Further Instructions from Fearless Leader

Dear AdventuRiders,

I forgot to mention that according to Google maps, Sterling is 35 minutes from Groton Center. Also, according to Intellicast, it could still be in the 50s when we leave tomorrow morning. Plan accordingly.

Here is more information on the Wednesday and Friday rides:

On Wednesday September 19th - Bolton Center

This ride will take us from the Bolton "Wine Country" through beautiful farms and orchards to Berlin. From there we do our best to avoid Solomon Pond Mall on our way to the Assebet River Rail Trail. The trail is a breezy downhill run to Hudson where we can get lunch at the Horseshoe Pub. Then we will cross the Assebet River on our way back to Bolton.
  • The Exploration Ride will leave at 9:30 AM.
  • LUNCH will be Noonish at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, hopefully out on the deck with one of 80 beers on tap sitting in front of me.
  • I can give you instructions on how to get back if you don't want lunch.
  • Otherwise we will be back by 2:30 PM.
  • Starting Point Map = Bolton Center Baseball Diamonds.
  • Route Map = Bolton - ARRT - Horseshoe Pub.
  • Distance = 22 miles
  • Elevation Gain = 550 feet (relatively easy) except for West Street hill.
  • Unpaved = None
  • Equipment = Any sturdy, well maintained bike will work.
AR Index = Roughly equal to 27 flat, smooth miles.

On Friday, September 21st - Meadowbrook Orchards - Sterling

We will do a few miles on the wide shoulder of Route 62 to practice for the Seacoast Century before we start the climb to East Princeton. There is a Cat 5 (easiest category) climb to Justice Hill Road, but I have tried to minimize the "pain" by sticking to scenic backroads whenever possible. There are stunning views of Wachusett Mountain along the way back as we travel quiet roads to Holden and back to Sterling. Lunch is at Meadowbrook Orchards. If you are so inclined, you can go out and pick a peck of apples too.

Please park at the far end of the parking lot so their regular customers don't have to walk.
  • 9:30 AM Start time.
  • 12:30 PM Return time.
  • Starting Point Map - Meadowbrook Orchards.
  • Route Map - Meadowbrook - East Princeton.
  • Distance - 25.5 Miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 850 feet (just 1 challenging category 5 hill).
  • Unpaved - none.
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my road bike.
AR Index - Roughly equal to 35 flat, smooth miles.

Hope to see you there,
Bill and Carole

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