Friday, June 09, 2017

New directions; Moving towards the future

Preston Beach, Swampscott
Hello Cyclopaths!!

After careful consideration we are making a transition OFF the bike and onto the trails -- hiking instead of biking -- for the foreseeable future. A combination of factors has lead to this decision... busy schedules and commitments that hamper a consistent core group; a declining ridership and our advancing ages; distracted drivers; and dangerous road conditions. Safety is our primary concern, but also, we want to include all Cyclopaths who are no longer riding! Meeting for breakfast, followed by a walk or easy hike, will allow us to be more inclusive.

We are planning our first breakfast and hiking excursion for July 8th. (If something can be arranged earlier, we will post it.) Suggested destinations are Bradley Palmer and Willowdale (with breakfast at Wenham Teahouse or Depot Diner); Breakheart Reservation (breakfast at Iron Town Diner, it's fabulous!); or Lynn Woods (breakfast at Andy's, it's new on Boston St.). Further out is Ravenswood Park outside Manchester, Maudsley State Park in Newburyport, Halibut Point in Rockport, and Dogtown Commons in Gloucester! So much beauty to explore by foot!

We are also planning a Cyclopath pre-PMC gathering at the Cronin's during the first week in August. (Tentative dates are August 3rd or 5th, likely the latter.)

A few of you may question why we're moving in this direction, or maybe even feel that it's not our place to decide these things. Please know that it was a difficult decision and we are trying our best to keep our Cyclopath family together. Those who wish to ride on their own are free to make plans that work best for them. We hope to see you July 8th!!


Tam, Gail, and Donna

Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's time to ride!

Spring is here!! And so are our Saturday morning breakfast rides! Join Donna, Gail and the Prices this Saturday, May 13th, at the Beverly Airport, 7:00 a.m., to kick off the 2017 Cyclopath season!

Breakfast will be at The Depot Diner for anyone who wishes to join them. Safe riding!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Avram Hammer, In Memory

Nickname:  Av
Year you became a Cyclopath: 1974 (before Creation)
Claim to Fame: I created the name "Steve-Bob"
Favorite ride on the North Shore: Used to be Wallis Sands Beach; now it's Beverly Airport.
Favorite Breakfast Spot: See above.
What bike do you ride?  Lotus '82; Burley '99.
Has Drew named your bike? Lotus Levi
Brief cycling background: Yes!
What was your worst day on the bike? That's easy; Labor Day 1986; Rendered unconscious by a parked 10 wheeler.
Favorite day on the bike? Also easy.  Wallis Sands round trip on the tandem.  Led the pack all the way back to Newburyport.  Wait ...  also a one way ride from M'Head to Ogunquit with a 20 mph tailwind.  75 miles in under 4 hours!
What is your favorite bike food? Fried clams.
Most likely to say: "I don't understand the question".  (That's what I'm most likely to say).
Least likely to say: "Silly question".
Hidden talent: They're all displayed.

Something we don't know about you but should:  I'm an open book.

With a sad farewell and love to Av

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved friend and fearless leader, Avram Hammer. Av left this world peacefully, with grace, on Saturday, December 17th after a brief and brave battle with cancer. Our hearts and sorrow are with Laurie and the family at this time.

Av was our rock and in many ways the counterpoint to Sam, whose loud and boisterous nature was tempered by Av's quiet, measured demeanor. (They were quite a pair together, weren't they?) His friendships with Sheldon and Bill were uniquely special as well.

There weren't many moments when Av didn't share an easy smile. He had an engaging sense of humor that brought a lot of laughter, (along with his amusing stories), to every Cyclopath gathering. With Sam, Bill, and Sheldon, he started our small little biking group in 1974, perhaps not realizing those Saturday morning bike and breakfast rides would continue for 42 years. Although he was riding less frequently in recent years, he still joined us on occasion -- including a hilly ride in June to Gloucester, and breakfast at Sugar Magnolias. What a fun morning it was to have him with us! I'm sure many of us will remember it fondly.

Those early days of the North Shore Cyclopaths included crazy mileage, many Pan Mass Challenge rides, adventures on the tandem with Laurie, and countless friends. We all have fun memories with Av. As I went through photos today, many of those memories had me smiling. I could hear Av stating during a tailgate Passover breakfast in Manchester, "After this, I want a REAL breakfast. I'm hungry." (And sure enough, we ended up at The Beach Street Cafe that year.) We all know he likely enjoyed the breakfast more than the riding -- especially if he could get his home fries extra crispy.

Av loved life and laughter, friendship and fun, but he loved Laurie and their family above all else. Oh, how he adored them. We all knew the Hammer family, (including Judy, Bob, Jake, Abby and Lily living close by), through the many stories and adventures he shared.

He was our leader and statesmen, brilliant and engaging, a genuine treasure -- and our lives were greatly enriched for knowing him.

We love you so very much, Av. We miss you already.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Laughter, love, and friendship

The fun moments

A fun exchange between friends
(Sometimes we drove him a little crazy)
"After this, I want a REAL breakfast" (Passover ride tailgate)
"Why isn't this adding up? Who forgot to pay?"
"I'm smiling!"
"You have to blow it up a little first."
Post-breakfast fun.
"Pinkies up!" Breakfast at the Tea House
Catching a quick nap
Gosh, we had fun.

Laurie and Family mean everything

Good times

Our most recent rides with Av

On the road to the Wenham Tea House

Breakfast at the Wenham Tea House
A stop to say hello to Jake and the chickens on Larch Row
Returning to Salem
A visit to Winter Island, thinking of Sam
Group shot before Gloucester! June 2016
We tried take a selfie first. We failed.
We made it to Gloucester!
Outside Sugar Magnolia's. A great morning.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Our love to Av

We have disheartening news to pass along. Av has been in and out of the hospital this fall as he's undergone chemotherapy treatment and battled pneumonia several times. His health has taken a turn for the worse and he recently took residence at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Sheldon visited him yesterday and asked that we pass along the news.

We are all hoping for the best, and that he regains his strength will be able to join us again soon. To Av, we send our immense love.