There was definitely a pecking order as these gulls approached the food. The dominant gulls would go to the head of the line and the others would back off, (or up) until the coast was clear of the stronger birds. Others watched and waited.
This weeks challenge submitted by Frank Jansen at Dutch goes the Photo suggested a theme titled “growth”. My bike ride yesterday offered plenty of material for this weeks challenge. The grasses, the ducks, tides, fog, and houses all contribute to the growth of the tidal marsh over the centuries. This is a protected wet land in the town of Fairhaven, MA, which will ensure that the quality of wildlife will remain and allow to grow and prosper.
Very often in the warmer months, there is a artist painting variations of this salt marsh near Cape Cod. Never have I seen one in the winter taking advantage of a very different perspective of life on the marsh.
Annually, I volunteer to drive the Salvation Army Bell Ringers from the “fort”, to their assigned stores. I also get to commute to work on my bike. This year on my new Giant Electric assist I call the Raza. (Named after the renegade space ship on the SciFi TV show “Dark Matter”).
This morning it was 24 F when I left the house. However, the sun was shining and there was not even a wisp of wind. The ride wasn’t bad at all. I felt chilled, but not cold. Because I’m a regular on this route I know the bridge opening times and I knew I was going to get caught waiting for boat traffic. I resigned myself that I would be stopped for a few minutes while a fishing boat passed through the swing bridge I cross to get to the city, New Bedford, MA. New Bedford is and has been for decades the #1 fishing port in the country. There are hundreds of these 70-90 foot boats, which explains why many of my post are ocean themed.
There was also a “huge” freighter in port unloading dozens of semi truck trailers loaded with clementines. There was quite an assembly line on the pier as truck after truck worked their way to one of the three cranes unloading their freight.
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.
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.
The day began just a little bit cool. I decided to ride the 7 miles to yoga at the local Boys/Girls club. I just happened to look up and saw the wall above my bike stating that this was the third oldest club in the country. I have been going here for two years for yoga, putting my bike in the same spot and it took this long to look up.
Another long unnoticed item on a regular route is this closed gas station. So many have tried to make a go of this but the location is crap. It’s on the edge of a bridge spanning the river that opens every hour. People have always hesitated to stop here for gas out of fear of getting stuck when the bridge opens. The prices say clearly how long this place has been closed.
The ride was intended to be longer, but the weather turned sour with dropping temperatures, wind and drizzle limited me to 16 miles. I did make one more stop at a recently closed motel that was a haven for transients, pimps and people with drug problems.
I went for a bike ride around town to take some photos that would allow me to work on my new editing software. It was a sultry January day on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts with an approaching winter storm on the horizon. I got the photo shoot done in plenty of time and actually the rain didn’t begin till after the editing was done.
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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.
I wasn’t going to bike commute today for a couple of reasons but those are moot because I ended up riding. Withing a few hundred feet of the ride, I knew this was going to be a video bonanza. I couldn’t help but think of how many times people who don’t walk or bike miss the things I saw today.
I got my 9 mile work commute after spending time at the fitness center and eating a healthy breakfast. It got easy to not weigh myself and how that happened is beyond me. I’m really hoping for a surprising (to the good) result on Monday when I step on the scale.
Today’s video is an early morning bike commute into the city while the fog was just starting to life. As I approached the bridge, a fishing boat was just entering the harbor and the freighter across the river was just beginning to emerge out of the fog. Also a couple of shots of my peeps, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.
Over the next two days I’m going to try to get them to do a mannequin challenge. The big challenge is going to be trying to get all of them to be still for 30 seconds.
It was blustery, chilly and kind of dreary. Then I got on my bike and all that stuff faded away. I also changed the theme which is why this blog looks different. (Says Captain Obvious). I took a lot of photos but only kept a few. For instance: