The third Nor’easter dumped 11″ of heavy wet snow keeping me riding indoor at the fitness center. My playlist worked out perfectly and I finished my hour ride listening to Boz Scaggs. Sit back, relax, go full screen with headphones. Turn it up and if your of the sort, smoke a little weed. It will bring you back to those carefree days in 1968.
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The rides will coincide with the 30 days of biking pledge. Our first ride will be on April 4th. This year there will be two starting points. Staples in Fairhaven, for those who want a 20 mile loop, and the Y in New Bedford for a shorter 10 mile casual ride. New riders are always welcome and we ride at around a 10 mph pace.
Elevated bike way on East Beach
As in the past, after crossing over the Fairhaven bridge on the south sidewalk, we will meet any riders at the Y and continue a short distance on Orchard St. in New Bedford before merging onto the elevated bike way at West Beach. The ride will continue on the bike path into Fort Rodman, and continue to the elevated bike way on the east side of the peninsula. Following a short detour to the middle of the harbor on the paved hurricane barrier, the ride will continue back to the Y along South Front St.
Some will hang out at the Moby Dick Brewing for food and drink. Others will continue back to Staples. Your choice.
I committed today to do the 30 days of biking challenge. I was number 330 and lo and behold, ZEPHRYUS, the god of the gentle west wind and the herald of spring, gave me a cloudy but warm day for a bike ride. I decided to ride the “Raza” electric assist bike for this ride around the waterfronts of Fairhaven and New Bedford, MA.
2018 MARCH 1 WATERFRONT BIKE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
The Fall River Bike group put out the word for a season opening ride. They planned a 15 mile casual ride meeting in Warren R.I. on the East Bay Bike Path. Some of us have been riding all winter, either out on nice days, or indoors on a stationary bike. With that in mind, I called for an earlier start in Providence R.I. which would give us 30 miles. The two groups met in Warren and it worked out just dandy for both groups. We had a pretty nice day.
EPPB with Fall River bike from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
We got stuck in traffic leaving New Bedford, MA. We made up the time on the highway while driving to Providence, RI to meet some fellow riders at 5:30. We were going to be 15 minutes late. Giving us 45 minutes for the three mile spin to the start of the ride. One mile from out exit, traffic was stopped. Road sign ahead said, “Accident at 95 junction, left lanes closed.” We got to the meetup at 6:15 and by the time we got to downtown Providence, the park was deserted. I approached two sketchy looking men and asked if they had seen a group of bikes.
“Yea, you just missed them” as he pointed toward their route.
A bit down the road we saw a group of formal attired people and asked them the same question. They were very drunk and convinced we were on some kind of reality show. They wanted to know if they won something. We took their cue and raced off in the direction they pointed.
We decided to ride the reverse route confident we would eventually bump into the group eventually. We didn’t, and decided to ride back to the downtown park. We hung around for 30 minutes or so and they finally showed. We told of our chasing them down and were told that they did the ride in the reversed of the posted route.
In short, we rode Providence with the mayor without ever seeing him.
Just to make matters worse, a couple of them told us that they saw us riding like crazy people early in the ride, but never though of signaling us. I didn’t get much video on this ride and what I got was pretty helter skelter. It’s the best I could muster on this crazy, but fun, night.
Ride with the Mayor of Providence, R.I. from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Our group will be meeting at the Fort Hill parking lot of the East Bay Bike Path in Providence at 5:30.
Take Broadway exit off 195.
Left at the bottom of the ramp
Right at the lights onto Warren Ave.
Left at the light on Lyon Ave
Take the 5th Right onto Mercer St.
Parking lot is at the end of Mercer across the Veterans Parkway.
Click the link below for google maps
Here is the gps from Fort Hill to Burnside park. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1945406531
Ride Slow & Simple. This isn’t a race or a time to show off your bike tricks. Enjoy the company of your fellow riders and the scenery
This is so good. Click the Vimeo link at the bottom right, go full screen, put on your headphones and crank it up.
Heart – Stairway to Heaven (Live) from Hamilton Post Production on Vimeo.