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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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6 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME MAY 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION The rail bikes, which are are cus- tom-made in South Korea, have four steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are easy to ride, according to the company. With no age or weight restrictions, they're accessible to people of all ages and abilities, Lu said. Parents can bring newborns and the bikes are dog-friendly. While the Quad Explorer, which is 10-feet long and weighs more than 750 pounds, has four seats and four sets of pedals, only two people have to peddle, she said. The tracks are flat, and people are encouraged to ride at 6 to 7 mph, Lu said. "It's not a super athletic sport," she said. Pedal-powered rail vehicles date back to at least the 1850s when main- tenance workers used handcars and rail bikes to travel along railroad tracks to transport workers and mate- rials, according to Rail Explorers' website. Lu said she's heard from people who have visited different locations that Rhode Island is the most beauti- ful ride. The tracks, once part of the Old Colony Railroad that opened in 1862, go by many historic sites, such as where the Battle of Rhode Island took place in 1778. Riders receive a history booklet showing different locations along the tracks, Lu said. Two tours, the Northern Ramble and the Southern Circuit, both tra- verse the west side of Aquidneck Island and take approximately two hours. On the 6-mile Northern Ramble, riders will pedal by private waterfront estates, two golf courses, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve, as well as under the Mount Hope Bridge. "It's gorgeous," Stenning said of the one-way ride. A shuttle bus will bring riders back to the start. The Southern Circuit is a six-mile round trip that starts at Portsmouth Grove Station and heads south to Bayside Station, Rail Explorers' exclusive waterfront picnic area. Stenning said most of the state's islands are visible from this ride. During sunset tours, Stenning said riders will see "the most amazing sun- set you've ever seen." Fireside Fridays take place at 7:30 p.m. and feature a lantern-lit round trip to Bayside Station where riders can enjoy a bonfire, s'mores, and hot apple cider. Sunday Brunch rides take place at 9 a.m. and sell out fast, Stenning said. The Southern Circuit ride includes mimosas, bloody Marys, muffins, fruit, and Death Wish Coffee at Bayside Station. What's the best season to go? Any season, Stenning said. "There's tremendous foliage in the fall and tremendous views in the summertime," he said. Lu created Rail Explorers with her husband Alex Catchpoole, inspired after watching a Korean soap opera in 2012 and seeing two characters rid- ing a rail bike. In 2015, the couple, who had been working in New York City and want- ing a "life change," opened the first location in New York's Adirondacks. While attending a train convention – "we basically have become train buffs," Lu said – they met the owner of the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad who told them he had six miles of usable track. In January 2017, they went to Portsmouth to clear overgrown brush to build a station and parking lot and have been offering adventures ever since. "It's really fun," Lu said. "The locals have really embraced us." All tours begin at 1 Alexander Road in Portsmouth. Free parking is available at the Rail Explorers depot. A Tandem Explorer (for two rid- ers) costs $80, a Quad Explorer (up to four riders) costs $135, a single VIP seat next to a tour guide is $45, and there is a 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more. Rides are avail- able on weekdays and weekends. For tickets and more information, visit www.railexplorers.net or call 877-833-8588. Husband and wife ALEX CATCHPOOLE and MARY JOY LU, of Middletown, the founders of Rail Explorers, on a rail bike in 2016 in their former Adirondacks loca- tion in New York. The Rhode Island division of Rail Explorers is presented by the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad and kicks off its season on Saturday, May 11. RAIL EXPLORERS From Page One Maybe my wife, Willie, will write that one, but not me. Besides, that book has been written already and I don't think I could improve upon it. Chrys Howard – her daughter Korie Robertson is the female lead on "Duck Dynasty" – has a lot more grandkids than she does kids, and as we say in the South, her grand- kids love her to death (and the feel- ing is mutual). Like everything con- nected with the Duck Commander crew, Chrys is the real deal and so is "Rockstar Grandparent" (Waterbrook, $15.99). Written like an intimate conversa- tion about Chrys' grandparenting experience, "RG" is full of real-life anecdotes that reveal the heart of a grandmother who takes her matri- archal role in the family seriously. Chrys gives practical advice on how to be a fun grandparent, yes, but she always comes back to her main theme: family. She reminds us that grandparents are the glue that holds a family together, an especially important role in times like these when family members are often liv- ing hundreds of miles away from one another. Chrys also speaks from experi- ence about the heartaches of death and divorce and how to move forward when tragedy strikes. She shares stories about opening her heart and home to children through adoption, foster care, and mentoring. She communicates the importance of standing strong on principles and being the example of right moral behavior. All of this is done using songs from the '60s and '70s as jumping- off points which Chrys weaves deftly into each chapter topic. Songs like "The Sounds of Silence" (Simon and Garfunkle) and "Let it Be" (The Beatles) were anthems for the '60s teens who are now grandparents. The words from these songs will resonate with the reader bring- ing back fun memories as well as themes for optimal grandparenting. Whether you are just beginning this journey or consider yourself a seasoned pro, this book will inspire you to either "carry on" or "get moving." The influence of grand- parents in the lives of their grand- children is largely a matter of what the grandparents choose to make of the opportunity to be a steady source of wisdom and counsel. This book will encourage and inspire lots of folks my age to make the most of an amazing opportunity. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page 3 The Machine performs at the Stadium May 18 WOONSOCKET – The Machine will perform the music of Pink Floyd with the Interstellar Light Show at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. Admission is $29, $36. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762- 4545 and online at www.stadi- umtheatre.com . ACROSS 1. Half-conscious states 8. Strange 13. Deep regret 14. Rogue 15. Took without permission 19. An alternative 20. Performer __-Lo 21. Partner to flowed 22. Best day of the week (abbr.) 23. Body part 24. Famed river 25. Lake __, one of the Great 26. Make free from bacteria 30. People native to Canada 31. Japanese seaport 32. Least clothed 33. Horse of small breed 34. Italian doctor and poet 35. Moving away from land 38. One who parks cars 39. Some are front and some are back 40. Views 44. Ancient Greek shield (alt. sp.) 45. Spanish seaport 46. New England college (abbr.) 47. The woman 48. Belgian province 49. Danish krone 50. Excessive dose (abbr.) 51. In great shape 55. 7th month of Islamic calendar 57. Shaped 58. Icelandic poems 59. Swollen area within tissue DOWN 1. Small amounts 2. Duplicate 3. Current unit 4. Neither 5. Chromium(II) oxide 6. Second sight 7. The absence of mental stress or anxiety 8. Supplemented with difficulty 9. Not the beginning 10. Dorm employee 11. Hard, white sub- stances 12. Scariest 16. Spanish island 17. Having sufficient skill 18. Where golfers start 22. No charge 25. Print errors 27. Where rafters ply their trade 28. Paintings of holy figures 29. CNN host Lisa 30. Gives whippings 32. Type of tie 34. Unbroken view 35. Blemish 36. National capital 37. "Captain Marvel" actress Larson 38. Tenth pair of cranial nerves 40. Arizona native peoples 41. Confuse 42. Body parts 43. Plays a fast guitar 45. Tub 48. Pen parts 51. Supervises flying 52. Cars come with one 53. Some are fake 54. Calendar month 56. American whis- key (abbr.) Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 9.

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