Author: capejohn

After The Wind

Last night, around 1:30 AM I was jarred awake by the wind.  I got up, hit the light switch and nothing happened. I could hear the howling and that noise fully leafed trees make when they are under stress from heavy wind.  I must have been a sight, standing in front of my living room bay window, under an almost full moon, when the utility truck drove by.  Two hours later, we got our power back.

The news outlets were reporting on the wind velocity in the surrounding towns.  My town, Fairhaven, MA. got the blue ribbon with gust of 89 MPH.  The wind did clear the trees of dead branches of all sizes by dumping them in my back yard.  I have no trees in the front yard but the wind out of the west cleared my neighbor’s yards to the east of me, and blew all their leaves into my yard.  I’m thinking two days to clear everything.  The wind is projected to continue into Saturday and diminish by the afternoon.  And that my friends brings me to the point of this post. Taking the long way home, as us bike riders tend to prefer, to get to the point.

NIGHT RIDE!

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Back In The Saddle

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Sao Miguel Acores, Portugal

I have been traveling, seems like forever. Colorado, Portugal, Atlanta and I did have one more trip planned for Thursday, flying to Florida, but that got canceled.   So without further procrastination, I’m finally back on the bike.  Probably tomorrow.  Next Saturday October 19, should be a hoot with the first of three Halloween themed rides.  (I’ll post about them Monday.) The fun begins with a full moon ride, but I have two to from which to choose.  Both in Rhode Island and I’m strongly leaning to Newport, just for a change from the usual full moon ride with  The Fall River Bike gang, who normally ride on the Friday closest to the Full Moon. A three day nor’easter kind of put the kibosh on that, forcing a date change.



Fall River Bike Committee Full Moon Ride

Due to the inclement weather, Friday night’s bike ride has been rescheduled – here is the information:

Moonlight Bike Ride –

The full moon actually is on Sunday the 13th. Sunset is at 6:07PM. Moonrise will be 20 minutes later at 6:27PM.

The Details: Date: Sunday 10/13/19. — Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade. Time: Arrive: 5:30PM
Departure: 5:45PM promptly Sunset: 6:07PM Moonrise: 6:27PM
Name: Full Hunter’s Moon Distance is flexible.

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 22 or 23 miles round trip.

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 if you want. but it’s a bike path fercryinoutloud. Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.



FULL MOON RIDE SPONSORED BY AARP-RI

September 24, 2019
RIDE NEWPORT’S ICONIC OCEAN LOOP AT ITS MOST GLISTENING

on Sunday October 13th, 5:30pm
sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island

We’ll ride 14 miles on Newport’s scenic roads and coastline by the light of the moon – from downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around the beautiful Ocean Loop and along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue before returning to Parlor Bar & Kitchen for refreshments and camaraderie hosted by our friends at AARP-Rhode Island.

This is a leisurely ride but you must be comfortable riding 14 miles on a road shared with other vehicles. Please bring a bicycle, helmet, head light and water bottle. Yes, all are required! As is advance registration – so head straight to the signup form here.

Spread the word and bring your friends!

Register for this FREE ride here.

Full Moon Rides.

Friday 10/11/19

Bike Ride this coming Friday!!!  There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 10/11/19.
It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride. The full moon is actually on Sunday the 13th, but there should be plenty of “Moon” a couple of days ahead. As an aditional bonus the Moonrise is at 5:39PM. By the time the sun sets at 6:10PM the moon should be visible.

The Details:   Date: Friday 10/11/19  — Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time: Arrive: 5:30PM  —  Departure: 5:45PM promptly — Sunset: 6:10PM  —  Moonrise: 5:39PM

Name: Full Hunter’s Moon  —   Distance is flexible.   —  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 22 or 23 miles round trip.  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 recommended, but not required. It’s a bike path fercryinoutloud. Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.



Sunday 10/13/19

AARP RI Sponsors Bike Newport Full Moon Ride, Newport, RI

AARP Rhode Island is pleased to sponsor the October Bike Newport Full Moon Ride on Sunday, October 13th. Join us for an enjoyable full moon ride from your bicycle seat! We’ll ride 12-14 miles from Newport’s most scenic by the light of the moon (skies cooperating) and our headlamps – from downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around the beautiful Ocean Loop and along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue before returning to Parlor Bar & Kitchen for refreshments and camaraderie.

This is a leisurely ride but you must be comfortable riding 12-14 miles on a road shared with other vehicles.  You are required to bring a bicycle, helmet, head light and water bottle. Questions about the ride? Call Allyson at Bike Newport (401) 619-4900.

  • When

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where

  • Parlor Kitchen & Bar
    200 Broadway
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840
    USA

REGISTER for this free event

Sao Miguel, Acores

Sunday morning, the couple traveling with us asked for a ride to a church.  While they were doing whatever people do in churches, I decided to do something constructive by walking around the village and take some photos.

The place was a fishing town and the harbor was cooler than turning over a pillow at night. I got to experience life at it’s best. The other couple?   They chanted some, and gave away their money.  I wanted to suggest that they were adults, and too old to be believing in that stuff, but I fear their brainwashing is just to embedded.

Things That Fly

I always bring a camera on my daily bike rides.  Very often, none of the random pictures I take are seen by anyone else.  Days like today however a theme develops, and once I realize it, I make it a point to stick to it.  For lack of a better title, I’m going with, “things that fly.”

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See that majestic blue heron in the background?

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Let’s zoom in for a closer look.  Who knew?

Blue Herons look so cute from a distance

There are lots of better looking fowl on the waterways of Cape Cod

Road Trip and Bike News

I’ll be on a road trip the next two weekends visiting soccer venues far and closer to home.  Sunday the 29th  I’ll be at Estádio de São in São Miguel, Açores, to watch Santa Clara take on Gil Vicente.

The following weekend I’ll be traveling to Atlanta to watch New England take on United playing the final game of the regular season.  This could be the deciding game for New England to qualify for post season play.  Mercedes Benz Stadium is a favorite of mine to be in the stands and at the “gulch” for pregame festivities, because every game feels like a Champions League or World Cup match.  United is known to out draw the city’s football team more often than not.

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March to the game after tailgating at the “Gulch” in Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz stadium.


Bike News.

Providence Bike JAM   Friday Sept 27   You need to do this ride.  I guarantee it will be the best ride you have done in a month of Sundays. ( Hide a beer or two in your bike bag. Just say’n)

Meet at 6:30 Burnside Park, downtown Providence.  Across from the bus station.  It looks like 80 + riders have committed to this casual ride through the streets of Providence, RI.

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Providence Bike Jam



Downtown New Bedford.  Saturday 10 -6

Star City Games



 

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Saturday 8 AM   Training Ride for the Watershed event.  All are welcome.  Some will ride fast-ish. Some will ride slow. Some will ride intermediate speed.

CLICK HERE for the information.