Change of Plans - Portsmouth POSTPONED - Hollis on Thursday Instead

Dear AdventuRiders,

How does 1 to 2 inches of rain and a windchill in the 30s sound? We always have "interesting" weather on the Portsmouth ride, but, ... So, Wednesday's ride to Portsmouth is POSTPONED.

Thursday is looking reasonably nice (partly cloudy, 50s), but not nice enough drive an hour each way to go to Portsmouth. Instead, let's do something local and ride from Groton Center to Hollis for lunch at the Hollis Country Kitchen.

Thursday, April 14th - Hollis
  • The Exploration Ride will travel to West Groton, ride along the Squannacook River to Pepperell where we cross over into the Nissitissitt River watershed. From there it is UP past the Beaverbrook Association Conservation Area to Hollis, NH. 
  • After lunch, the last 13 miles or so are "all downhill" or on the Nashua River Rail Trail.
  • The route is about 31 1/2 miles with a significant hill getting up to Hollis. There is almost 600 feet vertical (moderate). Here is a map. Its all on road except for a bit of smooth dirt / gravel in Hollis, so I plan to bring my road bike.

We will meet in Groton Center at the Nashua River Rail Trail parking lot. Here is a map.

Here is the schedule:
  • At 9:30 AM - We will leave from Groton Center for Hollis, NH.
  • At Noonish - We will have lunch at Hollis Country Kitchen.
  • At 2:30 PM - We will be back.

Hope to see you there,
Bill (and maybe Carole)

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