This Week - Sterling - Brookline - Dunstable

Dear AdventuRiders,

Monday is looking like a truly Sterling day! Mostly sunny and mid 60s in the morning with low humidity and light breezes. After lunch, it should be low 70s with a few more puffy clouds.

To take advantage of the near perfect weather, and to try something new, I thought we would meet in Sterling, MA. Google claims its 35 minutes from Groton and 25 minutes from Harvard. Here is a map.

My son, Keaton, and I made this video last summer that covers much of the area we will be riding.

The morning Fitness Ride will explore the Mass Central Rail Trail from Sterling to Holden. We will also stop at the Old Stone Church on the Wachusett Reservoir. Its an out and back sort of trip, so we will be spending quite a bit of time off road on a beautiful crushed rock surface. The route is 17 miles with about 750 feet vertical and 8 miles off road. I am planning to bring my road bike anyway. Here is a map.

Lunch will be at Bambi's Corner Cafe in Sterling Center.

"A little slice of the American pie, the Corner Café, in Sterling Center, offers basic diner fare at very low prices. Informal and chatty servers make for a nice experience, as do reliably prepared comfort foods."

The afternoon Recreation Ride will go up the hill to Davis' Farmland before swooping down to historic Clinton. After visiting the Wachusett Dam and riding along the reservoir, we will enjoy the rolling orchards and views of the Nashoba valley from Chase Hill Road. From there, its down to Waushacum Pond and a short stretch of the Mass Central Rail Trail back to Sterling. The route is about 15 miles and 800 feet vertical with a couple miles of very civilized off road. I am planning to bring my road bike. Here is a map.

On Monday, June 7th, we will meet at the Rail Trail parking in Sterling Center. Here is a map.

* At 9:30 AM, the Fitness Ride will leave for Holden. Here is a map.
* At 11:30 AM, we will have lunch at Bambi's Corner Cafe.
* At 12:15 PM, the Recreation Ride will leave for the Wachusett Dam. Here is a map.
* At 2:15 PM, we will be back.

On Wednesday, June 9th, we will meet at the parking lot just off Route 13 and Mason Road in Brookline, NH. Here is a map. Google claims its only 21 minutes from Groton Center.

* At 9:30 AM, we will leave for Milford, NH. Here is a map.
* Noon-ish, we will stop for lunch / margeritas at Amigos Mexican Cantina.
* At 2:15 PM, we will be back.

On Friday, June 11th, we will meet at Larter Field in Dunstable.

* At 9:30 AM, the recreational ride will leave.
* At 11:30 AM, we will have lunch from the Convenient Mann or BYOL.
* 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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