I got very busy late in the afternoon and was worried about being late for the long ride meeting of the Wednesday Night Casual group at Staples in Fairhaven MA. All of last year, I was the only one to show there, but would meet two regulars at the short ride meeting spot, the YMCA in New Bedford.
When I rounded the corner approaching Staples, to my surprise, there were six riders waiting. We got the YMCA in the city and there were two more. Another showed up, then another. Maybe, just maybe, the ride is getting popular. Then again, maybe it’s me. Realistically, it was a combination of marketing and the weather. Whatever the reason, we had a wonderful group to ride a really pleasant riding evening. One had to drop out with a broken spoke, so we will give him special treatment next week.
Ahhh, the life of the retiree. We all got an e-mail last evening calling for a 9 AM bike ride on the East Bay Pike Path in R.I. Five of us showed and what a day it turned out to be for a casual bike ride. |
COME RIDE ALONG THE SOUTH COAST BIKEWAY
AND CELEBRATE BAY STATE BIKE WEEK
Join us as we celebrate completed pathways
for bicyclists and pedestrians.
9:00 a.m. Registration @ FT Phoenix
9:30 a.m. Ride Start
You choose the best route for you!
8 mile Bike Path route
20 mile West Island /Bike Path route
40 mile Fort to Snipatuit Pond route
Return Bike Ride to start
For more information and pre registration
This family event is brought to you by the South Coast Bikeway
and the Fairhaven Bikeway Committee
along with the support of SRPEDD.
Bay State Bike Week is a partnership between
MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES.
Helmets are required. Water and snack suggested. South Coast Bikeway Alliance representatives will ride with each group.
A good turnout for this Saturday morning bike ride. We met a Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven and set off on a 19 mile ride to Ned’s Point Light and back. There was a mix of fitness levels and everyone was happy with the pace of around 12.5 MPH, for this casual ride.
Some bike path, some country roads, some highway and one short unrideable area, gave us a good mix of terrain.
Up next is the Buzzards Bay Wednesday Night Casual ride leaving Staples in Fairhaven at 5:45, and the Y in New Bedford at 6 PM.
Place: Meet at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, MA at 8:45. Wheels down at 9 AM
Info: A casual paced ride from the fort to Ned’s Point in Mattapoisett.
The ride is 19 miles of flat quiet country roads. I have included a link to Ride With GPS. If you have a Garmin or other GPS unit such as your phone, you can upload the route by clicking “Export” in the upper right of the ride with GPS page.
It’s early in the season and not many of us are in shape to ride in a peloton just yet. With that in mind, the ride Saturday will be at a casual pace or around 10.5 mph from Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven to Ned’s Point in Mattapoisett.
70 degrees at wheels down on this Wednesday Night Casual Ride. Eight riders showed up along with the wind. The sustained winds were in our face for the East Beach section but we were rewarded at the turn around having the wind at our backs. It’s so much better that way.
It is day 1 of National Bike Month and also day 1 of the National Bike Challenge where I’m riding for my town of Fairhaven, MA team. I did commit to 30 Days of biking but didn’t get anywhere near 30 rides. More like 8 or 10 this year. I had the flu for a good part of the challenge. Oh well.
The morning was clear and cool for the early morning ride to the dentist in the city. I had plenty of time to ride slow and take in the sights. We notice some pretty neat things on a bike that may just be a blur if we are driving.