Sunday, October 2nd
So. Dartmouth Beach &
Westport Winery Ride (map)
Buttonwood Park Zoo Meeting Time:
9:45am Leave promptly at 10:00
New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport
Refreshment stop at the
South Dartmouth and Westport are
picture postcard communities and today's chrystal clear weather enhanced the
experience. Too bad that there were only 6 of us. But I want to
believe that everyone else was enjoying other rides or at least other
outdoor activities. Traffic was light, and we were soon on lightly
traveled roads. Before we knew it, we were crossing the bridge in
Padanaram and cruising along Buzzards Bay. It seemed like we were the
only organized ride, but certainly not the only cyclists. Before
we know it, were were at the Westport winery, enjoying lunch and a quit
tasting. The final leg of the ride was equally enjoyable and were back
to the start before the Red Sox game began.
Sunday, September 25th, 2005
Long Lake Ice Cream Ride
Ride Leader: Bruce Lederer (617) 710-1832
Terrain: Flat & rolling hills
Destination: Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford & Carlisle
Meeting Place: Old North Bridge parking lot in Concord (directions)
Meeting Time: 9:45am,
Leave promptly at 10:00
weather permits, you can take a swim before we head out to
Kimbal Farm in Westford for lunch and/or ice cream
Lots of new riders among the 21 in our group. And while the weather
was not perfect, at least we had a little bit of sun to begin with and
unlike when we attempted this ride on the only rainy Sunday in all of July,
there were only clouds today.
This was simple a ride that kept
to quite roads. The photo was take at Long Lake. No swimming
this time, but a good place to do a little socializing. From
Long Lake, it was a short ride to Kimball Farm where people enjoyed good food
and better ice cream. From Kimbal's we made our way back to the Old
North Bridge, enjoying the long down hill near the end; a nice reward for
our earlier climbs. This groups was a little stronger than usual and
some people had to stretch themselves a little to keep up.
Congratulations to all the Ordinary People who excelled today!
Saturday, 10th Sept
Bike ride to King Richard's Faire
Ride Leader: Thomas Collette
Mileage: ~20 miles round trip. From Middleboro T Station to King
Richard's Faire in Carver, MA
Terrain: Flat some hills
Meeting Place:Midd./Lakeville MBTA Station
Meeting Time: 9:15
Leave time: 9:30 or 15 minutes after the 9:19am train arrives if
This train leaves South Station at 8:25am
Bikes are permitted on trains
The ride to the Faire
was a success. There were 4 riders, two of those riders went into the
Faire and totally enjoyed themselves. It
was like taking you bike to the theatre. Inside there were jugglers, a
joust, falcon show, magic shows, human powered rides for children,
knife and axe throwing games and food. Many places to try on period outfits
and jewelry. We stayed for about 3 hours. Other stops included the bike junk
yard, Dairy Queen less then a
half mile from the Middleboro/Lakeville MBTA Station. Also riding on Savery
Historical District (the first divided road in the USA) and stopping for
tennis and cookies to help some kids raise money for Katrina victims.
I left a few cue sheets at the MBTA Station. They are in the bushes
behind the 20ft container at the other end of the parking lot. First one to
get there gets to use the leftover food tickets. Good for about half a beer.
The Faire runs until Oct 23, so have some fun and ride your bike there.
September, 3rd, 2005
The Ride To Great Island
Ride Leader: Anna Marie Ventura (978)
Mileage: 27 miles
Terrain: Flat, rolling hills
Destination: Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Ipswich
Meeting Place: Wenham Church: Rte 128 North, exit 20A onto Route 1A North
(towards Hamilton). Pass the mall and Wenham Lake on your left. Turn left at
Wenham Church on Arbor St. Park in front or or beside the Church. (Directions)
Meeting Time: 9:45. Ride leaves at 10 a.m.
for more of Tom Bate's photos
This 27 mile ride had all the
hallmarks of a BFOP ride - nice people, beautiful scenery, good food and ice
cream! The weather couldn't have been better for riding, or for
enjoying the beautiful warm greens and cool blues of the marshes on Great
Neck. After a couple of mechanical
mishaps at the very start of the ride, everything went smoothly. We rode
through quaint Wenham and into horsey Hamilton. In Ipswich, we made a
slight detour on Argilla Road to stop at
Russell's Orchard for lunch. We shared bread and cheese and tapenade,
sampled peach as well as apple cider and some folks had to have ice cream.
Then we headed over to Great Neck, stopped at a beach (some of us to dip
at least a toe into the chilly water) to enjoy the view and rest, and then
circled around Great Neck for some beautiful vistas. We rode into Ipswich
and stopped at a really nice place for ice cream and then had to do
some hills in the homestretch. We all made it back to Wenham safe and
Looking For A Hill
Mileage: 54 miles
Leader: Joe Tavilla 508 428 6887 or cell: 508 450 1934
Destination: Carver, Rochester, Middleboro, Wareham
Meeting Place: Carver Public Library, Route 58, Carver, MA
Directions: From Interstate 495, travel south on 495 to Exit 2. Travel Route 58
north into Carver. Library will be on right, just past police station/Town Hall.
