FBC- Fairhaven, MA 9-11 Memorial Ride Under The Full Moon

9-11 Memorial Ride
9-11 Memorial Ride

FBC Fairhaven joined the New Bedford Bike Committee and Yesteryear cycle for a 9-11 memorial ride.  An eleven mile spin from Yesteryear to the 9-11 memorial ceremony at the Acushnet, MA fire department.  The department has memorabilia from all three 9-11 sites.

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FBC- Fairhaven, MA.

On The Roads Again


It has been quite a while since the road bike got some use. The temperature today again hovered around 50F which is more than good enough for a road ride. After being a member of Strava for a few years, I posted my first ride today. I am also a member of Garmin connect, ride with GPS and Map My Ride. I still don’t know where I will end up, but I have some good rides posed on Garmin, GPS and Map My Ride that friends and local readers of my bike blogs use as references.

Around the midpoint of this ride a fellow biker pulled up alongside and struck up a conversation. His timing couldn’t have been worse for me because it was at the base of what we call Lance’s Hill. It’s know as that because it resembles a pretty famous picture taken from a distance with a telephoto lens of Lance climbing a hill on farmland. It’s not usually a difficult climb except that today was my first day on the road bike in months. Mark was his name and he was younger and a stronger rider. He rode this hill easily while even though I kept up, it was a struggle. This happened a couple of times and if I lagged behind, Mark would slow and wait for me so we could talk some. Our kits would be a dead give away for any who saw us. Mark was in full kit of shirt, shorts, leggings and helmet. I was in my commuting outfit, with a medium weight polar fleece and a stocking cap.

It looks like two days of riding this week with a couple of inches of snow on Wednesday to again send me into the gym on the stationary bike. But….we can all see the light waaaaaay off at the end of the tunnel. Way off.

Crossing the River Rd. Bridge in Mattapoisett, Ma.

Rochester Ma ice cream shop, closed for the season.

Springlike Weather Brings Everyone Out


It has been a difficult few weeks, but a day of heavy rain and two days of mild weather cleared the paths and roadways enough for people to get out and use them again. They were out in numbers on the bike path today and I’m sure the streets got their share of roadies. Tomorrow will be another nice day which will find me on the East Bay Bike Path (EBBP), in Providence, R.I. The biking felt good and there is no doubt that the past two weeks on the stationary bike made that possible. As long as there is no snow, the miles will begin to add up very quickly.

Here are a couple of shot from today’s ride.





Maybe They Just Don’t Care

Residents have been advocating that the town of Fairhaven, Ma clear the MUP (Multi Use Path), or as it’s more commonly know, the bike path, for three years now. More and more residents have started to make noise about this issue. It seems that because people consider this a recreational path there is no need to keep it accessible to the public. The Phoenix Bike Trail, a rail to trail project, has been around for over 10 years. It has been plowed of snow in the past by the town Department of Public Works (DPW), a selectman, a town policeman and a private citizen on a riding lawn mower with a plow attached. The last three are a testament to the popularity and necessity of this route.

The main grip is that this MUP is the only alternate route to the busy and shoulder-less, US Route 6, part of IKE’s Grand Army Highway System, for those residents on the east side of town. For days and sometimes weeks after a snow storm, town residents are forced to walk this busy and fast highway. Most walk with the flow of traffic which means they have their backs to the oncoming traffic.

The Fairhaven DPW consistently uses the bike trail as a shortcut to the town yard. Trucks equipped with snow plows use this shortcut but are not allowed to drop the plow and clear some of the snow. The latest excuse is that the plows will tear up the pavement. Even the most casual observer knows that during the first pass of snow clearing, nothing comes in contact with the blacktop. The first pass always leaves an inch or two of snow. It takes multiple passes and also salt/sand to get any road down to the pavement. None of that is necessary in this case. All of the path faces south, and all of the path in the winter gets a full day of sun as the trees are bare of leaves. Getting the snow down to an inch or two, one pass of a plow, would be more than enough of an aid to the natural melting and clearing of the path. One day of sunshine would make the MUP passable and prevent people from taking the risk of walking on a state highway. Most of all twelve year olds would not be forced to ride their bikes on this dangerous, shoulder-less high speed road.



Everything Is Sold Out


I couldn’t wait to hear from any of my usual riding partners on what to do this summer. I have done the NYC Five Borough ride many times and usually sign up on the opening day of registration because it fills up quickly. This year I waited almost a week before deciding to take the plunge. Two friends from town registered this past Monday and I was really surprised they got to to that. Yesterday I got an e-mail from PTNY and along with the instructions for ride packet pickup, they have closed the registration. 32,000 of us signed up.

