From I-495, take exit 31 to Rt 119 West and continue for about 7.0 miles to Groton center. Turn left onto Station Avenue before Groton Town Hall, drive to the end and park alongside the Rail Trail. Or take the Fitchburg commuter rail line to the Ayer station, then the trail: schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable
We'll ride through areas we don't usually go through and discover new views in Groton, Shirley, Lunenburg, Townsend and West Groton. All rides will pass by the Storybook Cottage in Shirley. The short ride has a moderate climb from W. Groton to the end. The medium and long rides have one big hill climb with views with a stop for food/water/rest in West Townsend. The long riders will have a couple more hills to contend with and briefly cross over the border into NH for another view. We'll rendezvous after the ride for lunch at either the Salt & Light Cafe or Filho's Cucina on Main Street in Groton.
Note: You can park behind Groton Town Hall if there's not enough parking at the Rail Trail area. THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THIS START LOCATION - please plan ahead so we can start on time!