This Week - Pepperell - Paddle Pedal & Picnic - Chelmsford

Dear AdventuRiders,

Welcome to AdventuRides Fall 2010 Season. Can you believe this is our 14th season?

Last time I checked, there were still a few spots left on our NEW Paddle, Pedal & Picnic adventure on Wednesday. To register, go to Acton Recreation. Its activity #134.

This week is Rail Trail Week here at AdventuRides. We find that this is a good way to build up our mileage and stretch our legs without having to deal with too many cars. On Monday, September 13th, we will explore the northern half of the Nashua River Rail Trail and surrounding areas. On Friday, September 17th, we will cruise the new Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford.

The weather for Monday is looking better all the time! The forecast is for low 60s and partly cloudy in the morning, low 70s in the afternoon.

The morning Fitness Ride will go to quaint Hollis Center by way of the Beaver Brook Association after visiting the new covered bridge and the Nissitissit River. We will also stop at the Nashua River Rapids on the way back. The route is about 16 miles with 500 feet total ascent. There are a few miles of dirt / gravel road, but other than that it is all paved. As usual, I plan to ride my road bike.

Lunch will be at the Pepperell Spa.

The afternoon Recreation Ride will feature the Nashua River Rapids in Hollis, NH. The route is all on road and between 10 and 13 miles long depending on how we are doing. Its mostly flat with just 360 feet total ascent.

On Monday, September 13th, we will meet in East Pepperell Center. Here is a map.

* At 9:30 AM, the Fitness Ride will leave for quaint Hollis Center, NH. Here is a map.
* At 11:30 AM, we will have lunch at the good ole Pepperell Spa.
* At 12:15 PM, the Recreation Ride will leave for the Nashua River Rapids. Here is a map.
* At 2:15 PM, we will be back.

On Wednesday, September 15th, we are excited to offer the first ever Paddle, Pedal & Picnic on Wednesday, September 15th. Space is very limited, so signup today at Acton Recreation. Its program #134.

There's nothing better than a fall day in New England. Join us for a relaxing day of canoeing and bicycling in beautiful Nashoba Valley. After quick instruction on canoe safety and technique, Diane Carson, owner of Nashoba Paddler of West Groton, will be our guide, highlighting historical and natural points of interest along 5 miles of the Nashua River. Wildlife sightings this year have included great blue herons, bald eagles, beavers, owls, snapping turtles and muskrats. We will then ride our bikes to a delicious lunch at Filhos Cucina in Groton Center. We will complete the afternoon with a moderate bike ride through rolling country roads.

Canoeing equipment, transportation to the put in point, and lunch at Filho's are included in the price. You will need to provide your own bicycle, helmet, etc. If you believe the long range weather forecast, it looks like an outstanding Fall day!

At 9:30 AM - We meet at Nashoba Paddler in West Groton.
* At 10:00 AM ish - We will put in at the Ice House Dam in Ayer.
* At 12:30 PM ish - We should be back to Nashoba Paddler. Then its on to a delicious lunch at Filho's Cucina.
* At 2:00 PM ish - We will take off on the bikes for a lovely Fall exploration around the Nashoba Valley.
* At 4:00 PM - We will be back.

On Friday, September 17th, we will meet at Heart Pond in South Chelmsford. Here is a map.

* At 9:30 AM, the Recreation Ride will leave.
* At 11:30 AM, we will have a picnic lunch from Kate's Corner.
* 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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