Riding A Bike Makes It A Better Day

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:



Recovery Ride

Fort Taber in New Bedford MA.  Built to protect the city from an invasion by sea after the War of 1812.  It was designed by Robert E Lee before he became an insurgent. 

Yesterday I called the hills on our Wednesday Night Ramble Goldilocks hills.  Not too steep, not too flat.  My legs told me a different story overnight and this morning. An easy spin or recovery ride is a standard remedy for those aching muscles.  I planned on one of those easy, short recovery rides.  I ended up doing 25 miles, but it took over 3 hours with all the stops for photos, taking to friends, stopping for coffee, stopping for no reason.  It was a good day to ride a bike.

The elevated walking and biking path in New Bedford, MA


The swing bridge turns on a massive cog that sits inside the yellow railing at the bottom of the bridge. 

Day 29. Exercise Tiger

Southend Ride 004

Day 29 of 30 Days of Biking was a 17.5 mile loop on a sunny, cool, windy day.

I got the Novara Randonee bike all tuned up for NYC tomorrow and took it out for a shakedown ride.  Everything is working fine and after eight years, I finally decided to adjust my saddle to eliminate the problems the pressure caused.  It took that long because this is primarily my touring bike. During and after every tour I promised myself to adjust the seat. I always forgot about it till the next tour.  After taking it our for a test run last week, I was determined to fix the thing.   You can’t imaging how painful things became trying to relieve myself.  It always turning into a scream.  All is good now.

The ride took me into the city (New Bedford, Ma), around the peninsular and into the old Army Base name Fort Rodman.  I stopped by the military museum and the old Fort within a fort, Fort Taber.

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Fort Taber inside the Fort Rodman grounds.

A stiff ocean breeze kept the temps in the low 50’s but the wind was at my back for the return leg of the ride. The beaches were deserted except for a lone man hunting for treasures.

Rain is in the forecast for Sunday’s ride but for now it looks to be off and on showers. We can live with that. My last day of 30 days of biking is very likely to be a lap around the parking lot in Staten Island tomorrow.  Fortunately there is no minimum distance in the rules. Thirty days of riding is a done deal and Sunday begins “The National Bike Challenge“. My hometown of Fairhaven, MA will be out to regain our spot as the winner in the local challenge that we lost last year to our Neighbors in Mattapoisett, MA.  I’m pretty sure we got this.


The Gypsy Kings and Kudos From A Stranger

I was late and snuck a photo of some of the yoga class.

Day 24 of 30 days of biking complete.

Sunday yoga.  A direct ride is around 4 miles.  I decided to take the long way which is a 15 mile ride through four towns.  The wind was my nemesis and I had thoughts of not making it to class.  I had to push myself but in the end I was only a couple of minutes late.


The route in the city (New Bedford, MA) was a completely new riding experience for me. I had to make a right turn and climb a hill to get to class.  I had choices of which street to climb. Every time I looked up, I rode on. I ran out of options and had to climb this last chance street to get to the top of the city.  It was so tough that I gasped up the hill.  There was a car backing out of a driveway but I didn’t stop for him, I just went around.  He passed me and took a left at the top and stopped.  I came upon him and rode around on the drivers side.  He had stopped to let another car back out of a driveway and do a three point turn.  I heard him slow as he began to pass and was expecting a tongue lashing.  I looked and saw his passenger window roll down.  Here it comes I though.  “Your the man” he said.  “Your the only biker I have seen ride up that hill. Even the kids get off and walk their bikes.”  I wanted to respond but I had no breath in me to say anything.  I just gave him a thumbs up and put my hand on my heart and took a deep breath.  I’m da man. Nice

Tonight is date night and wifey and I have tickets at the Z to the Gypsy Kings concert.  Another nice.

Destination Soup

Destination Soup 2

Day 22 of 30 days of biking. A short 10 mile ride into the city for lunch. They have a healthy salad that is so wonderful it’s called wunderkind.  It’s big as most healthy salads tend to be. It the kind that takes 45 minutes to eat and you only consume like 6 calories.  I also had to take a photo in preparation for this years coffeeneuring challenge.

