Tag: Boston

Boston. February 1, 2016

A Bird, a Plane, You!  Making the clouds disappear.  Could it be a super power? If your confused, click the link for the explanation.

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The Southeast Expressway in Boston on February 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

The kid was coming home for a visit from Austin.   He was booked on an early morning flight to Boston via Chicago.FB_IMG_1430832275891  More often than not, things happen to him. He wears the proverbial black cloud like a halo.   Last time he came home there was 8 feet of snow on the ground. The time before that, his flight was canceled and he had to wait a full day for the next flight. Waiting to board his early morning flight to Boston via Chicago today, he was paged.

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Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

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CLICK HERE for TV Coverage video

For the seventh year, Greg Hum and friends organized a bike ride on the Boston Marathon route.  Riders, for a small fee, congregate near South Station in Boston to load their bikes on panel trucks  After loading, the participants walk to South Station to catch the commuter rail to Southboro and unload their bikes from the trucks.  Two routes are offered for the ride back to downtown Boston.

The first, which adds a couple of miles and a challenging hill, takes the riders to the starting line of the marathon in Hopkinton, MA.  For those who don’t want to ride the hill, a shorter, flatter options takes them on a four mile loop around the hilly section where they join the marathon route in the original starting town of Ashland.

A cool, overcast night made for a beautiful night to ride the 2015 marathon bike.  Boston is a very diverse city and the bike ride displayed that diversity in age, nationality, culture, fashion as well as transportation modes.  Along with those on bike, there were skateboards, roller blades and a few runners.

All along the route, there was evidence of the preparations for the main event happening a few hours later, Street sweepers, police, barricades, the press and security were increasingly evident as we approached downtown and the finish line.  Unlike 2014, the bike rider were able to ride across the start and finish lines as tensions begin to ease from the 2013 bombing.

2015 Midnight Marathon Bike from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

This Weekend’s Rides

SATURDAY: 18April

  • The East Bay Bike Path Cafe RideIMG_1566

East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)

Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 10:00 AM

Contact John Nery for more details

  • Fall River Bike Group
    “It was a long and grueling winter but the good weather is here finally. That means it is time to get out and enjoy the weather on our bikes. For the first ride we will go on the East Bay Bike Path for a nice, slow, leisurely ride to get our legs back to normal. Here are the details:
    Bike Fall River 1st Ride
    When:        Saturday, April 18, 2015 – at 9:00am
    Where:       East Bay Bike Path
    Directions: Take Route 103 through Somerset, Swansea and Warren.  Once in Warren look for the Dels Lemonade on the left and take the immediate left, Railroad Avenue, after Dels.  Park along the left”

Join us this Saturday, April 18th at 1:30 pm to kick off the Bike Newport group riding season with “Tour de Newport Daffodil DaysJonqulles” – part of the Newport Daffodil Days Festival! Get up and close and personal with many of the 385,000 daffodils now planted throughout Newport on this daffy bike ride supporting the Daffodillion project. We’ll take a ~5-mile tour of the plantings, the gardens at the Hillside private estate, and end up at the Ballard Park “Bouquet Bar” and Flower Market where live music and nearly 20,000 daffodils will greet us. Ride rolls out at 1:30 from Touro Park on Bellevue.

SUNDAY   19 April

  • Narragansett Bay Wheelmen

    Saturday 04/18/15 – NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)

    • East Bay Bike Path – from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
    • Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 10:00 AM
    • Contact John Nery for more details

    Sunday 04/19/15 – NBW #166 Foxboro 55

    • 23, 36 & 55 Mile Rides
    • Leaves from La Salette Shrine, Attlleboro, MA
    • more details HERE

    Wednesday 04/22/15 – Blinky Ride (weather permitting)

    • On a seasonal weather hiatus
    • Alternates with EBBP (East Bay Bike Path) 27 miles
    • Alternates with BBP (Blackstone Bike Path) 20 miles
    • Leaves 5:30 pm
    • Contact Rod Breault for more details

    Casually Employed Series

    • Varies – takes place on Weekday to take advantage of weather
    • Bicycling, Hiking or Skiing
    • Contact Jan Harbutiak for more details

Leaves Soutboro at midnight.  Check out the facebook page for details

Pro Tips For Midnight Marathon Ride

Pro Tips

If you are confused about how this ride works let me try to clarify & offer up some pro-tips:

THE RIDE ITSELF:
– We all meet at Southborough Station at midnight on Sunday night (Monday morning). We roll out as soon as the midnight train arrives & is unloaded. Approx 12:15-ish and ride up to the Marathon starting line and then ride the Marathon Route into Boston. It’s amazing.

GETTING TO SOUTHBOROUGH STATION:
Option 1: Get dropped off by some sucker / friend / taxi / your mom.

Option 2: Drive yourself and get your car the next day. Don’t ask me where to park, you’ll have to figure that out yourself.

