Today was the first day of rehab since I had a heart stent installed on Nov. 21. It's a 6 mile ride to the hospital and the day screamed for a bike ride. Needless to say the staff was a bit surprised. I told them I ride every day and also walk 4 or 5 miles with the dogs. After a 30 minute ride into the wind and mostly uphill, rehab sat me on some machine that resembles a recumbent bike that has handlebars that mimic rowing for 5 minutes. My heart rate got to 85 and recovered to 58 in a little over a minute. "See you next Wednesday". I am scheduled for 36 visits at $15 each. I flinched and we agreed that I would continue till I lose 10 lbs. Now that I have incentive, that should take about a week.
New Bedford was twice the richest city in America. It was the whaling capital for a long time then transformed to textiles in the 1920's. The 1% who ran things built some very spectacular homes.
On the return trip, I ran into a regular biker crossing the bridge with his buddy.