This Weekend Rides 9/11-9/14

The Cafe Ride in Bristol, R.I.
The Cafe Ride in Bristol, R.I.

All rides are open to anyone. No membership or fees required.

Thursday September 11   9/11 Memorial Ride  Start at Yesteryear Cycles on Hathaway Rd. FBC Fairhaven, Wareham bike and Fall River Bike will join this New Bedford Bike ride
This Thursday is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in PA, DC, and of course, the WTC in New York.
We are doing an 11 mile ride to commemorate the date. Beginning at Yesteryear Cyclery @6pm, the turn around point will be at the Acushnet Fire Dept’s 9/11 Memorial for a stop, to pay our respects to those we lost on that day. If you haven’t seen the memorial yet, it’s worth the trip. It has artifacts from The Pentagon, the field near Shanksville, PA, and the center piece, a monument using a 6 foot beam from WTC.
As this is later in the day, it is a short ride, giving anyone on the ride, the opportunity to spend as much time as they want at the memorial! All are invited!!!

Yesteryear

Saturday September 13   East Bay Bike Path Cafe Ride.   A casual ride beginning at Fort Hill in East Providence to Bristol R.I.  We lollygag in Bristol over a light breakfast and coffee before returning to East Providence. (Fort Hill is the large parking lot closest to India Point).

Sunday September 14th.  Narragansett Bay Wheelmen Hope Valley-extra ride.

Route
Hope Valley-Charlestown-Richmond
Directions
Start at the Stop & Shop Plaza, Rt 138, Richmond, RI. Take I-95 South to Exit 3-A; go left at the exit and left into the
plaza parking lot. Please park well away from the stores. (Note: This lot is just on the other side of Rt. 95 from our old
start in the Chariho Plaza, which we have been told not to use.)
 
Drive Time
40 minutes from Providence
 
Description
This popular ride was created by Tina Williams to include many of our favorite roads in this area. The basic ride is a
scenic 18 mile loop, with the possibility of taking 3 extra loops. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 loops. Loop #3’s return along Rt. 3 is
one of RI’s best downhills. This ride was formerly called the Hope Valley Extra, but we took out the challenging “hero”
loop, so there is no extra this year.

Bike The Bay Series

Small Craft Warnings
Small Craft Warnings
Waiting patiently for the bridge to open to land traffic.
Waiting patiently for the bridge to open to land traffic.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition organized a series of bike rides leading up to the Buzzards Bay Coalition Watershed Ride on October 5th.  Today was the fifth of six training rides taking the group on an 18 mile spin along the waterfronts of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA.

The day started out misty with a strong easterly breeze.  Actually it was a strong wind that stiffened any flag that dared to fly.  Small craft warnings were posted for Buzzards Bay and Clarks Cove making half the ride a pretty good workout. Eventually the sun broke through and the humidity settled just in time to end the ride.

BIKE THE BAY SERIES from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Rides This Weekend

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East Bay Bike Path with Providence skyline.

Fall River bike has two rides this weekend.

Mike K of Bike Fall River will be a group on part of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen famous Chourico ride.
Thursday – September 4, 2014 Meet up at the Bristol Community College far north parking lot (Near Valentine Street) at 5:15pm – ride starts at 5:30pm – the ride is approximately 18 miles and it will be all on-road. There are some hills. This ride is for experienced bike riders who are comfortable with on-road riding. Since the riders will be finishing up around sunset riders need to have reflectors, head lights and rear lights. Make sure to wear a helmet. Bring water. Rain cancels ride.
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Ride 2 – Friday night sunset ride – This Friday, September 5th at 6:30pm we will ride the East Bay Bike Path to view the sunset at Colt State Park at 7:15pm. We will meet at the parking lot that is located on the first left after Dels Lemonade in Warren on Route 103.
Make sure to have headlights and rear lights, reflectors, helmet and water. If some don’t have lights attaching flashlight to handle bars is an option…be creative and be seen!!! This ride will be on flat ground. Beginners are welcomed. More experienced cyclists will lead and take up the rear of the group.

Saturday:   The East Bay Bike Path cafe ride.   Leaves Fort Hill in East Providence at 9AM.  Ride to Bristol, have a light breakfast and/or coffee before returning on this flat easy paced 27 mile loop.

                   Option 2 on Saturday:   Meet at Pope Park in New Bedford for the South Coast Bikeway Summer Series ride. An easy 15 mile spin though the city of New Bedford beginning at 10 AM.

 

Seakonk Southern Ride

Distance: 50.73 mi

Time: 4:15:47

Avg Speed: 11.9 mph

Elevation Gain: 1,165 ft

Calories: 3,517 C

Here is the route

Seakonk Southern from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

It’s been a while since I did a 50 mile ride. Not since my tour in June. I thought about taking the 28 mile option, didn’t, and rued that decision many times during the extra 20 miles of hills and wind. In the end, like usual, I was glad I did it.

