That Reminds Me Of A Joke

Way back when, I used to love telling jokes.  After not telling one for months or even years, someone in my circle would rattle off a joke.  I seldom laughed. People who are into comedy usually just say, “that’s funny”.  But their joke would always remind me of one of my favorites.  Why am I bringing this up you ask?All an adventure tent

The photo was in Dan’s blog,  “It’s All An Adventure” and it reminded me of why I don’t tent any more.

A few years ago, I rode my one and only century to Provincetown, MA, on the outer tip of Cape Cod.  When I got to the Hostel where we stayed, I had someone take a photo of me drinking a beer with the caption. “Pay attention. You will never see me do this again.” I took camping gear along for the two day return ride back home.

I checked into a campground half way back and set up my tent.  That’s when I noticed all the kids and families were taking a detour to the pond so they wouldn’t have to go past my camp site. Fathers with young children kept  constant surveillance of my movements.  I’m thinking they misinterpreted my intentions.  I also didn’t bring my air pad and spend the night being stabbed by rocks every time I rolled over.  I was up and packed at the break of dawn and on the road before there was any other movement in the campground.

I have done a couple of bike tours since, but don’t bring any camping equipment along any more.  Cheap motels and motor inns work out much better for me.

Also, I guess I have to leave you with a joke.

Little Billy was on his phone playing a game when he heard a scream come from his mothers room.  He ran up the stairs and barged into the room to find his mother in bed wearing a French Maid outfit and his father kneeling over her wearing a bonnet and bunny slippers.

Billy let out a gasp and his dad turned and said, “Get out of here, your mother and I are having some fun.”

The next day, Dad heard a ruckus, a loud ruckus coming from Billy’s room.  When dad opened the door, Billy was in bed with his grandmother. 

“What the hell” said dad.

Billy responded, “not so funny when it’s your mother is it?”


The forecast was a balmy humid day in store for us on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. A bike ride around the area beaches was just the thing to beat the heat.  It’s a few short 6 or 7 miles to the beaches of New Bedford. The wind was tolerable and so was the humidity.  Birds have been squawking to get my attention and posing for photos lately.  They usually don’t disappoint.  An easy 17 mile bike ride with my camera made me happy as a clam at high tide.


August Full Sturgeon Moon Bike Ride

01-DSCN0231     Hiram and I did our usual early start 10 miles from the official start of this monthly ride. We like to begin close to where the ride ends so we have only two miles to our car while the rest of the group has a 12 mile bike back to the start at around 10 PM.  It works out well for everyone.

On the ride to the start we ran into one of our regulars who did not get the word.  She did accompany us to Warren RI and left the group to ride home because she already had her miles. I tried to get her to take a look at a pretty cool site just off the path in the obscured by aborial foliage.  Hiram also refuse to take a look, so I took a couple of photos. If your a follower, you may recognize this place, but this is for the two fraidy cats.


Near the end of the ride, we also came across two other regulars who arrived an hour late without realizing the leader had changed the route.  They got their miles and we go our Keystone Cops style. (Going the wrong way).  It’s all good.

Clouds covered the sunset and the moon began it’s assent just as our ride was ending.  Hiram and I did get a good view on the drive home.  The others, I’m sure, got the same on their hour long easy spin, in the pitch blackness, with many walkers, bikers, etc. on the path without lights.  No problem for anyone, and none of our gang bother to get upset about it.

2019 August Full Moon Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Lots Of Choices This Weekend


Newport Full Moon ride


Those hot summer nights call for something a little different. Come and have the ultimate Newport experience.
Ride with Bike Newport around Newport and end the evening at a bar for a few New Belgium beverages. Bike to Beer!

Fun times ahead as the rides feature New Belgium swag giveaway and glassware beer.

Our last ride starts at Bike Newport • 62 Broadway, Newport RI

A portion of every New Belgium beer you purchase benefits Bike Newport’s youth education programs as do any donations towards swag. Who’s in?

Stay tuned from more details. Follow us @BikeNewportRI and

FRIDAY  East Bay Bike Path in RI

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 8/16/19.

It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride. The full moon is actually on Thursday the 15th, and moon rise is at 8:50PM so we may not get much “Moon” on this ride.

The Details:
Date: Friday 8/16/19.
Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Arrive: 6:45PM
Departure: 7:00PM promptly
Sunset: 7:43PM
Moonrise: 8:50PM
Name: Full Sturgeon Moon
Distance is flexible.

Rain cancels the ride.

We’ll ride to Colt’s State Park and watch the sunset. Then we’ll 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).
Round trip to Colt’s State Park from Del’s is around 10 miles. Round trip from Del’s to India Point Park is around 21 miles. So doing the entire ride adds up to 30+ miles.

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.

SATURDAY:  Cafe Tour


SUNDAY:  Pedal For The Path  CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

Pedal for the path

The South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) will hold its second regional bike-ride fundraiser, Pedal for the Path.

Beginning and ending at the Dartmouth YMCA, three distances offer miles of fabulous cycling, postcard perfect scenic views, more historic places than you can count, and, along the way, memorable ice cream and a donut! A post ride celebration features food and beverage for purchase!

Visit our website for a map and complete details including participating creameries and volunteer signup. Please refer to our Facebook page for the latest event updates. Contact us at if you have any questions.

Registration opens July 8th. As space is limited, sign up – right away! Register here.

