Linda on the MS Global in New York State

Linda with Tyler Hamilton
Linda with Tyler Hamilton

Linda rode MS Global during the past week.   She raised a lot of money for the Multiple Sclerosis fund.  Vito was also riding as a crew chief.  The South Shore Bikers were well represented.

In the picture above was Tyler Hamilton with Linda. Linda would ride with him over the past 7 days.  Tyler Hamilton raced for gold in the Olympics.

Vito & Linda on top of Whiteface
Vito & Linda on top of Whiteface

MV Skunk tour 2016 recap

We had a great ride!  It started off, slow.  Two riders missed the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  To be true to our word we waited for them at Oak Bluffs.  We ride, together.  This is touring ride, anyways.

In the forest on one of the bikepaths
In the forest on one of the bikepaths

We rolled from Oak Bluffs towards the interior of the island.  We made a pass over the northern part of the Forest surrounding the island’s major airport.  From there we made some zig-zags to head towards South Road. We went over some nicely laid pavement.

The wind started to collect its forces against us.  There was a strong

Gayhead Lighthouse by Maria Mejia
Gayhead Lighthouse by Maria Mejia

headwind as rolled through Chilmark on the way to Aquinnah.  Combined with the high humidity it made a challenge.  We took a tour of Lobsterville but we did not take the bikeferry to Memensha.  We headed for Gayhead lighthouse.

We stopped at the restaurant overlooking the bluffs to regroup and eat somLadies in Aquinnahe hamburgers.  Afterall, it was national hamburger day!  We had a great tailwind on the return towards Chilmark.  Those miles ticked furiouslypast.  We went up Middle Road, which featured smooth pavement and a tailwind.

After the ride we stopped in Vineyard Haven for some ice cream at Murdicks.

 

Westport Ride

Save the date. We will have a touring ride of the South Coast on October 2. We will meet at the Westport Public Library.  Roll at 9AM, sharp.  Please advise us a headcount prior to the ride.

See https://www.strava.com/clubs/186760/group_events/119098?new=true for a map.

This route has a stop at a new coffee shop by the state line. We will also roll past Lee’s Market. The general store at Rock’o’Dundee is no more.

Thanks,

Bill

65 Mile Grist Mill route

In Onset
In Onset

On Saturday a bunch of rode from the Grist Mill. We did 65 miles.  We have several options from the Grist Mill.  It is great place to park within downtown Plymouth.  We can walk via the pathway to the waterfront for a recovery snack after the ride.

You don’t have to stick the exact route all of the time.  You can vary the route.  Some of the roads in Wareham and Rochester have new pavement. It is very enjoyable to ride them.  A good stretch in Middleboro was also paved.  It is nice to change it up every once in awhile.

On this route we actually went on the canal for a change of pace.  It is busy, but it was workable.  It was nice to have fully furnished restrooms at MP 20, too.  In the map shown below you can see the whole route.

We stopped for breakfast in Onset.  Around 10:30am, we were drinking coffee and eating pizza.  We heard a few stories from a man with a gift of gab.

Check out facebook page for impromptu ride scheduling.

Map of 65 mile route
Map of 65 mile route

Great Norwell

We had fun at the Coastal Route, today.  It was not oppressively hot, either.

SSB_Ladies

We had a good ride. Craig, Travis, and I rode for the 37 mile route. It is 39 miles with the box. We are working on new routes to keep it fresh and different. The 39 miles on the new route could feature a coffee stop at the other “French Memories.”

We had 24 starters for the ride, today. Most rode the 30 mile route. Vito met the group at Coffee Corner. We saw some of the Blue Hills gang roll through border street at Z5; this means that they were racing past us.

We had new rider, Steve, that joined the group. The weather was perfect in comparison to some of those tough days of a few weeks past. We will keep the ride at 8 AM for a few more weekends, but eventually we will move to a 9AM start-time.

New pavement on Circuit St
New pavement on Circuit St

The new pavement on Circuit street is wonderful. Some of the shots are from Circuit street. Some rode over the million dollar mile. Others went up the repaved Pleasant St. Circuit to Pleasant is completely new!

Bill

Final days of Summer

The last Marshfield ride of the season will be on Wednesday, August 31. The ride start is from Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield.  We roll at 6PM, sharp.  Let’s hope that we can have this ride again for the next year.  It has been off to a good start.  The ride was initiated late in the season.  You have to come to the weekly rides every week.  Otherwise, no one actually shows!  It can’t just be there for when you need it.  You have to go and support your clubmates.

The ride on Saturday will be from Norwell High School.  We will ride 30 to 50 miles depending on the interests of the attendees.

Last week, we had about 8 riders choose the 30 mile option.  8 other riders went for the 50 mile route.  The 50 mile route has about 1800 feet of elevation gain in 50 miles.  The 50 mile route features some rolling hills in Marshfield followed by a return to Scituate via the roads of Cohasset and a portion of the Coastal Route.

Bill

Grist Mill ride

We tried a new a new starting location on August 20.

Map of the route
Map of the route

We parked at the free municipal parking lot in Plymouth.  Yes, there is a free lot.  We went for a nice ride along many of the recently paved roads in the cranberry country. Somehow, OCipollini managed to find a number of fresh roads with low traffic counts.

The ride went along the infamous Billington Sea.  We headed into Myles Standish Forest.  There were a few mini-rollers in the Forest.  Most of them were on fresh and black tarmac.  We stopped at the Ranger’s station for a break.

We continued into the cranberry country and went past many of the cranberry bogs of Carver and Middleboro.  We went west and were close to the Lakeville line.  We were not too far from the other Cranberry route that we developed.

It was a great ride.  We went for coffee and sandwiches after the ride.  In the picture below Dan had disappeared.  Len took the picture.

 

Some of the group!
Some of the group!