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Old 09-25-17, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mr,grumpy
You guys are always an inspiration but make me jealous that I don't have access to the MM Trail. I don't ride as often or as long as you all but I did get in a pleasant spin around Mausley State Forest today. Visited the cows and dog-walkers. I am seriously considering a big life-change that will free up more time for myself.
Don't fret about the M1nuteman. Your end of the state has more interesting riding, IMHO.

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got out into the night on the MM last night. real hot day but cooled off eventually. on my way back met a rider whose light died & he asked to tag along for a cpl miles until his exit. pretty much everyone had a light. all the bikes & most of the walkers (but not all)

the depot bathrooms were open when I started but not when I finished



Kickstand Cafe was closed by 8pm so no delicious snacks for me



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a little spooky so always nice to see signs of civilization in Lexington



this guy had a bunch of other lights attached to himself, probably were all rear facing except for the headlight



some riders had headlights on their bike as well at their helmet. some guys were moving at really impressive speeds probably 20+ mph. which on the road at night might pose some safety issues, but out on this isolated trail, was probably just really fun for them
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This past Friday was supposed to begin my second 4 day mini tour to and of the Cape. Friday may have been cloudy with light wind and drizzle here but it was much worse down there. I decided to spend the day Friday riding the Roubaix locally and amend my itinerary to leave Saturday instead. I had a nice ride Friday tearing up the local roads with my new PI long sleeve rain resistant jersee. It actually was really comfortable in the middle ground weather where it's too cool to have no extra protection but too warm for rain jacket, pants, gloves.

I pulled the front rack off the 520 and left the front panniers behind and saved another 5lbs in the process. As the saying goes about having room to carry more stuff. Every time I do an overnight ride I eat out more and more often. This time was no exception. Freeze dried camp food is only fun the first time. Day 1 to Shawme Crowell Forest in Sandwich was as usual all about just getting there. Not much fun to be had getting out of Boston or riding thru Brockton. It got nice enough in E Bridgewater but by then I was already thinking about a calzone and beer for dinner or seafood and beer for dinner. Although it wasn't raining it was foggy, misty and always felt as if it had just rained. I arrived and after pitching the tent I headed to the nearest pizza joint for a calzone. Beer was in the front Ortleib for the campfire later on. Sunday cleared up and became an amazing day to cycle on the Cape. I got on 6a and headed toward the CCRT but first I stopped for coffee and the best most amazingly delicious cinnamon pecan sticky bun at the Happy Fish bakery in Barnstable. Continuing along I headed along the Old Colony trail to Chattham and back to the CCRT rotary. At which point I struck up a conversation with some curious locals on their quintessential MUP hybrids with rack trunks about my adventure. I continued along and pulled into Nickerson to pitch my saturated Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 tent which is ligh but gets soaked and stays wet easily. Not staying long I got back on the trail and headed toward Skaket beach then up the trail to Welfleet. Satisfied with my day j headed back to Orleans for an iced coffee at the Sparrow and patiently waited for Rock Harbor Bar and Grill to open. Sitting watching the occasional Sunday afternoon rider made me realize how slow it can be in the off season despite the summery feel. Dinner consisted of chit chat at the bar having delicious fried hot peppers, bbq chicken pizza, salad, and of coarse chocolate cake and of coarse beer..... Monday was more of the same. I ambled on up to P-town and rode the Province lands dunes until it was time to eat that final meal of a lobster roll before boarding the ferry to Boston. Boston was a hellish nightmare of drivers and hipsters on single speeds coming at me from every direction. Thankfully once on the crowded path along the Charles it was just hipsters on single speeds coming at me however I was darting and weaving through throngs of people walking. Just after 7:00 Monday evening I pulled into the ol driveway and called it a great 4 days of cycling.

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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
a great 4 days of cycling
holy cow! better man than I, well done Sir. gonna check out your pics, but kudos to you!
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Wow, I've been missing out on a lot of good pictures! Guess it started happening since Imgur got blocked at work. Never put the 2&2 together.
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busy night on the MM bikeway last night but at least I was on it earlier & got my snack at the kickstand, a spinach & cheese croissant, heated in the toaster oven, yum

