Month: August 2019

Oh What A Night In Providence R.I.

Providence Bike Jam.  A monthly night ride through the urban streets of Providence, RI. The September ride will be a challenge to top.

An estimate turnout of 40 plus showed for this beautiful clear, warm evening at Burnside Park, downtown.  I say estimated because it was impossible to get anyone to stay still for two minutes.  It was even worse near the end of the ride when we gathered at the new $22 million dollar pedestrian bridge.  The still photographer and I were completely ignored when we tried to gather everyone for a group photo.  Two things contributed to make that happen.  It was our third party stop and when we stopped at the first two, the common sound was the distinctive “phhhhst” of beer cans being open. Second, the music was blaring and everyone was in party mode, dancing the night away. Well, some were dancing.

 

Friday Night Providence Bike Jam

Providence Bike Jam

This is one of my favorites. It’s a very casual ride through the neighborhoods of Providence, RI.  As usual, I’ll be starting and finishing at Ft. Hill in East Providence at 6:30PM. (Set GPS to 1 Mercer St. East Providence, RI).  It’s a bit under three miles from Burnside Park, downtown Providence, where the ride begins.

Providence Bike Jam July 2019 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Murals and Flowers and Birds

The last couple of days were spent working on photography techniques. An appointment with the oral surgeon took me by bike, to downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. While awaiting my call, I grabbed my camera to try a couple of things on a building a couple of blocks away.  I was working at getting away from the Auto function to “Program” in order to mess around with the light settings.  Each gave a different look to the subject.

As I rode away, I spotted a mural near the home of Fredrick Douglas and that gave me the idea of the murals theme.  I began riding around the downtown area and found an area that is obviously and artist hot spot.

Many of the mural sites also had the benefit of horticultural artistry.

I was done working and decided to end the ride with an easy spin around the peninsula. When I climbed up the elevated bike path on the bay, I came across a bird feeding frenzy. It was such loud chaos that one had to stop and be mesmerized by the activity.  Hundreds of sea birds attacking the bay like children swarming to a smashed pinata.  It lasted but a few minutes, the fish moved on and the birds settled in for an after dinner relaxation session, sitting on rocks or floating on the calm bay like nothing happened.  After all the fish were gone, a lone man on a small skiff made his way to the battlefield, dropped his line and waited like he was watching a football game. Nothing happened.

That Reminds Me Of A Joke

Way back when, I used to love telling jokes.  After not telling one for months or even years, someone in my circle would rattle off a joke.  I seldom laughed. People who are into comedy usually just say, “that’s funny”.  But their joke would always remind me of one of my favorites.  Why am I bringing this up you ask?All an adventure tent

The photo was in Dan’s blog,  “It’s All An Adventure” and it reminded me of why I don’t tent any more.

A few years ago, I rode my one and only century to Provincetown, MA, on the outer tip of Cape Cod.  When I got to the Hostel where we stayed, I had someone take a photo of me drinking a beer with the caption. “Pay attention. You will never see me do this again.” I took camping gear along for the two day return ride back home.

I checked into a campground half way back and set up my tent.  That’s when I noticed all the kids and families were taking a detour to the pond so they wouldn’t have to go past my camp site. Fathers with young children kept  constant surveillance of my movements.  I’m thinking they misinterpreted my intentions.  I also didn’t bring my air pad and spend the night being stabbed by rocks every time I rolled over.  I was up and packed at the break of dawn and on the road before there was any other movement in the campground.

I have done a couple of bike tours since, but don’t bring any camping equipment along any more.  Cheap motels and motor inns work out much better for me.

Also, I guess I have to leave you with a joke.

Little Billy was on his phone playing a game when he heard a scream come from his mothers room.  He ran up the stairs and barged into the room to find his mother in bed wearing a French Maid outfit and his father kneeling over her wearing a bonnet and bunny slippers.

Billy let out a gasp and his dad turned and said, “Get out of here, your mother and I are having some fun.”

The next day, Dad heard a ruckus, a loud ruckus coming from Billy’s room.  When dad opened the door, Billy was in bed with his grandmother. 

“What the hell” said dad.

Billy responded, “not so funny when it’s your mother is it?”

Beaching

The forecast was a balmy humid day in store for us on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. A bike ride around the area beaches was just the thing to beat the heat.  It’s a few short 6 or 7 miles to the beaches of New Bedford. The wind was tolerable and so was the humidity.  Birds have been squawking to get my attention and posing for photos lately.  They usually don’t disappoint.  An easy 17 mile bike ride with my camera made me happy as a clam at high tide.

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Bike Ride

01-DSCN0231     Hiram and I did our usual early start 10 miles from the official start of this monthly ride. We like to begin close to where the ride ends so we have only two miles to our car while the rest of the group has a 12 mile bike back to the start at around 10 PM.  It works out well for everyone.

