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Tour of the Apple Orchards

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Oct 11, 2020
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Groton-Dunstable Middle School

344 Main St
Groton , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 495, take exit 31 onto Rt. 119 West, toward Groton. Continue on 119 W for 7.3 miles, and the school is on your right.

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This is a great tour passing many of the apple orchards northwest of Boston.  Bring your climbing legs as you will need them!  

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Climbing Le Mont

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Jun 21, 2020
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Groton-Dunstable Middle School

344 Main St
Groton , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 495, take exit 31 onto Rt. 119 West, toward Groton. Continue on 119 W for 7.3 miles, and the school is on your right.

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We'll travel the quick route from Groton to Hollis NH, South Amherst and long route riders will attempt "the climb" up to Mont Vernon. Please be certain you have low gears for this and the Old Milford Road climb on the return. Be forewarned that both climbs have some steep sections!! If in doubt, the 45 (medium) mile ride has plenty of more do-able hills and travels a lovely route through Milford to Brookline, NH. The 30 mile ride detours from the longer rides in Hollis taking in quiet back roads into Brookline. Once back in Groton Filho's Cucina and the Salt and Light Cafe on Main Street are great places for lunch.

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The long riders can stop @ Moulton's Market in Amherst just before the climb into Mont Vernon. Alternately, you can visit the Mont Vernon General store after the climb and before descending into Milford. The long ride will then ascend Old Milford Rd in Brookline. If you wish to bypass this climb after you reach Route 13 follow the 45 mile route. THIS IS NOT AN ARROWED RIDE.

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Hills are your Friends

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May 9, 2021
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Groton-Dunstable Middle School

344 Main St
Groton , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 495, take exit 31 onto Rt. 119 West, toward Groton. Continue on 119 W for 7.3 miles, and the school is on your right.

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This is a ride where you can make a lot of friends especially when they are hills! They'll make you a stronger cyclist and you can count on them to prepare you well for future climbs this season. The medium route passes through Brookline, NH and the long route adds a scenic and (of course) hilly loop through Mason, NH. All rides visit the lovely hamlet of Hollis just over the New Hampshire border and stop at Monument Square for the Market. We'll ride by Filho's Cucina in Groton near the ride's end where a well deserved and sumptuous post-ride lunch can enjoyed by all. 
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PLEASE print out your Cue sheet from the links if you need one! The leader will NOT have any to hand out at the start.

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50
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Northern Lighthouse Tour

Date: 
May 31, 2020
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14 Day Quarantine in Maine
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Park and Ride-Portsmouth

551 NH 33
Portsmouth , NH
Directions: 

Take 95N to Exit 3 (1st Exit past the toll booth). Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rte 33. The Park and Ride will be about 1 mile on the left

This is the long-loved ride from Portsmouth NH that goes up the coast to Nubble Light and Perkins Cove, and then goes inland;. When people ride up the coast, they think that the best part of the ride is over first, but it gets even better inland. The short ride does not go as far as Nubble Light, but is flat. The highest point on the long ride is 250 feet. This ride is joint with North Shore Cyclists, and we will be joined by people training for the Ride to End Alzheimer's.
If you would like to use a cue sheet, please print one at home and bring it to the ride

Notes: 

This route is NOT ARROWED.
If you're searching the Ride with GPS database, these two rides are the ones labeled "Updated" - the old routes with a similar name don't follow roads.

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North to New Hampshire

Date: 
May 17, 2020
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John O'Dowd (9787604705 7-9 PM)
Larry Kernan (3392340404 before 9:30 PM)
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Northeast Metro Tech

100 Hemlock Street
Wakefield , MA
Directions: 
  • Take Rt. 95 (128) to exit 58, Rt. 129 East.
  • Follow signs for Rt. 129 East for 1.5 miles to Wakefield center.
  • Follow Rt. 129 East as it turns left.
  • Go approximately 1 mile past Wakefield center.
  • Turn right onto Farm Street, go past Wakefield High School
  • Turn left on Hemlock Rd follow sign to NE Metro Tech HS

The nearest commuter rail stop is Wakefield, on the Haverhill line. From the station, go south and east on North Street and Nahant Street to the High School. Distance is about 2.2 mi.  Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Haverhill/timetable

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Registration required. For CRW Members only. Limited to 200 riders. No day of event registration.

Join the Charles River Wheelers for one of three beautiful routes of 100, 62 and 50 miles on slightly rolling rural roads through the Merrimack Valley of northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Our 100 mile ride will take you through Exeter and Hampton Falls, NH. The other routes travel through such towns as Boxford, Groveland and Topsfield. All routes pass through the Harold Parker State Forest.

