Coffee Challenge #5
Where: Pie in the Sky cafe in Wood’s Hole MA
What: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee and a blueberry scone.
The Ride: 26 miles on the Shining Sea Bikeway from Falmouth to Wood’s Hole, MA.
We left early for the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth, MA. It’s a 10.5 mile flat rail to trail paved bike path. We did however stray to take in some sights off the trail. That gave us an extra 5 or 6 miles of riding this cool morning. There wasn’t much traffic on the trail I suppose because it’s the middle of November and many have put their bikes into hibernation.
2017 November Shining Sea Bikeway with Hirem from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Distance 16.9 Miles
Coffee. Cumberland Farms Guatemalan Blend and egg salad sandwich
Location. Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Cool, cloudy, no wind, ride around the peninsula of New Bedford, MA
2017 Coffee Challenge #4 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
27 F at the start of the ride
I’m participating in a coffee challenge that’s for some magical reason gets me on my bike on a Saturday morning in 25 degree temperature. I needed to go to the market for a couple of items and decided to ride a mile further to a local coffee shop.
The Nook is a small shop in the center of Fairhaven, MA and a place I thought would not last. I like the place but, every time I have gone in the past, I have been the only customer. Today, it was standing room only. Unless of course if one was a hearty bike rider. There were two tables in front of the shop and a bar attached to the side of the building. The sun was shining, there was no wind, which all in all was not a bad day to sit outside with my coffee. As we bikers know, it’s all in the wardrobe.
With the sun shining and no wind, sitting outside felt much warmer than 27 degrees
It’s tournament time for high school soccer. It’s the only sport I played growing up and stopped at age 51. I also spent 40 years coaching at different levels, so I guess you could call me “avid.”
There were three games last night and I had to choose. My alma mata was playing, one of the schools I coached and a really good local team. I chose the really good team to ride my bike to watch, Dartmouth High, and wasn’t disappointed.
At the half it was 3-0 and early in the second 40, Dartmouth got their fourth. I was feeling the beginnings of rain coming on and decided to leave early for the 7 mile ride home. I got a little wet but not bad. Riding through the city I could see driver eyeing me and couldn’t help wondering if they were envious of me riding in the soft rain on a mild evening , or thinking, “oh that poor guy. He must have lost his drivers license.”
Night Ride to Dartmouth, Ma Soccer Game from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Where: Green Bean in New Bedford, MA
What: Small cappuccino and a sesame bagel
Ride Distance: 10.3 miles
Details: It was a chilly blustery morning which made the coffee shop a nice reprieve, but that same weather cut the ride short. In half actually. But I did get some video.
The video shows some waterfront scenes and the end there is footage of hundreds of birds jockeying for space on the high lines. It was a riot watching how they interacted so politely moving over to make room for the new arrivals.
Coffeeneuring #2 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
Providence R.I. Waterfire celebration
We met in Warren, RI with the intention of riding the East Bay Bike Path. It was also the last night for Waterfire, in Providence R.I. We made the decision to ride the 10 miles to the city and join in on the celebration.
It was 70 F and mostly cloudy at the 6 PM start of the ride. The weather got better as we progressed and the sky gradually cleared. We stopped on the India Park Bride in Providence and just kind of sat around. One of the riders decided to look up Waterfire on his phone and told us that the event was tomorrow night. Four of us decided to ride into the city regardless and three decided to ride back. Not wanting to ride at night in city traffic was their reason. If they only knew. The street were pretty much void of any traffic except for Thayer St. in the Brown University area. The traffic was heavy but also at a standstill, which made easy riding for the four of us. All the food trucks has long lines of coeds which made for interesting visuals, if you know what I mean. Kind of made me wish I was five years younger.
We did manage to get lost in the heart of the city. That’s not a bad thing on bikes. We rode around the financial and historic districts till we got our bearings and found our way to the ten mile ride back to Warren.
Once back on the bike path, one by one our lights failed. Four riders and only one with a light. But….the sky had cleared and the full moon lit our way. Kind of. There were a few dark spots and naturally there were bikers and walkers traveling toward us. On of the highlights was a group of eight or ten high school kids on bikes, (sans lights also) who saw us coming. As we approached they all began yelling, when we saw them, we began yelling. No words, just yelling. It was all in fun and it was obvious that both groups enjoyed the encounter. Also along the way we would pass someone who had pulled over when they saw our one light approaching. None of us saw any of them till we were along side and riding at a pretty good clip. The possibilities of an incident were pretty high.
Beaver Full Moon Fiasco Nov 3 2017 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.
It was a blustery November 1st morning and the chores were done. I started pedaling with no destination in mind until I reached the Sconticut Neck Road turn, off the bike path in Fairhaven, MA. It was five miles to West Island on a straight and flat road.
A causeway took me to the island which at one time was a summer destination of small cottages. Over time, most of those cottages were upgraded to year round homes. At the east end of the island there is a land trust reservation that has been preserved as open space. Downed trees crossed the path hear and there especially one very large oak reminiscent of an ambush spot we have seen in a movie or two.
Overall it was a good, albeit blustery day for a bike ride. Next on the list is the Friday night full moon ride in Rhode Island on the East Bay Bike Path. I have done this a couple of times and it’s always a fun ride with a good group of friends.
West Island on a Blustery Day from John Sullivan on Vimeo.