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Note: This is a longer ride at a moderate pace. Please be prepared.
It will not stop as often as the usually rides, but a rider will be waiting at
every corner to make sure no one gets lost.
The ride name aptly describes the terrain. If you're
looking for a hill - that's all you do, look - keep on looking but you will
NOT find a hill on this ride. What you will find are lots of lightly
traveled flat roads, numerous cranberry bogs, working farms - one with
Clydesdale horses, a breathtaking seaside golf course, the campus of Tabor
Academy and the charming seacoast village of Marion on the Massachusetts
40 riders from 3 different bike groups (CRW, AMC and
BRFOP) enjoyed the ocean views and breezes of the Massachusetts
South Coast on Saturday. A mid-morning rest and re-group stop at East Over
Farm was followed by lunch in the seacoast town Marion. The ride began at
10:10 AM and ended at 3:30 PM.
Duxbury Beach Powder Point Bridge Ride
Mileage: 23 miles
Meeting Place: Stop & Shop parking lot (area closest to Rt. 139) on
here for map and driving directions
Meeting Time: 9:45am Leave promptly at 10:00
Destination: Pembroke, Duxbury, Marshfield
People just love this ride.
We had 38 patiently waiting at the parking lot. This is a simple
ride with beautifully wooded roads and lots of time along the water.
We stopped at the 42nd parallel and found out that it is the border between
8 state. Some people picked up lunch at the French bakery before
heading off to Farfar's and their wonderful ice cream. It really hard
to fit in all the stops that this ride encourages. Fortunately it was
a little cool, so we did not have to spend much time at the beach.
Speaking of weather, even though it was a little murky around Boston, by mid
morning the clouds had started to lift. As you can see from the photo,
by noon, we had clear blue skies. In the afternoon, we rode across
past the magnificent houses along the shore and across the wood plank Powder
Point Bridge to the beach. The ride back from the beach was a
combination of more heavily traveled roads, one very heavily traveled road
and finally on to quiet roads that took us back to the start.
Friday June 10th - Monday June 13st
Warwick Valley Weekend Ride
Mileage: Three days of rides 18 - 25 each day
Terrain: Flat and Rolling Hills
Destination: Southeaster NY and Northern NJ
The area is great for easy riding. There are many small villages about 5
miles apart and Warwick has a certain charm that reminds me of Europe.
This the second year in a row
that we have done this riding weekend. And I can only say that it's
hard to figure which was better. Even the heat didn't diminish our
spirits. And neither did the wine tasting. I could go on and on,
but Adina very graciously wrote up a great report. Click here to
read it and see more photos.
Sunday, June 5th
Cape Ann Circuit (map)
Mileage: ~25 miles
Terrain: Mostly flat with few hills.
Gloucester and Rockport and all around Cape Anne.
Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.
Meeting Time: 9:45am Leave promptly at 10:00
Notes: We will make a lunch stop in Rockport.
Bring a picnic lunch or you can buy food there.
More picture courtesy of
We made our first trip to the north shore. Thirty two people showed
up! The is something so exciting about getting away from greater
Boston. Six people took advantage of the train. I sounded like
the party began on the way up. The nice weather was a welcome relief
from the May rains, although it did start to get a little warm toward the
end. The route was easy to follow as you will see on the map.
But we did deviate a little as we went out to the Eastern Point Lighthouse
and Andrews Point and Annisquam. Both were worth the effort. We
even rode across a wooden foot bridge! Lunch in Rockport was just
right, as was the ice cream and drink stop at Richdale Farms shortly before
the finish. If you do this ride, be sure not go attempt the 128
Rotary. Take a left on Poplar just before it. Then follow it on
to Maplewood, under 128, right on Grove, cross Washington Street and it take
you almost all the way back to the start.
Saturday, May 28th
Mileage: ~25 miles
Terrain: Mostly flat with few hills.
Attleboro, Norton Center, Mansfield and Foxboro.
Attleboro T Station
Meeting Time: Meet at 7:00am!
At one point we will vote on Fools Hill in
Foxboro. Do we want to go up it or down? That vote will plan the final route.
The 28th of May ride was great
There were only 4 riders though. I guess to many people wanted to watch
Saturday morning cartoons. The weather was great, sun with big puffy clouds.
I took us about 4 hours to ride with a few stops. No repairs besides a
squeaky chain. Total miles over 30. I was riding around Westwood, Dover and
Dedham on Monday found a ride that might be good for the group. But it has
more hills. Also a Vermont ride 3rd week in August. I hope Bruce has a ride
set up for this weekend. Thomas
Sunday, May 15th
Dudley Road Ride (Map)
Terrain: Flat - Gently Rolling Hills
Destination: Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle.
