I've been concentrating many of my recent rides on the Neponset River Trail, which cuts a path along the boundary between Boston and Quincy, and then between Boston and Milton further upstream. It's not as well-known as the much longer Minuteman Commuter Bikeway further to the west, but the Neponset River area has unique charms all its own, such as the 1940's-era streetcars that rumble by the path (still in everyday use by the MBTA)...
...historical and whimsical murals...
...and the former Baker Chocolate Factory at the Lower Mills area of Dorchester and Milton:
I then continued along the new bike lanes in Milton:
On Saturday, in addition to riding all of the above, I did a loop around the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on Boston's very scenic Columbia Point:
I've also been experimenting more with acrylics while watching the Ardennes classic races on TV. So I just finished a painting of the riders crossing the river Meuse in the finishing town of Huy, during the Fleche Wallonne race in Belgium:
And ... I finally joined a cycling club! I'm now a member of the Charles River Wheelmen. It's one of the largest clubs in the Boston area, with multiple rides every week, century rides, a newsletter, and more. I'll be honest, the only reason I hadn't joined the club earlier was because of its name. Of course there are both women and men in the organization, so "wheelmen" feels so old-fashioned (although it's still a fairly common name among long-running cycling clubs). But once I discovered all the great things the club organizes -- and I saw that both women and men are in leadership positions (its newsletter is called "wheelpeople") -- I then happily joined up. I guess old names die hard, like YMCA, where the only letter that's still relevant is the "A". Anyway, I'm looking forward to taking part in some of their rides, and maybe making some new cycling friends in the process.
So, a good weekend!