Today I went for another bike ride on the Wellesley Trails, only this time it didn’t go so well. I got through about 5.5 miles on the Aqueduct Trail, then to the Fuller Brook Trail. They are doing a lot of work on that trail. When I got to the Senior High/Hunnewell Field Area, I took a turn onto a closed trail. Then I ran over the nail in the image to the right.
I didn’t realize it right away. The trail is partially closed, but there’s no warning when you approach the closure. I got to a gate, then turned around, just as a couple of runners came down the same path, so I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about the closure.
When I started riding again, I heard a clanking as my wheels turned. I stopped and this was sticking out of my back tire. I pulled it out but the tire was already flat .
So my ride became a walk back home, but fortunately it was only about 2 miles. Here’s a gallery.
I went on a long bike ride today, mostly on the Wellesley Trails. The system is brilliant, containing more than 25 miles of trails that pass some beautiful historic homes, lovely lakes, and the Charles River. Today I biked along the Aqueduct Trail which I’ve not done before, at least not for any substantial distance. It runs along the Sudbury Aqueduct, a historic landmark, though I spent time on several of Wellesley’s trails. Click here to see the map of my route.
Below are a few photos I took on my ride.
Work on the Fuller Brook environment
The Wellesley Centers for Women
The scoreboard on the Rugby Field of Babson
Working on improvements to the Fuller Brook environment
Fallen Trees on the Fuller Brook Trail
View of the river from the aqueduct
Improvements to the Wellesley Trail
Fallen trees on Fuller Brook Trail
On the Aqueduct Trail
A praying mantis on the Aqueduct Trail
Garage at the Wellesley Centers for Women
Fuller Brook Trail
Fallen Trees on the Fuller Brook Trail, part of enhancements to the Fuller Brook environment
I biked to the Green Line today from my home in MetroWest. For most of the way to the Woodland stop I ride along Route 16 feeling relatively safe. Sometimes the vehicles come a little close for comfort and I worry I might get run off the road. But I’m usually riding down the edge of the road, wearing a helmet, and not at risk of getting pushed into ongoing traffic, so I feel fairly safe. But then I get to that giant clusterf–k of roads surrounding the 95/128 overpass. In rapid succession you have Wales St., Quinobequin Road, the On and Off Ramps for the interstate, Neshobe Road, and finally Beacon Street.Every time I get there I feel like I take my life in my hands!
I obey the rules of traffic as much as possible when I commute by bike. It seems like the safest way. Today I tried to go straight through a green light while oncoming traffic was turning left. I had the right of way, yet they started and just kept going. If I wanted to get through, I would have had to insist. I started forward and whistled as loud as a could. An oncoming utility van with open windows slowed down, yelled at me, “You’re supposed to act like a car,” and then kept going. It was a nerve-racking situation. I was, in fact, behaving like a car, obeying the rules of traffic and I had the right of way. I made it through safely, but I was flustered, and a bit breathless.
I didn’t realize what evil I do when I put on that goofy bike helmet and ride down the road or trail, I swear. According Seattle Bike Blog Washington Representative Ed Orcutt argues,
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” he said. However, he said he had not “done any analysis” of the difference in CO2 from a person on a bike compared to the engine of a car (others have).
Wow! Just WOW! Every once in a while a public figure says something that just leaves me speechless, and this is one of them.
Even if we never don’t register handguns, maybe we should at least start register these!
I could leave here tomorrow and this will already have been an extraordinary experience. I’m not planning on it, mind you. I’ve only been here three weeks and have barely gotten started on the project that is my main reason for being here, and I’m really just getting settled in.
Nonetheless, it’s been an exciting three weeks. I’ve heard some amazing bluegrass music played live, nearly run over a black bear, spent some time riding along one the best bike trails on the East Coast, seen a stunning display of fall foliage, been visited on my front lawn by a family of deer in the wee hours of the morning, learned that Pearl Buck was a much more fascinating person than I ever gave her credit for, met some really interesting people, and hopefully made a friend or two. That’s just some of the highlights of these three weeks.
I’m no stranger to the countryside. Between the Boy Scouts and family trips, we did a lot of camping when I was growing up. Yet I’ve been astonished by the wildlife I’ve seen in just a few weeks, ranging from the wide variety of birds, to small mammals and arachnids. Continue reading →
It’s now the second day of Car-Free Week! I used the car today for one appointment it is impossible to get to any other way. I have another like that on Wednesday, but for the rest of the week, barring terrible weather, I can get everywhere on my bike or by mass transit.
Car-Free Week is an expansion of World Car-Free Day, celebrated on September 22, which began in in Europe in the 1990s. Now communities all around the world are offering incentives to encourage people to walk, bike, use public transportation or carpool this week. You may just discover it’s easier and more pleasant than you thought. Personally, I like getting my exercise during my commute when I bike. If I take mass transit, I can actually do a bit of reading or even some work. Driving is, at best, an opportunity to think and maybe make a couple calls. It’s also generally cheaper.