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This is an annual ride sponsored by Ten Speed Spokes bike shop in Newport R.I. It takes us through the touristy Thames St, along the waterfront and Fort Adams where the popular Newport Jazz festival is held. From there it"s onto Ocean Drive, a ten mile ride along the waterfront and the stiff ocean breeze first in your face, and ending with the wind at your back at it should be. The road curves onto Belleview Avenue that is famous for the outrageous mansions built by the likes of the Vanderbilts to name one.
We ran into and old friend, Steve Prince who came with Jeff the postman and Bubba the brother in law. We saw them off and on during the ride and joined them for libation and food post ride. Our group of three cut the ride short turning back at 2nd beach giving us around 17 miles of riding. We all were quick out of the box and most times that I looked down at my speed-o-meter we were riding in excess of 20MPH. That took it's toll on us but most of all there was free pizza and beer waiting for us back at the bike shop.
This was David's first, Brandon's second and my seventh ride with this group. It's always the Thursday closest to the summer solstice and it's always a great time riding this event.
Ocean Dr. Newport R.I.
David and Brandon riding along Ocean Dr.
Belleville Ave. Newport R.I.
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