Today, we relax and explore the City of Newport by bicycle. We choose to avoid the hustle and bustle of the retail and entertainment center of the wharf and concentrate instead on the wide, tree-lined streets that house the elegant mansions of the wealthy industrialists that called Newport their summer home at the turn of the century. The heiress Doris Duke’s mansion Rough Point and the Vanderbilt mansion, The Breakers, are the standouts of this era. The Doris Duke Foundation is credited with financing the restoration of dozens of mansions in Newport.
During our scenic ride along Ocean Drive, we pause for a libation at Castle Hill, a Relais & Chateau resort on a magnificent site overlooking the entrance to Narragansett Bay.
We cross paths today with an interesting veteran touring cyclist by the name of Ari Gold. Ari has cycled over 13,000 miles in the U.S. and is currently seeking passage to Europe where he will continue his travels. He intends to cycle through Europe to Asia, then secure passage to Australia where he intends to cross the island by bicycle. Our 20 mile excursion in Newport seems rather paltry in comparison to Ari’s accomplishments and aspirations.
The current weather map reveals an approaching cold front with numerous showers and thundershowers in advance of the front. Friday’s forecast calls for increasing wind speeds, increasing wave heights and a high probability of precipitation. We will study the weather map in further detail in the morning. In the meantime, we are tucked in quite comfortably and safely in Newport Harbor.
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