On the ride to the start we ran into one of our regulars who did not get the word.  She did accompany us to Warren RI and left the group to ride home because she already had her miles. I tried to get her to take a look at a pretty cool site just off the path in the obscured by aborial foliage.  Hiram also refuse to take a look, so I took a couple of photos. If your a follower, you may recognize this place, but this is for the two fraidy cats.

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Near the end of the ride, we also came across two other regulars who arrived an hour late without realizing the leader had changed the route.  They got their miles and we go our Keystone Cops style. (Going the wrong way).  It’s all good.

Clouds covered the sunset and the moon began it’s assent just as our ride was ending.  Hiram and I did get a good view on the drive home.  The others, I’m sure, got the same on their hour long easy spin, in the pitch blackness, with many walkers, bikers, etc. on the path without lights.  No problem for anyone, and none of our gang bother to get upset about it.

2019 August Full Moon Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Lots Of Choices This Weekend

THURSDAY NIGHT

Newport Full Moon ride

SUMMER RIDES WITH BIKE NEWPORT AND NEW BELGIUM

Those hot summer nights call for something a little different. Come and have the ultimate Newport experience.
Ride with Bike Newport around Newport and end the evening at a bar for a few New Belgium beverages. Bike to Beer!

Fun times ahead as the rides feature New Belgium swag giveaway and glassware beer.

Our last ride starts at Bike Newport • 62 Broadway, Newport RI
7:30pm

A portion of every New Belgium beer you purchase benefits Bike Newport’s youth education programs as do any donations towards swag. Who’s in?

Stay tuned from more details. Follow us @BikeNewportRI and bikenewportri.org


FRIDAY  East Bay Bike Path in RI

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 8/16/19.

It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride. The full moon is actually on Thursday the 15th, and moon rise is at 8:50PM so we may not get much “Moon” on this ride.

The Details:
Date: Friday 8/16/19.
Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time:
Arrive: 6:45PM
Departure: 7:00PM promptly
Sunset: 7:43PM
Moonrise: 8:50PM
Name: Full Sturgeon Moon
Distance is flexible.

Rain cancels the ride.

We’ll ride to Colt’s State Park and watch the sunset. Then we’ll 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).
Round trip to Colt’s State Park from Del’s is around 10 miles. Round trip from Del’s to India Point Park is around 21 miles. So doing the entire ride adds up to 30+ miles.

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.



SATURDAY:  Cafe Tour

TBA



SUNDAY:  Pedal For The Path  CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

Pedal for the path

The South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) will hold its second regional bike-ride fundraiser, Pedal for the Path.

Beginning and ending at the Dartmouth YMCA, three distances offer miles of fabulous cycling, postcard perfect scenic views, more historic places than you can count, and, along the way, memorable ice cream and a donut! A post ride celebration features food and beverage for purchase!

Visit our website for a map and complete details including participating creameries and volunteer signup. Please refer to our Facebook page for the latest event updates. Contact us at thesouthcoastbikeway@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Registration opens July 8th. As space is limited, sign up – right away! Register here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pedal-for-the-path-2019-tickets-63596291219

Not planning to ride? Donate anyway on our website or Facebook page! Thank you!

This ride will help raise funds for an engineering feasibility study enabling the communities of Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Westport to move closer to completing their portions of a multi-use South Coast Bikeway spanning from Swansea to Wareham. Sections have already been completed in Fall River, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Mattapoisett. We need your help to bring the Path to completion!

Couldn’t Think Of An Apropos Title

If a title magically migrates into my psyche, I change it.   Could happen.

I use software that encrypts data using military-grade AES 256-bit encryption. The provider owns 76 servers worldwide. Perusing LocoJoe’s pages I was intrigued by his affinity for classic bikes.  I decided to pull up Craig’s List to see if there was anything around.  First I had to get myself back in America.  What? you may ask.  I was using a server in Belgium and everything was in Flemish.

I had to switch over to a North American server.  Doing that I will not face any difficulties with unblocking streaming services in the USA. The provider boasts 12 servers in the country. I can choose any from the following locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.  Every day when I log in I use a different server.

Now that I was in English language Craig’s List all that was left was to look for bikes in my area.  Lo and behold, I found a great deal offered five miles from my home.  I contacted the seller and we agreed that I could come by his house.

On the way I was practicing my negotiating skills for a better price.  When I pulled up, the bike was in his yard and when I got a look at it, $45 seemed like a good price.  It’s a 1973 Columbia Sport 3.  It needs no work because the seller took care it.  It’s a bit small at “20”, but I should be able to make it fit with some adjustments and do my shopping and beach excursions.  IMG_3623