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back to Nickerson State Park to explore some of the Eastern half & parked at the end of Flax Pond Rd where Cliff Pond & Little Cliff Pond are separated by a small beach. funny place for a bike rack, but OK



it was a blustery day. the forecast is was 52° mostly cloudy 25% chance of rain & 15 mph winds with 25 mph gusts. at the end the temp was 54 degrees. during the ride it sprinkled occasionally & at one point I was assaulted by a passing hale squall! put my jacket on just in time for it to stop. when I got to the car it rained some more so I decided to bag it & head home for date-night w/ Wifey



used the main entrance at 3488 Main St Brewster which felt like a longer drive than driving to the southern access point (on Freemans Way). NOTE TO SELF: there is a specific parking lot for the CCRT, between Crosby Lane & Cobie’s (a roadside, fried clam joint). looking at Google St View, there is no CCRT parking sign but I saw it Saturday. it's approx. across from the Cape Rep. Theater (3299 Main St, Brewster, MA). the advantage of this parking is you would be near state park restrooms, & also across 6A from the bay beach, that you can ride to for some sunning

9:40am left house
12:23pm reached parking started approx. 12:30pm
2:14pm back at car
5.23 miles
21.3 mph max
5.9 avrg
52 min saddle time (away from car aprox. 2 hrs)
5:16pm home (away from home approx. 8 hrs)

I usually take a pit stop at the canal



& again for food & supplies at exit 6 (route 132). Easy off, easy on. There is a rest area with restrooms, gas station, convenience store, Subway, Dunkin Donuts & Burger King.

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fun & interesting variety of riding









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ran up the BFRT from the parking lot at 127 Concord Rd. Acton to Center Brickhouse Pizza, 1 Central Square, Chelmsford, for 20 miles of quiet, uneventful, almost lonely & sometimes spooky, riding. 56 degrees




6:21 pm left house
6:40 pm at lot, started 5 or 10 minutes later
7:42 pm at Brickhouse
10.67 miles
26.7 mph max
13.2 avrg
48 min saddle time

8:31 back at car
20.43 miles
26.7 mph max
13.3 avrg
1 hr 32 min saddle time

9:06 pm back home

the end of the BFRT in this town, has not changed. it's till 5. miles fromt he parking lot. so checking it out adds 1 mile to whatever else you do



passed a cpl riders going the opposite way. the leader said "good morning". not sure why. maybe it was my light? it was pointed down but maybe I shud put the hood back on since I'll be using the road bike more now?



was surprised to get it up just over 26 mph considering there aren't any "hills" but there is one fairly long downgrade. I was careful not to smoke my legs & get out of breath cuz I think I'm really out of shape (aerobically). so glad I got new shoes!


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Callahan State Park

There are 3 parking areas. I started with the most Northern lot (approx 241 Broadmeadow St Marlboro) & got in about an hour of riding. The drove to the middle lot (862 Edmonds Rd Framingham) & got in about another hour of riding. From that middle lot I was able to ride to the 3rd & most Southern lot (180 Millwood St Framingham). This combination of rides had the roughest trails I’ve seen personally & I’m appreciating the features of more modern (& more expensive MTBs). Whether I get one or just focus more carefully on easier trails, I don’t know. Leaning toward easier trails I guess.

PART ONE
11:43am left house
12:17pm Parked at dirt patch at start of Bear Paw Trail, approx. 241 Broadmeadow St Marlboro, MA. Headed toward Back Bay Circuit Trail near Sudbury reservoir
12:30pm started riding
1:20pm reached Dam 2.7 miles
1:58pm back at car 6.29 miles
26.9 max mph
6.9 mph avrg
54 min in the saddle
1.5 hrs away from car

PART TWO (Did not reset computer)
2:29pm from (( ))
3:44pm back at car
10.19 miles
26.9 mph max (unchanged)
6.1 mph avrg
1:40 saddle time
1hr min away from car for 2nd ride

Several occasions where I had to walk up rough trails & some downhills were a bit challenging due to the roots & rocks everywhere. These are not well ridden trails, more like hiking foot trails. Tho there were signs for bikes, & some trails marked “no bikes”

Nice that the park is close to home & when done was quick to get home. The neighborhood tho, because less remote, has a lot of trash & used condoms. Pretty disgusting if you ask me. how about you ppl carry that stuff out?

Early on, on Bear Paw, a bumpy climb w rocks & roots. I had a fall (to the left) & banged up my left knee. Guess I didn’t have enough momentum or experience. I think this is the knee I had surgery on 22 yrs ago. Thinking about getting knee pads. Glad I had some cream & bandages for the knee.

