Author: capejohn

Soccer Will Never Be Popular In The US They Said.

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Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta. #2 Son and my Atalanta United friend Kelly.

It’s no secret that I’m a soccer fan. A big fan. Actually it’s the only sport I follow. I do occasionally watch other sports like basketball and….er…. well basketball. I’m always watching soccer.
My local MLS team, New England Revolution, is not very good, the fans base is mostly youth players and families. New England hasn’t figured out yet that to be successful in any sport they need to build a team, not a business model. Every other team in the league has built a soccer model and the business part rides the coat tails.

I did do the usual bracket for the MLS playoffs and successfully predicted the four semi final teams. Over the weekend I flew to Atlanta for the east quarter final game. It did not disappoint. Me and 70k friends rocked the Mercedes Benz stadium and cheered on my adopted team, Atlanta United to a convincing win. Next is a home and away against the New York Red Bulls. I just may make the drive to Harrison, NJ in a couple of weeks to see the second leg of the semi finals. We’ll see.

Atlanta United v NYCFC from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Boz Scaggs

I had intended, as I usually do, to ride my bike the 6 miles to the Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, MA.  Torrential rain was predicted to arrive during the show and lasting through the night.  The rains came as predicted and I got drenched during the four block walk to my car.  Riding in that would have been epic, but most assuredly one of my life’s not so good decisions.

The show was crazy good, as opposed to the video.  I had to shoot this night hiding my camera under my jacket.  I couldn’t see what I was recording and failed to do more close ups.  The ironic part that no one else had any concern that their camera lights would bother the people behind them.  Times have changed.

Boz Scaggs from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

BRRRRR

It was 28F, sunny and calm when I left the house at 7:30 AM, for the eleven mile bike to the cardiologist.  I had to “beat feet” to make it to the bridge and avoid the delay of the opening.

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We used to be able to slip under the barrier until the state blocked us with the stripped and do not enter signs. Today I did manage to cross before the bridge closes with a couple of minutes to spare.

The expected morning commute traffic never happened giving me a clear shot through the city.  There was some traffic on the back road behind the New Bedford, MA regional airport, but I was too distracted by nature to pay that any mind.

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Full Hunter Moon Bike Ride

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Four of us began the ride in Warren RI.  Actually I began in Providence an hour earlier and rode with the wind at my back to Warren.  A little after the sun had set we went wheels up, around 6:15.  The wind was in our face for most of the 10 mile ride to Providence.

After spending a short time on the India Point Bridge, we began the ride in the 45 degree, brisk, cool night under a spectacular clear sky and a full moon.

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I broke off the pack in East Providence where I had begun, while the others continued the ten mile ride back to Warren.  I’m pretty sure that I was home enjoying a hot soup about the time the others finished riding.

Riding the ten miles to the start of the ride an hour early has been my preference the last few full moons.  It’s my meditation time, and I enjoy riding in the pack after that hour of meditation much  more.

Thursday Full Moon Bike Ride

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Full Hunter’s Moon.
There will be a Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Thursday 10/25/18.

Date: Thursday 10/25/18.  This is 100% bike path.

Location: Two choices.
Early Start, Early Finish
              Leaves Fort Hill in East Providence at 4:30
              Set your GPS to RI
             We will ride the 10 miles to Warren to meet up with the later start group.
             Once we leave Providence we only have a two mile ride back to Fort Hill
For a later start and later finish
           EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
           Time:
          Arrive: 5:45PM
          Departure: 6:00PM promptly
          Sunset: 5:48PM
          Moon rise:  5:19PM
          Distance is flexible.
As the moon rise is before sunset it should be a perfect night for moonlight riding.
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 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.

Friday Night Casual Group Ride

It’s been two months since I have done a ride of any significant distance. Tonight that will change. I’ll begin at the Fort Hill Parking lot in East Providence at 4:30 PM. Ride to Warren and meet up with the others. That will allow me and anyone else interested on an early start, to end the ride without the 10 mile bike to Warren at 10 PM.

Bike Ride – one of our favorites!
Harvest Moon Ride. There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 9/28/18.

Date: Friday 9/28/18. — Location: EBBP off Rt 103 in Warren R.I. near Del’s Lemonade.
Arrive: 5:45PM — Departure: 6:00PM promptly — Sunset is at 6:31PM and Moonrise is at 8:49PM
Distance is of the ride will be flexible and rain cancels the ride.
We will ride to Bristol to enjoy the sunset in Colt’s State Park. We will then return to the parking lot. That’s around 8-10 miles. Those who wish to will continue 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 30 or 32 miles round trip. Other routes are also possible. (Riders can decide on their own distance)

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.

Friday Night Sunset,Waning Moon Ride

Harvest Moon.
Also known as the Corn Moon

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 9/28/18.

Date: Friday 9/28/18.
Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time:
Arrive: 5:45PM
Departure: 6:00PM promptly
Sunset: 6:31PM
Moonrise: 8:49PM
Distance is flexible.

Rain cancels the ride.

We will ride to Bristol to enjoy the sunset in Colt’s State Park. We will then return to the parking lot. That’s around 8-10 miles. Those who wish to will continue 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 30 or 32 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.

Austin, Texas Thursday Night Driveway Series Bike Race

Number 3 son Brandon got into bike racing when he moved to Austin in 2014. He has become very good at it and is captain of his team, Tilt Racing. One of the sponsors is Mellow Johnny’s, which is affiliated (or was), with Lance Armstrong. One of his better stories is the team was about to go on a Friday recovery ride the day after a race when Lance approached them.

“What are you guys up to?” he asked.

“A 30 mile recovery ride.” said one of the gang.

“Mind if I join you?” Lance responded.

A definite bucket list cross off for any serious biker.

Austin Driveway Series 27 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.