Tag: New Bedford Ma

Going Secular

As I began my ride I passed by three ex churches, and decided to make the theme today. the closed churches locally. In the surrounding towns most of the churches, of all denominations, are rapidly closing their doors.  Some are in prime locations and are scheduled to be converted to secular uses.  Some are in impoverished areas and are wasting away.

There are very few church affiliated schools and other indoctrinating techniques left in many parts of the country.  The decline in church membership and religious affiliation has followed.   Around here, the churches that are left have very small memberships, who are for the most part, in their 70’s and 80’s.  The choice of nearly 5000 gods, makes everyone an atheist who doesn’t believe in the one true god that someone else believes. The younger generation has figured out that religion is not necessary to lead a good life and they realized that churches have become political and fundraising institutions, that more and more of the under 50 crowd want nothing to do with.

Years ago Sunday morning was an easy overtime day for the local police force who got extra duty directing traffic around the many churches in the area.  Now,  most of the churches have been relegated to gypsy status in small storefronts and run by some guy with a mail order minister title.

The best transition I have seen is outside of Washington DC in Brunswick, MD. called, Beans in the Belfry.

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Sitting alone and rotting away

 

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Abandoned but it may be converted into a restaurant

 

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Just sitting empty for 5 years

 

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Soon to be demolished and replaced by a convenience store.
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Abandoned church for sale.
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Church school scheduled for demoliton

 

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Once a church, now a private home

 

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Church being reconditioned into a homeless shelter

 

2015 Coffeeneuring Challenge Celebration Ride

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.

ONE LAST COFFEE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Stormy Weather and Weekend Rides

The intent was to ride a few miles to a local animal shelter and do come comp work on the phone system.  The ride began with the sun shining, only a wisp of wind and warm temperatures. It wouldn’t take long to install the phones so breakfast was postponed till after the job was done.  A quick stop into a local super market for an apple to tide me over would be perfect.   Things changed very quickly and exiting the market I saw this.
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Storm Brewing
Storm Brewing

I needed 10 minutes to get into the city and that seemed like it would be cutting it close.  I stopped at the local McDonald’s to use their internet to check the weather.  It was going to be close but I decided to go for it.  Like the game show where you have money in your hand or you can risk it all for a grand prize.  The money in my hand was coffee at McDonalds or take a chance on crossing the river to Green Bean Cafe for a wonderful cappuccino and a blueberry scone.

The choice was easy.
The choice was easy.
Waiting out the storm
Waiting out the storm

While having coffee, I got a call that the phone system was up and working at the animal shelter and I had the day to myself.

I hadn’t been on the road bike since May.  There is a story to that but it’s not interesting.  I got old Gurtrude aka Yellow Bike ready for her first road ride since then.  We will tack on an additional 30 miles this afternoon just to kick start the mojo for some serious road riding over the next few weeks beginning tomorrow.

SATURDAY

Falmouth to Wood’s Hole on the Shining Sea bike trail.  Met at the parking lot on RT 151 #16 on this map.  Be there for an 8:30 AM start.

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.

New Bedford, MA

I took a ride into the city across the river.  It’s one I do often and no matter how many times I do the same route, I find something different.  I stopped for ice cream at the business I owned back in the mid 80s.  Stopped and talked with the locked out United Steel Workers at their plant.  Rode the elevated bike way along Buzzards Bay, and looked around the originals Berkshire Hathaway complex that once employed twelve thousand textile workers. The complex is gradually being demolished saving as much of the valuable brick and lumber as possible, for resale.

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The elevated bike and walkway
Railings have been installed and lights to follow
Railings have been installed and lights to follow

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Security guard at the locked out Steel Plant.
Security guard at the locked out Steel Plant.
Freighter at New Bedford's State Pier.
Freighter at New Bedford’s State Pier.
The back end of the freighter.
The back end of the freighter.
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Out door dining and music at the Skipper.
Music on the pier at the Skipper Motel
Music on the pier at the Skipper Motel

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
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Historic Homes. New Bedford, Ma
Whaler Tavern, New Bedford, Ma
In the National Historic Park of New Bedford
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Seaman's Bethel at Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA
Seaman’s Bethel, Whaling National Park in New Bedford, MA

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

Friday Funny

Living the Retired Life.

