Newton to Concord and Countryside
Ride Leader: Bruce Lederer (617 710-1832
Terrain: Mostly flat and with a few rolling hills
Destination: Newton, Weston, Lincoln, Concord, Sudbury.
Auburndale commuter rail parking lot (click
here for map).
Meeting Time: 9:45am Leave promptly at 10:00
Other Notes: This is a very pretty ride with a stop at Verrill Farm
Sunday - August
John Quatrale [mailto:email@example.com]
Newton and Natick
Meeting Time -
Newton Center Parking Lot - Meters are free on Sunday.
Lookout Farm (originally Marino Lookout) is a great place to visit. It has
lots of organic vegetables and fruits in bloom and there is a great farm store
There are also
lots of farm animals.
beautiful Sunday morning (August 13), nineteen bicyclists cycled the 9.5
from Newton Centre to the Lookout Farm in South Natick. Some of the riders
had never been to Newton Centre (the biggest village in Newton) and several
had never been to the Lookout Farm. The organic farm has been
operating continuously since the 17th century.
encountered two flat tires and one wrong turn (actually it was a turn not
taken). But after a few extra miles, everyone made it to the large sprawling
farm with vegetables, fruit trees and lots of flowers.
visiting the farm’s busy store, which has a large variety of goods,
including its organic vegetables and fruits, the group relaxed outside with
some of the goods that were purchased or brought. The only disappointment
was that the petting zoo could only be accessed by a motorized train that
costs $5. Since bikes were not allowed, no one opted for the ride. The ride
back was a little warmer but still delightful. The route went past the South
Natick Dam, with has a thunderous falls, and through the John Eliot Historic
District as well as Elm Bank (the Mass. Horticultural Society’s
headquarters) in Wellesley.
continued through Wellesley Center and then Wellesley Hills before arriving
in Newton Lower Falls.
At that point, we proceeded to Quinobequin Road, which
is a well-shaded lightly traveled route that follows the curvature of the
Charles River. We then rode past Hemlock Grove and under Echo Bridge into
Newton Upper Falls on our way back to the starting point in Newton Centre.
The leader was greatly assisted by the Bruce Lederer,
the BikeRidesFOP organizer and Adena, a regular BikeRidesFOP as well as all of
the other riders, who didn’t allow a few problems to get in the way of good
Saturday July 22nd
The Ride To Great Island (Map)
Ride Leader: Anna Marie Ventura
(978) 302-5282 (c)
Mileage: 26 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: 9:15. Ride leaves at 9:30 a.m.
There were 8 intrepid (or another word ending in “pid”!) who showed up to ride
in the grey mist, and another 3 met us a few miles down the road after taking
the commuter rail to Hamilton. It rained lightly a few miles into the ride
but stopped by the time we took a quick break at Russell’s Orchard. After a
little detour in Ipswich – bridges are still out due to the May rains – we
headed out to Great Neck. The beautiful views of Crane’s Beach and Plum
Island were obscured by the mists, but it was cool and we weren’t bothered by
any beach traffic. We had a nice lunch in Ipswich at the Stone Soup café, and
then headed back to Wenham. However, another detour added 5 miles to the ride
and we ended the ride in a downpour! But people were still smiling as we
quickly piled into our cars and drove off.
Saturday, July 8th
Dudley Road Ride
Terrain: Flat - Gently Rolling Hills
Destination: Lexington, Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle.
Bedford end of the Minuteman Bike Path
(opposite Bikeway Source)
Meeting Time: 9:15am Leave promptly at 9:30
Other Notes: Ice cream stop at Great Brook Farm! Click
here for map (5mb)
Maybe it is because it was a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday ride, but
there were lots of new faces. I love new faces! I have lead this
ride lots of times and, as nice as it is, I was getting a little bored with
it. So today, we went in reverse; saving Dudley Road until the end.
Riding the long flat stretch of Rt. 225 in the beginning gave everybody some
time to warm up at little. Once we turned on to Maple St, it was
country roads for the rest of the ride. And I was surprised at how few
hills there are going in reverse. Not that there were not any, but
they seemed to be spread out. We got to Great Brook Farm and I was
relieved that it was open, even thought is was a little before 11. I
would hate to have to deal with a bunch of disappointed ice cream seeking
bikers. The second half of the ride was as pleasant as the first.
