Tag: bike

SouthCoast Joyful Riders Wednesday Ride

Wednesday 6 PM
Moby Dick Brewing. Corner of Union and South Water in New Bedford.

Mark your calendar for the May 3rd Wednesday night Joyful Riders.   All biking skill levels are welcome, no one’ll be left behind. Expect a joyful-conversational pace of 10 mph, but the group will determine our speed. This ride will start and end at Moby Dick Brewery, Union and South Water in New Bedford.  A 10 mile casual ride at a casual pace to the peninsula of New Bedford, riding over both Harbor Walks and into Fort Rodman.

We also have a friend of the Joyful Riders who is captain of Tilt Racing in Austin, TX  joining us this week. Come ride with us and meet a sprint racer.  He is not setting the pace so no worries.

Brandon Racing

Meet at Moby Dick Brewing for the 6 PM start.

SouthCoast Joyful Riders Wednesday Night Ride

Every Wednesday in April and May.

Ride starts and ends at Moby Dick Brewing on Union and South Water Street in New Bedford. Across from the YMCA.

Rides begin at 6 PM

All biking skill levels are welcome, no one’ll be left behind. Expect a joyful-conversational pace of 10 mph, but the group will determine our speed. This ride will end at Moby Dick Brewing on Union and South Water in New Bedford.

This week we will ride the two New Bedford Elevated Harbor Walks at a casual pace. The ride is mostly bike path and bike lanes with some quiet streets at the start. Bring a lock, bike lights, a spare tube in case you get a flat.  Most of all, bring your camera.  The vistas are spectacular.

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Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

 

Boston Midnight Marathon

It’s time to get your tickets to have your bike shipped to the starting line in Hopkinton.  It’s thirty bucks plus another six for the commuter rail.  It’s very much worth the money.  The trucks fill up quickly so time is of the essence.

CLICK HERE to get your ticket.  Stop thinking about it. Just do it fercryinoutloud.  It’s going to be one of the best rides you have ever done.

BOSTON MIDNIGHT MARATHON BIKE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Your RV Is Ready.

I took my RV to the Ford shop because of a recall notice. My camper sits on a Ford Transit chassis.  I also asked for a price for an oil change and installing a trailer hitch on the front end so I could transport my bikes.  My rack is the same that public buses use.   It was such a nice day so I decided to ride around town while waiting for the call that the camper was ready.

When I retrieved the Transit, the dealer gave me a good price for the oil change, but his answer for the front hitch gave me pause.  He said, “Ford does not make the hitch I wanted but he could get one from Camping World and install it for 3-4 hundred dollars.   My pause was the he was going to get it from the place I bought the RV and my power of deduction says that I could save a bit of money by going to the source of the hitch.  However………….   Camping world prices are premium.  I’m going to get a quote from them but I’m not sure they will be less expensive.  It sounds crazy, but in the world of RV’s, things are different.  (not to mention, expensive).   We’ll see.  As for the recall.   All the parts passed the tests and no defect was found.  Naturally, the dealer replaced them.

I did have a decent ride in the city, with the sun shining, and the temps hovering around 50ish.

West Beach Barrier Pat
West Beach Elevated Path in the distance
West Beach Bike Path
New West Beach Bike Trail
Busy Fairhaven MUP
Busy Fairhaven, MA MUP

Road Trip

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Spending the night at Cracker Barrel somewhere in Virginia

Sue and I recently completed our first RV road trip.  This was the 23 foot vehicle we bought in October on a whim.  We originally went out to buy a sectional couch for our living room and came home with an RV.  It could be the ultimate impulse buy.

Our adventure took us to visit family in the southern part of the US.  Atlanta, Georga, Ocala, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach in Fla, and Cullowee, North Carolina.  We also stopped by to see friends in St Augustine, Fla for a day.  This highlight of course was getting to spend time with our grandchildren in Atlanta.  Second to that was being able to attend a surprise birthday party for Kate. Kate and Fabio lived with us for a few months while they were making seaworthy their tiny home, Tranquility, a 28 foot Columbia sailboat.  We fondly refer to them as the “Italians”.  We attended their wedding in the Italian Alps two years ago and that was an item on our bucket list that makes all the others pale in comparison.

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Photo session falls apart after a couple of minutes
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Kate and Fabio.  The Italians

We parked on the property of those we visited and either bunked in their home or in the RV.  Our two dogs determined weather we stayed in or out of the home.  Not everyone is a dog person.

While on the road we were able to stay in the back lots of Cracker Barrel restaurants.  That worked out much better than we had anticipated while planning this trip.

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Cracker Barrel camping in Pennsylvania

All of the photos are   HERE

2017 Winter RV Road Trip from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Let It Snow

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There was never any doubt that I would ride to the fitness center today.  As soon as I left my driveway, my professor friend from Mass Maritime detoured off the bike path where he was walking his dog, to berate me for riding my bike in the snow. He was aghast that not only was I riding in the snow but also that my tires were not knobby.  I reminded him that he does not ride bikes so his opinion about riding in the snow had no merit.

There is a prediction of a foot of snow tomorrow so I’m predicting that riding my bike will again go on hold.  However………  I just might install my studded tired tonight.  It won’t do me any good on the unplowed MUP, buticy route 6 will be fine with the studs.

2017 January 6th Snow Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Revolutionary War and Fort Phoenix

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Over the weekend the Fairhaven and Wareham Militia  encamped at Fort Phoenix for a demonstration of life of Americans defending New England during the time of the Revolution.

Fort History

 

On May 13-14, 1775, the first naval battle of the American Revolution took place off our shore when the local militia, under the command of Nathaniel Pope and Daniel Egery, captured two British sloops in Buzzard’s Bay.

Shortly afterward, the town petitioned for the construction of a fort at Nolscot Point for the protection of the harbor. The original fort was built by Capt. Benjamin Dillingham and Eleazer Hathaway between 1775 and 1777. It was outfitted with eleven cannon, several of which had been captured in the Bahamas by John Paul Jones.

Portraying colonial men, women, and children, the members of the Fairhaven Village Militia talk to visitors about the history of the fort and about life during the Revolutionary War period. Flintlock musket firing demonstrations are given at times when the militia is on duty.

2016 SEPTEMBER FORT PHOENIX REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA REDOUBT from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

West Island

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“West Island is named for one of it’s early owners, a man named West. The island juts out into Buzzard’s Bay, and is connected to Sconticut Neck by a causeway. Most of the island is owned by the state and is kept as a wildlife preserve. The town owns acres of beach-land, the Fairhaven Town Beach. This is one of the nicest beaches on Buzzard’s Bay, with over a mile of beach, and waters warmed by the shallow Buzzard’s Bay. It is also an ideal location to watch the sailboats that revel in the famous Buzzard’s Bay breeze.” Dana Morris.

Rode for a couple of hours around the island hanging out and taking pictures.