Our friends from last week materialized out of nowhere.Click any photo for big. Click it again for bigger.
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Two of us decided to do the Somerset ride again without the group this time. Three of us planned the ride but one called in sick. We again drove to the parking lot in Somerset and began the 27 mile ride through six SouthCoast Massachusetts towns.
The suburban part of the ride is the shortest stretch and this time we didn't stop at any of the historic sights. We were about to move into the rural section of the ride and noticed there was a parade forming. We were about to ask the cop blocking one of the road if we could pass on a bike when out of the blue a bunch of the Saturday group materialized. They were out on a short ride that brought them into Dighton where we met up.
We chatted a bit and I volunteered to organize a ride from Fairhaven, Ma to the Cape Cod Canal. It's one of our group's favorites and it's just under 50 miles. None of this Saturday group had road bikes, so we'll see if any show up for the 50 miler. It's flat and easy, but it's still 50 miles.
The cop told us to ride fast and get in front of the parade or we would have to wait till it passed. We did that easily but had to ride the gauntlet for a couple of miles until our turnoff. The Dighton parade was very country-ish. Lots of tractors and noisy sirens from the police and fire department vehicles. Dave led the way and got everyone's attention while I trailed and took candid photos.
We rode a few miles into Berkley, Assonet and Freetown, before again entering the city of hills Fall River, MA. The hills that used to really hammer us seem very tame this late into the season. It's good training for our 400 mile Erie Canal bike trip in July.
This one started getting a little antsy
Dighton Rock tourist attraction. Yup, a rock.
Born 1783, Died 1854
This was a hopping joint not that long ago. The Assonet Inn. Really good pizza. Don't know if it's still in business.
Dave says this bridge is really cool. I say it's cement and steel and not a big deal. He says it's an engineering marvel. I say it looks like a simple bridge. It could be a marvel of simplicity I suppose.
View from the top of the bridge looking at Fall River, MA
To end the ride, Dave got right hooked by a guy in a Toyota. There was a right hand merge lane onto the bridge, Dave signaled that he was staying to the left but stayed in the right hand turn lane. The car passed him and turned right cutting him off. Dave let lose with both fingers.
Till next time.