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Nashoba Bakery Ride

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Apr 18, 2020
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Behind Donelan's parking Lot

145 Lincoln Rd
Lincoln , MA
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From 128 take Rt. 2 west to Bedford Rd south to Lincoln Center. (This is the five corner intersection at Trapello Rd, the library and a big flower pot at the intersection) Continue straight on Lincoln Rd to South Lincoln. St. Joseph's church will be on the left, shopping center on the right. Take the second right into the RR parking lot. If you cross the RR tracks, you just missed it. Train schedule (Fitchburg line) is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable .

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A tour of the rolling hills of Lincoln, Weston, Sudbury, Acton and Concord, where we stop at the Nashoba Bakery for a coffee warm-up.
This is not a paced ride; everyone rides at their own pace. Short route fully arrowed, the first 11 miles of the long route is NOT arrowed.
We gather in the MBTA lot past the Donelans parking lot, do not park in their lot. No bathroom at ride start.
 
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Beat the Ferry: fall edition

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Dec 6, 2019
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Catch the last evening ferry for the season. No such ferry on Saturday or Sunday. The next one is not until May 2020. Earlier attempt of this ride in October was cancelled due to winds & cancelled ferry service. Weather forecast looks promising for Friday 6 December 2019. Cold & light rain do not cancel this ride. Check again on Thursday by 18:00 for any final updates.

A twist on Cape in a Day with a new route, trails, coastal views, bakeries, & a challenge: bicycle 160km in 11 hours or overall average of 15km/h. This fall edition is designed for shorter days, compared with similar challenge last year.

The route starts on quite small roads out of Middleborough until we reach Buzzards Bay for rest stop before join the Cape Cod Canal trail. We navigate through Sandwich & Barnstable to pick up Cape Cod trail in Yarmouth. We stop for good burrito lunch at Orleans Corner Store. Stay on the trail to northern terminus. As it gets dark, ride through the hills of Wellfleet & Truro before a sprint to the finish just in time for quick bite, beer, & ferry. We may even have time for a quick ocean dip.

We meet in Boston South station to board MBTA train at 7:11 to Kingston arriving at 8:12. We eat breakfast on the train, get bicycles ready, & roll out as soon as we arrive. We take the Bay State Cruises ferry at 19:30 arriving in Boston at 21:00. You must book your ferry & bicycle ticket in advance of starting on the ride.

Many options for bakeries & convenience 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:

  • Taxi, Uber, & Lyft
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It will be cold & dark. Bring plenty of strong headlight & reflective vests. We will ride for 2 or 3 hours in the dark. Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra warm 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.

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Cranksgiving

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Nov 28, 2019
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Ride Studio Café

1720 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington , MA
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Find directions to Lexington center. Parking available in Lexington Depot or on street.

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Burn those calories before Thanksgiving dinner: join a quick spin from Lexington through hills of Lincoln, Concord, Acton, Carlisle, & Bedford, including a strech on Bruce Freeman trail.

Ride starts promptly at 8:30 so we finish by 12:00. Come 15 to 20 minutes before departure time so you can make any last minute adjustments, grab fresh water, a Café drink, or use the facilities.

No extended stops planned along the way—come prepared with energy bars & thermos in bottle cage. 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.

Rain & cold expected will not cancel the ride.

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T Time Fitchburg–Peterbrough Foliage

Date: 
Oct 5, 2019
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Spend the day touring under fall color palette of green, yellow, orange, & red leaves. Mostly quiet back roads in the Mondanock region between Fitchburgh and Peterborough.
 
Stamina a must, but high speed not required: ⬆️ ascend 1,280m over ➡️ distance 95km = ↗️ grade 12.63m/km. There are some short gravel sections. 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.
 
Take MBTA Commuter Rail to Fitchburg arriving at 10:01. Lunch will be in Peterborough. Carry extra snacks & water—very few stops on the road. Dinner in Fitchburg may follow while we wait for return train at 18:18. Buy a weekend pass for $10.00. There is an earlier train at 15:48 for very fast riders.
 
 
T Time rides are those that combine train & ferry public transport service around Boston. T could mean train, tour, or just a cup of tea. The idea is to reach routes far from city centre or take one-way routes. These rides are often leisurely tours for a full day that allow several stops to take pictures, rest on the town green, dip in the water, & sample bakeries.

