This Week - Pepperell ROTARY - Mass Central - Dunstable

Dear AdventuRiders,

Sorry for the late planning for this week, but I have been out in Central MA working on a new ride along the beautiful Mass Central Rail Trail. There is a new section to explore, and sadly, Heavy Evie's Happy Kitchen is all boarded up.

Welcome to November! Its going to be sunny, chilly, and breezy for the next few days. If you are properly dressed, it is still very enjoyable bicycling weather though. Tomorrow morning is supposed to be mid 30s in the morning and mid 40s in the afternoon with plentiful sunshine.

The morning Fitness Ride will feature country roads and beautiful views on the way to Hollis, NH. Then its off to Beaver Brook Association for some off road riding through the woods before returning past the Nissitissit River and Pepperell Center, The route is about 15 miles, 370 feet vertical, considerable dirt / gravel roads, and civilized off road through Beaver Brook. I am planning to bring my hybrid bike. Its is doable on a road bike, but a hybrid would be much more appropriate. Here is a map.

The afternoon Recreation Ride will feature the beautiful hills of Pepperell Center and West Groton. After crossing the Nashua River, we will explore the old Groton Fairgrounds and the Petapawag Canoe Launch before heading back on the Nashua River Rail Trail. We will also stop at the new park by the covered bridge for a history lesson. The route is about 14 miles, 210 feet vertical, and all on road, but there is a bit of dirt / gravel in West Groton. I will have my hybrid bike, but a road bike will work too. Here is a map.

On Monday, November 1st. We will meet at the Pepperell Rotary - NOT East Pepperell Center. Here is a map.

  • At 9:30 AM - The Fitness Ride will leave for Beaver Brook. Here is a map.
  • At 11:30 AM - We will have lunch at C&S Pizza.
  • At 12:15 PM - The Recreational Ride will leave for West Groton. Here is a map.
  • At 2:15 PM - We will be back.

On Wednesday, November 3rd - We will meet in Jefferson, MA and explore the Mass Central Rail Trail out to Oakham, MA. More details to come.

On Friday, November 5th, We will meet in Dunstable at Later Field.
  • At 9:30 AM - The Recreation Ride will leave.
  • At 11:30 AM - Lunch.
  • At 12:15 PM - The Fitness Rive will leave.
  • At 2:15 PM - We will be back.

Hope to see you there!
Bill and Carole

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