This Week - Stow - Groton - Carlisle + Tour de Grave

Dear AdventuRiders,

After a somewhat wintry (but beautiful) ride on Friday, we have a mild but cloudy day in store for tomorrow. In the morning the forecast calls for near 60 degrees and cloudy, the afternoon forecast is for more of the same but mid 60s.

The morning Fitness Ride features a swing past Delaney Pond on our way to the golf courses in Stow. Then its off to the unpaved (but extremely civilized) portion of the Assebet River Rail Trail and a visit to the CIA headquarters! After following the Assebet River and enjoying the foliage for a while we will head back to Nancy's for lunch. The route is about 16 1/2 miles and 300 feet vertical. Here is a map. I am planning to bring my road tires / bike.

The afternoon Recreation Ride, we will visit a different part of Delaney Pond on the way to Boxboro and Hill Road (yes, its a hill). We will stop at the old school house and zoom down to Boxboro Center before heading back past old Flagg Hill Ski Area.
The route is about 13 1/2 miles and 300 feet vertical, most of it is on Hill Road. Here is a map. I am planning to bring my road tires / bike.

On Monday, October 25th, we will meet at Nancy's Airfield Cafe at the Stow Minuteman Airfield. Here is a map.

  • At 9:30 AM - The Fitness Ride will leave for Hudson and the Assebet River Rail Trail. Here is a map.
  • At 11:30 AM - We will have lunch at Nancy's Airfield Cafe. YUM!
  • At 12:15 PM - The Recreation Ride will leave for Delaney Pond and Littleton. Here is a map.
  • At 2:15 PM - We will be back.

On Wednesday, October 27th, we will meet in Groton Center. Here is a map. I again have kid chauffeur duty in the afternoon, so we will do a 25 mile ride in the morning.
  • At 9:30 AM - The Exploration Ride will leave for Lunenburg. Here is a map.
  • At 12:30 PM - We should be back.
  • Lunch at Filho's? Perhaps the Groton Inn? Main Street Cafe?

On Friday, October 29th, we will meet in Carlisle Center for our Halloween Ride. Best costume wins a dessert from Fern's Country Store.
  • At 9:30 AM. The Recreation Ride will leave for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail and Great Brook Farm. Here is a map.
  • At 11:30 AM. We will get lunch at Fern's Country Store in Carlisle Center.
  • At 12:15 PM. The Fitness Ride will leave for Concord and the Old North Bridge. Here is a map.
  • At 2:15 PM. We will be back.

On Saturday, October 30th, *MassBike Spins Presents: Tour de Grave*

Thanks to Lindy for suggesting this!

*What: *A MassBike trip to some of the Boston area's famous and lesser-known
graveyards in honor of Halloween. Trip leaves at 9:30 AM in order to avoid
the majority of ghosts, and will be about 20 miles and take about 4
hours. Helmets are required and appropriate costumes are encouraged for this ride!

We will visit the following burying grounds and cemeteries: Old Cambridge
Burying Ground, Belmont Cemetery, North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery, Old
Arlington Burying Ground, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery, Salem
Street Burying Ground, Phipps Street Burying Ground, Bunker Hill Cemetery,
St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, and we will end the ride at the newly
restored Milk Row Cemetery in Somerville.

Hope to see you there,
Bill and Carole

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