On August 19th, 40 riders in our 2012 Week a Year tour will head from Portland, Maine to Hartford, Connecticut. Want to join the ride for a day? There are four day rides planned for folks who want to ride with the Week a Year tour riders:
- Tuesday, 8/21 from Salisbury or Newburyport to Boston (50 – 55 miles)
- Wednesday, 8/22 from Boston to Waltham (12 miles) or Worcester (47 miles)
- Thursday, 8/23 from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI (53 miles, 20 from Woonsocket to Providence)
- Saturday, 8/25 from Putnam to Hartford (60 miles, one way)
The rides are free for ECG members, no pre-registration. You must sign a waiver form at the start of the ride, and helmets are required. (Not a member yet? You can easily join on our website!) Some of the trails have a rough surface (stone dust or gravel), so appropriate for hybrid or wider tire road bikes. These rides are self-supported, so be prepared for all conditions.
Here’s more about the rides:
Salisbury/Newburyport to Boston, 8/21
Meet at Knotty Pine Motel, Salisbury, 79 Beach Rd. / Route 1A at 8:30 AM, or meet five miles south at Newburyport Train station at 9 AM. The ride will finish at the Boston North station, and riders can take the train back to Newburyport.
Ride Description: We will ride on the newly constructed Old Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury then south to the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. At the Newburyport train station we’ll meet up with more riders. We’ll go on temporary on-road sections to the Topsfield Linear Common and then on the Wenham and Danvers Rail Trails. Next we’ll go on the Peabody Bike Path and over to the Salem Bike Path to the Marblehead Rail Trail. In Swampscott and Lynn we’ll go along the ocean on the Lynn Shore Promenade. Then we’ll ride on newly constructed sections of the Northern Stand Community Trail in Malden and Everett. Last we’ll make our way to Charlestown at Paul Revere Park and onto the newly constructed North Bank Bridge (bike/peds only – opened June 30th!) that will take us over the Charles River and the MBTA railroad tracks at North Station to a beautiful new park in Cambridge across to the Museum of Science.
Questions? Contact Dave Read at 617-257-7323 for more information.
See information flier here!
Boston to Waltham or Worcester, 8/22
Meet at International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 1850 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton at 8:30 AM or meet five miles west on the Blue Heron Bridge between Newton and Watertown at 9 AM. Day riders can go roundtrip on the Charles River Bikepath (to Waltham and back, 24 miles) or all the way into Worcester and back (120 miles). Don’t want to ride round trip? There is train service from both Waltham and Worcester back to Boston.
Ride Description: We will ride west on the Charles River Greenway from Boston to Waltham and then on road all the way to Worcester, MA.
Questions: Contact Al Nierenberg at 617-921-2536 for more information.
See the ride information flier here!
Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, 8/23
Meet at the Hampton Inn at 110 Summer Street in Worcester at 8:30 AM, 53 miles one way to Providence. Or ride from the parking lot on Davidson Ave in Woonsocket (northern entry of the Blackstone River Bikepath). No specified ride time from Woonsocket – ride on your own, 20 miles, or with return trip to Providence train station, 40 miles. Riders will finish at Providence/Amtrak train station, Railroad St, Providence and can take the train back.
Ride Description: We will depart downtown Worcester riding mostly on on-road portions of the Blackstone River Greenway and paralleling much of the Blackstone River and/or Canal. We will enjoy the historic mill villages of Northbridge, Uxbridge and Millville then cross the state line into Rhode Island. Leaving Woonsocket we soon enter the Blackstone River Conservation Area and ride on the beautiful Blackstone River Bikepath for 11.5 miles. Then it’s back on-road, before paralleling the Seekonk River into India Point Park. We’ll cross over I-195 using the newly constructed India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge to a new sidepath, to meet up with the Providence Riverwalk along the Providence River and into downtown to finish at the Providence/Amtrak train station.
Questions: Contact Lynn Bell at 401-954-7544 for more information.
See the ride information flier here!
Putnam to Hartford, 8/25
Meet at DOT lot on US Route 44 in Putnam between Kennedy Drive and Canal Street, 9 AM. 60 miles, one way. Riders will need to have their own transportation to and/or from the ride. The tour will end with a reception in downtown Hartford.
We will gather at approx. 4:00 PM to ride as a large group into Hartford, expected arrival 4:15. Meet at the DOT commuter parking lot in East Hartford off Main Street (exit 90 Rte 15). Can’t make the ride? You are welcome to greet us at our final destination in Hartford’s Bushnell Park – our estimated arrival will be 4:15.
Questions: Contact Rob Dexter 860-836-9304 for more information.