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    Hey, guys, just thought I'd drop by and say "Hi." Glad to see the Boston peeps are keeping up the correspondence. Living out in the Amherst area now, and the riding is heavenly, though quite hilly. Two years out here and I'm just now beginning to adjust to the grades.

    Hope y'all had a great season, enjoy what's left, including that beautiful fall weather and color!
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    BR!
    Great to hear from you.
    I was just yesterday sampling your roads during an abrieviated CONVAC tour of the Connecticut River Valley. A fellow rider speculated it was easy to understand why Deerfield ~1670 was settled only 20 or so years after Metrowest/ Sherborn because of the fertile, flat farmland. We did see bike trails, sampled part of the FRankloin County Bike Route and manages to find plenty of your hills.

    It was when I was flying down one of those hills, a startled turkey vulture and I shared the same flight path until the wiser of us judiciously decided to change course; I gripped my handlebars, yelled, "auuuugh" and held course.

    Beautiful country and a great way to see old Deerfield, Hatfield and pleasant country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmolway View Post
    Broke out the arm warmers for the first time this weekend for a couple of early morning rides. Sad to see the days shorten. Most of my mid-week club rides have ended for the year b/c of it which leaves me doing more and more solo rides. Even so, I am loving riding in the cool temps for a change.

    That reminds me that I need to buy a new head light for my morning commutes. Before I know it I'll be riding to work in the dark.
    The chill is definitely in the air. I did Flattest Century in the East yesterday down in Dartmouth and it was chilly and windy all day. It certainly felt like fall.

    Anyone else do that ride? It was my first time doing it and it was a lot of fun. It was also painful, because my friend wanted to finish the ride with a 19mph average. We did it, but my legs are NOT happy today. The 20 miles of headwind didn't help either...

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    Staying on the Cape till the end of the month; just rode 33 *hilly* miles from Provincetown to Wellfleet and back. Beautiful back roads, temps in the 50s and 60s, and some hills that make you go hmmph! Hoping to build up to a Century during my stay here this year; wish me luck!

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    Great to hear from you, too, Sherborn, I was not surprised to see you leading the charge in keeping up the Eastern Mass community feeling. :-)

    Yes, you saw some good roads this weekend. If you come out again, I can point you to some doozies you may not have experienced.

    I'm planning on doing the metric century version of the Great River Ride, which goes from Westfield (near Springfield) into the Berkshire foothills and has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful rides in New England (classic fall scenery, stone walls, rivers, etc.), or the country, for that matter. Also quite challenging, hill-wise. Stats on metric are here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/177097

    ...and the site for the Ride is here: http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles...2010-pg161.htm

    Maybe I'll see one of y'all there?
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    I picked up a new ride today to add to my bicycle collection. I wanted something that was a bit quicker & lighter than my FX. I have had my eyes on this for some time now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    I picked up a new ride today to add to my bicycle collection. I wanted something that was a bit quicker & lighter than my FX. I have had my eyes on this for some time now
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...01&scname=Road
    Hey, that's not C&V. Oh, waitaminute, this isn't C&V, this is Good Ride/Boston. Nevermind.

    (It looks like a nice bike. I don't have a clue what riding a bike like that is like tho'.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloria View Post
    Staying on the Cape till the end of the month; just rode 33 *hilly* miles from Provincetown to Wellfleet and back. Beautiful back roads, temps in the 50s and 60s, and some hills that make you go hmmph! Hoping to build up to a Century during my stay here this year; wish me luck!
    Which bike did you end up taking?

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    Hereís another report from the infrequently-posted southern sector of Metro Boston. Last Saturday I rode from Kenmore Square to Woods Hole to catch the ferry to Marthaís Vineyard for the weekend. This was my second such ride. Since the Cape and MV are such desirable cycling destinations, I thought Iíd relate my route with some suggestions. I took the most direct route to the Cape because I was destination-driven, in particular since I needed to catch a ferry. I was transported home by car on Sunday.

    Most of the trip was on Rte 28, which I think was a main route to the Cape until I-495 was built. So the traffic was not too bad for most of the distance, even on a pleasant Saturday mid to late morning and most of the road had a wide enough shoulder. The scenery was mostly commercial and sub- to ex-urban residential. This ride is not idyllic as routes in Metro West are and was meant to get me to the Cape ASAP. I donít have a GPS and I didnít want to keep looking at the map for back roads as usually happens when I try new routes in this cartographically crazy region.

