Monday, June 20, 2011

Rhode Island

Whew! It has been a busy weekend and I'm exhausted!  I have a lot of blogs to catch up but I want to get a post out.

I had a great weekend.  The weather cooperated and wasn't the scorcher it often is when I visit my friend, K.  We are college friends who have kept in touch many years now.  Since 2004 I have been going down each summer for a long weekend.  A good time is always had by all.

This year we spend Saturday in Rhode Island on the East Bay bike path which goes from Bristol, Rhode Island to East Providence.  I rode 30 miles total.  It was mostly flat and very pleasant.  I was in heaven.  I'll tell most of the story in pictures.

First, K discovers that she drove about 80 miles
with the bike lock sitting on the bumper.

We head north and encounter many many geese.  
There are some babies here but they all 
seem pretty oblivious to us. Thank goodness.

Lots of water to look at. It was just beautiful!

The whole ride was spectacular. I loved the whole day.
We continue north...... can see East Providence in the distance. I liked the
mix of water, neighborhoods and city.

Many birds to look at

Time to stop for lunch.
The two green bridges are the interstate.

After lunch K waits while I continue. I quickly end up in
East Providence. It feels rather sketchy.

This is part of a ramp that goes down to ground level.

This is a bridge that I crossed first, next to the highway.

Looking off the bridge. 
 I head back to the path
where it feels a little friendlier.

 Heading south back to Bristol.

 This is one of the bike bridges.

 Loving the day!

 Almost at the Bristol end of the path.

 I chat for awhile with a very nice older
couple who tell me this spot
is a well kept secret as not many people
come here. They make a daily trip.

 They nicely snap a couple pictures of me.
  We head back to Conn.....

 .....and stop for lobster rolls and clam chowder.  A great 
first Saturday of my summer vacation.


Char said...

What a magic day you had - great weather, great company and a really great ride. All weekends should be so good.

Kandi said...

Beautiful!! I really need to get back up to New England. I haven't really been anywhere other than CT so I really have a lot more to explore!

Teamarcia said...

What a fantastic trip! Love the beautiful pics.

Darlene said...

Love the new header pic! Looks like a great time. Can't wait to hear about NYC.

HappyTrails said...

Awesome pics - love all the water scenery. Glad you are kicking off the summer vacation right. Just stay away from those sketchy spots... Have a blast continuing on this trip!!!

Richelle said...

Beautiful photos! Good think the bike lock didn't fall off the bumper of your friend's vehicle! Whew!

Kate Geisen said...

What a GORGEOUS bike path...except, um, the East Providence part. :) I'm so jealous right now!! I should be on a week-long bike tour. You would love something like should think about doing one maybe next year. So fun! Ride part of each day and camp/hotel along the way each night. Such great people you get to know along the ride. I'm sad just thinking about what I'm missing out on. Anyway...looks like a fabulous day!

Fran said...

What a great day. It's so beautiful there, I loved all the pictures.

Amy said...

Great pictures! I can't believe that bike lock stayed put!

Jennifer said...

You didn't ride your bikes back to Conn? I am disappointed!

Ha ha, looks like you had a great trip!

Johann said...

Glad you had such a great time! I love the photos. I think it’s the model train enthusiast in me that make me look at bridges and buildings differently. I’m the same I like the mix of water, neighborhoods and city…perfect model train scenery.:)

Laura said...

What a great day...especially being first day of your break!

Anne said...

Fantastic day!! Wow!! Oh and I can't believe the bike lock stayed on the bumper for that whole ride :)


Sounds fantastic! That path runs one block from my in-laws house. That where I run when we are visiting. I love it.

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures! Ack on the geese, they are pretty aggressive down south. Love the lighthouse!!

Marlene said...

Looks like a great vacation with lots of good riding!

Liz said...

Wow - a flat course to ride on and good weather - things I can only dream of at the moment!

Fruit Fly said...

What an awesome ride!! Very scenic, super pretty! And how impressive that the lock never fell off of the bumper!

Karen said...

What a great ride! enjoy your vacation :)

misszippy said...

Truly--can't get better than that!

Jill said...

Wow!! Absolutely amazing. You and I are in totally different worlds...water like that is so non-existant, you know why I love these pictures so much! Glad you had a fantastic time!

Lindsay said...

gorgeous bike trail! glad you had a good weekend catching up with your girlfriend :)

Anonymous said...

yay! School is out and you've been busy!! That looks like the most incredible bike ride! Beautiful!

I've been voting for E daily since I saw you start posting, sorry haven't had time to comment yet! ;)