Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: '07 IRO Mark V, '01 Cannondale Jekyll 3000, '07 Rivendell Atlantis
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I just attempted this ride this weekend (I'm still new touring/medium to long distances and this took me way longer than I expected). In any case. Rt. 30 out of Boston, just past 95 to Newton St. north to some random side streets that led me to Rt. 117. Find your way to Rt. 62 to Barre, to Rt. 32 to Rt. 9.
One caveat I was riding to my father's place in South Amherst which is a lot closer to the lower point of the Quabbin than Amherst center which is just about dead center in the middle of it.
This route is almost entirely rural there's tons of nice scenery, although these are reasonably well traveled roads it's nothing like Rt. 9 and this route avoids Worcester entirely. According to google maps it's about 95 miles which is about 15 miles more than going Route 9 straight out. You could also take 122 North over the Quabbin but then you'd be taking 202 south and that road is really hilly.