My good intentions of sprinting to McDonalds for a pancake breakfast with the regulars was sidetracked by quacking emanating from the saltmarsh. It seems the ducks were just as hungry as me and they were in the middle of breakfast as I passed.
Ducks gathered for breakfast
Because of the cold, (15F), I had the path to myself. The sights and sounds of an active saltmarsh can be very mesmerizing.
I rode one of my standard 18 mile loops but this was a “day off” ride. An easy spin with no thought of training or fitness. This was a photo ride. After crossing the bridge, I headed down toward the old WWII encampment, Fort Rodman. This also has a civil war era fortress inside the gates, that was designed and build by Robert E Lee.
Two bike trails were on the route. The first, “The Phoenix Path” took me through not only the saltmarsh area, shown above, but also to the shipyard area. There were boats in dry dock, as well as those too far gone, before dropping me at the bridge crossing.
Fishing vessle in dry dock
Too late for dry dock
Crossing the river into New Bedford
After the bridge crossing the ride was part of the New Bedford bike route, through the old fort and beach, looping around to the old factory area. New Bedford was one of the richest cities in America during the whaling era, and again during the heyday of the textile mills.
The 18 miles took close to 2 hours, because of the picture taking and two hot chocolate, foot warming stops. When I left, and again when I returned, I waved to my neighbors, four of them, sitting in the living room, watching television, drinking super duper extra large, triple sweet flavored coffee, and smoking cigarettes. That’s fine for them, but I think my two hours were better.
University Marine Lab at entrance to old Fort property.
Rodney French Blvd. skirting the Fort and waterfront area.