Erie Canal Bike Tour. Travel Day 2

There was lots of drama today.  Brandon’s flight from Austin to Philadelphia was delayed. It was going to be close, but doable, for him to make his connection to Albany, NY. His 2 PM arrival was more than enough time for us to catch the 7 PM train to Buffalo. Things deteriorated quickly.  He circled Philly for 45 minutes with the threat of being redirected to Pittsburgh.  His plane did finally land at 12:45 and he arrived at his connection flight to a closed door. The plane was still at the gate but about to be pushed out.

He did catch a later flight getting him to Albany at 6:15.  This was going to be a disaster.  When your on a bike, people treat you more of a traveler than a tourist.  That happened at the Amtrak station in Albany.  With a four hour wait for Brandon, I decided to drive to the station and see our options.  It looked like we were going to lose a day.  I was about the change tickets when another employee came over and suggested that if we drove to Schenectady, which was close to equal distance from the airport, it would allow us an additional half hour.  Everything fell into place.

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We had a fun five hour ride on the train, drinking beer and making friends in the cafe car.  We arrived at the Buffalo Station at 1 AM and had a four mile ride to our hotel.  We finally got to bed at around 2 AM, happy as clams at high tide.

2019 Erie Canal Travel Day from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Day 1 Buffalo To Albion, NY

Erie Canal Tour Travel Day 1

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Breakfast on our 2008 Tour of the Canal.  Notice the high tech phone a year before smart phones went public.

TRAVEL DAY:

I had intended to leave home at 6 AM for the drive to Albany NY to get there in time for the Woman’s World Cup beginning at 11 AM.   There is also the Gold Cup final at 9 PM. This could be a wonderful day for US Soccer.  Then again, it could be a disaster. The ladies are playing Holland for the title of World Champion.  That’s unusual for a US team because many of our teams simply win our league, and declare ourselves World Champion. Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots.  The Revolution doesn’t, well hasn’t yet one a title.  It could happen.  Some day

BEST LAID PLANS:  There are time when it just doesn’t work out.

The plan was for me to stay overnight in Albany and meet Brandon at the airport on Monday when his 2 PM flight arrived.  We were to drive to the Amtrak station and board the 4 PM train to Buffalo.  Lo and Behold, that train has been cancelled.  Now we will take the 7 PM train and arrive in Buffalo after midnight, bike three miles to the hotel and catch a few winks before beginning our bike ride back to Albany on the Erie Canal.

THE CHAOS OF THE BIG BANG:

Things happen in life that may you wonder.  Some call it coincidence, which is crazy, some call it divine intervention, which is just stupid.  Things just happen with no rhyme or reason.  For instance.  Brandon was riding home from the Driveway Series Criterium in Austin TX.  There was a guy on a bike waiting who struck up a conversation.  The subject of blogs came up and Brandon asked if he knew amidnightrider. “Are you Brandon?” he asked.  “Whoa” said Brandon.  It was A Dude ABikes. When Brandon got home he send me a text.  “Guess who I just ran into?” I went through the list of his past lady friends, people I met in Austin, relatives etc etc.  A Dude ABike was not on either my short of long list.   To keep this long story short, they both got a kick out of the meeting.

CRAZY GUY ON A BIKE  A web sight for touring bicyclists from around the world

I found crazyguyonabike.com in 2005 during the internet boom.  When you though you were alone in your fantasies, illnesses, hobbies etc, search engines could find you sites where there were thousand or even millions of like minded people.  It’s a site I use for easy access to all my bike tours, beginning in 2007. I’ll be linking this blog to crazy guy for the next couple of weeks.

Monday Morning Ramble

The word  was spread through the usual social media outlet that a ride was planned for early Monday morning.  Eight showed for the 25 mile easy spin.  We had a couple of hammerheads join us for a recovery ride on quiet country roads of Tiverton RI.

The first remark I got at the meeting spot was “did you bring your camera?”  I wasn’t in the mood to put much effort into this ride which was a repeat of three weeks ago.  Some of the same people to boot.  A few photo opportunities got my attention but nothing earth shattering. A beach, a flat tire and a couple of sheep was pretty much the extent of it all.

I may get one more ride in before leaving for a bike ride of the Erie Canal, end to end, next week with #3 son.  It’s being documented HERE

Monday Morning Bike Ride

Bike Ride in Tiverton and Little Compton!!
When: Monday, July 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 7:45am – Ride starts at 8:00am
Ride will be approximately 20+ miles – make sure to bring a drink and snack. Ride will go to South Shore Beach in Little Compton – All on road ride – Helmets highly recommended

Longest Day Of The Year Bike Ride

June 21st was a wash so Ten Speed Spokes bike shop in Newport RI rescheduled the ride to June 27.  The turn out was great and the choice of four mileage options made this a wonderful event for all levels of riders.

*****We did have to send out a search party for a 19 year old in my group.  He went out with the hammerheads and got dropped early.  We located him two towns off the arrowed 45 mile route.

2019 longest Day of the Year Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

Thursday and Friday Night Group Rides

Longest Day Of The Year Ride, Newport RI

Thursday: June 27.

