We said goodbye to Poyee today after she rode with us to Eastham. Her three days of riding were her first back-to-back days on a bike; we think she’s hooked.
How can a day with a short ride, 37 miles, be so full? When it’s full of friends and laughs, I guess.
It was another gorgeous day on Cape Cod. The air felt like fall again, dry and clear and breezy. It’s actually the calm before the start of the summer season here, a fine time to visit.
It was a treat for me, Dee, and Mark to start our day with a short yoga session led by Poyee in the living room of our Cottage. Then we cleaned up the house and headed out, with Mark leading us on a tour of Hyannisport to point out the Kennedy compound. It made me surprisingly sad to ride by the grey shingled homes, thinking about our current administration and where our country is headed.
A view of the ocean from Hyannisport
We stopped near the Bass River in Dennis to say hi to a couple who went on Semester at Sea in 2017 with Dee. Just down the street from their house we turned onto the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a beautiful Greenway with plenty of bike traffic on a Tuesday morning in June.
A few miles down the trail we met Bob Spiegelman, who chairs the board of the East Coast Greenway Alliance — my boss’s boss. We’ve been referring to him as Chairman Bob, to distinguish him from my Bob. Poyee, who is Chinese, told me this morning, “I’m afraid I’m going to call him Chairman Mao.”
We told Chairman Bob we were hungry, so he led us down the trail another four miles or so to a terrific cafe and bakery, Eat Cake 4 Breakfast. Halfway there we had the fun surprise of meeting John Blakeslee, a friend of Dee and Sally’s from Providence who we had talked about meeting up with tomorrow.
In true Forrest Gump fashion, John rode along with all of us to the bakery, then another few miles to his house. The John Knowles house, circa 1700, has been in John’s family all those years. He showed us around the house, including the small building where his grandmother once sold candy and postcards to travelers passing by.
Visiting the John Knowles house with John, a descendant
The lovely stand-alone screened porch at John’s house
We rode on to Bob’s house, our stay for the night, where we said goodbye to Poyee, who has to teach yoga in Providence tomorrow. I tagged along with Bob to run a few errands by bike — the fish store and ice cream shop for dinner.
Bob kindly invited John for dinner. It was a lovely evening with Bob, his wife Truda, Mark, John and Dee. After dinner we walked to the bay to watch the sun set over the water— beautiful, but the gnats were frightful — and home for ice cream and more laughs.
Laughing with Chairman Bob. His bad jokes are a little funnier in person than they are by email at work.
With Truda, Bob, and Mark at the beach