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Beat the Train: Boston–Portland

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May 31, 2021
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North Station

126 Causeway Street
Boston , MA
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Meet near the ticket windows for the commuter rail station.

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Plenty of options to take pictures, admire scenery, & smell flowers. On another ride. This is about one goal only: arrive Portland before last train departs at 18:28. You must book train ticket & bicycle pass in advance—space is limited.

 

Challenge last three years was plenty of fun: enough for adrenaline rush, & comfortable to enjoy ice cream, lighthouses, & cider before arriving the train station on schedule. Refer to full trip report.

 

This year, the challenge is taking a new scenic coastal route: bicycle 181km in 9 hours, or overall average of 20km/h, leaving some contingency time. There are a few minor smooth gravel sections that can be travelled on 25mm tires.

 

Follow the East Coast Greenway along the coast with most beautiful views to Portsmouth for snack stop. Continue along the coast for group picture in front Nubble lighthouse before late lunch in Wells. But we are not done yet with lighthouses. After a dip in Kettle Cove, we visit three more: picturesque Portland Head, Sprint Point, & Bug lighthouses. With a few precious minutes to spare, we stop at Salvage BBQ for meal to eat or carry out ahead of boarding the train.

 

We meet in Boston North station to board 7:30 train to Newburyport 8:35. Eat breakfast on the train. Food & rest stops every 50km or so for very quick snacks, liquid calories, & chocolate.

 

We return on last Amtrak train at 18:28 arriving in Boston at 21:00. You must purchase your Amtrak train & bicycle tickets in advance of starting on the ride.

 

Many options for 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.

 

  • 41.7km Cumby's
  • 67.3km Nubble light group picture
  • 79.5km Bread & Roses bakery
  • 90.8km Cumby's
  • 119.9km Rapid Ray's comfort food
  • 124.3km Garside's ice cream
  • 155.1 Kettle Cove swim
  • 158.8km C Salt market
  • 163.8km Portland Head light
  • 168.3km Spring Point Ledge light
  • 170.2km Bug light
  • 180.0km Salvage BBQ
  • 182.3km Amtrak train station

 

We will try to stay together as a group as long as we can maintain overall average speed of 20km/h or more. 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.

 

Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/938163

 

*** Bring proper navigation tools: GPS device, phone app, or cue sheet. Do not rely on others to help you with navigation. They may ride at a different speed than you. ***

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1619447494484000

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

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10
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Four Notches and a Pass (4N1P)

Date: 
May 8, 2021
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Spend the day in agony climbing four notches & a pass: Kancamagus, Bear, Crawford, Franconia, & Kinsman.

 

Or take a leisurely loop climbing only two notches: Franconia & Kinsman. Franconia trail, view soaring Lafayette & Cannon mountains, & soak in Echo lake.

 

Your choice for fun.

 

Both options start & finish near Woodstock Inn brewery.

 

Meeting location in public parking space behind Sunburst Trading gift shop at exactly this location https://google.com/maps/place/44.030934,-71.685967

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Meeting location in public parking space behind Sunburst Trading gift shop at exactly this location https://google.com/maps/place/44.030934,-71.685967

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Lexington Revolutions

Date: 
Jul 4, 2021
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Clark Middle School

96 Brookside Ave
Lexington , MA
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From Rt 128, take Exit 30 Rt 2A east. Take a right at the light at Waltham St. After 0.2 mi take a left on Brookside Ave and follow the road to the parking lot at the school. From Rt 2 going west, take Exit 54 Waltham St toward Lexington center. After 0.6 mi take a right on Brookside Ave and follow the road to the parking lot at the school. The school is about 1 mile from the Minuteman bikeway: take Marrett Road to Brookside Avenue and from there, follow driving directions.

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Celebrate the 4th with this classic ride! Tour the beautiful roads of Lexington, Concord, Carlisle, Westford, Chelmsford, and Bedford. Rest stop for the long and medium rides at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle: water, bathrooms, and ice cream. (No planned stop for the short ride.) Things to see include Hanscom Field, the Old North Bridge, and horse and dairy farms. Save some energy for a hill near the end of the ride.

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Note! This is not the regular Social Revolutions ride which leaves from the common. This ride leaves from the Clarke Middle School.
This ride is ON!