My summer tour, which is also sold out is destined to be quite a hoot. I have wanted to ride the Great Allegheny Passage, a trail connecting Cumberland, MD. to Pittsburgh for a few years but the logistics always made me choose another place to ride. Most times my tours are unsupported with a friend or two. This year I am going fully supported on a week long tour that encompasses three states. The ride starts in Weirton, W.Va. at the western terminus of the Panhandle Trail, crossing the border into Pennsylvania and connecting to the Montour Trail. From the Montour Trail the ride will connect to perhaps the most famous rail-trail in the world – The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), for the journey southeast to Cumberland, Md. – See more at: http://wilderness-voyageurs.com/rails-to-trails-conservancy-greenway-sojourn-reservation-2014.html#sthash.6JtfNiBx.dpuf

Historic Homes of Fairhaven

POVERTY POINT (Old Oxford Village)—- A trip to Poverty Point, formerly known as Oxford Village is a visit to colonial 18th century. It was one of Old Dartmouth’s first real estate developments known as “Ye Little Town at Ye Foot of William Woods Homestead. John Cook, a passenger on the Mayflower, at age sixteen built a home and garrison a short distance north of Oxford Village on land originally owned by Captain Thomas Tabor, whose first wife, Hester, was John Cook’s daughter.

Oxford Village was the business and shipbuilding center as early as 1710. At least 15 great ships were built in the yards at the point and whalers set out directly from Oxford. With the construction of the New Bedford bridge in 1790, transport to the open sea was cut off plunging the area into economic collapse, thus the name Poverty Point was associated with the area. Most of the commerce moved south to the growing Fair-Haven Village.

Isaiah Weston 1801

Solomon Williams 1799

Nicholas Taber 1794

Seth Mitchell 1820

1760, December 12: William Wood sells Elnathan Eldredge 6 acres of land on the Acushnet River west of present-day Cherry Street. This “little town at ye foot of William Wood’s homestead,” with its thirty lots, becomes the nucleus of Oxford Village.

Cherry Street

John Pickens 1777

Benjamin Spooner 1769

Salathiel Eldridge 1763

Jennings Cooper shop 1857-60

1778, September 5-6: The British land 4,000 troops on the west side of the Acushnet River. They burn ships and warehouses in Bedford Village, skirmish at the Head-of-the-River bridge, and march through Fairhaven to Sconticut Neck, burning several homes along the way. The fort is abandoned and it is destroyed by the enemy troops. An attack on Fair-Haven Village is repelled by militia under the command of Major Israel Fearing who had marched from Wareham with additional militiamen.

1800, May 1: The New Bedford (later Fairhaven) Academy opens. This private school is located on the west side of Main Street, north of Bridge Street.

1828, March 17: A contract is signed by a committee from Oxford Village, for the construction of a stone schoolhouse in District No. 11. The building on North Street is the first of the district schools to be built in Fairhaven.

Fairhaven is the resting place of John Cook the last surviving male passenger of the Mayflower. Cook died on November 23 1695 at the age of 88.

Fairhaven is also the home of Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail around the world alone. He left Fairhaven in 1895 and completed his voyage in 1898

New Bedford, Ma.

New Bedford has always been “outside of the box”, so to speak. During the war of independence, it was the only “free” port in the colonies. New Bedford was the site of the first naval engagement of the war. On September 5th, 1778, the British land at Clark’s Point and proceed to burn the city. Torching everything except the warehouses that held the rum stored by the privateers that had been terrorizing British merchant ships.

It is also believed that Captain Henry J Robert’s experience in chairing a church meeting while stationed in New Bedford in the 1860’s inspired him to later write Roberts Rules of Order.

Having Quaker roots, the city has always been a thorn in the side of the national government. During the time of slavery, New Bedford was part of the Underground Railroad. Many slaves stowed on cotton ships that brought the raw product to the city for manufacturing. The most famous slave was Fredrick Douglass

New Bedford was the home of Berkshire Hathaway

In 1955 Berkshire Spinning merged with the Hathaway Manufacturing Company which was founded in 1888 in New Bedford, Massachusetts by Horatio Hathaway as a cotton milling business. Hathaway was successful in its first decades, but it suffered during a general decline in the textile industry after World War I. At this time, Hathaway was run by Seabury Stanton, whose investment efforts were rewarded with renewed profitability after the Depression.. After the merger, Berkshire Hathaway had 15 plants employing over 12,000 workers with over $120 million in revenue and was headquartered in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The plant along with other mills was the draw for many Western European Immigrants like those from the British Isles, and the Iberian Peninsula, (and Poland.)