 

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President's Ride

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Jul 28, 2019
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Mary & Larry's House

40 Wilson Road
Bedford , MA
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Wilson Road is very narrow and has no shoulder. Please park on nearby Dunelm Road or Robinson Drive.

This ride has reached capacity.  Thank you for you interest.  We can not accomodate any more riders.  RSVP has closed.

 

CRW President Larry Kernan and VP of Rides Mary Kernan are thrilled to invite you to join them for one of their favorite cycling routes followed by a BBQ at their home.

This 39 mile ride starts in Bedford with a climb up Page Road. We’ll wind through Lexington and into Lincoln with an even better climb up Bedford Road. The route hits some of the prettiest back roads through Wayland and Sudbury with plenty of shade and new pavement.  The route includes two of Larry's favorite roads -- Pelham Island Road and Water Row. You can take a break at Verrill Farm at mile 28, but you’ll want to save your appetite. The finish gives you a chance to climb the part of Page Road that you missed at the start, and you’ll realize how much fun it is to end a ride with an uphill stretch.

For those that would like to ride with a group, we will have led groups at several different paces.

 

 

 

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T Time Backroads of Providence

Date: 
Aug 3, 2019
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Escape Providence to enjoy extended smoothly paved trail for 30km inside a green tunnel of trees & farms. Hop onto narrow country roads to reach Foster Country Club. We stop for late lunch, likely around 14:00.

Bring extra snacks to eat on the train. Lunch will be late mid way through the ride, likely around 14:00. Several sandwich, vegetarian, burger, & salad options available. There are few other stops or facilities along the way. Carry extra water & snacks accordingly.

We continue on more fun & scenic roads until we reach providence likely by 16:30. Those who want to return early can sprint to catch the train at 16:55. Others can stay for a tour around town & dinner before an evening train at 19:04.

Expect one or two short sections of gravel. No special bicycles or tires needed.

No big hills to climb. Several small rolling hills for a total less than 1,000m ascent.

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.

Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra clothes, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration tablets.

T Time rides are those that combine train & ferry public transport service around Boston. T could mean train, tour, or a cup of tea. The idea is to reach routes far from city center or take one-way routes. These rides are often leisurely tours for a full day that allows several stops to take pictures, rest on the town green, dip in the water, & sample bakeries.
 
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Car: drive to Providence. Parking is available at train station & around. Watch for your bicycle on top of the car when entering the garage. No confirmed daily rate. Expect $20–30.

Train: space is limited on the train. Notify the leader of your interest to join the trip. Take the Commuter Rail at 10:00 from Boston South station to arrive Providence at 11:05. Ride will leave at 11:15. After dinner, we return on train 19:04 from Providence to arrive Boston at 20:13

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Beat the Ferry: fall edition

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Oct 12, 2019
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Final Update: 11 October 2019 15:03

The ride is confirmed to start in South Station at 8:30 on train to Plymouth. We follow US Bicycle Route 1 to Cape Cod Canal then East Coast Greenway to New Bedford, Fall River, East Bay trail, & finish in Providence. Multiple options to return on train in evening at 19:04 or 20:20, depending on Taqueria dinner. Plenty of warming stops along the way for tea, coffee, & soup.
 
Purchase weekend pass for $10.00 to cover both train trips Boston–Plymouth & Providence–Boston. Join WhatsApp group to discuss trip further: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Bg4N53PLBIdG6kKCBrPT6Q
 
Ferry service cancelled for today Friday & tomorrow Saturday. They are running buses instead, taking longer time to reach Boston, & has limited space for bicycles in luggage compartment. We will beat the ferry another time.
 

Update 8 October 2019

Check back here on Friday 11 October after 18:00 for final trip update.

This will be an excellent opportunity to test rain gear. Weather forecast shows high probability of rain & wind. Ride is on rain or shine. Note route change to start from Plymouth. High waves may cancel ferry service. Join WhatsApp group to discuss trip further: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Bg4N53PLBIdG6kKCBrPT6Q

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A twist on Cape in a Day with a new route, trails, coastal views, bakeries, & a challenge: bicycle 170km in 9 hours or overall average of 19km/h. This fall edition is designed for shorter days, compared with similar challenge last year.

