Author: capejohn

Saturday Morning Group Ride

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Today’s route took us from Fairhaven to Marion MA.  Just over 30 miles of flat, bike friendly back roads.

Marion is a wonderful alternative to living on Cape Cod.  You can see the Cape from most homes, and that’s more than good enough for the locals.

Our ride took us past Tabor Academy , the Converse estate. (yes that Converse), through the beautiful center of town with it’s old New England charm as well as the beaches and the harbor of town.  It is well worth the 13 mile ride on the back roads of Mattapoisett and Rochester.

Saturday Morning Bike Ride to Marion MA. from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

This Week’s Rides

Wednesday night road ride.

25 ISH MILES

Leave Staples in Fairhaven at 5:45 and the YMCA in New Bedford at 6 PM

Ride at and easy pace to South Dartmouth and the Padanaram area.

This is around 25ish miles highlighting River Rd. and the Padanaram Harbor.


Thursday

Don & Lydia MacManus have arrowed a route from their home. Thursday night rides are usually in the 20 mile range.

126 Newman Avenue, Seekonk , MA  cell phone Don 508-813-1585   Lydia 508-813-3185


Saturday  CLICK Here  for the map

*****THIS IS A 30 MILE RIDE******

Ride to beautiful Marion.  Highlights are Tabor Academy,  The Beverly Yacht Club, Little Island and Spragues Cove.  If the group agrees. we can add a couple of miles and ride to Converse Point.

Meet at Staples in Fairhaven at 8:45 for a 9 AM start.

This is a road ride so dress appropriately.

There are plenty of places to get food or drinks along the route.

East Bay, Rhode Island with Bike Fall River

A bunch of us rode the East Bay through the towns of Warren, Barrington, Bristol and Riverside R.I. on Saturday.

The ride is set up to accommodate both the novice and the not novice bikers. We start in Warren and do a meandering ride to Bristol along the East Bay. It’s a 10 mile round trip done at an easy pace. Back in Warren, the novice, or those short of time, pack up and the rest of head to Riverside at a decent speed.

One of our riders suggested we ride to a railroad station that has been converted into a cafe. He had a doughnut in mind. A home made cake doughnut, slathered in maple and topped with bacon.

On the return ride, he had to stop and rest because the sugar and empty calories kicked in really hard. I had learned a long time ago not to eat like that if there were miles to go. In this case, around eight. It’s all in the video.

At the beginning of the video, everyone froze like I was taking a still. I reminded them that this was a video and to do something. They did nothing so I said, “just go blah blah blaa or something”.

 

East Bay with Fall River Bike from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

Rides This Weekend

Friday

New Bedford Summer Series Music on Pier 3.   It’s free.

I will be leaving Staples in Fairhaven at 5:45 for the three mile ride to the pier. The act is “Flight of Fire” who are booked as an “energetic rock band”.

There are food and beer vendors on site, but in the past I have brought my own beer.
It’s an easy ride back to Staples allowing anyone to stay or leave at their own time table.


Saturday

This ride is perfect for all class of riders – beginners and experienced!!

When:          Saturday—- Meetup at 8:15am – Ride will start 8:45am promptly

Where:         East Bay Bike Path – Take Route 103 through Somerset to Warren – after the Dels Lemonade take immediate left and park on the left.

Set your GPS to 65 Child St. in Warren R.I.

Ride:      We will be riding the East Bay Bike Path – since this is a mixed ride and it is on a path a person can choose their own distance. The entire ride should be approximately 26 miles.

Helmets are highly recommended – water is a must – snacks and a camera for the scenery – Hope to see you there.

Wednesday Night Ride

Wednesday night ride.

Leave Staples at 5:40 in Fairhaven. Leave the YMCA in New Bedford at 6 PM.
The Padanaram bridge is still GPS blocked so I cant map a ride. Here are the turns.
We will try to ride together but if there are slower riders, I will stay with them. Faster riders can go on ahead with Hiram Lopez

  • Leave the Y and ride up Arnold St in New New Bedford
  • Left on Rockdale St
  • Right on Allen St.
  • At the top of the hill turn left on Tucker Rd . It becomes Bakerville Rd after a couple of miles
  • At the end of Bakerville, turn left on Rock O Dundee Rd.
  • At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Smith Neck Rd
  • Turn right at the end of Smith Neck onto Gulf Rd and cross the Padanaram Bridge.
  • At the top of the hill
  • Turn left onto Middle St.
  • Bear right at the fork onto Darmouth St.
  • Bear right at the end of Dartmouth to Allen St
  • Cross County St at the big church and ride down Wing St
  • Left on Acushnet Ave to the YMCA

 

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

You like hills?  You will love riding the Vineyard.  Not too steep nor too long, but a constant up and down when riding to and back from Gay Head.  My Garmin touring computer was acting up pretty bad.  So much so that I lost around 10 miles, and we had to reverse a few times because of turns we missed.  It all worked out.  I rode 54 miles, everyone I was riding alongside rode 63. I did some creative stuff with my garmin to try to match the miles, but still came up short.

