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Adventure Ride - Intro to Bikepacking, a Vermont Overnight

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Jul 23, 2022
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This Adventure Ride debuted in 2021 with a great time had by all, and is an Introduction to Bike-packing via an overnight trip in Vermont.  This loop ride starts and ends in St. Johnsbury, VT and features a 38 mile mixed surface ride on Saturday, tent camping at Ricker Pond State Park on Saturday night (https://vtstateparks.com/ricker.html), and a 39 mile mixed surface ride on Sunday. 

 

WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR?

It's for up to 14 adventurers who are both experienced riders and campers who want to try out bike-packing, which means all your water, food, and gear is carried on your bike and NOT your shoulders.

 

WHAT KIND OF CAMPING WILL BE DONE?

Two 8 person tent campsites are already reserved, and the state park features a refreshing swimming pond, fresh water at campsites, a modern bath house with lights, hot & cold water, showers, toilets, and a limited number of electrical sockets.  Riders will make their own dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning.  Lunch on Saturday and Sunday can either be carried, or sourced at a limited number of stores en route.

 

WHAT KIND OF BIKE IS NEEDED?

Bikes with 30-40mm tires in good working order are required, and can be road, gravel or mountain bikes.  Vermont is hilly, so your gear range should include at least a 1:1 ratio low gear, like a 34t front chainring paired with a 34t rear cog for example.   There will be not technical support/SAG wagon on this ride, so be prepared to repair flat tires, etc. and bring needed tools/spares.   Gear carrying options include a rear rack with panniers, handlebar bags, seat bags, frame bags, top tube bags and/or a combination of these.  Backpacks should NOT be used, except for hydration packs like Camelbacks.  So dig out your existing stuff OR use the trip as a great excuse to treat yourself to new gear!

 

WHAT IS THE COST?

The only official cost is a 1/14th share of the already-paid state park camping fees, which is $10 per rider.

 

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

Please register no later than Wednesday, July 13th.  Trip limit is 14 riders and 2 leaders.  Ride leaders will connect with riders as they register to discuss and understand their level of cycling and camping experience before finalizing trip registration.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please email Jerry Skurla at jskurla [at] comcast.net or call 781-799-2322

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Tour of Martha's Vineyard August 2022

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Aug 27, 2022
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MV Tour

Introducing a Martha Vineyard adventure ride. An 72 mile tour of MV in August starting with a 7AM ferry ride from Woods Hole MA.  Everyone should bicycle on Martha’s Vineyard at least once a year. No other place offers such rich combination of small roads, trails, beaches, ginger bread houses, Jaws bridge, Back Door donuts, Swordfish Harpooner, & no fewer than four lighthouses: East Chop, West Chop, Gay Head, & Edgartown Harbor lights.

The MV tour will be starting  from ferry dock Woods Hole with a 7AM ferry ride to Vineyard Haven, the ride depart will be 8AM. We will be stopping at many scenic stops ending back at Vineyard Haven. The last ferry back to Woods hole will be 9:30PM for any day riders. Optional second day ride for the overnight option for anyone interested will include a second day shorter tour to beaches and MV villages. Sunday will be a show and go ride with a targeted return on 6PM ferry from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole. 

A reservation for the ferry will be required for round trip. Please make your reservations for roundtrip fares including bike here for Ferry. https://www.steamshipauthority.com/reservations/fares

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Optional second day ride will use same route but will have longer stops in Oak Bluffs ,Edgar town and Gay head beach for exploring off bike the MV experience. For the overnighter adventures, It is suggested registered riders book personal accommodations near Vineyard Haven and will be responsible making any booked overnight accommodations.The ride leader is tentatively planning to spend Saturday overnight in Edgartown Campground. Note for overnighters with packs, the steamship authority does have small lockers available for daily storage for an overnight pack, tent, etc.

Campground Location 569 Edgartown Road
PO Box 1557
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
(508) 693-3772
info [at] campmv.com

 

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Getting to Woods Hole MA: You can drive and park at the steamship authority for the Wood's Hole ferry. The steamship authority has shuttles from main lots or you can take the shining path bike trail directly from lot to Woods Hole Ferry. Riding to ferry on bike path is about 7miles and you will be treated with views of MV along the way! The ride leader will be taking this option and will be greeting all  MV adventure registered riders at the 7am Woods Hole Ferry.

From Boston: A Cape Flyer train to Hyannis, The CapeFLYER Train operates summer weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day from Boston.  Stop at the Hyannis station and take the SSA’s free shuttle service to the Hyannis Terminal: www.CapeFLYER.com.Schedules are subject to change without notice. Although the Steamship Authority strives to provide a convenient and reliable connecting service with these transportation companies under normal operating conditions, the bus and ferry connections are not guaranteed.

https://www.steamshipauthority.com/travel_connections/8-from_boston/detail 

Options for overnight in Falmouth, the Auto camp is right on bike trail from Wood Hole. https://autocamp.com/cape-cod/. Sunday ride in Falmouth could be option with 40 miles of 5 beach touring through Woods Hole if no one can get MV overnight accommodations.