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

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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.

Black Dog diver
Black Dog diver
Vincent the Black Dog diver
Vincent the Black Dog diver
Harbor Tours
Harbor Tours
Hazardous SUV
Hazardous SUV
Harbor Tours
Harbor Tours
Harbor Tours 2
Harbor Tours 2
Boat in New Bedford Harbor
Boat in New Bedford Harbor
Martha's Vineyard High Speed Ferry
Martha’s Vineyard High Speed Ferry
Bait
Bait
Seastreak
Seastreak
Lunch in the park
Lunch in the park

Samantha Johnson (America’s Got Talent)

Rode to the Friday night concert on Pier 3 in New Bedford, Ma. The funk band was killing it and ended their first set with a great rendition of Bruno Mars Uptown Funk. After the mayor introduced New Bedford’s own Samantha Johnson who had the crowd and judges standing and screaming at her audition. She took the stage and thanked the city for all the support, reminded us to vote and let loose with a great Stevie Wonder song.

Football, Music and Bike Rides

Football

Spent mid week in Atlanta with both boys at #2 sons home.  We gathered for the Gold Cup semi finals and watched the US get beat by Jamaica in front of 72,000 screaming fans in a sold out Georgia Dome. My first US Men’s National Team game was in some small college field in Indiana back in the mid 80’s with less than a thousand fans packed in sitting on portable stands.

Leaving the house in our US outfits.
Leaving the house in our US outfits.
We  changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.
We changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.

The second game was how I remembered playing football back in the 20th century, with all the controversy, bad fan behavior and the general craziness of the atmosphere. This is how it’s done in the Southern Americas and it’s very entertaining.

On the music side of things.

The Friday night concert series on Pier 3 in New Bedford will feature a send off celebration Samantha-Johnsonfor Samantha Johnson. She has been performing all over the county and abroad for a long time and she is now being recognized as a trained, well polished, professional vocalist.

The concert proceeds with Brass Force Funk band.  I’ll be packing my bike with a couple of cold ones and riding from Fairhaven at around 5:30 ish.

Biking this weekend

Bike Fall River will hold 2 rides this weekend
Saturday – July 25, 2015 – Portsmouth – Tiverton – Little Compton Ride
The riders will meet on Park Avenue in Portsmouth, park on the road near 501 Park Avenue (Grazianos Restaurant)
*** See Attached Map for the Ride***
Ride will start at 8:30am – this ride is for experienced cyclists – all on-road – 27 miles with some hills.
This is a beautiful ride that will go over the new Sakonnet River Bridge bike path into Tiverton along the water front.
Once in Little Compton the group will ride inland toward Route 177 and then back to Park Avenue in Portsmouth.
Helmets highly recommended, make sure to bring along water and a snack.
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Sunday – July 26, 2015 – East Bay Bike Path — For those who want to ride at a leisurely pace on a flat route this is it!!!
Riders will meet at 9:00am. Take Route 103 into Warren and take the first left after Dels Lemonade (Railroad Avenue) Park on the left
*** This ride is perfect for beginners!! ***  Ride will start at 9:15am – come and enjoy the scenery along the bike path.
This will be a leisurely ride. Helmets Highly Recommended – bring water and a snack – who knows, maybe we will stop for ice cream along the way!!!
All rides are weather permitting
Any questions contact Brian Pearson at btrekman@comcast.net
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Saturday
– 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 9:00 AM
Contact John Nery for more details.

A Ride Into the Smugglers Den

Fort Rodman is located on the Southern tip of the New Bedford, MA peninsular.  It’s a near perfect sight for re-enactments.  In June there was the WWII event with lots of German, English and US Army actors.   There have been battles WWI and the Spanish American war, as well as the Revolutionary War reenactments.   This weekend, the Pirates were in town and the event’s highlight was the naval battle in Buzzards Bay.

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Preparing for the battle at sea
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English sloop
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Pirates of Buzzard’s Bay

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There were dozens of Johnny Depp Characters