Well over a hundred riders showed for this popular club ride with it’s 18/29/52 mile options. There weren’t many there when I finished as the video shows but I do tend to stop a lot, usually to look at my map and turn around to get back on course.

The next local ride is Saturday, Sept, 6 with the New Bedford Bike group. Meet at Popes island early enough for a 10 AM start for a ride into and around the city.

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Sunday Bike Rides.

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Sunday is the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s weekly ride. Starting at Seakonk High School, NBW has arrowed 15/28/50 mile options. This is an relatively flat ride with arrows painted on the road giving clear directions. Riders leave in ability groups. If you ride a +20MPH pace there is a group for you. If you ride a 10 MPH pace, there is a group for you.  If you haven’t gone out with the Wheelmen this is a great ride to give them a try. HERE is the ride schedule.  Here is the map

If you like hills the Fall River Bike group is hosting a ride beginning in Somerset. Meet-up time 8:45am – Bike ride will start 9:00am – The group will meet in Somerset – at the Park and Ride across from Webster Bank – near the Old Brightman Street Bridge – corner of Route 138, and the former part of Route 6.

The ride will be all on-road – some minor hills – approximately 20 miles – not for beginners – make sure to bring water and a snack

Thursday Night South Coast Bikeway Ride in Fall River, MA.

South Coast Bikeway sponsored this ride that was organized by the Fall River, MA. bike gang.   Basically the ride was from Whites restaurant to Faunce Corner Rd and back.  It was a short 17 mile spin just to get together for a group ride. This is the kind of ride that needs to end near a Cafe or Pub to put a crown on the evening.  This stuff is new to these groups and for now they get a pass.

The weekend has two ride choices.  Saturday morning a group of older riders meet at the head of the East Bay Bike Path at Fort Hill in East Providence.  It’s a casual ride to the town of Bristol, R.I. were everyone stops to socialize over a light breakfast before returning to East Providence.  It’s a 27 mile round trip ride.

Sunday is the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s weekly ride.  Starting at Seakonk High School, NBW has arrowed 15/28/50 mile options.  Click HERE for the August Schedule of rides.CLICK HERE for the map and a little more info.

 

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Buzzards Bay Coalition Thursday Night Rides.

Bike Fall River will be hosting a Bike the Bay Ride tonight. Meet up at 5:40pm, ride starts promptly at 6:00pm. The ride is being headed up by Paul D., a member of Bike Fall River.

The ride will go from the ATMC parking lot on Martine St (Route 6) in Fall River to Faunce Corner Rd. in Dartmouth, via Old Bedford and Old Fall River Road, and then return to ATMC. Because of the late start riders should be there early for a prompt 6:00PM start. The ride is approximately 16 to 17 miles all on-road.

Make sure to bring water, snacks and please attach reflectors and lights to your bike. Sunset should be occurring at around the time the ride is ending. High visibility will be important. Rain cancels the ride.

Got A Nickle On Ya?

Providence, R.I. skyline from the East Bay Bike Path.
Providence, R.I. skyline from the East Bay Bike Path.

Things didn’t work out for the ride from Florida to Texas in September.  There was a very short window in which to begin the ride and things conspired to shatter that time table.  I would have had to begin pedaling no later than September 10th and that can’t happen.  In March I’ll have no time table and I’m thinking the weather will be better.

I’m still riding locally and there are a couple of organized events happening almost weekly.  Saturday’s default ride on the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island is always a great time and today was no different.  Today one of the guys mentioned he was a teacher at Providence College. 

“What subject someone asked?”

“Chemistry”

“I got a D in high school chemistry”. 

The professor responded, “I wish I had a nickle”, left it at that because we knew what he meant.

Later we stopped for a light breakfast, this being the weekly Cafe Ride.  Two of us were sitting on the steps of the Bristol R.I. Customs House and the professor joined us.  Again he was asked what he did for a living.  “Chemistry Professor”. 

“I like chemistry but did not do well in high school” was the response he got.  That’s when I dug into my pocket and threw a nickle on the ground in front of the professor.  It’s not every day that we are able to grant someone their wish.

 

Warren to Barrington, R.I. bridge crossing.
Warren to Barrington, R.I. bridge crossing.

 

Riding Cross Country On The Southern Tier Bike Route.

Jacksonville to Austin
Jacksonville to Austin. The sidebars says 91 hours by bike. Really?

All of a sudden things are happening very quickly.  Wifey and I decided it may be better not to wait till March to do my cross country bike ride.  I am looking at beginning in about three weeks, four tops.  I am looking at all the logistics of getting to Jacksonville, Fla to begin the the ride somewhere in the first 10 days of September.   That will leave very little time for any planning which could really make this an adventure. 

Looking back at all of my past bike tours, the one that was the most miserable was the one that we stuck to the plan. We had no choice because we booked at non refundable B&Bs.  This ride from Jacksonville, Fla to Austin, TX will see me riding by the seat of my pants so to speak.  It should be very cool.  The change from March to September is not definite yet but it’s very likely.