End of Season

Joel and I have agreed that the weather tomorrow won't be conducive to pleasant bike riding and are declaring that this fall's season is over.

Any future rides this month or next will be only on nice weather days and on an rsvp basis.

Our best to you all for a nice Thanksgiving!

Joel and Bill

Rides This Week

Hi All

I'm in a quandary.  

Not many people show up for rides when it's cold out. Tomorrow promises to be one of those iffy days…in the 30's at 9:30 and all the way up to 42 by mid-afternoon….and no sun.

If you'd like to ride tomorrow, please let me know sometime today.

On Wednesday, there will be a morning ride in Sterling on the Central Mass Rail Trail.  At least Jane and I will be there. Come join us. No afternoon ride.

On Friday, depending on the weather and the forecast for the next week (Thanksgiving week), we'll either do the Concord-Lincoln-Weston-Wayland-Sudbury-West Concord 25 mile ride with lunch at Trails End Cafe or the Bedford to Somerville ride with lunch at Dave's Pasta (celebrating the final official ride of this season).  During the following two weeks, if the weather turns nice, we'll do rides on a one-off basis….

The snow stakes are up on my street!



Tomorrow's Ride


Tomorrow's ride starts at 10am in Gloucester at Stage Fort Park.  Take exit 14 off of route 128, Essex Ave (rte 133).  Set your GPS for 24 Hough Ave.

We should be back between 2:30 and 3 depending on how long we take for lunch.

The temperature will remain in the 50s during the ride but it will be a nice, sunny day. There will be a breeze out of the west.

This ride has many nice views. Don't miss it.

We'll see you there!

Bill & Joel

Friday Ride

This Friday - Cape Ann!

We'll do the Gloucester - Rockport  ride which is 28.3 miles long with an elevation of 1409' (which is a normal 50' per mile) with a stop at mile 17.5 for lunch at Roy Moore's Fish Shack.  

We'll start at 10am(halloween color) after parking at the Stage Fort Park lot at about 24 Hough Ave. in Gloucester.

Let Joel or me know if you're looking for a car pool buddy (if you don't already have one lined up).

The weather will be SUNNY with a high temp of 62.

There will be lots of beautiful ocean sights along the way.

Don't miss this ride!

Bill   781-248-2624
Joel 978 -501-0751

Next week's rides

Many thanks to Jane who will be leading Monday's rides!  The rides lately have had spectacular foliage views….

Monday morning:   park at Center Park in Carlisle next to Fern's.  At 9:30, we'll leave and do the Carlisle - Old North Bridge ride which is 15.7 miles long with an elevation of 744'.  We'll be back by 11:30 and have lunch at Fern's.

Monday afternoon at 12:30 we'll leave on the Carlisle - GBFSP - 12 Reversed ride which is 11.9 miles long with an elevation of 541'.

The weather is forecasted to be mostly cloudy with a high of 71.  

The forecast is for rain on Wednesday.

Friday is TBD but I'm happy to have suggestions:  the weather is supposed to be good with a high in the mid-60s.  We could try for Cape Ann again if enough people are interested….

Have a nice weekend.


from yesterday's ride:

Friday's Ride

Due to some schedule issues, we'll not do the Cape Ann ride tomorrow but rather the East Pepperell to Nashua route. This is a 25 mile route with an elevation of 971'.

The ride goes up through Hollis and the the NW side of Nashua and uses the Broad St. Parkway to go downtown. We'll eat at Seedlings, Riverwalk Cafe, Peddler's Daughter or elsewhere depending on the group's preference. The return trip is via Mine Falls Park, route 111 and the NRRT back to the parking lot at trailside at about 60 Groton St. in East Pepperell.

The ride will leave at 10am.  

Safety Note:   Yesterday was another of those beautiful fall days when it's quite cool in the morning but quickly warms up.  So we use layers on top.  At one point I rolled up my light yellow jacket and tied it around my waist as I've done many times.  On Newtown Rd in Littleton, Hans called out that part of my jacket was in the back wheel.  When I put on the brakes, they grabbed and ate up the jacket and tightened the knot that I had in the jacket in around my waist.  Fortunately, we weren't going too fast so I was able to disengage my shoes and wrestle with the knot. But for a while there, the bike, the jacket and I were one entity.  Had I been going faster I might have gone over the handlebars onto the busy street….

I know only a small number of us will be riding tomorrow but I hope everyone has a nice weekend,


Wednesday's Rides

Sunny with temps in the mid 50's to high 60's tomorrow in Acton.  Sounds good!

In the morning we'll do the Acton Center - Nagog ride. This recreation ride is 13.7 miles long with an elevation of 688' and goes through NARA Park and around Nagog Lake.

The ride will start at 9:30 and end by 11:30.

Lunch will be at Acton House of Pizza or BYO.

The afternoon fitness ride will be the Acton Center - Boxboro ride of 14.8 miles and 822'.  It will start at 12:30 and end by 2:30.

Hope to see you there…