Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Not really. We love Chris. But I did take a compromising picture of him on the way back from Middlefield. Although we didn't have the promised breakfast at O'Rourke's in Middletown, we did meet up with a fascinating group of ladies from the New Haven area at the orchard and they gave us cider donuts to avoid the bonk. A stop at the Blackbird Tavern provided the fuel for a trip back north.
And then my sister came to Hartford. We rode bikes, marched in parades (as a Dragon and Foot), and danced until we nearly collapsed. Kristen knits and I tried on her hat. It made me evil. Maybe Kristen will come back and stay a while... All in favor?
I woke up late for the Bike Walk CT Traffic Safety 101 course on Sunday, but one of the instructors, who I insulted in the title, gracefully let me sneak in. I've decided to take this course because I'm an incorrigible scofflaw and need re-education. That and being a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor seems like something I could use in the future once I tire of silly jet engines. One poor fellow managed to endo during the emergency stop exercise - no permanent damage though.
The gist of it is that the road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, but the DOT should created a reasonable option, like a bridge, for pedestrians and cyclists. I think it's an ok resolution, though I don't think should is a very binding word, the hearing officer doesn't give any reason why people were denied intervenor status and doesn't mention any written testimony. I think the process was pretty messed up and I think there should have been some chastisement of the DOT by the hearing officer.
Here it is.
Thanks to Robert Cotto for sending me the PDF. It was mailed to him. Read more!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I feel compelled to give a shout out to Haywood farm in New Hartford, because they gave me a free apple yesterday. I stopped in wanting cider, but they only had half gallons, which is a bit much in one sitting. So, I decided to have an apple instead and they only had bushels. (Or maybe pecks.) (I'm pretty sure a small basket is a peck.) I asked if I could buy just one apple and they gave it to me for free. It was a good apple, too. Head out to Hayward farm in New Hartford, very near the Harwinton line with more than a jersey pocket and buy some apples.
More trappings of fall!
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I agree with Brendan. Fall in CT is a short, but beautiful time for riding - when it happens to stop raining.
Friday I tagged along with Patrick from Hartford Bicycle Studio to Providence Rhode Island for the Builder's Ball, a regional custom bike builder show. The Builder's Ball is the nearby, accessible, and cheap ($3 entry) alternative to the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Lots of expensive eye candy about. I was particularly taken by the Connecticut builder, Watson Cycles. Photos of their commuter bike and a monster Iditarod bike included below. The snow bike included not one, but two flask holders. I was fantasizing about rolling in to work or to the coffee shop with that beast. What an over the top, yet still functional, bike!
Washington Secondary Bike Path Southwest out of the city. Smooth rolling to West Warwick, RI where I found a quiet city park where I rolled out the sleeping bag and air mattress. Under the stars, as I didn't bring my tent or hammock.
The ride back today was quite nice. Very quiet, rolling terrain leaving RI and I haven't done much riding in the far Eastern parts of CT so those were fresh tracks for me. Took a pretty swamp photo, but it looks kinda creepy. Maybe it was the ghoulish month of October that fouled it up?
Friday, October 5, 2012
When I was in middle school and high school, fall used to be my favorite time of year. I actually liked all those new England trappings of fall. For some reason, I get a lot more enjoyment out of daylight now. So, as it starts to get dark early, I get depressed. It's especially bad when day light saving time is over. Everything feels very claustrophobic.
The one upside is that leading into this bleak period, the weather becomes pleasant and the trees are.pretty. I think we're at the onset of that now. I got to enjoy some of that when I rode up to westfield the other day. Apparently, they extended the bike path over passed the really sandy section, but not over the scary train trestle.
Also, will there ever be a time when I'm next to the southwick dirt jumps and I'm not on a road bike?
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Get out, make some noise. Tomorrow (Friday) morning. Put bikes and feet on the street. West Hartford citizens are taking action.