    I left Boston at about 7:15 AM and picked up Rte 28 via Blue Hill Ave in Mattapan and on to Milton and Randolph, which seemed to be the hilliest part, though not too bad. After Randolph was a nice residential segment to Brockton, though there is an even better parallel side road beginning in Avon called Main St that passes through Brockton and intersects Rte 28 again on the south side of town. Brockton was gritty urban and then it was pretty commercial on to Bridgewater where the road became more countrified.

    Just north of Middleboro I chose to take Old Center St into Middleboro, as I did the last time. Itís a pleasant small town but there was some stop-and-go town traffic in the center. Last time, I took Main St from Middleboro Center back to Rte 28, a short distance, but this time I inadvertently got on Wareham St which was a couple miles of paved road but with loose gravel that slowed me down until I got back to Rte 28. Next time I think Iíll just skip Middleboro and stay on Rte 28.

    The road was low-key commercial / residential until Wareham, where it hits the fan all the way to the Bourne Bridge. I took Rte 28 all the way. It has no shoulder and in Bourne become a typical auto-centric commercial strip without a shoulder. A pleasant partial alternative, as I did last time, is to go by way of the resort community of Onset, adding only a couple miles. Nonetheless, thereís about five or so miles of bike-unfriendly road until the Bridge.

    Now about a mile or two from the Bridge I saw a sign that said Bike Path, but I skipped it, thinking it just went along the canal bypassing the Bridge. I took the heavily traveled, shoulderless entrance to the bridge, with the curbside drains with grates parallel to my wheel and a short concrete wall on my right. As I ascended towards the bridge, I noticed a sidewalk on the other side of the wall and when I came to an opening in the wall I went onto it, and took that over the bridge. The sidewalk leading up to the bridge looked kind of crummy, with glass and debris on it, but it would have been preferable to that service drive. I wondered if that was the Bike Path I had noticed earlier.

    The Bourne Bridge is a high-arched bridge, seemingly several hundred feet over the Cape Cod Canal and I wasnít fond of riding it, so I walked it about a quarter mile, fixing my gaze on the sidewalk rather than look over the edge. Once over the Bridge though, I entered Cycling Paradise.

    The first turn off the rotary is onto Shore Road which passes through delightful seaside villages, then to County Road and 28A. At the intersection of Rte 151, about 100 yards or so to the right is the entrance to the beautiful Shining Sea Bike Path, and then 10 miles straight into Woods Hole and the Ferry dock. I didnít even realize the Bike Path was there, and I would have missed it had I not seen two cyclists emerging from it on to the road. I sped down it to the ferry, passing beautiful greenery, tidal marshes, ponds, and finally ocean views. Only a few sleepy residential roads intersect the path.

    I hope these directions are helpful and I would like to hear if there is a better way, especially from Wareham to the Bridge. The total distance was about 81 miles this time and 83 miles two years ago.

    Postscript: Before posting this I looked on Mapquest at the segment from Wareham to the Bourne Bridge and realized I could put together a complex backroad route that would bypass almost all of Rte 28 from Wareham to the Bridge, though Iím not sure of the road surfaces. My upcoming birthday wish is now for a GPS, and I hope Iím invited back to MV next year.

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    I rode up to Chelmsford this morning. That wasn't exactly the plan. I went up the Minuteman path to Bedford--not very busy at 8 am--and then swung around to rte. 4. I had planned to go out along 225, but made the wrong turn at the 4-225 split, so went that way instead. It didn't really matter to me that much. Part of the point was to try out my "new" Olympus OM-1N, which is one of the two cameras I picked up to carry in place of the big Nikons I usually use. The OM-1 weighs half as much. When I got to Chelmsford it was time to head home, so I looped around on 129 to 3A. Down at the bridge head into Billerica the cops had blocked off traffic, since unbeknownst to me it was Yankee Doodle Day in Billerica. They were letting peds through, so I went up on the sidewalk and over the bridge, where I found the street lined with people and balloon vendors. The parade had not started, so I rode up through the mostly empty street, and for a few minutes, I was the parade.

    As I was coming back into Bedford to the end of the path, another cyclist pulled up next to me at a light. He said good morning, so I looked over and saw that he was riding a really pretty vintage Hetchins, in two-tone blue paint scheme with very fancy lugs. So I had to compliment him on the nice bike. He said he didn't take it out much because he worried about it, but it was a nice ride.

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    I was able to get in a nice 60 mile ride today out toward Bolton, Harvard region. Was a little chilly for my liking, several different fairs throughout
    the region going on this time of year. Was hoping for some sun, but that didn't show itself until about 20 min. after my ride. Hope some of
    you were able to get out today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    The total distance was about 81 miles this time and 83 miles two years ago.
    I've been told the world is getting smaller.