One muddy section caused some significant chain suck. So there’s another reason to get a better bike that has those jockey wheels right behind the front chain rings. Bit also a good reason to avoid mud. Gotta remember to bring an extra water bottle just for washing. Used some of my good water on the chain but when I finished it I was able to get stream water for more chain rinsing. Gotta remember to run that bottle thru the dishwasher. But love the 2.25 Riddlers 21psi front 25 psi rear.

Some trails names like “Bear Paw” & Rocky Road” are dead give a ways for what to expect. But a trail named “Wren” you’d think would be tame, right? Nope, it was a rocky foot path shortly after turning on to it.
Got to ride over a neat raised walkway. But as I did I was thinking, hmmm maybe this is a mistake, cause the area wasn’t flooded & I could have ridden around it. but it was too tempting.
The temp was cool to start but I wound up shedding everything but a single short sleeved layer. Ditched the bright yellow face shield equipped helmet & low camera mount for what looks more like a gray MTB helmet with a higher cam mount. Gonna lower the mount cuz the higher mount causes more camera shake.

Another bike feature I would like is a drop at the top bar so when jumping off after a stall I have more clearance for “the boys”

This set of trails is where there is no question a hybrid is off limits, you need a front suspension fork at the very least. There were some easy old roads to ride & the earthen dam trail was easy. But that’s it.






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got clawed by the bear, I guess







landed with a knee & hand. knee just missed a pyramid shaped rock which cudda done some damage.





good have some supplies handy but waited until I got back to the car

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Riddlers doing their job (21 psi front 25 psi rear)












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the Pipeline Trail, so named for the gas pipeline underground



super steep on one side, had to hike the bike up the mountain




several side trails, this one wasn't for bikes

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yeah no kidding


finished up & saw this. guess it was good I was wearing a helmet & eye protection. never know when some vegetation can come whipping across your head

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plenty of signage & other trail markings







should I watch for terriers wearing white collars?






this was just outside the trails at the end of Back Bay Circuit not far from the Sudbury reservoir dam. you can see the trail at the top right of the photo


heading toward the dam

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some mud was avoidable. some was not









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red circles represent spots I know I located while exploring



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as I did on the yellow helmet, I lowered the cam mount (approx. 2") on the grey helmet by buying another inexpensive handlebar mount & hack-sawing off the ball mount, then super glue gel'd it on. smoothed the cut & roughed the surfaces with a small rotary tool w a tiny sanding drum. this should shake less while riding. I positioned it in the same spot, so it's view should be satisfactory. & maybe I'll catch fewer branches w my head?












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past few weeks had lots of family obligations incl another graduation! only some bike maintenance Saturday ...

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been a while but managed to get on a bike last night. a simple protected road bike run Bedford to Arlington & back. tried out the new "compact" Take-a-Look mirror. it's closer to my eye so I thought it would provide a larger field of view than the original, but the mirror is smaller so I think the view is the same. might be interesting to put the larger original mirror on this smaller bracket & see what I can see. the mirror on my left drop bar is a little easier to use. was interesting having them both at my disposal. good to get my confidence up again with the new cleated shoes. with all the auto woes my fam is experiencing I sense a commute or two in my future











definitely helps when riders have their light on at dusk, so I know they are overtaking me



waved to thank ppl who stop



missing that cute little visitors' center. but next year it will be fun to visit the new one!



the veggies are lush!



w/ Fathers' Day around the corner was heartwarming to see a new cyclist in the making



feels a little like a rocket launch with the checklist & countdown on car GPS
7:08pm left Bedford Depot
7:50pm arrived at Arlington statue 8.6 miles 19.9 max 13.4 avrg 38 min saddle time
7:56pm headed back
8:39pm back at Bedford Depot 16.3 miles 24.5 max 13.5 avrg 1:16 in the saddle

finally grabbed a meatball sub at the shop across from Bedford Depot! smart move!

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put a few clips together as an experiment. riding vids can be so boring. this is no exception, but there are some highlights I liked. probably just need to edit it more

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Friday 6-14-19 attempting a round trip commute (44 miles) w/o a shower (so I took one at home)

PART A
5:08 am left home 54 degrees
6:31 am 55 degrees broke a spoke & the rear wheel went out of true, 18.11 miles, 29.9 mph max, 14.2 avrg 1:16 in the saddle
(this happened at the top of "the hill" on Andover Rd. Billerica, at approx Pond St & forcing me to stop at the cemetery just after Allen St)
taxi took about an hour to get me but only cost $24 + tip
removed both wheels, they went in the trunk the bike went in the back seat upside down. taxi driver got grease on his hands but not the seat. I tipped him very well
7:45am at office

wash-up & change went really quickly but those frozen DD bacon egg & cheese wraps weren't as good as I remember. forgot to drink my apple juice, oh well
bike shop down the street fixed the wheel for $20., so I "should be" good to go later today ... test ride in parking lot seemed OK

