This is Part Two of a two part story by Denver Bicycle Café regular Scott Houchin. Scott is a trained Medic who serves on a lot of popular organized cycling events.from his current trip back east for a series of cycling events, serving as a Medic, and some of his own touring with Colorado friends.
Hey Jose, you aren’t really welcome in New England!
Roll the calendar forward and now I am in Massachusetts two weeks later (mid-September 2017), expecting beautiful fall weather like always. To my dismay I’m greeted by ANOTHER HURRICANE! I have been riding with some Colorado pals in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard for a couple of days and then we got the word to get off the island because Hurricane Jose was close and the ferries were going to quit running. We got back to Hyannis for a couple of days to wait out Jose. We had a lot of fun. I had forgotten how much fun hosteling is living here in Colorado where there are no “real” hostels.
I met folks of all ages from all over the world, new folks from other places in the world every afternoon. Like I said, I miss hosteling and soon I will be going to California where there are 18 hostels after getting back to Denver for a few weeks.
So, sitting out Jose, which was a couple hundred miles off the shore of Nantucket was not bad, especially since I found an excellent bar, The Black Cat, only a five minute walk from the hostel. My biking buddies and I, as well as a woman from Cornwall, England would haunt the Black Cat waiting out the hurricane. Great music and a very good local amber beer. I liked it a lot.
However, the time came when there was nothing left to do but go do the ride. I packed up, said goodbye to some really nice folks I met from Germany and drove to Plymouth, Mass. for the Autumn Escape Bike Trek