Fwd: Tomorrow- Nashua

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From: Carole Greenfield <carolegreenfield3@gmail.com>
Subject: Tomorrow- Nashua
Date: April 26, 2016 at 8:29:13 PM EDT


Tomorrow should be sunny and close to 60 degrees with 0 chance of precipitation. This sounds too good to waste.  We will ride to downtown Nashua and decide when we get there where to have lunch.  There are lots of good possibilities.

We will leave from the Sand Hill Road parking lot on the Nashua River Rail Trail at 9:30 AM. The route is about 32 miles with a few (serious) hills in the beginning to Pepperell and Hollis, then DOWNHILL to Nashua along the river in Mine Falls Park, then LUNCH. After lunch it's more smooth trails in Mine Falls Park and then back on the NRRT.

The route is 31.9 miles with 1200 feet of elevation.

Please RSVP if you are coming.  



I hope you all enjoyed a week off.  Thank you Darlene and Dewi for leading rides the Friday before vacation.
We will do a Fearless Leader Ride on Wednesday, but I haven't chose it yet.  Stay tuned.  

On Monday, April 25th - Carlisle Center
The Morning Recreation Ride will take us through scenic Carlisle and Great Brook Farm. ( Genuine porcelain bathrooms GBFSP)  .
The Afternoon Fitness Ride will take us to the Olde North Bridge and beautiful Monument Street. Porcelain bathrooms at ONB.

Jane and Nancy will be our Fearless Leaders today.

Starting Point
  • Name - Center Park
  • Address - Lowell Street
  • Town - Carlisle, MA 01741
  • Navigation - Google - Waze
  • Parking - at Center Park just up the street from Fern's - Please DO NOT PARK at FERN'S.
  • Facilities - Fern's outback PortaPotty, or buy something at Fern's.

9:30 AM - The Morning Recreation Ride will leave.
  • Carlisle GBFSP REV-   Carlisle - GBFSP.
  • Distance - 11.9 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 541 feet, 2 noticeable hills.
  • Unpaved - none.
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my road bike.
  • 11:30 AM - We are scheduled to be back.

11:30 AM - Lunch Time

12:30 PM - The Afternoon Fitness Ride will leave.
  • Carlisle Old North Bridge -15.7Carlisle - Old North Bridge.
  • Distance - 15.7 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 744 feet (average)
  • Unpaved - a little bit.
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my road bike (as usual).
  • 2:30 PM - We are scheduled to be back.

On Friday, April 29th - Westford Forge Pond

Stephanie will be our Fearless Leader today.  

For our morning fitness ride, we will be pond hopping through Westford.  We will begin at Forge Pond and then ride through the historic Forge Village to Mill Pond.  From there we will do some off road riding to get to Burges Pond, located in the gorgeous East Boston Camps.  Our ride continues with many twists, turns and stream crossings until we reach Nabnasset Pond (with outhouse).  From there, we will cross route 40 and visit Keyes Pond before climbing our one and only big hill to get back to Forge Pond….and lunch

The morning ride took us to the girl's side of the East Boston Camps.  The afternoon recreation ride will take a leisurely bike ride to the boy's side of the East Boston Camp and see Burge Pond from a different angle.  This ride is 11.4 miles with some gradual hills and a little more dirt road riding through the camp.  

Starting Point - Pay attention if you have not been here before! We will be meeting at the Forge Beach Parking Lot.  This starting point is one of the most difficult to find.  The driveway to the parking lot has the rail line on the right and the river on the left.   The entrance to the beach is the small road on the map that parallels the railroad tracks.  If you get to Bradford Street on your right, or the red light in front of you, you have gone too far. Call Carole if you have directional problems (978-857-7203).  And stop laughing.

  • Name: Forge Beach
  • Address: 1 West Prescott Street
  • Town: Westford, MA
  • Navigation:  Google  Waze 
  • Parking:  Parking is free (probably until the bathrooms are unlocked and the lifeguards appear.)
  • Facilities: Unfortunately, the bathrooms are locked this time of year.  There are not even any hidden spots with trees.  You might have to buy a bottle of water and use Pizzeria Presti.

9:30 AM - The Morning Fitness Ride will leave.
  • 9:30 AM - The Fitness Ride will leave.
  • 11:30 AM - We should be back.
  • Route Map - Westford - 
  • Distance - 17 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 677 feet.
  • Unpaved - some in the East Boston Camps.  Most is smooth.  You can walk the areas that are not.
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my road bike (as usual).
  • 11:30 AM - We are scheduled to be back

11:30  - Lunch  at Pizzeria Presti or BYOL to the Forge Beach

12:30 AM - The Afternoon Fitness Ride will leave.

The Afternoon Recreation Ride will go to Nabnassett Pond and visit East Boston Camps on the way.
  • 12:30 PM - The afternoon Recreation Ride will leave.
  • 2:30 PM - We should be back.
  • Route Map - Westford - Nabnassett.
  • Distance - 11.4 miles.
  • Elevation Gain - 500 feet.
  • Unpaved - Some unpaved in the East Boston Camps.  
  • Equipment - I plan to bring my road bike.
  • 2:30 PM - We are scheduled to be back.

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