This Week - Groton - TBD - Westminster

Dear AdventuRiders,

Even though Monday is a holiday (Veteran's Day), we will be doing a combined Beginner / Recreation Ride in the morning followed by a yummy lunch at Filho's. NO AFTERNOON RIDE.

The weather is also looking like it's going to cooperate. It should be SUNNY and near 40 degrees when we leave, but it could be a bit windy. It only warms up to the mid 40s but still SUNNY when we return.

The ride is designed for maximum interesting places while minimizing hills and distance. The ride starts with mountain views as we pass Groton School on our way Surrenden Farm with more views to the south and west. Then it's DOWN to the Nashua River and UP to the Holdenwood Storybook House. From there we will finish climbing the hill up to quaint and historic Shirley Center (bring a snack).

Then it is generally downhill to West Groton and the new Fitch Bridge before riding a piece of the Nashua River Rail Trail back to Groton Center. I allocated 2 1/2 hours for the ride, so we can take our time and enjoy the scenery.

On Monday, November 11th - Groton Center
  • The Beginner / Recreation Ride will leave at 9:30 AM.
  • We should return by NOONish.
  • Starting Point Map - Groton Center.
  • Route Map - Groton - Shirley Center.
  • Distance - 15 1/2 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 350 feet (to keep you warm).
  • Rough Surface - 1 1/2 miles.
  • Equipment - I might bring my hybrid bike.
  • AR Index - Roughly equal to 19 flat, smooth miles.
LUNCH - Noon to 1:00 - Filho's Cucina.

On Wednesday, November 13th - TBD

It's looking MIGHTY cold with highs only reaching the mid 30s. The Fearless Leader may decide a hike around deCordova Sculpture Park or Andres Institute of Art would be more enjoyable.
  • The Fearless Leaders Choice Ride will leave at 9:30 AM.
  • We will return by 2:30 PM.
  • Starting Point Map - TBD.
  • Route Map - TBD.
  • Distance - TBD.
  • Elevation Gain - TBD.
  • Rough Surface - TBD.
  • Equipment - TBD.
  • AR Index - Roughly equal to TBD flat, smooth miles.

On Friday, November 15th - Westminster
  • 9:30 AM - The Fitness Ride will leave.
  • 1:00 PM - We should be back.
  • Starting Point Map - Westminster Bandshell
  • Route Map - Westminster - Princeton
  • Distance - 26 miles
  • Elevation Gain - 850 feet (more difficult)
  • Unpaved - 2 miles - a few very rough spots
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my ROAD bike.
  • AR Index - roughly equal to 35 flat, smooth miles.
Lunch will be at The Angler in Westminster.

Hope to see you there,
Bill and Carole

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