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39.0 Wellesley Sherborn Dover Pegan Hill

Date: 
Apr 25, 2021
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Despite the rain's starting later and ending earlier, it's still gonna be pouring during our ride window. We'll do it again on a better day. I hope you were able to get a good ride in today. Could not have been a better day to be outdoors. - gene
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Wellesley High School

50 Rice St
Wellesley , MA
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From Rt. 128, north or south, take Rt. 16 west/Wellesley exit. Proceed west on Rt. 16 past the intersection with Rt. 9 (at about 1.1 mile), and then past several (2 or 3) traffic lights. After the traffic light at the intersection with Rockland/Forest St., Rice St. is the next left. Turn left on Rice, and after a short distance the High School will appear on the left. The High School is about 0.4 mi from the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station: take Washington Street west, turn left onto Forest Street and right onto Paine Street. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

Park at Wellesley High School. Restrooms aren't for sure but the nearby athletic fields may have porta johns. We'll go by Dover HS at the halfway point and they sometimes have PJ's. The restroom at the Dunkin Donuts at mile 26 MAY be open.

Good route for hammering up Pine St or contemplating the woods on South St.

The weather forecast for Sunday is iffy (as of 4/19/21). If it improves, we'll do the ride. If not, I'll repost for another day. Check late Saturday to see if the ride is still on.

Pegan Hill is one of the few places east of rt 495 with a view at the top. Worth the climb to get there.

Pace: the fast folks will find themselves. I'll sweep. No one rides alone unless that's their thing.

email, call, or text if any questions.

- gene
617-610-1875
ho.eugene@verizon.net

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Linda's Birthday ride

Date: 
Oct 31, 2021
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The route covers towns in the south that appear infrequently in the CRW calendar. We take mostly quiet roads in Medfield, Norwood, Sharon, Mansfield, Foxboro, and Walpole. The long ride adds Norton and Attleboro. Highlights of the ride include several notable ponds: Jewells, Pettee, Willett, Bird, Sawmill, Chartley, Fulton, Kingman. Whitville, Beaumont, Vandys, Crackrock, Plimpton, and Cobbs. If the weather is unusually warm, bring a towel since we will be stopping at the beach on Lake Massapoag for a swim. Linda will lead a 13 mph group on the 33 mile option. We will celebrate Linda's birthday with lunch at the Blue Moon Bagel Cafe at the end of the ride.
 
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Please print your own Cue sheet and bring it to the ride if you do not have a GPS device.

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Cape Cod tour: Hyannis–Provincetown

Date: 
Jun 13, 2021
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Experience bicycling Cape Cod in a day: train, ferry, bicycle path, farmers' market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakery, lighthouses, & many beaches to dip in.

 

Meet the Summit to Sea Adventure team on their last day from Greylock to finish together in Provincetown https://www.crw.org/content/adventure-ride-summit-sea

 

You must purchase return ferry ticket in advance of starting the ride. Capacity is low. Ferry will sell out.

 

Start at 7:40 aboard the Cape Flyer train from South Station to Hyannis ($22, plenty of capacity for bicycles). Navigate out of town to reach Cape Cod bicycle path to enjoy several parks, beaches, & food stops along the way. Visit the small towns of Orleans, Wellfleet, & Truro before arriving Provincetown for snack or early dinner.

 

Plan on 14–16mph pace, plenty of stops, & leisurely day.

 

For a distance of 100km & elevation gain of 666m, you could arrive Provincetown just in time for the ferry at 16:00 ($70). This is also a tour, not a race. We will likely take our time to arrive into town, dine & stroll around before sailing on 19:30 ferry, arriving Boston at 21:00.

 

This trip is:

 

  • Suitable for intermediate to advanced bicyclists
  • Come prepared with sufficient navigation tools such as GPS, map, cue sheets, smart phone, etc. This will be self-guided tour.
  • Cost is estimated at $125 for train, ferry, & food

 

Other considerations:

 

  • All-purpose handlebar bag, water proof, with enough room for extra layers & snacks.
  • Bring: small towel to dry after swim, sunscreen, cash to purchase food, extra batteries for electronic devices, & camera.
  • Lights are good for visibility during the day & for the short ride (1.6km) from ferry terminal back to South Station.
  • Bicycle gear to bring: helmet (required), vest or jacket (it will get cold in the evening), sun glasses, spare tube, helmet mirror, pump or CO₂ cartridges, chamois cream, & allen keys.
  • MBTA parking information is at http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/parking
  • Expect pace will be 14–16mph with several delightful stops along the way.
  • Plan to purchase ferry tickets in advance, before they sell out.

 

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Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/932784

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://crwheelers.slack.com/archives/C0109BPQPAR/p1618786221209500

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

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South Shore Coastal Ride

Date: 
Jun 5, 2021
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Wompatuck State Park

204 Union St
Hingham , MA
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Follow Rte 3 South to exit 14 and the intersection with Rte. 228. Follow Rte. 228 North approximately 5 miles to the intersection with Free Street on the right. Turn right onto Free St. and follow it one mile to the Park entrance on the right.

