with jacket items to wear of the occasions

THE STROLL. Though we could see no stars or planets through the cloud congestion this morning I knew the weather service would deem it "Fair" - they did - and I suppose it depends on what your definition of fair is. I know NWS's and it has to do with the amount of opaqueness and clarity in the cloud cover. To be "fair" there was a fair amount of clarity...just turn out that the opaque positions blotted out the views. It was cool and quiet; dew covered every surface. Sandy shuffled about checking out the scents of the dogs and other critters that had passed in the night. I listened to the first robin of the morning tuning up for the dawn chorus...then we went back inside.
Good morning everyone.
"...and beach music, beach music, beach music just plays on...." - Jimmy Buffett from "The Prince of Tides."
Yep, we're going to the beach this morning. Let's get right to the report:
THE ROLL. RIDE WEATHER: Mild and a bit sticky; slight chance of T-storms late. High 75 degrees. Winds SE - WSW at 4 - 6.
TIME, TEMP, DP, RH, SKY, WIND: 08:00 am; 59°F; 50°F; 72%; Partly Cloudy; 4 mph SE09:00 am; 65°F; 52°F; 64%; Partly Cloudy; 4 mph SE10:00 am; 68°F; 53°F; 58%; Partly Cloudy; 5 mph S11:00 am; 73°F; 54°F; 53%; Partly Cloudy; 5 mph SW12:00 pm; 74°F; 56°F; 54%; Mostly Cloudy; 5 mph WSW1:00 pm; 75°F; 58°F; 55%; SCTD T-storms; 6 mph WSW
UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Sultry Spring Weather Kit
ON TOP: A lightweight wicking short-sleeved base under your bike jersey. You may want a rain jacket in your pocket. You may also want to bring a bandana (du rag) or cap. Standard half-fingered bike gloves should do the trick.
BELOW THE WAIST: I’d go with bike shorts. You’ll also want your lightweight wool or synthetic socks.
AS ALWAYS: Have your RoadID, shades, sunblock, lip balm and a snack or two; two water bottles — one full with water; one with some sports drink — or more water if you're bringing energy chews or "bloks" as snacks.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MEDS: If you use an inhaler or epi-pen, please have them with you and in a jersey pocket.
DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET...IT'S A MUST! … AND CONSIDER … LIGHTS; FORE AND AFT or at least a seat post - rear - red flasher so that cars see you. BE SEEN!
PLEASE HAVE A SPARE INNER TUBE, some tire levers and a means to inflate the tube should you need to use it. Remember to top off your tires before arriving — check the sidewall but most of you will be looking for somewhere around 100 - 120 PSI. If you're not sure about this part; please bring your pump in the car with you.
SAGs will be available with limited space for gear. Please plan on items you can wear or stuff easily in your saddlebag or pockets.
Please arrive at Whitestown Town Park, 5175 Gibson Road, Whitesboro, NY 13492 by 7:30(0730) AND PARK IN THE FAR LEFT LOT. The ride will depart at 8AM(0800).
SPECIAL NOTE: We'll be having a picnic lunch post ride. All you need to bring is yourself and your beverage of choice. The rest has been kindly donated.
THE EXTOLL. In our house there are two Henry's. Both lived alone in small cottages in Massachusetts. One lived on the edge of Walden Pond; on lived on the edge of the outer beach (Coast Guard Beach) in Eastham, MA on the "...bared and bended arm of Massachusetts." (Thanks to Henry number 1 for that description of Cape Cod.)
Henry number one is, of course, Mr. Thoreau. Henry number two was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on this day in 1888. He is Henry Beston.
Henry Beston Sheahan, Beston being his pen name, grew up in Quincy and attended Adams Academy; later receiving a BA and MA from Harvard before going on to teach at the University of Lyon (France) in 1914. In 1915 he joined the French Army as an ambulance driver and served in World War 1. The war left Henry "spiritually shaken" and in 1925 he retreated to a small house he'd had built by Eastham carpenter Harvey Moore to study nature, watch the tides ebb and flow and heal his soul.After an extended summer stay in 1927 Henry decided to say on though fall...and then winter at "the Fo'c'sle." His journals and notes about that year on the "Great Beach" became his classic book THE OUTERMOST HOUSE.
Though the house washed out to sea during the Blizzard of '78 the spot it occupied still draws many to the edge of Nauset march and the book has been reprinted more times than one can imagine.Picking it up for the fist time in the spring of 1983 and having the good fortune to be reading it in a small cottage in the shadow of the great beach - just south of the Outermost House site, on the other end of the spot where the beach split, in Orleans - I was immediately drawn into its quiet beauty and lyrical descriptions of the natural world and could see how the time alone salved Beston's soul. If you're headed to The Cape, or not, and by some fluke haven't read it, do yourself a favor and pick it up. We'll close today with a bit from the opening Chapter: "The Beach." with jacket items to wear of the occasions
Enjoy your Saturday gang! See some of you on the way to and at "the beach!"
“The world today is sick to its thin blood for lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water welling from the earth, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot. In my world of beach and dunes these elemental presences lived and had their being, and under their arch there moved an incomparable pageant of nature and the year.” - Henry Bestonfrom The Outermost House
BELOW: Woodcut frontispiece of the Outermost House from the first edition of the book; Henry in his summer uniform of the day - a gift from his neighbors, the Coast Guardsmen of Nauset - at the Fo'castle; envelope with Beston's return address from the days when a small cottage on the beach was an anomaly.