Month: December 2018

New Year Day Fort to Fort Bike Ride

It’s going to be a nice day for a bike ride on Tuesday. 54 and sunny. Let’s do a bike ride.

Meet at Staples in Fairhaven at 9:30 for a 9:45 wheels up. Click Here for map. This is a 15.7 mile casual ride. CLICK HERE for the ride with GPS map.

Our first stop will be at Fort Phoenix to watch the polar plunge at 10 AM. We will then ride into New Bedford over the bridge on quiet back streets to the peninsula. We will ride along West Beach into Fort Taber.

Our return will be along East Beach and the Elevated Walkway before crossing back over the bridge and return to Staples on the Phoenix Bike Path.

It’s Winter. Finally

The winter solstice arrives tonight marking the beginning darkness and harsh weather. So what is the Winter Solstice exactly? It’s the day when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (which means less light for us in the Northern Hemisphere).

Christian mythology is interwoven with contemporary observances of this holiday time. Parents can help their children develop an understanding of the multicultural and interfaith aspects of this holiday time and view “Christmas” as just another form of Solstice. Have gift exchanges and feasts over the course of several days and nights as was done of old. Party hearty on New Year’s Eve not just to welcome in the new calendar year, but also to welcome the new solar year.

As an added bonus, tomorrow is the full moon and we can also expect meteor showers the next few night. In short, everything is in line for a night bike ride. CLICK HERE for all the details. It’s tomorrow (Saturday ) night BTW.

Full Cold Moon Bike Ride

Hi Folks, 

I know we haven’t had a full moon ride in December yet.  I’ve been watching the weather predictions, and it looks like this year is going to be the one…  So with that in mind let’s celebrate the Winter Solstice (a day late) and the Full Cold Moon for our first “annual” December Moonlight Ride. 

There will be a Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Saturday 12/22/18, with two start locations.

The early start will meet at the Fort Hill Parking Lot in East Providence for a 3 PM wheels up. We will ride to Warren to meet the others and ride back to Providence finishing around 5:30 PM. The Warren group will then return to their start point and finish about an hour later.

Date: Saturday 12/22/18. 
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade. 
Time: 
Arrive: 3:45PM 
Departure: 4:00PM promptly 
Sunset: 4:18PM
Moonrise:  4:29PM
Moon Name:  Full Cold Moon.
Distance is flexible. 

As the moon rise is shortly after sunset  it should be a perfect night for moonlight riding. 

As always rain cancels the ride. 
So does snow, sleet, nor’easters and sub zero temperatures. 
With that said I don’t expect any of that to occur on the 22nd. 

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 20 or 22 miles round trip.
Other routes are also possible. 

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 (it is winter). 
If you have “booties” this might be a good time to take them out. 
If you don’t have “booties” this might be a good time to consider getting some. 

Happy Trails, 

Paul