Author: capejohn

Pehhh.

The full moon bike ride was a bust. Only one other rider showed and we spent time in the Pub.  On the ride home I spotted the moon in all it’s glory.  It was spectacular. 

I did go for a bike ride this morning before going to the beach below a a few photos of both.

Wind turbine in Fairhaven, MA
Wind turbine in Fairhaven, MA
Naskatucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA
Naskatucket Bay, Fairhaven, MA
Girl Scout Island on the right.  Part of Naskatucket Bay in Fairhaven Ma
Girl Scout Island on the right. Part of Naskatucket Bay in Fairhaven Ma
The crowds were out in full glory at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Ma.
The crowds were out in full glory at Horseneck Beach in Westport, Ma.
The north end of the beach was quiet. It's a 2 mile walk from the crowded section.  Worth the trek.
The north end of the beach was quiet. It’s a 2 mile walk from the crowded section. Worth the trek.
Acoaxet  Point. Westport, MA
Acoaxet Point. Westport, MA
This section on the northern tip of Horseneck Beach reservation is where boats beach themselves and the party begins.
This section on the northern tip of Horseneck Beach reservation is where boats beach themselves and the party begins.

Full Moon Bike Ride

Bike parking is limited at Pub 99.  Get there early.
Bike parking is limited at Pub 99. Get there early.

You like to ride bikes, right?
You know when the moon is full, right?
You know the way to 99 in Fairhaven right?
You know how to have fun, right?
You know what to do.

Tonight is the Full Sturgeon Moon and what better way to celebrate than a bike ride.  This was a monthly thing a few years ago and maybe it’s time to revive the FBC Fairhaven group.  We have sister FBC’s in St. Louis, and Spokane WA. who have been dong this for years with themes.  We’ll talk about that another time.

Tonight we meed at Pub 99 in Fairhaven for a 7:15 start.  I’m sure you can figure why we want to end the ride at a Pub.  If not, ask someone tonight.   We will ride to Ft. Taber to view the bad moon rising then bike back to 99.   The total ride is around 14 easy miles.  There is very little road riding with most on bike paths.  The road riding is on marked bike lanes.

The return is a night ride, so light up your steed. We have no dress code or theme tonight so come as you are. (In the past this was the underwear ride) but we are new and are off the hook this month. If this works next month arrive with a mustache, real or fake, man or woman) Tonight an easy paced no drop ride and the more the merrier. Average speed is around 8-10 MPH. It’s fun not a race.

If you don’t want to go into 99 pack some beer in your car and party like it’s 1999 in the lot.  Actually if you pack some beer you should bring one or two to celebrate the moon rise.

Small Craft Advisory

Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.
Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.

 

There are little quirks those of us living in coastal communities that we take for granted and pay little attention.  For instance when I ride around the peninsular in New Bedford on the south coast of Massachusetts, I see a solid colored flag on each side.  The west is Clarks Cove and the east is Buzzards Bay.  These are called Coastal Warning Display Signals.  The flag above is small craft advisory.  There is also a flag for Gale Warning, Storm Warning and Hurricane Warning.  

These are remnants of a time long gone but still serve as an easy reference to the weather of the day. There are lots of people who drive, walk and bike around the point and all of us pay attention to the weather flags.

 

The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.
The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.
Salmons
In the city of New Bedford, Ma it’s not unusual to see bikes on the wrong side of the street. We call these salmons.( Riding upstream against the tide)

Saturday Morning Cafe Tour

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Saturday is the weekly Narragansett Bay Wheelmen Cafe Tour.  The ride is from East Providence to Bristol, R.I. on the East Bay Bike Path.  In Bristol, the tour stops at Bristol Bagel Works for a late breakfast.  There is also a Dunkin Donut close by giving a second option.

Today was a sunny, warm, partly cloudy day.  Good enough to watch the final approach of the airliners arriving at Green Airport in Providence.  Speaking of flying.  I included a video of a baby Ospre that was stuck on a utility pole and it’s parents giving everything to get their baby to fly back to the nest.  I watched for a while listening to the cries of mama and papa which only made the baby shrink into itself even more.  When I returned a short 30 minutes later, the whole family was back in the nest across the marsh.

The cover photo is a little guy that I found so cute I backtracked to asked it’s family if I could photo him.  I promised them the cover shot and was glad to make good on that deal.

Mama and Papa worker hard calling and flying near this little guy coaxing him to fly back to the nest.  It all worked out.
Mama and Papa worker hard calling and flying near this little guy coaxing him to fly back to the nest. It all worked out.
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Bikes lined up at Bristol Bagel Works in R.I. The halfway point of the East Bay Cafe Tour.

Friday Night Music on Pier 3

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The last two Friday night concerts were not so good.   This week we were treated to a band of professional musicians that included a 5 time Grammy winner Reginald Grant who played sax with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes on the hit songs “if You Don’t Know Me By Now”  “Bad Luck” and “The Love I Lost”.  The Boston Soul Review kept the house rocking with their mix of R&B, Soul and Jazz. The band brought along the backup singers from the Brittany Spears tour.  They are know as Foxx, but I couldn’t find anything on the net about them.

Friday Night Music on Pier 3 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

The city is putting on these free concerts on pier 3 which is also where the high speed ferry to Martha’s Vineyard is located.  Downtown New Bedford has made wonderful progress over the last couple of years making it a short term destination for tourists. The city is not there yet but the progress is obvious.  Kudos to Mayor Mitchell and his staff for not only making this a tourist spot but also working on the infrastructure making the city a bike friendly community.

 

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Ahhh Retirement

It was a sunny, not humid but warm Tuesday along Buzzards Bay on the South Coast of Massachusetts.  My kitchen was being redone and I’m sure the contractors would rather not have anyone looking over their shoulders.  I grabbed the beater bike and set out for the day.

On the way I stopped at the local super market to grab a 1/4 lb tub of egg salad, a fresh sesame bulky roll and a pint of chocolate milk to bring to the beach.  After a leisurely lunch, I decide to again ride over the bridge into the city and bike around the peninsula.   Naturally I took some photos.

Rust bucket heading out to sea.
Rust bucket heading out to sea.
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Divers returning from a day of working on the bridge supports.
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Taking on ice
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Little Toot returning to dock
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Inner city sailing school
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Butler Flats Light and the Fairhaven Ma turbines
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Fort Tabor, New Bedford MA
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Day fishing.

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Living Near The Waterfront.

Not much to Say.  Let the photos to the talking.

Vintage Car Show in town.
The Hurricane Barrier. New Bedford, MA
The Hurricane Barrier. New Bedford, MA
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Setting Sail for a multi day scallop trip
Palmer's Island Light and the Farihaven, MA skyline.
Palmer’s Island Light and the Farihaven, MA skyline.
Building the Offshore Turbine staging area
Building the Offshore Turbine staging area
Diving off the dock in New Bedford, MA
Diving off the dock in New Bedford, MA
Billy Woods Wharf
Billy Woods Wharf
East Beach, New Bedford, MA
East Beach, New Bedford, MA
East Beach from Fort Taber. New Bedoford, MA
East Beach from Fort Taber. New Bedoford, MA
Battery Edwards. For Rodman in New Bedford, MA.
Battery Edwards. For Rodman in New Bedford, MA.
Battery Edwards, New Bedford, Ma
Battery Edwards, New Bedford, Ma
Hampton Inn parking lot. New Bedford. Ma
Hampton Inn parking lot. New Bedford. Ma