Meet near the ticket windows for the commuter rail station.
Plenty of options to take pictures, admire scenery, & smell flowers. On another ride. This is about one goal only: arrive Portland before train departs at 19:00.
Inaugural challenge last year on Fourth of July was plenty of fun: enough for adrenaline rush, & comfortable to enjoy ice cream, lighthouses, & beer before arriving the train station on schedule. Average speed was 19.1km/h over 8 hours. Refer to full trip report.
Follow the East Coast Greenway from Newburyport along the coast with most beautiful views to Portsmouth for snack stop. Continue along the coast on Adventure Cycling Association Atlantic Coast route for late lunch in Wells. We are two-thirds of the way.
The remaining stretch is mostly on trails—hard packed gravel trails. There are no services here all the way to Portland for plenty of choices for dinner & beer ahead of boarding the train.
We meet in Boston North station to board MBTA train at 9:30 to Newburyport arriving at 10:34. We eat breakfast on the train, get bicycles ready, & roll out as soon as we arrive.
We return on Amtrak train at 19:00 arriving in Boston at 21:30. You must purchase your Amtrak train & bicycle tickets in advance of starting on the ride.
Many options for ice cream & Cumberland Farms stores along the way. These will be very quick stops, mostly for liquid & snacks: orange juice, protein shake, V8, chocolate milk, & energy bars.
Bail out points include bus, taxi, Uber, Lyft, hotels, & motels.
Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra clothes, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration tablets.
This will be self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them.
Saturday - September 7, 2019
9:30 MBTA train to Newburyport