Tag: south coast massachusetts

Photo Shoot by Bike

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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2017 Fairhaven Photo Shoot by Bike from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

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:

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Revolutionary War and Fort Phoenix

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Over the weekend the Fairhaven and Wareham Militia  encamped at Fort Phoenix for a demonstration of life of Americans defending New England during the time of the Revolution.

Fort History

 

On May 13-14, 1775, the first naval battle of the American Revolution took place off our shore when the local militia, under the command of Nathaniel Pope and Daniel Egery, captured two British sloops in Buzzard’s Bay.

Shortly afterward, the town petitioned for the construction of a fort at Nolscot Point for the protection of the harbor. 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.

Portraying colonial men, women, and children, the members of the Fairhaven Village Militia talk to visitors about the history of the fort and about life during the Revolutionary War period. Flintlock musket firing demonstrations are given at times when the militia is on duty.

2016 SEPTEMBER FORT PHOENIX REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA REDOUBT from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

West Island

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“West Island is named for one of it’s early owners, a man named West. The island juts out into Buzzard’s Bay, and is connected to Sconticut Neck by a causeway. Most of the island is owned by the state and is kept as a wildlife preserve. The town owns acres of beach-land, the Fairhaven Town Beach. This is one of the nicest beaches on Buzzard’s Bay, with over a mile of beach, and waters warmed by the shallow Buzzard’s Bay. It is also an ideal location to watch the sailboats that revel in the famous Buzzard’s Bay breeze.” Dana Morris.

Rode for a couple of hours around the island hanging out and taking pictures.

Country Riding

There is an arrowed bike route that is a good mix of suburban and rural riding. I don’t do the whole route and track my mileage with my Garmin Tour GPS unit.  I had been riding for around 45 minutes when I looked at the display and it read 2 miles. I had forgotten to press start so the device only recorded my MPH.  Those lost miles were the bane of this ride. Every once in a while during the ride, those miles haunted me.

I decide that when I get home,  I’ll use my car to record the miles that I lost and upload them to Strava where I’m recording my stats.   Then I thought that the average speed would be out of whack for me.  Then I thought that I would just drive slow.  Right, that would go over with the drivers behind me on this endeavor. Then I though, who cares.  So I didn’t go. I did however, shoot some video between the hauntings.

 

2016 SEPT. 13 MIDDLEBORO RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

A Simple Day

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The storm passed, the sun began making it’s way through the clouds and the sky began to turn blue.  It was 3:30 in the afternoon and it was time for a bike ride.  The road bike got a tune up from Scottee’s Bike Shop in Westport.  It was my second visit and I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality of workmanship, the friendliness of the wrenches and the reasonable prices.

Most of the regular road bike riders were done for the day.  There was one unusual group that I ran into yesterday and today they passed me just at the right time.  A couple more roadies on this route but basically it was me,some horses and a fruit stand.

A SIMPLE DAY from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Sunday Club Ride in Southeastern Massachusetts

Three of us drove to Swansea, MA to join the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen’s Swansea Bikeworks Ride.  The choices were 13-25 and 50 mile options on this very hilly course. Nicholas, our 16 year old new rider is getting very fast and strong.  I sent him to ride 50 mile with the Cat 1 and 2 riders to test his speed and endurance. Just join the paceline I instructed.  He was worried about getting dropped and lost.  “There will be another slower group of Cat 3 and 4 riders you can hook up with not far behind.  If all else fails, pay attention to the orange arrows on the road. They will guide you”.

Jason and I chose the 25 mile option.  I slowed a couple of times to shoot video footage and Jason stayed with the pack. When I got to the hospitality area at the end of the ride, Jay was no where to be found.  Jay is also new to club riding and didn’t realize he was in a mixed pack.  When the 25 mile riders turned away from the pack, Jay stayed with the 50 mile group.  He reasoning was that the 25 mile group seemed to have better kits and he thought those were the better riders. I had to backtrack on the route to find him and SAG him.  Nic finished the 50 miles in a little over three hours.  His dad met him at the finish and we all drove to the Bikeworks shop to get some upgraded equipment for Nic.  He got some clip-less racing pedals and shoes that will improve his riding considerably.  He was riding on flat pedals with sneakers until now.  No more of that.

Untitled from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Cape Cod Riding

We drove to Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod to ride the Shining Sea Bike Path to Wood’s Hole. We packed our sandwiches but did stop at the Marine Biological Institute for chips and coffee before dining on the outside seating area.

Today’s Video was filmed entirely with the Kodak Playsport Z5.Kodak-z5 It’s really a near perfect video camera to use while riding.  I have done quite a few projects for bike groups using this exclusively.  Tomorrow I’ll be filming with another camera.  Sunday I’m doing a project for the Tour de Creme ride and want to make sure everything is hunky dory.

 

 

2016 MAY SHINING SEA BIKE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

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Tour de Creme Trailer

Another beautiful day for a bike ride.  Today I set out to ride the Tour de Creme 25 mile option route. It’s a fundraising ride for the Mattapoisett Land Trust on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. I offered to video the ride and today was to familiarize  myself with the route. Not long into the ride I decided to take some videos and produce a trailer.

TOUR DE CREME TAILER from John Sullivan on Vimeo.