Coffee Run

A slow fall ride for coffee today.  I had planned to ride more but things didn’t work out.  I did get in around 10 miles with a stop at  Green Bean, in the city of New Bedford, also called the Whaling City, on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts.  The Green Bean is likely to be one of my coffeeneuring challenge stops in the future, but not today.

The Phoenix Bike Path takes me along a spot that is, “my favorite place”.  It’s a great place to stop, relax and watch the wildlife, which I often do. Today I was in a bit of a rush to meet people for coffee and had no plan on stopping.  Nature flashed me such a spectacular sight  I had no choice but to turn back take out my camera and share the following.  Things worked out because I missed having coffee at McPtomain’s and ended up at a great hipster joint in the city.

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Hip Greebean coffee house.
Hip Greebean coffee house.

The Coffee Challenge Has Begun

coffeeneuring challenge

You love to ride your bicycle.  You like a great cup of coffee.  The Coffeeneuring Challenge could be for you.  It’s simple.  It’s fun.  From their website.

You have 7 weeks to do the following:

  • Get on your bike
  • Ride to a coffee shop
  • Drink a beverage
  • Take a picture
  • Ride your bike home (or elsewhere)
  • Repeat 7 times

You can do it alone, with friends, accompanied by your kiddos (or parents), in a “real” coffee shop, in a gas station, in a park. Twice in a weekend, one time a weekend, or any combination until you reach the magic number of seven. I think Marvin K. Mooney would excel at coffeeneuring.

Drink coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, or whatever else catches your fancy (within reason). Share it on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, or don’t. It’s what you want it to be.

Hashtag it out. #coffeeneuring

Have fun, and I’ll look for you! Bikes + Coffee + October = Coffeeneuring Challenge

Bow Wow Talk

At Flower Girls Cafe in Fairhaven, MA
At Flower Girls Cafe in Fairhaven, MA

I occasionally go to some bicycle forums, not as often as I did in the past.  A couple of things drove me away.  Within a few posts, the original poster’s question, comment etc. was long gone, often replaced by bad humor, corny statements or the post being completely hijacked.  The other was what I heard a long time ago is called bow wow talk.  That’s when it takes multiple paragraphs to say a sentence.  That’s what I did today on someone’s blog and ended up talking about me.  I have to keep reminding myself to write about me on my own forum and keep my comments short, stick to the authors story and keep it about them.

Now.   About me:  I didn’t expect to get any riding done this week because of the stormy weather. There was a lull in the rain today but not the wind.  But as we bike riders all subscribe to is that the wind is our friend.  Hills too.  You agree?   The gym, coffee, shopping all got done by bike today as they should.

The coffeeneuring challenge begins next week and I’ll be in Austin for the first installment.  Road trips, biking and coffee are the staff of good living.  I’m staying at the Austin, Motel and it’s sign is an icon that either brings a smile or a shake of the head. Austin-Motel-South-Congress

Moon high tide.
Moon high tide.

It’s Going To Be A While Before Getting On The Bike Again.


This is predicted to hang around for a week.  Tomorrows ride on Martha’s Vineyard with visiting friends from Austin looks like it’s off the schedule.  I did find some leftover photos of my last coffee run on “the Vineyard”.  Just to fill in this post.   There is also a major fundraising ride this weekend that I am sagging.  That’s could be in jeopardy also.

Done riding. Heading Home
Had to use wife’s Mini Coachman for this trip. Such a cool car and sweet ride.

Edgartown Pizza
If you ever find yourself in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to have lunch here.

Mocha Motts on the Vineyard
Great Little Coffee Shop on Main St. in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard.

On the freight ferry to Martha's Vineyard
I was late to the terminal so had to settle for the freight ferry.

Something Different Today

Sometimes we don’t feel like writing. Today is one of those days.  There was no one to play with so I took off on my bike alone.  It was going to be just a short ride, but the morning was too nice and I kept going.  Again over the bridge into New Bedford to ride along the waterfront.  Crossing the bridge I saw a couple of cigarette boats mooring at the marina.

On the return ride, I rode into the marina and was told that I had just a few short minutes to get to the barrier gate in the middle of the harbor to see the dozens of cigarette boats begin their poker run.  Like the motorcycle runs, these boats were big, loud and gaudy.  I thought it would be cool, but as they passed the best I could muster was “ehhh”.  Lots of the spectators were thrilled but personally I couldn’t see the point of having one of these.  I like the photos that these boats are not the subject better.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the slideshow.

Bike Ride into New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

You Like Historic Architecture? How About Scotch Bonnet Peppers?

Years ago I would find something funny or unusual on the web and conclude my weekday blog with Friday Funnies.  This YouTube definitely makes the cut as a Friday Funny.  These two at the end of this post are a riot.

For now though, from today’s bike ride, are some of the architecture of Old Fairhaven and the Whaling Historic National Park in New Bedford, MA.

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Rogers School Fairhaven
Rogers School. Fairhaven, MA
Gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers.
Fairhaven Town Hall
Gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers
Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA
Historic Homes. New Bedford, Ma
Whaler Tavern, New Bedford, Ma
In the National Historic Park of New Bedford
Seaman's Bethel at Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA
Seaman’s Bethel, Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA


Afternoon Delight
Tabatha Inn, Fairhaven.  Samuel Clemens was a regular visitor to this Inn
Unitarian Church in Fairhaven, MA. A gift of Henry Huttleston Rogers
Unitarian Church, Fairhaven, MA
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Friday Funny

Marion/Mattapoisett Scenic Ride

Sunday August, 2.

8:15 AM gathering for an 8:30 start.  I’ll be in McDonalds a block away at 7:30 for coffee if you want to join me.

This is a flat intermediate paced ride visiting the coastal towns of Mattapoisett and Marion MA.   There are some spectacular sights on this ride.  Bring your camera. Bring along a lunch if you wish but there are plenty of places to grab a quick bite along the route.  We will be stopping at Plumb Corner for a break and regrouping at the 23 mile mark

Some of the highlights.

  • CLICK HERE for the GPS route
  • Mattapoisett River Crossing at Camp Massasoit
  • Ned’s Point Light
  • Mattapoisett Center and Waterfront
  • Tabor Academy
  • Plumb Corner in Rochester for snacks and rest.
  • Multiple regrouping spots for slower riders to catch up at all road changes and highway crossings.
  • If you don’t feel like riding on the roads you can take the zip line.