“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.
I wanted to ride today but things conspired against me doing a long ride. Putting all the stuff together and entering everything into tax software can be tedious. By the time I sat down to begin entering the figures and descriptions it was after 11 AM. By noon time I had most of the federal stuff done, and my wife had roasted some cauliflower and asparagus for lunch. I got on the bike and rode to Subway. Continue reading “Taxes, Yoga and Football”→
Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.
There was so much failed video during today’s ride I almost scraped the whole daily post. However….. Howwww Ever….. I’m pretty good at winging it when things fail and I decided to make lemonade. Hope you like it. You can get an idea of the cold when I walk into the Destination Soup restaurant and the lens fogs up.
Do you believe in heaven and hell? Gods? Aliens? Ghost? How about crop circles? Reincarnation is in the same category as all those other things. I know none of those exist, so my answer is no, I don’t believe in reincarnation or any of those other things. But they can be fun pranks to play on people.
Live to Eat
Lots of physical activity, especially bike riding, keep me from turning into a blown up tic from eating too much.
When I ride the MUP (Multi Use Path) there is one spot that always gives me a ever changing view of itself. There is so much activity on the salt marsh if we pay attention. As I rode by on my newly studded tires the ducks called to me. They were really warning each other that I was around, but I take it as a compliment.
The path was quite a mixed terrain ride today. Icy tire tracks, deep-ish snow, blacktop and mush. Today was my first day on studded tires, and frankly it kind of knocked the stuffing out of me a few times. I had to buy the tires separately which gives me 200+ studs on the front and 75 studs on the rear tire. When I hit some of the deeper snow, (about three or four inches) the back tire would slip and slide making me tense up and struggle to keep upright. I was able to force myself to keep pedaling through the more natural thing of taking my foot off the pedal anticipating a fall. The sliding made it very difficult to hold any kind of a line in the tire tracks which seemed more like the side to side down hill skiing than bike riding. Continue reading “Winter Has Settled In”→
The 2015 Coffeeneuring Challenge is in the books. Thanks to Mary at Chaising Mailboxes for organizing the challenge for the fifth year. Thank you also to all the new friends we have made because of our love of coffee and bike riding. See yas around.
First a word about Coffeeneuring. CLICK HERE to learn all about it. Then give some though to participating.
Today’s coffee stop was at Dunkin Doughnuts in the town of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. This was after a 25 mile ride of the Cape Cod Canal with a few friends. Since DD is not a place for really good coffee, I had to settle for a regular old coffee from a pot. Not my favorite but this was only a practice run. At least I didn’t get it from a clown.
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Four of us took advantage of a really nice day to ride the Cape Cod Canal, doing both sides and crossing both bridges. (The Bourne and Sagamore bridges). The access points for walking and biking across the bridges are pretty well hidden and there is no signage to get you there. Someone, like me, for instance has to show you how to get to the sidewalk access. Once there it is highly recommended that you walk your bike over the bridge. At 135 feet above the canal, walking takes most of the stress out of crossing this span on your bike. It’s also much easier to take photos like this one.
We did end to end on the canal side but decided not to ride to Scussett Beach on the mainland side knocking a couple of miles off the ride. Once back on the mainland side we were like cows smelling the barn and our pace noticeable picked up as we raced back to the starting point. My three companions left me in the town of Buzzards Bay where I decide to do a practice run of the upcoming “Coffeeneuring” challenge.
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I drove my car yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks. I ride my bike pretty much every day with no destination planed. It wasn’t that long ago I would plan a 30 mile loop, kit up and go out and be very conscious of my average speed, trying to keep it at 15 MPH or higher. I’m very happy with 10 MPH now, but because of making so many stops for whatever reason, it’s impossible to measure that.
Today again was a ride into the city, (New Beddford, MA) just because. Time was at a premium because of a late start and an appointment, forcing me to cut the ride short by a couple of hours. I did manage to keep my average speed down using the “taking pictures” method. He are some of the things that got my attention.