The route starts on quite small roads out of Middleborough until we reach Buzzards Bay for rest stop before join the Cape Cod Canal trail. We navigate through Sandwich & Barnstable to pick up Cape Cod trail in Yarmouth. We stop for good burrito lunch at Orleans Corner Store. Stay on the trail to northern terminus. Ride through the hills of Wellfleet & Truro before a sprint to the finish just in time for quick bite, beer, & ferry. We may even have time for a quick ocean dip.

We meet in Boston South station to board MBTA train at 8:40 to Middleborough arriving at 9:38. We eat breakfast on the train, get bicycles ready, & roll out as soon as we arrive. We take the Bay State Cruises ferry at 19:30 arriving in Boston at 21:00. You must book your ferry & bicycle ticket in advance of starting on the ride.

Many options for bakeries & convenience 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:

  • 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.

Join our club on Strava.

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Beat the Train: Boston–Portland

Date: 
Sep 7, 2019
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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 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.
 
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T Time Downhill from Wachusett

Date: 
Sep 21, 2019
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Bicycle tour at leisurely pace to enjoy colorful views from top of Wachusett Mountain & country roads to Concord.

MBTA plans to have a bicycle car on the train for us with plenty of capacity. Warm up on the gentle climb from Wachusett commuter rail station for the first 10km, before the steep climb starts to Wachusett observation tower, passing under the ski chair lifts. Lunch stop is in Princeton: bread, soup, salad, & sandwiches at Mountainside Market.

It is a long rolling descent afterwards for about 30km until we climb to Harvard for warm coffee at the general store.

After a few climbs to Littletown, we continue on rolling hills all the way back to Concord for ice cream at Bedford Farms or dinner.

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.

Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra clothes, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration capsules.

T Time rides are those that combine train & ferry public transport service around Boston. T could mean train, tour, or a cup of tea. The idea is to reach routes far from city center or take one-way routes. These rides are often leisurely tours for a full day that allows several stops to take pictures, rest on the town green, dip in the water, & sample bakeries.

Adjust your start & finish location as you see fit based on closest train station to you. Option for shorter ride stop at Littleton commuter rail station for train at 16:16.

Join group conversation, updates, & pictures on WhatsApp at https://chat.whatsapp.com/KDwdGL7xfrN7yE3BjuA9RD

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MBTA plans to have a bicycle car on the train for us with plenty of capacity.

Meet at Concord commuter rail station at 9:00 to board train at 9:15, arriving Wachusett station at 10:11. We return to Concord station by 18:00.

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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Sep 29, 2018
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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Arlington-Lexington-Bedford , MA
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Visit as many activities as you like in Arlington Center (Jefferson Cutter House), Lexington Center (Visitors Center lawn), Bedford (near the Bikeway Source), and all along the bikeway.

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Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday, September 29, 2018, when Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford will host a tri-town celebration of the popular rail-trail.  The bikeway was completed and dedicated by the three towns during 1992-93, and its success has inspired countless rail-trail and pathway projects in New England and beyond.  As we celebrate the past 25 years of Going Places on the Minuteman Bikeway, we look forward to an even better trail that is part of a robust regional bicycle transportation network. 

Community celebrations will be held simultaneously along the bikeway in all three towns from 11 am to 3 pm on September 29th.  Visit as many activities as you like in Arlington Center (Jefferson Cutter House), Lexington Center (Visitors Center lawn), Bedford (near the Bikeway Source), and all along the bikeway.  Local bicycle enthusiasts and bike shop staff will be on hand to demonstrate the wide range of bicycles available today, to help with bike maintenance, and to promote support for our growing bicycle community and regional network of bike trails.  Planning is under way for special visual art, haiku, and musical interludes along the path. 

Of course, the best way to celebrate the bikeway's success is to get out and enjoy it by foot, bicycle, skates, or wheelchair!  Antique, unusual, and just plain weird human-powered vehicles are encouraged.  We look forward to celebrating "Minuteman Bikeway Day" with everyone on September 29th.

Throughout September, in collaboration with the Lexington Historical Society, an exhibit of historic photographs, Trains and Bicycles in Lexington, will appear in the CVS windows on Massachusetts Avenue.  A historic presentation, Living History:  The Lexington Branch, from Railway to Bikeway, by Sam Doran and Tom Fortmann, is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 5th, at the old Lexington depot building.    

For up-to-date details, visit http://bikeway25.org.  To learn more about the Minuteman Bikeway visit http://minutemanbikeway.org and view the 25th Anniversary video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=gBY81vjAD2E.

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