 

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20
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Intro to Touring

Date: 
May 14, 2022
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Riverside Station Parking

367 Grove Street
Newton , MA
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Parking at Riverside is generally available both weekdays and weekends. There is a fee and you'll need to download the mobile app paybyphone to make a payment. The cost is $6/weekday and $3/weekend. Overnight parking is available. 

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Have you ever thought about bicycle touring but didn’t know where or how to start? Now is your chance. Join leaders Harriet Fell and Mary Kernan for our Intro to Touring ride, taking an easy pace along a flat route, down to Providence and back.

 

We’ll start in Newton and meander through Wellesley and Natick, following a southwesterly route using as many bike trails as possible. The trip to Providence is 52 miles with only 1,900 feet of elevation and we’ve got all day to do it. We’ll enjoy the ride, stop to take in the sites and answer questions along the way. After an overnight stay and dinner in Providence, we’ll retrace some of our route for the return trip, with a few deviations.

 

You do not need a touring bike for this ride. It’s designed as a credit card tour, meaning we’ll travel lightly and stay overnight in a hotel, negating the need to bring lots of extra clothing, camping or cooking gear, etc. How much you carry is up to you, depending on the amount of storage you have on your bike and how attached you are to clean clothes.

 

Many people will find they can fit all they need in a large saddle bag, perhaps supplemented by a handlebar or top tube bag. Riding with a backpack is not recommended as the weight can cause a lot of discomfort on a longer ride. You can choose to bring a second set of cycling clothes for the return trip, rinse things out overnight and hope they dry, or use the same clothing for both days. We’ll be having dinner in a Providence restaurant but promise to pick something that allows for casual attire.

 

You should be able to comfortably ride 50 miles. Everyone will ride at their own pace and we’ll have regular stops to keep the group together. There will be a leader and a sweep and no one will be left behind. Be sure that your bike is in good working order and plan to carry the tools you’ll need to change your own flats. You must also have your own navigation, either a GPS device/app with the route loaded or a printed copy of the map and cue sheet. At the end of the weekend, we hope you’ll have learned enough to feel comfortable participating in other CRW Adventure rides.

 

There’s no cost for this ride. You are responsible for your own meals. We’ve reserved a discounted block of rooms at a Providence hotel and they'll be available for you to book until April 21st. You’ll make your own reservations directly with the hotel and you should do this soon to insure the discounted rate. We'll be holding a Zoom information session on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. to answer questions for registered riders. Please click here to register. 

Harriet and Mary have extensive touring experience, both supported and unsupported, fully and lightly loaded. For more information or to register, contact Harriet Fell or Mary Kernan. This ride will be limited to 16 participants.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Adventure

Date: 
Apr 23, 2022
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This CRW trip is a 9-day, self-supported excursion that begins in Asheville, NC and traverses the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and scenic Skyline Drive. The trip concludes in Washington D.C. This trip will undoubtedly be a challenging but unforgettable experience that will reward those willing to climb 8,000 feet every day with stunning views of Appalachia.

Please click the following link to see the full adventure description and to pre-register. Once you have pre-registered, ride leaders will review your information and the current sign-up roster to determine whether they are able to include you on this tour. All pre-registrations will be reviewed, and final registration status confirmed, within 2 days. https://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EYf-63RgSddIrivuEyudJ14B6sB7QIqv...

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30
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Adventure Ride: Bayley Hazen Military Road

Date: 
Oct 23, 2021
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In 1775-1776 Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery invaded Canada. Americans needed more troops and supplies to siege Quebec. Colonel Jacob Bayley led the northern frontier militia from Newbury, Vermont. He urged General Washington to build a shorter road. Washington, without waiting for Congress, approved the plan on April 29, 1776.   Ride this historic road!  Highlights include:  scenic towns, sparkling ponds, rolling hills, quiet roads, and "almost all are dirt. Dirt. Dirt. Dirt.".

Space is limited, registration will be open Sept 8- October 9.

Click here for the Adventure details: https://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/ESY1iaaa8zVAoJglqvd_M80BREeYkHFQ...

 

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7
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Adventure Ride: Shake out ride for Bike Packing Team Only

Date: 
Jul 24, 2021
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This is a meet/greet/shake out ride for the adventure team riding on Aug 7 & 8th only.  Jerry Skurla and Gene Ho will lead and communicate to RWGPS file to those riding.  

Registration to do the ride is required and participation is encouraged!

 

 

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12
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Adventure Ride: Backroads and Bike Trails to Bristol

Date: 
Sep 25, 2021
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This is a local adventure ride for bike explorers with a choice of two starts..Newton or Westborough.

Routes are on beautiful backroads and the Upper Charles Bike Trail, Blackstone River Bike Trail and East Bay Bike Trail.   The route is full of beauty as well as some historical sites.
 

Click here for the Adventure details: https://crwheelers.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/Eet0PBezPSBAoKYd1qchI0ABMK14Qb0m...

 

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16
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