America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

Monday, March 08, 2010

The first bike commute of 2010

I ended up leaving the office a little later than I expected, and got home 7:15 ish.. The whole ordeal took 1:30:26 to complete, door to door. The first part of this 26.37 mile journey is on a bike path- a really nice one. Much of it is ridden with water on both sides of you. After about 4 miles this launches you onto route 122 South, where you suddenly become the red-headed step-child of the motoring world. Central Falls is not the ghetto.. unless you live in East Greenwich. Then it's like the Bronx or something worse. Route 122 takes you right into the heart of Providence, where the chances of being smooshed into biker paste is unfortunately high. I must have stopped at every red light in the city. I rode on part of the last held COX Criterium course for a bit and shortly after this, I could finally exhale after getting onto Allens Avenue and passing one of my favorite watering holes. Let's just give it the code name "Desire". Then the ride begins to quiet down.. at least until I reach the airport area- then it gets crazy again. This is going to be an interesting commute- nothing like my old familiar ride into Cranston. Cumberland is a land far far away from E.G., and at 6:00 am I am going to repeat the exercise.. It will be mostly uphill and mostly into the wind. I hope to make it in one piece.


Il Bruce said...

I like the Blackstone path a lot. It is actually "cyclable". Minimal road crossings. Better behaved pedestrians than the East Bay path.

This time of year I'll ride it on an afternoon off for a nice easy spin. The new part north of the Woonsocket water treatment plant is very nice.

Murat Altinbasak said...

I have not been north of Cumberland yet, but I want to tape some pennies to the railroad tracks running alongside the path. I used to have a collection of squished pennies from the time I spent with an older cousin in Forest Hills, Queens, as a 7 year old. he was my hero at the time, but now i see that he was a pretty bad influence. I could have been killed. That's the nicest path in RI, that's for sure. You can go for 4 miles without a road crossing or stop sign.

Brendan said...

I know of a good route thru CF. Email me and I'll send you the route.