HE REMINDED ME THAT I CAN CALL AAA!!! for a roadside pickup

before leaving I had to make last minute decisions about what to wear & what to bring for the possible scattered rain later. opted for shorts & 1 single long sleeve layer up top & cheap NFL fan gloves. Basecamp helmet w visor flipped up, using safety glasses w take-a-look compact mirror instead. rain jacket, helmet cover & trunk cover rolled up in the trunk, in case I need them later

lunch at the neighborhood pizza shop was A-OK

I like this pre-owned drop bar mirror. makes a nice compliment to the other mirror



got to wait at a cemetery



due to 16 ozs of water & 16 ozs of coffee starting at 3am, took the usual pit stop at approx 11 miles



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guess next time I should try this?

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PART B
4:40 pm left work
pit stop 1/2 way incl a snickers bar
6:40 pm home 65 degrees, very windy, as in, headwind,
21.74 miles
27.6 mph max
12.7 avrg
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Wifey demanded a bike ride & she got to choose where & when. Daughter borrowed my car so it was time to configure one of our bike racks for Wifey's new car, a Mazda 3. after trying another, I wound up using the Hollywood brand "Over The Top" model designed for cars & SUVs w a rear spoiler. I think I got it right but might tweak it a little next time. most of the weight is on the back bumper. on my 2014 Jeep Cherokee the middle cushion sits on the back windshield & the top portion just sits in the air so the straps can reach the hatch seam w/o touching the spoiler. on the Mazda 3 the middle cushion doesn't touch the window & the top cushion rests on the roof top. next time I'll tweak it so it's more on the roof & not the top section of the spoiler. adjusting the lateral straps so they didn't slide down to the rear lights was tricky, but I got it. this is after we got home & they didn't move. the hatch can be opened/closed with the rack in place


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Wifey wanted to explore the new additions to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord. so we tried one direction, then the other. both directions ended at dirt trails along the old tracks & she wasn't comfortable riding those so we tried a little & turned back. my road bike was OK cuz the dirt was dry & hard enough. I think I will go back with my mountain bike. there were some significant trees down so it will be interesting. there was a brief but significant downpour & we ducked into the car, just in time

then we drove to the parking lot at the Ice House Pond in Acton on Concord Rd. & headed North doing an appreciable amount of riding until she wanted to turn back. all-in-all we got in approx 15 miles & 1.5 hrs of actual saddle time. then a quick dash home to change & hit a local rest. near home for drinks, & we splits nachos w pulled chicken & caesar salad. I then proceeded to pass out on the couch for 5 hrs & she let me sleep

parking & signage in West Concord is poor. as-is crossing the RR tacks at the station. I wish the designers/organizers & young riders luck with that! looking at some video I saw some poor signage warning bikes not to ride across the tracks but I can't believe this is what they're offering for bike guidance

met a cpl that was approx. 15 yrs older than us who gave us a preview of what we were heading for in one direction. Wifey likes to chart ppl up. one of then said "we waited 18 years for this!" they were clearly looking forward to more progress in both directions






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a little bad editing & don't know why some of the audio dropped off. doesn't matter tho cuz the missed audio was as uninteresting as what was saved ...

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a little bad editing & don't know why some of the audio dropped off. doesn't matter tho cuz the missed audio was as uninteresting as what was saved ...

https://youtu.be/SDs3NhuCVxQ

Hey rumrunn6 if your ever up for a tag along, I would enjoy a tour of your cycling area.
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Hey rumrunn6 if your ever up for a tag along, I would enjoy a tour of your cycling area.
yeah absolutely! I think you would like Nickerson Park on the Cape
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Friday 6-28-19 (2nd round trip work commute)

PART A
5:30 am left home 65? degrees
6:25 am pit stop approx 1/2 way
7:11 am at work
21.75 miles
31.8 mph max
13.6 avrg
1:35 saddle time
1:45 door-to-door (so I guess that pit stop took 10 min? which is that's OK, got to wipe some sweat, blow my nose & clean my glasses)

had the road to myself at "the hill" on Andover Rd. Billerica so I took it fast but did feather the brakes & had a reminder that ppl pull out from perpendicular streets along the hill & depending on when that happens, it could be a problem for me. noticed they repaired the rough road at the bottom of the hill since I was doing 1/2 commutes a year or so ago. & it was fun whizzing by the spot I waited for a taxi on 6/14/19



wash-up & change went according to plan & ate some left over cake in the break room with some Keurig Green Mountain pod coffee

tried out some orange/yellow fabric/leather work gloves. I like how they blend with the cycling theme. they are not bad w/ temps in the mid-60s. should be interesting later when it's close to 90. getting better at using 2 mirrors. very handy for knowing when NOT to make a left


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