Not planning to ride? Donate anyway on our website or Facebook page! Thank you!

This ride will help raise funds for an engineering feasibility study enabling the communities of Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Westport to move closer to completing their portions of a multi-use South Coast Bikeway spanning from Swansea to Wareham. Sections have already been completed in Fall River, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Mattapoisett. We need your help to bring the Path to completion!

Couldn’t Think Of An Apropos Title

If a title magically migrates into my psyche, I change it.   Could happen.

I use software that encrypts data using military-grade AES 256-bit encryption. The provider owns 76 servers worldwide. Perusing LocoJoe’s pages I was intrigued by his affinity for classic bikes.  I decided to pull up Craig’s List to see if there was anything around.  First I had to get myself back in America.  What? you may ask.  I was using a server in Belgium and everything was in Flemish.

I had to switch over to a North American server.  Doing that I will not face any difficulties with unblocking streaming services in the USA. The provider boasts 12 servers in the country. I can choose any from the following locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.  Every day when I log in I use a different server.

Now that I was in English language Craig’s List all that was left was to look for bikes in my area.  Lo and behold, I found a great deal offered five miles from my home.  I contacted the seller and we agreed that I could come by his house.

On the way I was practicing my negotiating skills for a better price.  When I pulled up, the bike was in his yard and when I got a look at it, $45 seemed like a good price.  It’s a 1973 Columbia Sport 3.  It needs no work because the seller took care it.  It’s a bit small at “20”, but I should be able to make it fit with some adjustments and do my shopping and beach excursions.  IMG_3623

Urban Riding

If given a choice between riding in New York City or some country rural roads in the Midwest, I’ll take the city most times.  Country roads have their place, but there is nothing that compares to urban riding.

After last nights Portuguese dinner, I knew I had to put in a good ride aerobic today.  That screamed riding in the city for two or three hours.  I did have to get an early start to be back in time to see Christian Pulisic’s debut for Chelsea in the English Premier League.


The north end of New Bedford, to South Dartmouth, to the peninsula of the city and back into Fairhaven, MA made this route a keeper for future rides.  I felt really got but was forced to alter the planned route to get home in time for the game.

Naturally, I brought along my camera and took, what I think, are some unique photos of city riding.


Making the Best of Being Late

I set out to take some photos of the sailing regatta in the city.  I took my time getting to Fort Taber at the end of the peninsula.  When I arrived, I saw no evidence of the hundreds of boats that were supposed to be competing over the weekend.  I asked the parking attendant and she directed me to the far end of the park behind the old fort.

I did locate my quest but they were all at least a quarter mile away in the middle of the bay. 02-IMG_1105

With all that, I decided to just ride around and see what tickles my fancy. There is one picture with a great photo bomb. Check our the upper left quadrant.


A couple of seagulls in flight was a treat to capture. You have to be pretty lucky to get these fast flying birds up close.

The rest are simply things that got my attention.

Tonight, the New England Revolution are at home trying for a team record of 12 game consecutively without a loss since making a coaching and GM change.  I am hoping for the best, but believe LAFC is just too strong. Winning works wonders for attendance and the crowd tonight should exceed 30K.  For me, winning or losing is not an issue.  I enjoy soccer so much  that it’s the only sport I follow.  In the summer it’s MLS. The rest of the year it’s Europe.  England, Germany, Spain, France are my favorites.

Thursday Night Ride

Bike Ride in Tiverton and Little Compton!!

When:  Thursday, August 1st 

Where:  Meetup at the Tiverton Library – 34 Roosevelt Avenue (drive south on Stafford Road to 177, Bulgarmarsh Road – take left at Roosevelt Ave to the Library)

Time:  Meetup at 5:45pm – Ride starts at 6:00pm

Ride will be approximately 20+ miles – and a 16 mi cut off.  Ride is arrowed.  Make sure to bring water and because it is an evening ride a head light and a blinkie for safety i good to have.  Ride will go to South Shore Beach in Little Compton – All on road ride – Helmets highly recommended 
After the ride cyclist are encouraged to have a social at Wally’s Tap House at the end of the ride.  Wally’s is adjacent to the Library parking lot.  Wally’s has always provided their back room for us to gather.  Food, popcorn, cold drinks, all good at Wally’s.
For any further information contact.

Monday Morning Group Ride

One of our group loves early morning bike rides on Mondays.  Some days many show, some days it’s just a couple of people.  Today was six retired bikers.  We did a casual ride on the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island.  Typically, a couple of guys cut loose on a breakaway, (with no one chasing), a couple lag behind as unofficial sags, better known in the racing world as DFLs.   Others stay in the peleton somewhere in between.   Today only the last two happened.  The peleton and the DFLs.

Not much else happened, but I took a load of photos.  No videos today.  Near the end of the ride, I remembered a place I found in the early spring before the trees sprouted their aborial foliage.  I wanted to show this place off but was in between the peleton and the DFLs.  I motioned for the two lollygaggers to stop and brought them into the woods.  While showing the sights, I noticed a young man sitting on a log and got the aroma of some weed.  He was just out for his morning tea while skateboarding the MUP.  We thought these monoliths were part of a railroad overpass but was told by the bystander that it was the foundation of some massive factory.  Whatever it was, it was a sight to see.


There was a lot more to see on the hot Monday morning bike ride.