Option 3: Ride your bike to Southborough Station. There are several “packs” of riders doing the out & back ride. A big group from Ride Crazy Boston will be doing the out & back. They setup their own event page with detailed information here:https://www.facebook.com/events/721826097940836/

Option 4: Do the “Truck ‘N Train Combo”. We will transport your bike out to Southborough Station via moving truck, and then you take the normally scheduled commuter rail train to Southborough Station. Everything you need to know about the Truck ‘N Train combo can be found here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midnight-marathon-truck-n-trai…

TIPS FOR THE RIDE:
– The ride is self supported, meaning: Be sure to bring a spare tube and a basic kit of tools in case you have a bike malfunction. If you don’t have a spare tube that fits your bike, go to your local bike shop and get one before the ride.
-If you haven’t ridden much this year, get your bike shop to give your bike a quick safety check if you. You can also do an ABC Quick Check like in this short video: https://vimeo.com/64578975
– If you don’t know how to fix basic bike problems, then ride with someone who does.
– LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS. The more the merrier, but be sure to at least have a front that is white and a rear that is red.
– Helmet… I’m not gonna get all preachy on this matter. I will be wearing mine because I think its a good idea. Use your own judgement, but consider that it will be dark outside, there will be train tracks to cross… and a bunch of other riders with varying levels of skill.
– Bring gloves, and wear layers so you can adjust your clothing to the desired warmth. You’ll be cold if you end up standing around, and warmer once your legs are pumping.
– Snacks are a good idea. I say bring some snacks. It’s a community event, so bring some extra snacks to share… with me.
– Hydration is a good idea. Bring something to drink. Your body will thank you later.
– It’s not a race, its a ride. I recommend riding at a pace where you can chill with some friends, chat up that good looking cyclist next to you, or get a group sing-a-long going. “Sweet Caroline” as we roll past Kenmore might be a good fit.
– Bring a map of the marathon route in case you get separated. A smart phone with a map app works pretty well too.

AFTER THE RIDE:
– Pancakes, Coffee, Muffins, Bacon etc. Boston Common Coffee Company on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing will be setting up a tent outside their store so you can stuff your face with early morning eats. It’s just under a mile from the finish line (map: https://goo.gl/maps/xp6DQ). We can’t hang out at the finish line for security reasons, so just pedal on a bit more and celebrate your achievement with delicious food. BCCC is donating all the proceeds of the pancake breakfast to The Home Away Fund which helps provide assistance to families dealing with epilepsy.

– BCCC is buying all the food tonight, so please get yourself a ticket NOW to ensure they get enough food:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-midnight-marathon-ride-pa…

More From The Midnight Marathon People.


ATTENTION PANCAKE EATERS!!! I will be heading out on Wednesday to purchase batter, syrup and other items for the breakfast. PLEEEEEASE if you are going to join us sign up before then to make your arrival run as smooth as possible. Here is the link to purchase tickets

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-midnight-marathon-ride-pa…

Last year we had over 250 riders come in for breakfast and its looking like a great night!

Midnight Marathon Riders, What better way to complete your journey from Hopkington to Boston then a hot Pancake Breakfast!!!! The Home Away Fund will be hosting a post-ride Charity Pancake…
EVENTBRITE.COM

Midnight Marathon Bike Ride Is Registering Now

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If you bike, you gotta do this ride.  It’s so cool and so unique it would be a shame to miss.   It’s at midnight but so what.   There is no traffic and lots of cops and workers on the sidelines prepping the route for the marathon making this a very safe ride.   I’ll be there early after leaving people at Logan.

I’ll be going early making a stop at Logan before hand.  If you want to meet up with me, find me at South Station.  There will be a lot of people but not so many we can’t find each other.

Be sure to register NOW if you want your bike transported to Hopkington.  It’s thirty bucks. There is also a pancake breakfast for $15 and the commuter rail to Southbough to meet your bike is about $6.

The Midnight Marathon Bike Ride is back for 2015!

This year’s Midnight Marathon ride will be just like last year’s, meaning

*It’s going to be awesome, but just like always, this ride is on open public roads and is NOT supported, so you’re responsible for bringing friends, dressing appropriately, your own safety. If you get a flat, you’ll need to be able to fix it on your own.

*We’re organizing a “Truck ‘n Train” option for you, meaning you purchase a ticket from us to transport your bike on a moving truck from South Station to Southborough, and you take the Commuter Rail to Southborough to pick up your bike (which means you also purchase a commuter rail ticket separately) Tickets for “Truck n’ Train” are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midnight-marathon-truck-n-train-2015-tickets-16468641149
Not to mention, any leftover proceeds will go to a local bike organization of your choice!