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Note that this event is unsupported (no sag wagons or manned rest stops) and not arrowed. We'll provide GPS routes, cue sheets and suggestions on where to stop for food and water.  Participation is limited to the first 200 riders to register. Please RSVP Here

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Apple Pi Ride

Date: 
Apr 26, 2020
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Bedford VA Hospital

200 Springs Rd
Bedford , MA
Directions: 

From 128 Take Rt 4 north to Bedford Center. Turn right on Springs Rd. Follow signs for VA Hospital / Middlesex Community College. Meet at first parking lot on right. By bicycle from the Minuteman Bikeway: take the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail to where it crosses Springs Road diagonally, then bear right onto Springs Road.

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The short ride goes through Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford, and Carlisle. The long ride adds Stow and Harvard. The long ride passes an impressive array of apple orchards, while taking in a few hills.

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Ride is not arrowed, use GPS or download cuesheet for navigation.  Leader is doing 35 mile route at 15 mph pace, but you are free to do either route at your own pace.

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West Podunk Revamp

Date: 
May 2, 2020
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Nashua River Rail Trail Parking Garage, Ayer

8 Groton St
Ayer , MA
Directions: 

Rt. 2 West, 4 miles beyond Rt. 495, take exit 38B for Rt. 110 East/111 North. Go 2 miles to rotary and follow Rt. 111 North/2A West toward Ayer. Stay on Rt. 111/2A turning right in downtown Ayer, then turn right on Groton St. just after NAPA auto parts store. Parking garage is immediately on the right, across from the bike path. Or take the Fitchburg commuter rail line to the Ayer station: schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

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Modified version of the former West Podunk route on back roads in and around Shirley, MA, voted America's Most Historic Small Town by ePodunk.com (really!). Short ride includes Groton, Sterling, Lancaster, and Bolton. Long ride adds nice loop in Townsend and Lunenberg. Both routes now have lunch stop at Kimball's Farm in Lancaster and avoid busy retail area in Leominster. Limited food and drink opportunities, so BYO.

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Starting point of this ride has a newly constructed parking garage, which has 7' height clearance. Only a few spaces are available outside the garage for vehicles with roof racks. Other CRW riders should park on the UPPER LEVEL of the garage. Be sure to download the 2020 version of the GPS routes and cue sheets (linked below), as the 2019 version had an alternate starting location due to construction of the parking garage.

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Bridges of the Sudbury River

Date: 
Apr 4, 2020
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Richard Taylor (9785052371)
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Crosby Market Parking Lot

211 Sudbury Rd
Concord , MA
Directions: 

Take Rt. 2 West. Turn Right on Sudbury Road (3rd light from Rte. 128) in Concord. Parking lot is about 3/4 mile on the right before the tracks. Please park ONLY IN COMMUTER SECTION away from the stores.
LIMIT 80 CARS IN COMMUTER SECTION OF CROSBY'S PARKING LOT
OVERFLOW PARKING AT ALCOTT SCHOOL 93 LAUREL ST about 1 mile from start. From the Concord commuter rail station on the Fitchburg line, cross the tracks on Sudbury Road (just east of the station), and turn left into the parking lot. Train schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Fitchburg/timetable

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Cross six, eight or twelve bridges of the Sudbury River and see up to three more, including one that George Washington crossed. Cruise along in the beautiful Sudbury River valley with 4-6 hills to keep you warm. Experience beautiful Pelham Island Road paving on the two longer routes.

There are NO BATHROOM FACILITIES at the start. Consider the coffee shops at the stop light and please make a small purchase. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are at the intersection of Sudbury Road and Thoreau St., just across the RR tracks from the start.

The arrows (white thermometer) are labeled: S=19 miles, L=27, XL=36. NOTE CRW NO LONGER ARROWS RIDES. BUT THERE WILL BE SOME FADED ARROWS FROM LAST YEAR THAT ARE VALID

Please print your own CUE SHEET if needed before coming to the ride. You can print cue sheets from the RideWithGPS app.

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Commuter Rail arrives Concord about 9:15 AM outbound and about 9:35 AM inbound. Departs 2:05 and 4:30 PM for North Station and 1:50 and 4:10 PM towards Fitchburg. Fitchburg/South Acton Line. CHECK FOR UPDATES at http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/

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Nashoba Bakery Ride

Date: 
Apr 18, 2020
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John O'Dowd (9787604705 7-9 PM)
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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

Date: 
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
  • Hotels & motels

 

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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