With our varied group of riders, the pain index ranged from zero to massive.  I was somewhere in the middle. Because as a good organizer, I stayed with the slowest riders. That and being overweight and slow myself.

In the town of Minemsha, we took a small pontoon ferry across the channel before riding to the lighthouse at Gay Head.  The captain was a hoot, telling a couple of crazy stories of his days as a Duck Tour Driver in Boston.

Menemsha Ferry crossing

Near the end, a couple of us took a shortcut in order to get to the 2:30 ferry for the return trip.  The other went the long way, got overheated and jumped off a bridge into the waters near the location of the movie “Jaws”.  They swear they heard a strange noise  when they were in the waters.  Da dum.  da dum.   dadumdadumdadum.  They had to catch the next boat which was only thirty minutes later.  The Video on Facebook is HERE

2018 Martha’s Vineyard from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

Monday Ride on “The Vineyard”

Monday July 9

Bike Ride on the Vineyard. $25 round trip with your bike.

This is an early Morning start.  We will meet at 7 AM at the Falmouth parking lot on the Shining Sea Bikeway across from the Peter Pan Bus Station at 59 Depot Street.  Park in the dirt lot across the street from the station.  It’s free to park here and it’s a 2 mile ride to the ferry.

We will board the 8:15 ferry for the short ride to Vineyard Haven and begin our 40-50 mile bike ride to Gay Head at a leisurely pace.

There is a shorter easy ride along the beach to Edgartown which in the past, some have oped to ride.  Your on your own for the short ride. It’s easy to navigate and there is no worry about getting lost.

We will return on either the 2:30 P.M. boat from Vineyard Haven, or the 2:50 commercial boat from Oak Bluffs.

Click Here for the GPS  info

This Weeks Rides Changes

TUESDAY Evening.
There will be a mountain bike ride through the bioreserve on Tuesday 7/3/18.
Time:  6:00PM
Date:  7/3/18
Location:  Meet at the intersection of Riggenbach Rd. and Wilson Rd.
                Parking on Riggenbach Rd.
Specifics:  This ride is all on road, but some of the roads are in sorry shape and have not been maintained in 60 years or more.
                  This means that you will need a mountain bike.  It is doubtful that road bikes will survive some of these roads.
The Route:  We will travel down Wilson Rd., across the causeway to Blossom Rd.  Up Yellow Hill Rd.  Left on Indian Town Rd. left on Copicut Rd.  Left on Bell Rock Rd. and back to Wilson Rd.  Total distance is 12 or 13 miles.
Bring:          Water, snacks, bug repellant, cameras and anything that I forgot to list or that you might need.

Wednesday Night Ride With Hiram

Cancelled

Meet at the YMCA on Union St. in New Bedford for a 6 PM start.  The route varies every week and Hiram is always open to suggestions at the start.  If there are none, Hiram will pick a route.

Thursday July 5

Hi all,

This Thursday I’d be honored to lead a repeat of the Blackstone River Greenway ride at 6 followed by refreshment at the Guild Tap Room with pizza from Pawtucket House of Pizza.
CLICK HERE for parking directions

Monday July 9
Ride Martha’s Vineyard  Round trip ferry with bike is $25

This is an early Morning start.  We will meet at 7 AM at the Falmouth parking lot on the Shining Sea Bikeway across from the Peter Pan Bus Station at 59 Depot Street.  Park in the dirt lot across the street from the station.  It’s free to park here and it’s a 2 mile ride to the ferry.

We will board the 8:15 ferry for the short ride to Vineyard Haven and begin our 40-50 mile bike ride to Gay Head at a leisurely pace.  There is a shorter easy ride along the beach to Edgartown which in the past, some have oped to ride.  Your on your own for the short ride. It’s easy to navigate and there is no worry about getting lost.

E-mail me with any questions

johninfairhaven@yahoo.com

Monday Mornings

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 15 mile ride through the beautiful Highland section of Fall River. Margaret has ramped up the ride!! The ride will take an hour to complete. A perfect start to our week day. Rain cancels our rides…hope to see you there!

By The Light.. Of The Strawberry Moon.

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Full Strawberry Moon.
There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 6/29/18.
Date: Friday 6/29/18.
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time:
Arrive: 7:30PM
Departure: 7:45PM promptly
Sunset: 8:23PM
Moonrise:  9:32PM
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 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.