Saturday, November 2, 2013

East Bay Bike Path With Side Trips

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Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence ( 2 parking lots): From I-95 North and South: Take Route 195 East to Exit 4 (Riverside), continue on Veterans Parkway to the first bike path parking area approximately 1/4 mile on your right. Another parking area is located 1/4 mile south on your right. From 195 West: Take Exit 6 South Broadway. Take a left turn at the bottom of the exit onto South Broadway, and then continue straight on South Broadway for approximately 2 miles to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway, bike path parking areas will be approximately 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile intervals on your left.

Distance:29.51 mi
Moving Time:2:30:55
Elapsed Time:3:13:00
Avg Speed:9.2 mph
Avg Moving Speed:11.7 mph
Max Speed:19.8 mph

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The East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island is a 13.5 mile rail to trail conversion that is a nice flat ride.  What is unique about it is that the rider passes near some really old, quaint well kept New England towns and villages.  Today I got off the "beaten path" to ride through some of these places.   Bristol, Warren and Barrington R.I. have some typical waterfronts that have been spared the hotel and condo developments.  They are all pretty much single family areas and probably will remain that way forever.  No one want to give up the beauty of the place that would be lost if developers ever got their dirty little hands on these places.

There is a group of riders who do this path every Saturday morning.  They are members of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and call this the Cafe Ride.  I ran into them at the bagel shop in Bristol R.I. 
 The Wheelmen

Bristol R.I. center

I did notice that the leaves were not only still on the trees but in some places they had just begun to turn.  Most places in the area have trees nearly bare of their foliage but for some reason we have green. 

When I left the house this morning I was torn between this ride and a longer one on Cape Cod.  Things worked out well today and there is a high probability of riding the Cape tomorrow. Sunday November 3rd. 

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