Sue and I went to the Homecoming Fair, one of the many events in the small village of Fairhaven, Ma. I'm not a big fan of the fair, it's ok, but not something I go out of my way to attend. Sue loves the crafts, because they are really classy items. (Not the usual flee market stuff). The food is generally lousy and it is very congested which can get annoying.
An hour or so was more than enough time to browse the stands, meet a few old friends and have a quick snack. We decided to head to the ocean. The beach around here has a few connotations. We need to specify. West Island (the bay) East Beach (the harbor), West Beach (the cove) or Horseneck (the ocean).
There is a huge difference and we decided on Horseneck. It's at least a couple of miles long, and the surf can be heavy enough for some decent surfing. Sand dunes separate the water from the roads and parking lots and the beach go'ers have over the years developed a kind of segregation. We plant ourselves in the general population. As you walk toward Westport point, you pass the high school/college "sport" section. Lots of volleyball and soccer. Next is the gay area, followed by the "New York" section. (Out of state summer residents pay a hefty annual fee that is in excess of $1000. Seasonal pass for the general population area is $30. The last large section is the Westport residents area. Here a free town pass is required to use the parking lots. If your walking on biking...no charge.
The law in the State of Massachusetts states that all waterfront is public below the high tide mark. With that in mind, everyone mingles. The people who pay $1000 have to share the beach with those who pay $30 along with those who do not have to pay. But the thousand dollar section has a waiting list.
We stopped at the LBS Village Cycle, looking for a helmet. I am trying to find one that doesn't make the rider look like and ant, with that pointed back part. I have a 20 year old Schwinn helmet that I like because it's round. I can't find anything even remotely like it. Any how, the LBS is doing it's weekly Sunday morning ride and the owner promised something different. It's a secret but it did peak my interest.
I have been considering trying to ride with this group for a couple of years. Now that I know there are four distinct speed groups, I will definitely give it a go. Sue is going to pass on this to go to the Animal Rescue League to clean kennels and play with the dogs. Everyone has their calling.