Time:  Wheels up at 6 PM

Where:  Ten Speed Spoke bike shop in Newport RI.  Across the street from the Newport Gulls baseball park .   Store is located at 18 Elm St. Providence, RI

Postponed from last week due to stormy weather. Click Here for the web page.  It’s a really good ride for any level.  There are four mile options and the routes are arrowed and there are also volunteers directing riders on the city sections of the route.

CLICK HERE for a video of a past ride.



Providence Critical Mass

Friday: June 28

Time:  6:30- 9:30 PM

Where:  Burnside Park, Providence RI.    Get Directions

A very casual ride through the streets of Providence RI.  It will be a very large group (safety in numbers), making a couple of stops for R&R and socializing.  The ride ends at a pub in downtown.  It’s different every month.  You can imbibe if you wish. Or not.

I will be leaving Ft. Hill in East Providence at 6 PM for the three mile ride to Burnside Park.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Monday Morning Ride

Partly sunny. High in the mid 70’s. North winds around 5 MPH.
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Tour de Creme Route Bike Ride

Monday June 17.  46 or 30 mile ride.  We will decide at the parking lot.

Meet at the Fairhaven Rec Center Next to Stop and Shop.  (227 Huttleston Ave)
CLICK HERE for map. This is a change from the usual Staples meeting place because of construction in the Staples lot. It’s easier too.

Time:  Gather at 8:15 for an 8:30 wheels up.

This is an on road 46 miles ride using the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s “Tour de Creme  route and arrows.  There are some spectacular sights and at least four ice cream shops on the route.  There are two near the end of the ride if the group wants to stop for a snack or maybe even lunch. Think lobstah and chowdah.  We’ll decide then.  There is a plethora of really good locally owned eateries close to the Rec center.  There is also junk food places like McDonald’s if that’s your preference.  Or you can go home and cook your own.

CLICK HERE for the 46 mile ride with GPS route

*****NOTES*****

This is a 46 mile route.   We will gather twice at bail out spots.  If the group wants to shorten the ride we will have two chances to do that.

Our final gathering spot is Captain Bonny’s Ice Cream on New Bedford Rd.  Here is where we deviate from the arrowed route.

Tour Is Approaching Quickly

Bike,beer and Amtrak
Bike, Beer and Amtrak

We did this ride in 2008 and 2012. Brandon and I have reversed roles since out 2008 ride. Back then, I was the full time worker and he had all the time in the world. Now, he is the full time worker and Captain of Tilt Racing in Austin. We decided a few months ago, that the Erie Canal would be a great reunion. So here we are.

I am driving to Albany from Fairhaven, MA on July 7th, and Brandon is flying in on the 8th. We will immediately drive to the Amtrak station, pack our bikes and travel (1st class) to Buffalo. After spending the night at a cheap motel, we begin our trek to Albany.

I don’t know how many photos there will be this time, but am confident there will be videos, (with music), for viewing pleasure. Stay tuned. Comments are always welcome.

Three Rides Scheduled Friday Night, Saturday and Monday Morning

UPDATE

Added a Saturday Ride

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 6/14/19.

It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride.  The full moon is actually on Monday the 17th, but there should be plenty of “Moon” a couple of days ahead.  As an additional bonus the Moonrise is at 5:37PM.  By the time the sun sets the moon should be plenty high in the sky.
The Details:
Date: Friday 6/14/19.
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.  65 Child St. Warren RI
Time:
Arrive: 7:00PM
Departure: 7:15PM promptly
Sunset: 8:20PM
Moonrise:  5:37PM
Name: Full Strawberry Moon
Distance is flexible.
Rain cancels the ride.
We 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).
That’s around 22 or 23 miles round trip.
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, June 15

Where: East Bay Bike Path

— When: Meetup at 8:00am – Ride Starts 8:15am
This is a perfect ride for new cyclists – and a perfect ride for experienced cyclists – distance will be determined by individual riders – whether you want to do a 10 mile ride to a 30 mile ride this is your ride. Bring water and a snack – possible stop at a coffee shop for delicious pastries, coffee and great conversation.
Take Route 103 to Warren RI. Right after the Del’s lemonade take the next left and park on the left – hope to see you there

Set GPS for 65 Child St. Warren R.I.



Tour de Creme Route Bike Ride

Monday June 17.  46 or 30 mile ride.  We will decide at the parking lot.

Meet at the Fairhaven Rec Center Next to Stop and Shop.  (227 Huttleston Ave)
CLICK HERE for map. This is a change from the usual Staples meeting place because of construction in the Staples lot. It’s easier too.

Time:  Gather at 8:15 for an 8:30 wheels up.

This is an on road 46 miles ride using the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s “Tour de Creme  route and arrows.  There are some spectacular sights and at least four ice cream shops on the route.  There are two near the end of the ride if the group wants to stop for a snack or maybe even lunch. Think lobstah and chowdah.  We’ll decide then.  There is a plethora of really good locally owned eateries close to the Rec center.  There is also junk food places like McDonald’s if that’s your preference.  Or you can go home and cook your own.

CLICK HERE for the 46 mile ride with GPS route

*****NOTES*****

This is a 46 mile route.   We will gather twice at bail out spots.  If the group wants to shorten the ride we will have two chances to do that.

Our final gathering spot is Captain Bonny’s Ice Cream on New Bedford Rd.  Here is where we deviate from the arrowed route.