Riding the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
A bike riding footie fan living and riding in SouthCoast towns of Massachusetts.
My bicycle rides include commuting, day trips as well as long and short tours.
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Second Time Around Last February the kid came home to 3 feet of snow. His visit this year was a bit better. It’s always better on the second time around.
It’s still snowing but we are anticipating good roads to the Providence R.I. airport in Warwick R.I. The people of Warwick are a bit perturbed that the airport in their city is called the Providence Airport. The conundrum is that we will be driving during the evening commute.
The kid spent a few days in Massachusetts and was lamenting the lack of snow. He visited last year and was hoping for snow and he got snow.
He lives in Austin, where it’s probably around 80 degrees, so this is a treat for him.
Last June he booked and evening flight out of Providence, there were not enough seats sold and the flight was cancelled. It was the last flight of the day so he had to fly out the next evening. He is due at work at 11 AM tomorrow, so a canceled flight could be a problem. We’ll see how the flight goes today
A friend posted a photo online about looking at her bike and not being able to ride. I countered with a photo of my bike getting prepped to be ridden.
Located in Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Zeiterion Theatre is the last “old-time” theatre in a city that once boasted 17. Ground was broken on March 14, 1922 and on April 2, 1923, New Bedford opened its last new theatre in the city’s downtown area- The Zeiterion. Built for the “live performance of vaudeville”, it opened with Troubles of 1922 starring and written by George Jessel. The theatre did not meet with immediate success and by September 1923 it had closed briefly and reopened that month as the State, a silent movie house.
Five world premieres were held at the State. One notable premiere was the 1956 opening of “Moby Dick” complete with Gregory Peck in attendance.
Last night the Zeiterion Performing Arts center had a twin bill of The Record Company a Los Angeles based rock and blues band, and Trombone Shorty, a New Orleans, funk, jazz band.
“We know none of you know who we are, but thanks so much for the reception”.
That was the comment by the lead singer after the band realized they were a hit with the crowd. The Record Company had a limited amount of time as the opening act and they made the best of it.
The main even opened like an atomic bomb. It stayed that way for the next 90 minutes. Trombone Shorty is a high energy, New Orleans based, funk, jazz, crazy like no other, band. During the first couple of songs, someone would stand and dance or clap, and soon sit back down. Shorty noticed this happening and yelled into the crowd. “If you feel it, stand up and FEEL it”. After that, there were a handful of people in their seats and the energy running at 200%, picked up considerably. It was an intense night of rock and roll, funk and jazz which ended with an encore of Trombone Shorty and his band walking the aisles of the theater jamming like a New Orleans funeral procession.
A Bird, a Plane, You! Making the clouds disappear. Could it be a super power? If your confused, click the link for the explanation.
The kid was coming home for a visit from Austin. He was booked on an early morning flight to Boston via Chicago. More often than not, things happen to him. He wears the proverbial black cloud like a halo. Last time he came home there was 8 feet of snow on the ground. The time before that, his flight was canceled and he had to wait a full day for the next flight. Waiting to board his early morning flight to Boston via Chicago today, he was paged.
A 6 mile ride to yoga class that is part of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative today. On the way to the Boys and Girls club, while climbing a hill, one of my pedals fell off.
I was walking the final half mile and came across a couple of old timers looking at a 1969 Camaro in a garage. I borrowed an adjustable wrench from one of these friendly strangers and made the repair. The pedals were installed a few short days ago and I was very conscious of putting is on correctly and tight.
YO! GUYS. PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEXT.
The problem was that it’s in two parts. The pedals came with adapters for different sized cranks. The adapter screws into the crank then the pedal screws into the adapter. I have no idea why this fell of because reverse threading on the left pedal insures that this doesn’t happen. (To most people). I’ll figure it out tomorrow.
It doesn’t have to show all the colors of the rainbow to be vibrant. But it should say WOW. This was taken by a friend, Peter Pereira
A reunion of the retired pro and semi pro soccer players . It was at the Portuguese Sports Club in New Bedford, MA. Around 300 men were in attendance including a State Senator, the Portuguese Consulate, the man next in line for the Chief of Police position in the city to name a few. There were some suits in attendance but most of us were casual. Portuguese food is not conducive to white shirts and ties, because lots of food usually ends up on them. Continue reading “Night Ride Video”→
I’ve had a heck of a time purchasing studded tires so I do get more riding. I only need to get a little over a mile on the bike path, after that, I’m on town and city streets that are bike friendly and maintained. The town doesn’t plow the MUP.
Two bike shops have had to cancel my order because they were out of stock. After scrambling, one will be here on Friday and another tire sometime next week. No problem now, because everything is clear. But more snow and ice is sure to come.
I decided to buy a new bike rack system for my new car. It’s a Thule platform, like the ones you see on the front of the city buses. I also have to have a tow hitch installed. I can’t see myself using it before sometime in March. Here is the irony. I ordered it on Tuesday, online around 3 PM. It arrived at 2:30 PM today, Wednesday. Really, I’m paying a premium to have a bike tire shipped that takes 7-10 days. Yet a 40 lb bike rack with free shipping can get here overnight. I’m figuring the UPS guy must have been parked at the top of my street when the order was put in.
I did get out on the bike today, riding to some local stores. One of the items was inexpensive bike pedals for winter riding. I have two sided spd pedals on the beater bike, but a wider plastic mountain bike pedal makes much more sense in the winter.
I also do all the cooking in the house and go to the market every day for fresh foods. It’s a mile ride on the MUP and biking is the most logical mode, once it’s passable naturally. I usually ride to the gym for weights, yoga, cardio or tai chi. I only need to walk across a parking lot to the market. Convenient? You bet.