    Wish I could get some riding in but it wasn't to be. I biked on foot, which is to say I hiked up the Jordan Cliffs Trail, then over to Sargent Mt., then back south the end of Penobscot Mt. and down to the Jordan Pond House where we started. It was spectacular.

    In a day or two I hope to ride up Cadillac or the Park Loop Road, or both. I won't be metro Boston though.
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    I took a ride down the Blackstone yesterday just to take out the new bike. I love the temp but could do without the wind
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    Today I rode what I've been threatening to do, though it sure ain't metro Boston. Rode the Park Loop Road in Acadia Natl Park, and threw in a run up and down Mt. Cadillac for good measure. 26.4 miles, about 18 of which is the Loop Road itself. My altimeter watch recorded total elevation gain of 2320ft, about half of which were up Cadillac in 3.5 miles. Max speed was 37.9mph, but curiously, it wasn't down Cadillac! Total time 3hrs19min, including lunch.

    I started at the Sieur de Ponts entrance. The road ran up for a while then down, down, DOWN southward through beautiful forest. If you plan to bike the Loop Road don't bother bringing your high gears. You'll be in either of two modes, grinding your lowest (or second lowest) and flying downhill. Had lunch along the lawn of the Jordan Pond House. Lotta' bikes there, all hybrid or mountain bikes, many rented, some from tour groups. Several people commented on the old Raleigh. Yeah, the old girl still has it (and had the skinniest tires in the park!)

    There was FIERCE wind from the north so the run uphill above Eagle Lake was a serious slog. I passed a group of three drafting against the wind on that uphill.

    By the time I got to the Cadillac entrance the computer said I had only 3 miles to the finish, and it was still early. So I said what the heck, let's do it. Ahem, it was tough without real mountain gears. My low is about 32 gear inches, good enough for most any hill, except in this case it was right on the edge for maintaining a cadence above 80. The problem was, it never let up. Just steeeeep uphill. Even so, I stopped a few times to, um, let tour buses go by. (We both know why I stopped but I won't 'fess up.) The views at the top are great of course, as was the sense of accomplishment.

    Those strong north winds were a blessing. Most of the run up is southward on the western slope, so I had a stiff tailwind for much of the way. Some was crosswind, but it didn't become a real headwind until the slope backed off near the summit. On the way down the wind was a serious drag. I could have hit 40 easily (well over the speed limit) if I hadn't had to brake for the turns, but the wind kept me below 20, sometimes even below 18. On a few turns the crosswind was a problem but I just took the whole lane down. There weren't any cars following anyway! Near the bottom my watch read 124ft/min descent rate, but I didn't get to look higher up.

    The remaining miles or so to the car were almost all a welcome downhill.

    When I get home and have access to the cable to get the pics off my camera I'll post a few.

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    Sounds like some beautiful rides out there ... keep 'em coming fellas!
    I just keep going over the same ol' roads but loving it. I love cycling this time of year when the trees are just starting to change and you can mark their progress from day to day.

    So here is something that perplexed me. Perhaps someone here can help. I was waiting for my eldest to finish up a cross country meet at the high school last night. While waiting I spotted a band of riders with their non-mountain bikes charging across the fields. As soon as they hit the first largest hill, each one popped off their bike and ran up the hill, carrying their bike. At the top, they remounted, often on the fly, and off they went. After a couple of hours of up/down/across difficult terrain, they set up 2 trash barrels, perhaps 30 yard apart, and rode 3 cyclists at a time, around them at top speed (think modern day barrel racing here). They looked like they were having tremendous fun but I have never seen anything like it. Have you?
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    Cycle Cross season, I have a few friends that do it.

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    Another report from the Southern Sector of Metro Boston:

    Sorry to be so late with this but FYI, this Saturday, 9/25, is an organized charity ride out of Foxboro called the Rodman Ride for Kids. There are loops of 25, 50 and 100 miles, the last going as far south as Freeport and Rochester. For me itís the pinnacle of the cycling season, but marks the start of the Winter Retrenchment. Itís a great ride on nice, lightly traveled roads throughout mostly far suburban to exurban territory in the southern sector. Itís well marked, though only a part of it is well known to me and I particularly like spending a pleasant Saturday, the only time of the year when Iím almost completely unaware of time of day and where I am.

    The ride is very well organized with comfort stops every 20 miles, and a breakfast and following barbecue party at the Start/Finish line. It supports several Childrenís Social Service Agencies and in past years has had such luminary Chairmen as Bobby Orr and Terry Francona. I happen to know Don Rodman personally and I'm glad to ride and support his cause.