*There will be a PANCAKE BREAKFAST charity fundraiser organized independently of us by our friends at Boston Common Coffee Company. Trust us, you’ll want pancakes after the ride. Tickets are LIMITED, buy tickets for the breakfast here..It helps a great deal to know how many people are coming for this, so we ask you to please buy tickets BEFORE WEDNESDAY, 4/15 if you know you’re in for some sweet, sweet, post-ride pancakes: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-midnight-marathon-ride-pancake-breakfast-tickets-16434064730

*VOLUNTEERS: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with various things, including loading bikes in and out of trucks, flagging people down at tricky train track crossing on dark roads, providing unofficial ad-hoc support, AND facilitating a delicious pancake breakfast. Want to help make Midnight Marathon happen? Please sign up on our volunteer form here:http://bit.ly/1EiT9aa

Can’t wait to see you all out there!

Greg Hum, BostonSoS, and friends.

Boston Bike Video

Cover Photo:  Waiting for the start of the NYC Five Boroughs Tour on Avenue of the Americas.


It’s been a couple of months but finally today I’ll be back on my bike. Riding to the gym first then who knows where after that.  It’s time to begin the daily fitness rides also.  Working my way up to 30 miles a day.  Maybe it will happen on the first day. Tomorrow will tell.

Riding to yoga class.
Riding to yoga class.

A decent but long winded explanation of the laws concerning bikes in Boston.  I am curious to hear how far into the video you got before letting out that big sigh I know will come, and hitting the stop icon. I paused and moved on to other things twice before finally getting to the end.

Dreaming Of This Years Bike Rides.

Cover Photo.  The Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.

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As always, click and photo for big. Click again for bigger

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Hopkinton, MA. The start of the Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

There is still no place to ride a bike which put a severe crimp in training for biking in Panama next week.  I have been putting on some time at the gym, but anyone who rides knows that a stationary bike is no substitute for the real thing.  The only thing worse is riding on a trainer.  I tried that one season and ended up selling the stupid thing.

Biker riders all over the northeast are pining to get back on the road and all we can do for now is dream (and write) about our upcoming trips.  With that let the show begin with highlights of last years rides that we are doing again this year.
First up is the Midnight Marathon Bike ride that we do on the eve of the Boston Marathon in mid April. We load our bikes for transport to Hopkinton (some ride from Boston). We board the Amtrak to the start and the thousand or so riders bike the marathon route back to the city. No leaders, no rules, no helmet is required, no nothing. Everyone is on their own. It’s a hoot. Oh did I mention that the ride begins at midnight?

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Two weeks later on the first Sunday of May, it’s the New York City Five Boroughs Ride.  30.000 riders have the roads of Manhattan, Queens, da Bronx, Brooklyn  and the Verrazano Bridge to ourselves.  This is a big MF bridge especially at the end of a forty mile bike ride.  We also cross four other bridges to make this a five boroughs five bridges rides.  Seeing all the boroughs of New York on a bicycle at 12 mph with no vehicles is the bee’s knees.

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A month of training leads up to the years big tour.  Riding the Great Allegheny Passage Pittsburgh, PA. to Cumberland, MD.  Lat year I did it with the Rails to Trails dot org group and found it such a great ride that a couple of us are doing it again this year on our own.  Or as we in the bike culture say, “self supported”.

There is also the GRAND TOUR from Florida to Austin, Texas.  I have been wanting to do a cross country tour for years and time is running out for me to cross that off of my list.  Twice I have been ready to go and had to cancel.  I wanted to do this solo but I am not adverse to riding with company.  The video is a young man who did this last summer and I am only linking his video so he can get lots of hits on his YouTube.    CLICK HERE for Mr Smith’s (Barett), video.  Leave him a note if you feel like it. He did a great job and deserves recognition.

This has the possibility of being a really good spring and summer.

A Funny Thing Happened While Digging Out From The Latest Snowstorm

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New Bedford snow blower waist deep

As always, click any photo for big. Click again for bigger.

Snowstorms, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and stuff like that happen all the time. These are just part of nature and are no big deal. Until of course when humans are added to the equation. Then these natural phenomenon become disasters.

The past two weeks of blizzards and daily snow squalls for a while seemed like disasters. Now however, people have realized that although there is a lot of snow around, it’s really not causing much havoc. The roads are clear, the supermarkets have plenty of milk and bread. Gas is plentiful and it’s winter break for the schools.Now when we are walking or driving, it’s like being in a maze.  Check out some of the astonishing Boston photos below by clicking the link.

Icicles are the norm
Icicles are the norm

Stone building in blizzard New Bedford

Even the dogs like to look at the snow
Even the dogs like to look at the snow

Life is pretty much back to normal within a few hours of a blizzard. Because the temperature is so cold, the snow is very light. Kind of like fairy dust. It’s easy to plow and shovel. The only problem is that there is no longer any room to put what gets plowed and shoveled. Cities have resorted to trucking the snow to open spaces and rivers.

HERE are some astonishing photos from Boston.