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Ever wanted to do the Sunday morning coastal ride but just couldn't get yourself out of bed in time? This is your chance to enjoy the scenic coastal route through Hull, Cohasset and Scituate. This is one of the prettiest rides the Club has to offer. Along the coast, you will see the beautiful homes of Jerusalem Road, quaint Cohasset Harbor and the active waterfront in downtown Scituate. The longer loop extends the route to the tip of the Hull peninsula, with views of the Boston skyline. The ride consists of mostly flat terrain along the coast, with rolling hills on the inland portion of the route. If you want a cue sheet please print one from one of the links below. Ride leader will lead a 15-16 mph average group on the long ride, no paced group for the short route at this time. Riders of all levels are welcome.

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40 mile route updated 6/2/21
Do not park in the main parking area. We will park under the trees on the grass just before the visitor center on the right. There will be signs.
Rain cancels.
Check Rt 3 traffic for delays before you leave home.

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35.0 Concord to Harvard

Date: 
Apr 18, 2021
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Municipal Parking Lot-Concord-Keyes Rd

150 Keyes Rd
Concord , MA
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Rt. 128/95 to Exit 29, Rt. 2 West. Go 4.6 mi., look for the Rt. 126 sign, and turn right at that intersection onto Walden Street. Bear right at the fork. At 1.2 mi. in Concord Center make a left onto Main St. and a right into the town parking lot. The Visitor Center is at the south end of the parking lot. By commuter rail and bicycle: From the Concord station, head north on Sudbury Road, which merges into Main Street, then take the first left onto Keyes Rd -- about 1 mi. Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

The shortest route from Concord Center to Harvard on the usual roads. You get to stand on your pedals at mile 15.5 on Old Schoolhouse Rd.
Bring a mask and wear it in the parking lot and when rational judgement indicates.
Harvard General Store may be open but don't count on it. Which means rest rooms may have to be improvised.

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Bridges of the Sudbury River

Date: 
May 1, 2021
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Municipal Parking Lot-Concord-Keyes Rd

150 Keyes Rd
Concord , MA
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Rt. 128/95 to Exit 29, Rt. 2 West. Go 4.6 mi., look for the Rt. 126 sign, and turn right at that intersection onto Walden Street. Bear right at the fork. At 1.2 mi. in Concord Center make a left onto Main St. and a right into the town parking lot. The Visitor Center is at the south end of the parking lot. By commuter rail and bicycle: From the Concord station, head north on Sudbury Road, which merges into Main Street, then take the first left onto Keyes Rd -- about 1 mi. Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

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Can you ever have too many pictures of your bike on a bridge? Of course not! Join "Iron Lady" Emily and "11 out of 10" Kamila (ask them about their nicknames) for this 27-mile ride along the Sudbury River, passing over eight of its bridges and meandering through Concord, Wayland and Sudbury. Plenty of green, open space to experience all the beauty of spring riding!   All paces welcome. Group will split into faster and slower as needed and to accommodate CRW COVID-19 guidelines. 

 

In case of heavy rain, check this ride page or Strava to confirm the ride is on. Leaders will post cancellation by 7 PM on the evening before the ride. 

 

Additionally, if you’re on Strava, you can RSVP in the events section of the CRW Strava page to see who is attending this ride. This is not required but provides a great way to connect for social fun. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AS INSTRUCTED ABOVE.


Should you have any questions, send us an email or post to the Slack channel #ride where we are both active and typically respond the same day. 

 

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T-time King Challenge

Date: 
Apr 17, 2021
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Tour remote country roads of New Hampshire, returning along Hampton & Salisbury beaches. Stop at authentic Annarosa's bakery included. Customary ocean dip before the finish. 

 

Route inspired by Ted King DIY challenge to raise funds for Krempels Center, a Portsmouth NH based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury.

 

Start from Boston North Station at 7:30 to board commuter rail to Newburyport at 8:35. Expect to return on train at 17:10 to arrive Boston at 18:14. Alternatively, meet the group in Newburyport commuter rail station at 8:35.

 

There is a very short 3km section of smooth gravel road. Cool weather with slight chance of rain expected.

 

Join event on Strava to let others know you will be there https://www.strava.com/clubs/155/group_events/930187

 

*** Bring proper navigation tools: GPS device, phone app, or cue sheet. Do not rely on others to help you with navigation. They may ride at a different speed than you. ***

 

Use club Slack channel #ride to discuss this event further https://www.crw.org/content/slack

 

Take some pictures, post on Instagram with #CRWheelers

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