    Now Iím not necessarily soliciting for riders, nor pledges. The expected donation to ride is $1000, and the 25 and 50 mile loops are closed to registration, but one can still register for the Century on Saturday morning. I myself have a corporate and personal donation to make, so thatís not a problem for me, because I donít like to solicit. But I just thought you might like to know about this cycling event and I report it here as such:

    http://rodmanrideforkids.org

    PS: Under the Ride Day tab is a map showing the overall routes with links to pdf files of the detailed directions for the three rides.
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    Pics from Acadia's Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain:

    As threatened...

    On the Loop Road, at the trailhead for the Precipice.


    Above Sand Beach (to the left out of view). The high surf splash in the distance is from the swell produced by Hurricane Igor way out to sea. Compare the splash height to the tree height.


    Above Eagle Lake. In the distance is Blue Hill, about 18 miles.


    Part way up Cadillac overlooking Bar Harbor, the largest and smallest forms of long-distance transportation.


    The view from the top of Cadillac.
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    Today I got to combine obsessions. Rode up to Wakefield for the PHSNE Photografica show--basically a flea market of vintage photo gear. I went out at my usual time, rode up through Wakefield, looped around through Lynnfield a ways to kill time, then back to Wakefield. Since I was in my lycra, a couple of people asked me about my bike and how far I'd gone to get there. The show was kind of a bust for me, though. A lot of nice things to look at, but nothing I needed or felt like paying for. from there I just went home. It was starting to get hot. Why is it so hot today?

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    I went out for 52 miles after working 5 hours today. Rolled out toward Worcester then back into Clinton to Shirley then back to Leominster. I
    on the other hand would rather have this hotter weather, arm and leg warmers tend to go on when it's in the low 60's for me.

    jimmuller : Great pics !

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    Just found this thread! A buddy and I recently did a mini-tour on our track bikes earlier this week. Our goal was to hit Portsmouth, NH in one day from right outside Providence, RI. It was only about 100 miles we figured we could do it easily. Well, getting lost in Boston screwed us over. Instead of using our instincts we relied on a Tom Tom GPS app on my phone that just got us so frustrated and lost.

    We ended up doing about 85 miles in one day, ending in Rowley, MA. The next morning we woke up and rode to Newburyport which was a really neat little town, and then finished the ride to Portsmouth via 1A. I think Rowley -> Portsmouth was somewhere about 25 miles. Later on that night we rode again from Portsmouth to Newburyport (20 miles) and hopped on the 9P.M. Train to North Station, ended up in Attleboro, MA at 1:45 AM and rode the 10 miles home. Was a pretty crazy two days with about 150 miles mapped out. Pretty decent for our first "tour", I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaught View Post
    A buddy and I recently did a mini-tour on our track bikes earlier this week...
    Interesting. A tour on track bikes! Just curious, where did you sleep that first night? And how did you get through Boston anyway?
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    W. Mass

    Quote Originally Posted by BostonRoadee View Post
    ...I'm planning on doing the metric century version of the Great River Ride, which goes from Westfield (near Springfield) into the Berkshire foothills and has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful rides in New England (classic fall scenery, stone walls, rivers, etc.), or the country, for that matter.
    Maybe I'll see one of y'all there?
    Good to hear from you too. I'll PM you next trip "out west" to your beautiful riding country. I've family in Amherst so I do visit.
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    Several interesting Metro West perspectives. From new bike, Cadillac on a trusty old bike, Rodman Ride, cyclocross season, Wakefield, Blackstone, zipping through Harvard and Leominster, Flattest Century, track bike touring and more.

    Rode the 50 mile Hub on Wheels today on my singlespeed. Great weather and fascinating tour of our fair city. Steep hills, interesting parks and diverse folks. Nice Redbones BBQ at the finishHub on wheels 10 &#.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Interesting. A tour on track bikes! Just curious, where did you sleep that first night? And how did you get through Boston anyway?
    The first night we were prepared to sleep in the woods with just our packs and a tarp. Obviously this is not the ideal situation for touring but because of our limited time on the road we figured it wouldn't weary us too much. On the way to a patch of land we saw along route 1A on Google Maps we found a hotel that was open and actually really cheap (65$ a night, great room, bed n' breakfast style), at around 11 at night. We were about done at this point and just took the room.

    To get through Boston we ended up arriving in Mattapan, rode through the city towards Berkeley St, and then through Cambridge to rt. 99. I wish I knew the route more precisely but like I said, the GPS had us on a wild goose chase.

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