THANKS + Bright Friday Ride

Dear AdventuRiders,

Thanks again for a wonderful season. We couldn't do it without you!
I've never understood what was good about "Black Friday". Why would I care that the retailer's profits finally made it into the black? Wasn't it "Black Tuesday" when the stock market crashed in 1929?

Anyhow, the weather is looking VERY nice for Friday, mostly SUNNY, 50s, light winds, so I've mapped out a new ride far away from the shopping malls at Leominster State Forest. The ride starts at 9:30 AM, so you'll have plenty of time to trample little old ladies at Walmart to get to that $19.95 DVD Player. Just stay the hell out of my way :-)

We will meet at the composting toilet equipped main parking area for Leominster State Forest on Route 31 just a couple miles south of Route 2. From there. we will ride south to Holden. Those of you who came on the Meadowbrook Orchards Fitness Ride will recognize the beautiful rolling farmland and forests. Then its UP, UP, UP with great views from Sholan Farms and Grand View Country Club before we get back to Leominster State Forest. A couple miles of unpaved fire road will take us past Rocky Pond to the starting point.

LUNCH? - I'm open for suggestions. There is always The Old Mill Restaurant for an "early bird special", but throughly unique and rustic New England experience.

On Friday, November 23rd - Leominster State Forest
  • 9:30 AM - the Bright Friday Ride will leave.
  • 1:00 PM - we should be back.
  • Starting Point Map - Leominster State Forest.
  • Route Map - Leominster State Forest.
  • Distance - 25 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 850 feet (more challenging).
  • Unpaved - 2.5 miles (reasonably smooth fire road)
  • Equipment - I will probably bring my road bike.
AR Index - Roughly equal to 35 flat, smooth miles.

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

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