We got out on the tandem today, something we'd talked about for our Sunday back home after spending T-day with my family in Virginia. We started in Concord, rode Monument Rd/River Rd up to 225, west into Carlisle, stopped and had some lunch at Fern's. Somehow the temperature was missing about 10 degrees but it was tolerable.
The original plan was just to do the quick Concord-Carlisle loop, Sharon's introduction some of the roads I like on my solo bike. But Sharon felt like going further. So while eating lunch I thought about what sorts of roads we might do next. We went west on 225 to Acton St, left on West st, right on Pope Rd, left on Strawberry Hill Rd, left on Barrett's Mill Rd, right on Lowell Rd back into Concord. Then Sharon said "Oh, we're back already. Can we do another loop somewhere?"
So I pointed the bike east on 2a, Old Bedford Rd, and 62 until McMahon let us cut over to Depot Park. (As captain I can point it wherever I want.) We stopped there for another superfluous food break then re-traced the route back to Concord.
It was great day. The sun even came out off and on. We rode some significant hills, both up and down. Sharon likes the uphill. 26 miles, all sweet.