On a mostly rain soaked morning, I hopped on the East Bay Bike Path to ride what I would call Stage 3 of my upcoming Charity Ride for the RI Community Food Bank. This particular stage starts in East Providence and rides down along the Providence River, past Cranberry Island and Squantum Point, and into Barrington, then Warren, and eventually landing in Bristol. It is about a 14 mile stretch of bike friendly roads that really accentuates life in East Bay – beautiful harbor views, quaint neighborhoods, small businesses, comfortable living. Here are a few photos I took along the way as I rode through puddles and more puddles on the bike path.
When I got to Bristol, I stopped for a moment and noticed a local retail store that had ceramic bowls on display. I remember WJAR-10 mentioning an event that the Rhode Island Community Food Bank has called “Empty Bowls.” This very successful fundraising event helped raise funds for the food bank and featured local restaurants and artists. Artists would created and donate bowls to the event for guests to use and take home. Local chefs and restaurants would bring dishes for guests to sample. Sadly, this year’s “Empty Bowls” event was cancelled due to Covid-19 and its health concerns with events such as this. If you go to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s website, you will see a list of artists, restaurants, and sponsors who have contributed to this event in the past. Please support local businesses who support great causes and events like “Empty Bowls.” The link to that page is – RI Food Bank Empty Bowls. Here is are a few snapshots of some of those who have contributed in the past.
Stage 3 is a mostly flat bike ride and I really enjoyed viewing all the great fall foliage. November 1 is just about 10 days away and I look forward to training and enjoying this beautiful state on my bike. To recap, my charity bike ride from Old Mountain Field in Wakefield to Cardines Field in Newport is to raise awareness for our Rhode Island baseball community members who are in need of food this year. And thank you to everyone who has donated so far to my charity ride. To learn more about how you can donate to my fundraiser for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, click this link to go to my fundraising page – Charity Ride for the RI Food Bank.