SouthCoast Joyful Riders Wednesday Night Ride

Every Wednesday in April and May.

Ride starts and ends at Moby Dick Brewing on Union and South Water Street in New Bedford. Across from the YMCA.

Rides begin at 6 PM

All biking skill levels are welcome, no one’ll be left behind. Expect a joyful-conversational pace of 10 mph, but the group will determine our speed. This ride will end at Moby Dick Brewing on Union and South Water in New Bedford.

This week we will ride the two New Bedford Elevated Harbor Walks at a casual pace. The ride is mostly bike path and bike lanes with some quiet streets at the start. Bring a lock, bike lights, a spare tube in case you get a flat.  Most of all, bring your camera.  The vistas are spectacular.

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Super Tuesday In New Bedford, MA


The last time President Clinton was here was to help in the governors race in 1996.  With him was Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.  Bill made his return to Clinton Country today to stump for Hillary. We all waited almost two hours and it was well worth it.

2016 Super Tuesday in New Bedford from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Night Ride

Yesterday was such a great riding day but I had things to do that prevented me from doing a long ride.  There was a  gathering at the Buzzards Bay Coalition headquarters for the volunteers beginning a 5 PM.  I was not in a rush to get there on time thinking it was one of those casual party type events. Little did I know that it was also a meeting with guest speakers and scientists.

I didn’t get to the function till around 5:30 and lo and behold,  there was only a pittance of food left on the buffet table.  I had to scrape the tidbits from two salad bowls to have something.  There was plenty of cake though, thanks to Marie Antoinette. On the bright side, Sam Adams came through with plenty of larger which allowed me to ride the 6 miles home imitating a pinball machines silver orb.  Good thing I didn’t drive to the function.

Today is a 30 mile fitness ride on one of my regular routes.  I think I have photos in stock of just about every building, tree, animal and whatever, so I will only have my little point an shoot emergency camera in case something unusual gets my attention.   I’m also putting this on Strava so I don’t want to have one of those meager 18 MPH averages speed rides broadcast to the world.

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Black Dog Divers working the night shift
Black Dog Divers working the night shift
Buzzards Bay Coalition Headquarters in New Bedford, Ma
Pick out the scientists

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.

Buzzards Bay Swim

There was a rally for the volunteers for Saturday’s Buzzard Bay Swim. It was too good an evening not to ride my bike the four miles to the gathering and the waterfront was abuzz with activity.

It was a quiet ride home but I did stop at the salt marsh to watch all the activity in the water. Duck families, egrets, lots of small birds like robins, starlings and others scrambling for a last minute meal, making a racket with their screams. Needless to say, the nine feet of snow we had on the ground a few short weeks ago is nothing but a fond memory.

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Sunday Bike Ride With No Destination

If you ride a bike a lot, you know that you see so much more going on around you that passes by unnoticed if your in a car. Today was one of those days that a ride was in order, but a club ride, even one of the most popular local rides, just didn’t fit the bill.

There was no plan to go anywhere in particular.  It was simply a beautiful day to ride a bike. The Phoenix Bike Path in Fairhaven, MA, takes us close to the New Bedford bridge that crosses the Acushnet river into the city. When I got to the span, the bridge was opened to boat traffic.  I usually try to photograph the boat going through the opening.  On this day I looked back to see a wonderful perspective of Fairhaven.  Taking multiple shots playing with the zoom, aperture or shutter speed, gives a photographer a much better chance of getting that really good shot.

Fairhaven Center from the New Bedford bridge.
Fairhaven Center from the New Bedford bridge.

As I progressed into the city, I came across a food festival at Pier 3 and a dog festival at Buttonwood Park. From the park my ride took me on an easy spin to the south end where I stopped and chatted with some friends for a few minutes. At the end of the peninsula the long line at  Clark’s Point Creamery was a big help in my resisting stopping for a dairy treat. Fort Rodman, Fort Taber, and East Beach were spectacular this day.

On the return crossing into Fairhaven on the bridge, the crew of Captain Leroy’s deep sea fishing trip, were filleting the days catch for the patrons who were loading up their bus for the long return ride to New Jersey. Once back in Fairhaven at Cushman Park, the local track club was in the middle of the Jr. events.

On the club ride, I may have gotten into a pace line, put my head down, and hammered for a couple of hours.  Today was a mellow, fun ride that really hit the spot. The club rides are OK.  The rides with no destination can be the best ride.  Either way a bike is so much better than climbing into a car, blasting the radio and trying to beat yellow lights, and the other cars to the next light.

The few photos of today’s ride are set to music using Cyberlink Power Director 13.

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Sunday Ride in Fairhaven and New Bedford, May 2015 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Fort to Fort Ride

The ride will take us around the point of New Bedford into Fort Rodman/Fort Taber.
The ride will take us around the point of New Bedford into Fort Rodman/Fort Taber.

Meet at 99 Restaurant for a 9 AM start.

Directions to ride start

The city of New Bedford was  free city during the time of the slavery.  They were welcome and protected from the slave hunters by local residents and it’s mayor Rodney French.

French was a Free-Soiler – a pre-Civil War political party that opposed slavery and the admission of slave states into the Union. His actual political affiliation is dubious. I have come across documents that state he was a Democrat and others that state he was a Republican. We do know that he was a delegate to Republican National

Convention from Massachusetts in 1856 and that he was considered a “Black” Republican because of his anti-slavery or abolitionist platform.

His anti-slavery stance did not make him very popular among his peers and the aristocrats of society. In fact, this put his career and life in harm’s way often. He lost many a business relationship and opportunity, surely including revenue, and especially in pro-slavery North Carolina.

We will be riding around the point of New Bedford on Rodney French Boulevard. Clarks Cove will be on our right at the beginning of the Blvd.  At the end of the point we will enter Fort Rodman, whereon September 5th and 6th, 1778, the British

East Rodney French Blvd. Butler Flats Light house can be seen in the Acushnet River.
East Rodney French Blvd. Butler Flats Light house can be seen in the Acushnet River.

landed 4000 troops  marching through and destroying much of New Bedford.  The troops marched inland along the west shore of the Acushnet River to Acushnet, then came south through Fairhaven to Sconticut Neck.

 At this time the British drove a group of 34 local militiamen under the command of Timothy Ingraham from Fort Phoenix, burned the barracks, broke up the gun platforms and smashed all but one of the cannons.

When the fort was rebuilt following the 1778 attack, it was named Fort Phoenix after the mythical bird which rose from its own ashes.

The original fort was built by Capt. Benjamin Dillingham and Eleazer Hathaway between 1775 and 1777. It was outfitted with eleven cannon, several of which had been captured in the Bahamas by John Paul Jones.