This Week - Lancaster and Harvard

Dear AdventuRiders,

It looks like the nice weather will continue on Wednesday. The forecast calls for partly cloudy and mid 70s in the morning and low 80s in the afternoon. Check out the picture of the fountain at the Wachusett Dam.

Since we didn't ride on Monday, I shortened up this ride a bit so everyone can enjoy the beautiful views of the Nashua River Valley. Think of it as a fitness ride (at a recreational pace) in the morning, a unique lunch opportunity (in a good way), and a 4 mile jaunt back to the start. Lancaster isn't that far away either. According to Google, its 30 minutes from Groton, 14 minutes from Harvard, 22 from Boxboro, 31 from Sudbury, 25 from Shrewsbury, ... you get the picture.

This weeks Exploration Ride will start in Lancaster and visit Sterling, Wachusett Reservoir, and Clinton. Along the way, we will ride past Atlantic Union College, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, and historic Lancaster Center. We will also ride parts of the Mass Central Rail Trail on our way to the Wachusett Reservoir. Much of the route is through rolling orchards and corn fields.

We can eat, drink, and be merry at the Old Timer Restaurant in Clinton since its only 4 miles back to Lancaster.

The route is about 22 miles with some hilly terrain (about 1200 feet vertical). There is also some offroad on the MCRT and along Wachusett Reservoir, but it is highly civilized. I plan to bring my road bike.

On Wednesday June 2nd, we will meet in Lancaster at the baseball diamonds just down Packard Street from the center of town. Park near the street instead of going inside the gates. Here is a map.

* At 9:30 AM - We will leave for Sterling and the Wachusett Reservoir. Here is a map.
* At Noonish - We will have lunch at the Old Timer Restaurant in Clinton.
* At 2:15 PM - We will be back to Lancaster.

On Friday, June 4th, we will meet at the soccer fields in Harvard on Depot Road. Here is a map.

* At 9:30 AM - The Recreational ride will leave.
* At 11:30 AM - We will have a BYOL picnic at the soccer field.
* At 12:15 PM - The Fitness ride will leave.
* At 2:15 PM - We will be back.

Hope to see you there,
Bill and Carole

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