Wonderkind Salad
Wunderkind salad and tomato basil soup.  mmmmm
Coffee in NB
coffee at Destination Soup in New Bedford, MA

It’s a full moon and I’ll probably go out tonight and ride the FBC Fairhaven club ride alone again.  The full moon rides died out a few years ago when no one would take over the logistics of the monthly ride. But FBC Sandpoint is still going strong. It’s also earth day so I’ll stop along the way and find a sexy tree to hug.  No, really. I do that every once in a while. I’m a tree huggah. (said in my best Boston accent).

Day 20 of 30 Days of Biking

Hanging at the coffee shop before the 7 PM meeting. 

There are days that it’s difficult to get on your bike instead of using your car for short trips around town. It wasn’t that long ago that using a bike to ride into the city for a meeting never crossed into my mind.  I just got in the car and drove.   Continue reading “Day 20 of 30 Days of Biking”

Lots Happening Today


I was really pushing to get to my hair dresser for an 8 AM appointment.  When I approached the last traffic light a block from the salon the cop cars began arriving. Town cops, state police, and unmarked police cars.  They crossed my path and stopped just a few yards from where I was waiting for the light to change.  When I looked I saw a kid running across the street being chased by two cops.  I rode to the side street in time to see the kid on the ground with two cops hovering over him. (photo on the right above) It was five till eight and I had a decision to make.  Needless to say, I was late for my hair cut.  These two kids chose a house that had camera surveillance. The owner was at work and his phone alerted him to movement in his house.  He logged in and saw the two burglars and the rest is history. The homeowners video is HERE

It was also day 8 of my 30 days of biking commitment. Not much to say about that except as usual I took some photos.  The big news however is a phone call I got from Thailand on WhatsApp, an application that lets you text or make calls over the internet to anyone in the world who is both on the internet and has WhatApp.

#3 son Brandon’s lady Janea, told me that they found him on the side of the road unconscious after being hit by a car.  He was returning from the Crit races in Austin.  He is going to be OK in time, but is a hurt’n puppy now.  Broken collar and severe concussion.  The world has certainly gotten smaller with me getting a call from Thailand telling me about something that happened in Austin.

Riding With Charlie

Wayland #99

Day 6 of the 30 days of biking challenge. I has to lollygag this morning waiting for the temperature to become somewhat reasonable for April.  I decided to try some new areas in the city, (New Bedford, MA) and things worked out pretty well.


Charlie trying to work out the technology on his flip phone.

I ran into Charlie, a fellow daily bike rider, downtown.  He was also riding north today and invited me along.  Charlie does a lot more riding in the city so he knows the “Secret Places“. It was a show-ish ride and we made quite a few stops that presented pretty good photo opportunities.  Continue reading “Riding With Charlie”

Fort Rodman/Fort Taber in New Bedford, MA

We took the dogs into the city to the Fort Rodman National Park. It’s an old army base that was closed in the mid 60’s.  Fort Taber was built as a defensive installation during the war of 1812.  In the video I say 1912 but Robert E Lee, the design engineer, would have been dead for quite a long time.

This was a chance to try out my new camera and take the dogs for a ride in the car to someplace other than the vet or boarding.


FORT RODMAN from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

That Was Then

Navy Reserve Building demo
This is now

We owned a Luncheonette just outside the gate  of an army base and it was also the end of the line for the public buses.  In the 40’s and 50’s at around 11:30 PM, my parents would begin cooking and wrapping hamburgers in wax paper.  Soon the buses filled with soldiers would arrive and after drinking too much, they would stop into our place and order hamburgers.  Four, five, six at a time.  They were drunk and in a hurry to get back on base before the midnight curfew.  You could say, we were one of the first fast food burger joints.  Being the industrious sort, my father also had a couple of spare bedrooms upstairs and hired really good looking waitresses, if you get my drift.  In the 40’s and 50’s my family was pretty well off. Continue reading “That Was Then”