Monday, June 20, 2011

Good Bye Spring, Hello Summer!

Yes, Summer, Doesn't that sound delightful?
One of the coldest Springs I can remember, with only a handful of shorts and short sleeve days. The weather for the most part seemed like April over the last couple of weeks. Isn't Memorial Day next week some time? No, the 4th of July is 2 weeks away!
"Hot Dogs, Pretzels and Beer" Sing it! And sing it loud! I'm ready for Summer!
How about you?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day and to all the Mother's that played the roll of Father over the years. You know who you are.
Happy Father's Day to all those that played the roll of Father to a girl or boy, that did not have one. You know who you are.
Most of all, Happy Fathers to all the Fathers that were Fathers and put there children first and foremost. Allowing them to be who they are, to become people that know who they are!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Wetter, The Greener

Farmers love this weather. Slow easy rain. Bikers don't.
Wet weather riding has been the topic of the day here on Bosrug. The good and the bad. Dirt build up and how to deal with it. How rainy days are not bad as long as you just get out there. Head down on a "Heads Up" bicycle.
The second cup of coffee rather then the first pedal stroke seems to rule on this non sunny Sunday.
On a nice morning here in Dover. I have seen as many as 200 cyclists go by the house before 8:00 am. Not one today, yet.
Waiting out the rain seems to be the cyclesport of choice this morning. Only the hearty with a small window of time and a training schedule will head out now.
The wetter, the greener, The greener the better, but with me, certainly not the wetter the better!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Of Bee's and Bike's

About 30 years ago, I was on a bicycle ride I will never forget.
I was riding a Raleigh Surperbe 5 Speed as my go everwhere bike. Heading home, at the at the end of the day and a long ride. at the top of the last hill, I could see below the dirt turn around at Beans field. The air was filled with what looked like dust. I figured it was caused by a truck or car that had just left at speed.
Ready to hold my breath and close my eyes and ride through, I reached that part of the road, and became covered with bees.
Every inch of my body had at least one very confused little fuzzy guy, now coming with me for the ride.
Not a big fan of bee stings, I without thinking sat up and sweeping with both hands, managed to rid myself of the unwanted passengers. The good News, I never got stung once.
I could not stop telling the story to everyone with an ear. What I later found out was that I had rode through a Swarm. I was also told that swarming bees don't usually sting. Their mission in life is to move the hive and follow the new Queen.
As time went by, I never came across a Swarm. I did how ever pick up a bee in flight and get stung.
Here is what I have learned over time: Although we have been taught that bees can only sting once, they can bite more. Sometimes its not a bee at all, but a wasp. Be on the lookout.
Those guys with the big DPW roadside mowers can mow through a hive just as easy as grass, so watch for bees while passing.
If you get stung, stop. Make sure the wasp or bee is not still with you. If they are still in your clothing, you will get stung again.
Find the sting and with your finger nail scratch out anything left by the bee. Stinger and any poison they have as defense. The sooner you do this the better.
Getting stung is not fun. Bees do play a major role in our life but to scare them to the point that they need to sting you can be sometimes be avoided.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Stuffie Report! Stuffie Report!

Had his been an actual alert, You would have been instructed to go to this place and check the Stuffies out.


There a little spot on the Ashland,Hopkinton border on Route 135 with an outdoor deck. I have been wanting to check out for a very long time. Without a huge group, we came in for a landing and stopped for lunch.

We parked the bikes and found the front door on and worked our way through the restraint. After finding the correct door to go outside, One of the regulars standing in the doorway said "Come on in!" Nice. I think she meant her home.

Cools spot, the outdoor deck had a large screen monitor with fishing as entertainment. Plastic see through table tops and ash trays. We thought, maybe we should have locked the bikes.

Stuffies at a $1.75 at the top of the list of appetisers, of course, Bosrog adventure needs to taste test and report back.

Narragansett at $2.00 a can, how could you go wrong?

Gazpacho soup was great, The best I have ever had and fresh.

The Stuffies came. big bowl of butter, Wow, Lemon and some kind of green thing.

They were quahog shells stuffed with bread crumbs, Pimento, and bread crumbs. Maybe a clam bit, but,, maybe not. Hey. $1.75. Come on now.

I will go back. Just to see the two huge guys that walked in covered with tattoos that the biggest of the two said to everyone on the deck, "I'm going to get drunk!" It was 1:30.

The rest of today's ride was great. Staying under cover for the rest of the ride. we did all the super hard hills and manged to not get hit. Not once!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tunnel Riding

Ahh!, The Green Tunnel. At this time of year in Southern New England, its possible for a rider to stay under cover for most of their ride. Linking up back country roads narrow enough to have tree cover from the sun for most of the day.

Some such roads can be found South of Boston in what is known as the "M Towns."
Medfield, Millis, Medway, Milford and of course Norfolk. OK, it doesn't start with the letter M, but did you ever hear their High School Cheer? Another perk of the BOSRUG adventure!
As time goes on, things change. Farms and wooded lots are being cut up for developments of questionable taste. The Green Tunnel and Tunnel riding as we know will someday be part of the past. Lets enjoy it while we can!
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