And for me it was all like a brand new ride. Except for the great ice
cream that is.
May 14th June 18th
Ride Leader: Bruce Lederer (617) 710-1832
Hull, Hull, Hull.......
Meeting Place: Beach Parking Lot on Nantasket Avenue (free). Click
9:45am, Leave promptly at 10:00
Notes: Easy riding up one side and down the other with a side trip to Spinnaker
No Rain this time, but it was
pretty hot for the 13 of us. Always be cautious of Mapquest
directions. I'm not sure if anyone got there without at least a little
confusion. This is a case of maps working better than computers.
But we got started close to the advertised time and headed up along the
beach. Our friend Bernie had made lots of suggestions and we tried
hard to follow them. While Hull is on a narrow peninsula, I was able
to find a big hill or 2 as we with the on the water on our right
the whole way. We found a maze to walk through in someone's yard, when
to the fort and even snuck over to the very private Spinnaker Island
condominium (it wasn't my idea) and left before anyone raised an eyebrow.
We had planned to continue the ride over to Cohasset for ice cream, but it
was so hot that when we returned to the parking lot here we started, most
people decided that they had had enough. Too bad, because the road
along the ocean is just breathtaking. Next time, I'll modify the route
to start in Cohasset.
Sunday, June 4th,
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)
weather permits, you can take a swim before we head out to
Kimball Farm in Westford for lunch and/or ice cream.
It was another one of the days
when you don't know whether to call off the ride or not. But I decided
to go ahead. Except that a couple of people called to say that they
were going to be there, I did not expect any others. So I was
surprised to see the parking lot full and bikes everywhere. But it was
for a local bike-ride-kayak event. Yet somehow, 12 of us found each
other and off we went. The weather was sub-optimal but the ride turned
out to be one of the best in a long time. The on and off drizzle and
occasional light rain did not dampen anyone's spirits as we rolled over the
hills of Concord, Carlisle, Acton, Littleton, Westford and Carlisle.
We waved to Long Lake as we
rode past. No need to stop at the beach when it is raining. Soon
we were at Kimball's were we enjoy their good food, ice cream and hot drinks!
After lunch, it was back to
Concord with brightening skies and lots of down hills. What more could
you ask for?
May 7th, 2006
Horn Pond Loop (map)
Terrain: Flat, Rolling Hills and One Big Mother hill (that a lot of people walk
Destination: Arlington, Winchester, Woburn
Meeting Time: 9:45am Leave promptly at 10:00
Other Notes: Don't worry too much about the hill. It's a very pretty
ride. We always take a break at the top.
the picture does not show it, this was a big ride. By
my count, we
had 38 at the start. But this was not ordinary group. They took my
words to heart when I said that if it was too slow, people could go off on their
own at their own pace. By the time we reached Horn Pond, I could already
see a group on the opposite bank. And as best I can figure, there were, at
one time, four groups. The map was just a guideline and I now know that
there as a lot of improvisation. One group took a little know bike
path off of East St. and people really liked it. I took my group through
the mansion filled neighborhood along Solomon Pierce Rd and through the wooded
dirt part of Ridge Street in Lexington. When I later talked to
people, it seemed like everybody had a great time. That's what's
important. Good riding, friendly people, and lots of fun. Thanks to
Tom, for leading a group, to John for giving new riders some great pointers and
to Jon for help sweeping my group.
April 16, 2006
Easter on The Charles
Terrain: Mostly Flat
Destination: Arlington, Cambridge, Boston
Year 6 of this annual Easter ride gave us a gorgeous morning. Bright
sun with the wind in our backs. The glass path in Denahey Park was
shimmering as we found our way to Garden St. and into Harvard Square.
From there we made our way down the Charles River on the bike path amazed at
how all the trees were suddenly in bloom. With Easter and Patriots
day back to back, we altered the normal route and left
the river path at the Mass. Ave bridge so we could ride down Boylston
St. and through the Boston Marathon finish line. What a thrill!
After a short break at a very popular local Starbucks, we headed off for our
traditional visit with Arthur Fiedler and, as usual, took the group picture.
After the photo, it was back to Arlington Heights with several people
setting a fast pace (to make holiday commitments) and the rest of us setting
a more leisurely pace.
Thanks to Jack and Billy for taking the lead and Bob
for spending much of the ride being sweep.