Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rehoboth Loop In Reverse

39 degree's and sunny at the start.
The sun beginning to set over the many fields in Rehoboth.

They sell homemade jams and jellies here in the warmer weather.

I decided to do my usual ride in reverse last night and it seemed to be less hilly than the normal direction. I know that's not possible, but not having to climb the hills at the end made a big difference. I ended up with 14.5 miles and that put me over 200 miles for the year so far.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tim's Birthday

We went to Union Station Brewery yesterday for Tim's 22nd birthday. We all had a great time and there's no better way to spend a rainy afternoon, than with great beer and food.

Friday, February 20, 2009

When Will It Warm Up? I Can't Wait!

I find it harder and harder to get on my bike as this winter continues. I long for the warm summer days, when I can feel the warm rays of the sun on my back. How long has it been since I had sweat running down my forehead? Too long!

Track Prep At The Drags

One of the things done in the morning before the racing starts is to prep the track. They take torches and heat up the rubber left on the track from the previous day, then they scrape it off. Usually followed by spraying traction compound on the track and rubbing it in with a tractor that has special pads on it. Check out the link and see how it's done.

Monday, February 16, 2009


This is the northern most end of the Blackstone path right now.
Were we bumming when we saw all the ice.

Bryant University, my son Thomas graduated from there.

Believe it or not, I think this is someones house.

It's on the Lincoln/Smithfield line on Lime Rock rd.

John and I decided to deviate from the club ride at the RT 104 split and head up to Woonsocket and do all of the Blackstone Bikepath. We knew that the paths had cleared out in South County and Cranston so we thought the Blackstone would be clear also. What a shock when we got to the path, not clear at all at the northern end. So we decided to take RT 122 back to the start via RT 116. When we turned onto RT 116 we could look down and see the path. It looked clear for the most part, so we turned into the parking area and could only ride about 50 yards before we hit solid ice on the path leading down to the main path. Snubbed again, so we headed back to the start and ended up with about 24 miles.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Snake Talks About The Old Days

This is the first in a series of commercials, that will air on TV this year for Full Throttle Energy Drink. They are the major sponsor for the NHRA. Click on the link to check it out.

Early Spring Ride

This hill goes on for about a mile, but its gradual and has a couple of flat spots.
The ride started sunny, but clouds rolled in fast.

Sun setting over soccer field.

Yesterday we hit an unbelievable 55 degree's, so you know I was out on my bike after work. I got 15 miles in before the sun set. The days are getting longer and it won't be long before I take off my head light.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Only Got An Hour

The sun hasn't set yet.
Start and finish.

There's still plenty of snow around.

I had to meet up with Barbara, so I only had an hour to ride. Better than not riding at all. I got a quick 10 miles in, on one of my regular loops.

Monday, February 9, 2009

John's Frozen Seat Post

Brand new Brooks B17, pure comfort.
Seat tube after honing.

The bastard is finally out.

Almost there.

Soaking away and praying it works.

I've been promising John, I would take a look at his Lemond, that has a frozen seat post. He bought a new Brooks B17 saddle and we knew we would have to change the height of the post to compensate for the new Brooks. I brought the bike home, mounted it in my work stand and examined it. Sure enough, I could see rust from the steel frame and decided to give it a try at moving it. No way, frozen solid. I sprayed the post clamp area with P B Blaster for four days and finally got it to move. It took two more days of soaking it, before I was able to remove it completely. I honed the inside of the seat tube, to clean out the rust and corrosion and cleaned up the seat post also. Good as new.

NBW Taunton River Ride

It was a balmy 50 degree's for yesterdays ride. The sun played peekaboo and it even sprinkled for a couple of the 21 miles near the end of the ride. The best part of the ride and the most scenic was along the Taunton river.

Friday, February 6, 2009

NHRA Season Opens With A Tough First Day

It wasn't a good first day at the NHRA Winternationals. First a pickup truck in Stock Eliminator snapped a tire off sending the vehicle into the Xmas tree, which delayed qualifying for a while. Then the rains came about half way through the day ending qualifying for the rest of the day. Lets hope today turns out better.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Less Than One Day To Go

The 2009 NHRA Drag Racing season starts tomorrow with the Winternationals in California. I can't wait. Can you say Nitro baby?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Here We Go Again

Here's the radar picture of the snow storm hitting us right now. Their still not sure how much snow we're going to get from it.

Ten Mile Rehoboth Loop

The driveway is finally clear of ice, I can ride out to the street now.
One of my favorite views, the bridge was washed out for over two years here.

I usually come down this hill, but went up it today.

I took a quick spin last night after work, the temp was 47 degree's, sweet. Another storm is coming today so my riding may get curtailed for a few days, bummer.

Monday, February 2, 2009

NBW Wickford Winter Ride

One of the many turf farms we past on the ride.

High speed Acela train tracks.

Pit stop before we continued our ride.

One of URI's test turf farms.

What a great day weather wise for a ride. John and I started out at about 10:15 to a balmy 40 degree's. There was a lot of melting going on and the bikes were covered with sand and salt by the time we finished. Three hours later we rolled into the parking lot with 29.7 miles logged and a temp of 45 degree's.