from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Bike to Work Day

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I wanted to hang out in Providence R.I. at the bike to work celebration area but forgot all about it till I saw and afternoon post on Facebook.  I have been retired for a few years so biking to work is moot to me.

That post did get me on my bike for an afternoon ride.  I wanted to do 30 miles but had a meeting for Sunday’s Tour de Creme bike ride.  I’m the Ride Ambassador for the 25 mile route and also the videographer for the event, so I cut the ride to 19 miles.  Add 8 for the round trip bike to the meeting and ended the day close enough for my 30 mile plan.

No riders out on either of my two routes but as usual, when we pay attention, there is plenty to see.  And photograph.

 

Upcoming Rides

Saturday

Cafe Tour  10 AM Start

Starting at the Fort Hill parking lot a casual** 27 mile ride along the East Bay Bicycle Path to Bristol for coffee and bagels at Bristol Bagel on Hope Street.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Sunday

Tour De Creme

Registration is closed but everyone is invited to ride. Pay for your own ice cream if your not registered.

On Sunday May 20, 2018, the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will once again host the popular Tour de Crème, a fundraising event combining the SouthCoast’s fabulous cycling with a selection of its best ice cream shops along the route.  Approximately 300 cyclists and 80 volunteers participated in last year’s event.  If you want to see how much fun we had in 2017, check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

Monday

Monday Mornings Highland Ride 

Weekly ride – meetup 7:45AM, Ride starts at 8:00AM – Start from Bristol Community College on Elsbree Street (please park by tennis courts). This will be an approximately 11 mile ride through the beautiful Highland section of Fall River. The ride will take an hour to complete. A perfect start to our week day. Rain cancels our rides…hope to see you there!

Wednesday

Wednesday Night Casual

Something different this time.

5:40 Meet at the YMCA and New Bedford

6 PM Leave Staples in Fairhaven and take the long way to Ned’s Point Light in Mattapoisett.

This is a 22 mile ride from the Y and 14 miles if you start at Staples. Mostly quiet country roads mixed bike path riding.

CLICK HERE for the ridewithgps route.

Friday Morning

Cape Cod Canal. Both Sides Both Bridges around 23 miles round trip. 

Leave the Bourne parking lot at 9 AM.

This bike ride is approximately 25 miles round trip, and the highlight is crossing the bridges. Make sure you have your camera when you walk your bikes across.

The ride starts at the RR bridge in Buzzards Bay, crossed the Bourne Bridge and continues to Mashnee Island where you get a great view of Mass Maritime Academy from the Cape side.

Continue on the Cape side to the power station in Sandwich. If interested it’s a short ride to a small plaza where there are lunch options.

After a light lunch, ride back to the Sagamore Bridge, cross, and ride to Scussett Beach. Following a short visit, continue on the mainland side back to the RR Bridge at Buzzards Bay. There you can answer the question. How many bridges cross the Cape Cod Canal?

 

This Week’s Rides

Tuesday:

Leave Staples at 6:30 PM for a 10 mile round trip route. You will need lights for the return if you stay for the entire concert.  From the YMCA at 6:45. It’s a 1/4 mile walk or bike.
High School Jazz Concert

In what has now become a highlight on the calendar of museum events, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum hosts a jazz concert by local students, Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the RJD.

New Bedford area’s premier high school and middle school jazz bands will play on the terrace, under the tent.

Visitors can enjoy a broad range of musical styles — from big band swing to upbeat Latin jazz, as the students showcase their energy, style and musical talent.

The event is free of charge, and will be held in rain or shine. Seating is provided.

If you don’t want to ride, this is still a unique and very good concert.


Wednesday

Buzzards Bay Wednesday Night Casual Ride.

Leave Staples in Fairhaven at 5:40 for a 15 mile ride.

Leave the YMCA at 6 PM in New Bedford for a 9 mile ride.


Saturday

The Cafe Tour
Starting at the Fort Hill parking lot a casual** 27 mile ride along the East Bay Bicycle Path to Bristol for coffee and bagels at Bristol Bagel on Hope Street.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Watching Football at Der Biergarten in Atlanta

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I ordered a $5 beer that was advertised on a placard in the noisy bar.  The bartender took the sign down and said a few things I didn’t hear clearly.  I think she said, “happy hour is over,  but you can a have blah blah blah beer”.  I said “OK” and was given a beer in a stein that was so big…. well it was a one drink night and I didn’t nurse the thing. I’m guessing a liter (or two).

I was welcomed to the joint by Kelly Carter who like me, is a member of The American Outlaws.  She is an Atlanta United super fan, and I’m a long time supporter of the New England Revolution, who can’t get to Wednesday or Saturday night games. When an occasional Friday night game happens, it’s a treat to be able to attend a home game in Foxboro, MA.

We had our own decent sized room that was serviced by a half dozen waiters, all of whom were kept pretty busy with beer and food, mostly pretzel and brat, orders.  The attendance was really surprising being somewhere in the range of more than fifty but less than a hundred fans.  Probably around 70. Could have been more…..or less.

Below is a less than professional video of some of the goings on at the Beer Garden.

Atlanta v Orlando MLS from John Sullivan on Vimeo.