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    Rides from Newburyport, MA — July 4th weekend, should I bring the bikes?

    Hello, summer!

    I'm going up to Newburyport, MA for a four days around the 4th with my girlfriend. We're debating whether or not to bring our road bikes. We'll have a car. The alternative is to rent bikes in town to just cruise around leisurely.

    I was wondering if anyone had any routes to recommend that I research to help us make a decision?

    Some criteria:
    1) 50 miles, give or take
    2) Rolling hills, no crushers
    3) Scenic or country roads, nothing above 45 MPH
    4) Starting from Newburyport ideally, or some easy driving distance north of it in MA or NH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonJW View Post
    Hello, summer!

    I'm going up to Newburyport, MA for a four days around the 4th with my girlfriend. We're debating whether or not to bring our road bikes. We'll have a car. The alternative is to rent bikes in town to just cruise around leisurely.

    I was wondering if anyone had any routes to recommend that I research to help us make a decision?

    Some criteria:
    1) 50 miles, give or take
    2) Rolling hills, no crushers
    3) Scenic or country roads, nothing above 45 MPH
    4) Starting from Newburyport ideally, or some easy driving distance north of it in MA or NH.
    I haven't ridden up around Newburyport for a long time, but I think it might be nice. However, I have enjoyed much summer cycling just south and east in the region bounded approximately by Topsfield and Danvers to the west, to Beverly along the coast (Rte 127) up through Manchester to Glooucester and Cape Ann, to picturesque Rockport, and back northwestward towards Essex, Ipswich, and inland to Hamilton and Wenham; those last towns known as wealthy horse country. Quiet scenic roads can be found, not particularly hilly, with a fair number of cyclists.

    In a compendium of Boston road cycling, I described this “North Shore” (including farther South towards Boston) as:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    North Shore: Beautiful Atlantic coastline, especially north of Lynn, to include Nahant, Marblehead and Marblehead Neck, on through Salem, Beverly and into ritzy Beverly Farms, and up to seafaring Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, etc.
    Feel free to PM me for details or questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonJW View Post
    Hello, summer!

    I'm going up to Newburyport, MA for a four days around the 4th with my girlfriend. We're debating whether or not to bring our road bikes. We'll have a car. The alternative is to rent bikes in town to just cruise around leisurely.

    I was wondering if anyone had any routes to recommend that I research to help us make a decision?

    Some criteria:
    1) 50 miles, give or take
    2) Rolling hills, no crushers
    3) Scenic or country roads, nothing above 45 MPH
    4) Starting from Newburyport ideally, or some easy driving distance north of it in MA or NH.
    I really like MA127 between Beverly and Rockport. That fits your description nicely. MA97 between Beverly and Danvers isn't bad, though a bit faster speed of traffic. The Danvers Rail Trail is very nicely maintained in Danvers, Wenham, and Topsfield. It's nice stone dust for the most part and should be doable with a road bike, as long as it's not soon after a rain, when mud and ruts develop.

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    Well, 1A North or South from Newburyport is pretty much a delight, and not even rollers.
    Get on 1A and ride up to Portsmouth (50 miles roundtrip minus give) or down to Rockport (50 miles roundtrip plus take).

    Even shorter rides to Plum Island and Cranes Beach.

    Only downside is that there will be lots of traffic.


    And a side trip that's a delight few people would think about is up to Rye Harbor (if you want a short bike ride) or Portsmouth (longer) and then take a ferry out to tiny Star Island, which is part of the Isles of Shoals. You leave your bikes shore side, Star is a walking tour. Day trip, or an overnight.

    You can also bring your bikes on the Commuter Rail from Newburyport into Boston's North Station, and from there explore Boston and nearby.
    (On the 4th of July weekend, not much traffic. Except for the Pops Esplanade Concert.)

    So, yes.

    -mr. bill
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    Contact @ScottRyder for information, he lives on the north shore. Marblehead is highly recommended for a visit as well.
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    MA127 between Beverly and Rockport looks nice.

    And yes, we'll definitely be biking around Plum Island.

    How is Route 1A on a typical morning? From what I remember very vaguely about that area and the traffic corridor, I'd think it would be screaming with commuters in cars.

    Anyone ride south and west from Newburyport? Like, toward Andover and Boxford? From heat maps at least that area looks like a popular loop route from Newburyport.


    Quote Originally Posted by DBrim View Post
    I really like MA127 between Beverly and Rockport. That fits your description nicely. MA97 between Beverly and Danvers isn't bad, though a bit faster speed of traffic. The Danvers Rail Trail is very nicely maintained in Danvers, Wenham, and Topsfield. It's nice stone dust for the most part and should be doable with a road bike, as long as it's not soon after a rain, when mud and ruts develop.

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    I agree with all of the above! Anywhere in Northeast Massachusetts or Southern NH is beautiful. Beware of the holiday traffic, we're a big tourist destination. Also, some of the roads near me (Cape Ann) are still fighting from winter abuse or new road construction.

    A ride I'd recommend:

    Newburyport south on Rt. 1A/133 to Rowley, Ipswich (Crane Estate and Beach) and then into Essex. Lot's of places to stop for snacks or lunch and very scenic. Check out Bunz Burgers or the Clam Box, both in Ipswich. Woodman's in Essex for their famous fried clams, although I would never ride after eating that kind of stuff. . If you're lucky, you won't run into the state bird, the nasty Greenhead fly.

    MoonJW, I just rode in NYC for the first time, wow, what an experience that was!

    Scott

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    Thanks everyone.

    Going south one day I think we'll probably do a route mixing 1A, 133, and 127. Improvising a bit, depending on traffic. I remember some estate roads in that area that were beautiful. I forgot about Crane's and will check out the roads around there.

    The other day I think I'm going to try to piece together a GPX turn-by-turn to follow. Some sort of adaption of the route shown here:

    Cycling Routes in the American Northeast: North Andover Ride

    @ScottRyder, New York City is a challenging but rewarding cycling city. Hope it was a good trip.


    Quote Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
    I agree with all of the above! Anywhere in Northeast Massachusetts or Southern NH is beautiful. Beware of the holiday traffic, we're a big tourist destination. Also, some of the roads near me (Cape Ann) are still fighting from winter abuse or new road construction.

    A ride I'd recommend:

    Newburyport south on Rt. 1A/133 to Rowley, Ipswich (Crane Estate and Beach) and then into Essex. Lot's of places to stop for snacks or lunch and very scenic. Check out Bunz Burgers or the Clam Box, both in Ipswich. Woodman's in Essex for their famous fried clams, although I would never ride after eating that kind of stuff. . If you're lucky, you won't run into the state bird, the nasty Greenhead fly.

    MoonJW, I just rode in NYC for the first time, wow, what an experience that was!

    Scott

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