Bedford end of the Minuteman Bike Path
(opposite Bikeway Source)
Other Notes: Ice cream stop at Great Brook Farm!
For all those
who relied on the weather report and did not ride; the joke was on you.
Eleven people on 9 bikes did ride. That meant we had 2 tandems today.
And except for a few sprinkles, the day was terrific. This is a really
great ride route that I do every year. It takes us on back roads so
that we arrive at Great Brook Farm from a direction most people are not
familiar with. We took route 4, detoured on to Dudley Road which
rejoins route 4. Then a quick left on to Treble Cove Rd and a right on
to West St which took us all the way to Great Brook Farm for our ice cream
stop. The ride back was also enjoyable; taking us past the cranberry
bog, through Carlisle Center, out East street and rejoining route 225 and
back to our starting place.
Monday, April 18th
Ciclismo Classico's Chalk The Hill
Ride Leader: Cat Bryant
Mileage: 26 (what else would you expect?) Only kidding; it's about 15
Terrain: Mostly gentle, but of course there is Heartbreak Hill!
Destination: Newton to the finish line and back to
"Chalk the hill"
Meeting Place: Peets Coffee Shop in Newton Center
It sure was fine riding the route and crossing the finish line.
There were lots of other bikes on the road and the crowds began to swell as
the time passed and we approached "heartbreak hill" where creativity
Sunday, April 17th
Auburndale to Concord and Back
Mileage: 30.1 miles
Terrain: Rolling hills
Destination: Newton, Weston, Concord, Sudbury
Meeting Place: Auburndale commuter rail station
Yet another impossibly good
April day! Usually we ride toward Concord from Arlington. So
leaving from Auburndale was a nice change. And is was nice to see new
faces too. We made our way across the Mass Pike/128 interchange on Rt.
30 and soon turned on the Newton St. This hill isn't too steep, but it
is a little long. Yet no one seemed to have a problem. After a
quick stop in Weston Center, we took a the nicely wooded route that brought
us into Lincoln where we skirted the Red Coats as they prepared for battle.
From here, we rode past the DeCordova, the Gropius House and Walden Pond,
soon finding ourselves in Concord Center. A quick rest break and we
were off toward Sudbury. No problems here except that part of
Hazelbrook Rd had recently had a load of coarse gravel dropped on it making
a short stretch slow going for skinny tires. It was clear sailing
after this. We rode on Meadowbrook through the golf course without
getting hit by stray golf balls and found ourselves back at the start about
2:00. And I promise to be more accurate about mileage for now on :-)
Sunday, April 10th
Horn Pond Loop (map)
Terrain: Flat, Rolling Hills and One Big Mother hill
Destination: Arlington, Winchester, Woburn, Lexington
Carberry's parking lot was crowded this morning with 28 anxious riders.
The weather was beautiful and it although we have done this ride before, the
scenery is a lot different without the leaves on trees. The only bad thing
about doing this ride this early in the season is that the toilets at Horn Pond
were not open yet :-) Fortunately, Mahoney's Garden Center is close by
(no, we didn't use the trees there).
The Horn Pond ride is taken from one of the popular pocket rides published by
Rubel Bike Maps, but after several years of following it closely, I decided to
look for some variations. Instead of riding along Summer St. to get from
Johnson Rd. to East St., we continued a short distance down Maple St. Then
through a neighborhood of mansions, and a little way along Woburn St. to
Rumford. After reconnecting with the published route, we followed a dirt
road the goes through mostly undeveloped woods. I had warned people about
the dirt road. The mountain bikers loved it and everybody else seem to
wonder what the fuss was. I think the road was called Pine St, although
the woods seemed to be all deciduas trees. Go figure. East Street
took us most of the way to Lexington Center, where we picked up the bike path
and returned to the starting spot where some of us lingered for lunch.
March 26, 2005
Easter on The Charles
Terrain: Mostly Flat
Destination: Arlington, Cambridge, Boston, Somerville
Year 5 of this annual Easter ride was pretty early in the season. But
even so and with temperature in the lower 40's at the start, we had 20 eager
and riders. There are a lot of people who have had enough of winter
and are ready to ride at the first chance. I have never seen so many
people out on Easter.
With Jack and Billy again in the lead, we charted a
new route this year. We headed down the Minuteman Bikeway to Alewife,
connected with the Fresh Pond bike path and turned on to Huron St. We
turned on to Concord Ave., passed through the Harvard Divinity School and
out to the Charles. This year we went down the Cambridge side of the
Charles River, crossing on the Mass Ave bridge. This avoided the
construction and rather narrow parts on the
other side of the river. After the obligatory
photo stop and socializing at Arthur Fiedler's statue, he continued on to
Science Park. To get home, we took Hampshire St. to Willow St.; turned
on to the Somerville Bike Path, connected with the Minuteman and back to our
starting point at Trader Joes. After such a good ride, everyone seem
to be looking forward to the next. Maybe it will be sunny and in the