340 of us put our bikes on Trucks at South Station in Boston that transferred them to Southboro, Ma. We filled five double deck commuter rail trains with riders for the one hour ride to meet up with our bikes. There was also an additional 2530 others who made their own way to the start of the ride. Once in Southboro, we located truck E and retrieved our bikes to begin the four mile ride to the official start of the Marathon in Hopkinton. It began with the steepest hill that saw many many get off their bikes to walk. This is one of my top rated rides and like runners do for the Marathon, this is definitely a bucket list event.
It almost didn’t happen. Last year on this date we got a snow storm. This year, a wicked pissah Nor’easter with heavy rain and snow mix throughout the day put the ride in jeopardy. Around 8 PM the storm had abated but the night was sultry. I got the Scott SUB 40, (speedy urban bike, 40) lit up for a night ride and headed to the town center.
The bike path was dark and deserted. A rabbit scooted across defying the odds of the two of us, the only two souls out, crossing paths. A mile out, and a mile back was the extent of the ride. Being out alone at night. witnessing the tail end of a storm heading out to sea, was priceless. I will tell people how nice, in spite of the stormy weather, the ride felt. Most, even many who ride bikes, will not understand. But there are those who will know this feeling.
Two bicycle events are upon us. 30 Days of Biking, begins tomorrow April, 1. No fooling.
The second is Rails to Trails Opening Day on April 8th. Pledge to hit the trails at one of over 100 events across the country for a chance to win a Fuji bike!
Take the Pledge and Enter our Sweepstakes
Last year, Opening Day grew to include more than 20,000 trail lovers of every variety—but we believe this year’s celebration can be even bigger! Help us make 2017’s Opening Day the largest and most fun ever by taking the pledge to get out on the trail! You’ll have an amazing time—and you’ll be entered to win a special giveaway! Terms and conditions apply.
Also, if you ever thought about a multi day bike tour, Rails to trails offers the ideal opportunity with the easy 6 day Sojourn. I have done three with them and can vouch that they are spectacular and very easy, moderate daily mileage rides.
—The Rail-trail Adventure of a Lifetime—
Spend six unforgettable days exploring two awesome trails—the legendary Great Allegheny Passage and beautiful Montour Trail—on RTC’s 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn. Ride with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on this six-day summer bike excursion to experience Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations. This fully supported rail-trail adventure vacation has great food, hot showers, flexible scheduling, fun evening activities, awesome optional trips—and the added benefit of supporting America’s trails!
Dates: June 18–23, 2017
Duration: Six days, five nights
Cost: Adult – $720; Child – $620
Tour Operator and Outfitter: Wilderness Voyageurs
I enjoy the occasional bike challenge. I came across 30 Days of Biking last year and after a rough start really enjoyed being part of that community. Basically, we agree to ride our bike every day during the month of April. There is no minimum mileage, so on that rainy (or snowy) day, a ride around the block counts. If you remember, last April we had snow the first week.
Two weeks later after riding the Boston Midnight Marathon bike event, I was riding in 85 degree sunshine in Austin, TX.
I plan on doing the 30 day challenge and the Boston Midnight Marathon ride again this year. Both events are approaching quickly. The temps are in the 20’s around here now but I’m counting on spring weather arriving within a few days. No matter what, I’ll be on my bike on April 1st, and that’s no joke.
A ride in the morning for coffee then again in the evening for a superb $3 sub at Subway. mmmmm
Before the runners, come the bikers.
In the dead of night, hours before the Boston Marathon road race started, a group of locals experienced the historic route differently — via bicycle.
The ride has become a tradition since Boston University student Greg Hum launched it in 2009. It starts in Southborough and follows the Boston Marathon route from the western suburbs into the city hours before thousands line up to run the race, and offers cyclists two options of route length.
“The streets are quiet, and riding bikes at night is quite magical,’’ Hum said. ”It’s also an awesome experience if you’re riding your bike down the course. You get to use your imagination, like the audience and being in the marathon.’’
He previously described the ride, which takes two to three hours for most bikers to complete, as tranquil, yet invigorating. “In the city, there’s heavy traffic all the time, and you’re always navigating your way around cars,’’ Hum said. “But once you get to the suburbs, especially at night, there’s very little traffic. It’s very quiet and peaceful for most of the ride.
I got a really late start and five miles from home I realized that I didn’t bring any bike lights. I was tempted to just say eff it and go home. I did yell the F bomb a lot as I raced home, packed the lights and beat feet it to Boston. I had a 50 mile drive and it was 8:11. Packing our bikes on the truck took place from 8:30 to 9:30. I made it with a few minutes to spare. Every year I get stressed out about riding at midnight. No rhyme or reason to it. It just happens. Every year once I’m in Boston, I’m really glad I came.
I was really pushing to get to my hair dresser for an 8 AM appointment. When I approached the last traffic light a block from the salon the cop cars began arriving. Town cops, state police, and unmarked police cars. They crossed my path and stopped just a few yards from where I was waiting for the light to change. When I looked I saw a kid running across the street being chased by two cops. I rode to the side street in time to see the kid on the ground with two cops hovering over him. (photo on the right above) It was five till eight and I had a decision to make. Needless to say, I was late for my hair cut. These two kids chose a house that had camera surveillance. The owner was at work and his phone alerted him to movement in his house. He logged in and saw the two burglars and the rest is history. The homeowners video is HERE
It was also day 8 of my 30 days of biking commitment. Not much to say about that except as usual I took some photos. The big news however is a phone call I got from Thailand on WhatsApp, an application that lets you text or make calls over the internet to anyone in the world who is both on the internet and has WhatApp.
#3 son Brandon’s lady Janea, told me that they found him on the side of the road unconscious after being hit by a car. He was returning from the Crit races in Austin. He is going to be OK in time, but is a hurt’n puppy now. Broken collar and severe concussion. The world has certainly gotten smaller with me getting a call from Thailand telling me about something that happened in Austin.