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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
This past Friday was supposed to begin my second 4 day mini tour to and of the Cape. ...
Wow, that sure sounds like an awesome trip!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
some guys were moving at really impressive speeds probably 20+ mph. which on the road at night might pose some safety issues, but out on this isolated trail, was probably just really fun for them
As someone who likes to move at 20+mph when conditions warrant, I am MUCH happier on Mass Ave than on the Minuteman after sundown. Too much possibility of unilluminated walkers (and joggers and occasional cyclists) to go anywhere near that fast even when in daylight sightlines and other conditions might allow it, and even with a good light. (I have more than once come across people standing stock still in the middle of the Minuteman after dark with a dog and absolutely no reflective anything or lights.) Mass Ave by contrast is generally well-lit and wide in the stretch that parallels the Minuteman. Can't believe anyone would be dumb enough to go that fast on the MM after dark.
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Originally Posted by eabeaj
Can't believe anyone would be dumb enough to go that fast on the MM after dark
oh yeah, more than one, last night too. go check it out, from just after sundown to 2 hrs past, they're there alright. but you offer excellent reasons not to!
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Originally Posted by eabeaj
As someone who likes to move at 20+mph when conditions warrant, I am MUCH happier on Mass Ave than on the Minuteman after sundown. Too much possibility of unilluminated walkers (and joggers and occasional cyclists) to go anywhere near that fast even when in daylight sightlines and other conditions might allow it, and even with a good light. (I have more than once come across people standing stock still in the middle of the Minuteman after dark with a dog and absolutely no reflective anything or lights.) Mass Ave by contrast is generally well-lit and wide in the stretch that parallels the Minuteman. Can't believe anyone would be dumb enough to go that fast on the MM after dark.
A great deal depends on what lights you're running.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
A great deal depends on what lights you're running.

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Biggest and brightest, of course (you'd think half the people are running these... PLUS a light on their helmet)





Here's a very in depth discussion about lights (did you know that Germany has bike light standards? - also, no blinking lights in Europe): Lighting systems
Found here: https://john-s-allen.com/blog/?p=7145
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Originally Posted by autonomy


"Point that thing DOWN!!!" - heard on the Minuteman

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But oddly, you can find the second OFO in the US in Worcester this morning. (Here's to hoping they'll be successful too.)

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
"Point that thing DOWN!!!" - heard on the Minuteman

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Good luck getting that bike up to 20mph, minuteman or Mass.
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Originally Posted by autonomy

Here's a very in depth discussion about lights (did you know that Germany has bike light standards? - also, no blinking lights in Europe): Lighting systems
Found here: https://john-s-allen.com/blog/?p=7145
I'd be more surprised if you told me they didn't have standards.
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I was back on the saddle Wednesday and Thursday for my AM rides and did the same route Friday during my lunch break. Being so close to 2 major mileage milestones how could I not keep on trucking. Today I went out for a 49 mile obligatory spin on the Roubaix which put me at 1000.4 miles for September, a feat which I never planned for until last week when I realized that it was within reach-kinda. The other is that I hit my yearly goal of 6000 miles today as well. 6002 to be exact. With the exception of grocery shopping and local errands my bikes are gonna be parked in their racks for a few days. Now I'm either going to ease up and keep it around 100 miles or less per week until the snow prevents even that or go for bear and make it a 7000 mile year. Until I decide I may just have an extra scoop of ice cream, extra glass of wine, and an extra cheese cheeseburger tonight.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
I was back on the saddle Wednesday and Thursday for my AM rides and did the same route Friday during my lunch break. Being so close to 2 major mileage milestones how could I not keep on trucking. Today I went out for a 49 mile obligatory spin on the Roubaix which put me at 1000.4 miles for September, a feat which I never planned for until last week when I realized that it was within reach-kinda. The other is that I hit my yearly goal of 6000 miles today as well. 6002 to be exact. With the exception of grocery shopping and local errands my bikes are gonna be parked in their racks for a few days. Now I'm either going to ease up and keep it around 100 miles or less per week until the snow prevents even that or go for bear and make it a 7000 mile year. Until I decide I may just have an extra scoop of ice cream, extra glass of wine, and an extra cheese cheeseburger tonight.
Congrats! You'll inspire the rest of us, if not to ride more, than at least to have a cheeseburger in your honor! Bravo!

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Congrats! You'll inspire the rest of us, if not to ride more, than at least to have a cheeseburger in your honor! Bravo!

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Thanks Rod. I consider myself blessed to have found a fitness oriented activity that has grounded and focused me as cycling has. I am 60 lbs lighter than I was 7 years ago and feel at home on the saddle more than anywhere else in life.
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forum needs a like button. never cease to be amazed at human endurance

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
forum needs a like button. never cease to me amazed at human endurance
Agree on the like button.

Question for you rumrunn6, I've never ridden on the MM and wanted to know where I can get on it coming from the Fitchburg / Leominster area. Also what's the length ? I have half days on Friday's and was thinking about checking it out soon, Thanks !
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
Agree on the like button.

Question for you rumrunn6, I've never ridden on the MM and wanted to know where I can get on it coming from the Fitchburg / Leominster area. Also what's the length ? I have half days on Friday's and was thinking about checking it out soon, Thanks !
Here's website and map.

Map ? Minuteman Bikeway
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Here's website and map.

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it's a modest ride but you can tack on a cpl more miles by starting in Concord Ctr behind the Visitors Ctr 64 Main St & taking the Reformatory Branch Trail (packed dirt) at the end of Keyes Rd

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
it's a modest ride but you can tack on a cpl more miles by starting in Concord Ctr behind the Visitors Ctr 64 Main St & taking the Reformatory Branch Trail (packed dirt) at the end of Keyes Rd
Is there any discussion of paving the Reformatory Branch?
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