North Central Mass

edited April 2013 in Massachusetts
Very out of shape Rover owner bikes on weekends on local rail-trails:
- Sterling Mass (1.7 miles)
- West Boylston (3.0 miles)
- Ayer (11.0 miles)
prefer to stay off roads that don't have dedicated bike lanes.
http://www.acondia.com/Rover/
5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts

Comments

  • Is the Ayer reference to the Nashua River Trail ?

    I had to drive down from Maine last month and give it a try, as I had a hard time believing that there was a trail that flat in New England. Me and my nephew enjoyed riding it, and would return to it, probably next weekend for the HPV festival there.

    BTW, just read your page linked in your signature... I had GBS myself when I was 13. It didn't end up as bad as your case, but it was quite scary at the time.
    ---
    Shawn L.
    TT Rover 8 owner
    Rockland ME
    http://ComicsPundit.com
  • Sorry for taking so long to respond. Yes, the Ayer trail is the Nashua River rail trail:
    http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/nash.htm

    I've ridden it the past couple weekends, but have yet to complete the entire 22 mile loop. On my 3 speed rover I don't go very fast (maybe only 7-8mph). But is feels so good to be biking again!

    So what HPV festival did you attend? How did ytou hear about it?

    I got GBS back in 1990, when I was 30. At the time they knew how to diagnose it, but still weren't sure how to treat it. Over the years Doctors have learned to effectively treat it with certain steroids. So now a days, if diagnosed early, it is easily treated with a minimum of hospitalization and rehab.
    5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts
  • fontmaster wrote:
    Sorry for taking so long to respond.
    Don't worry It's taken me just as long as you have to reply in turn :)

    The HPV festival's page is http://humanpoweredvehiclefestival.friendsofthenashuariverrailtrail.com/

    Me and another nephew went on that day. We got there probably a bit too late for any real events (or there just weren't any, maybe the high winds and rain the day before scared exhibitors off). But there were a heck of a lot of trikes there that day. Much more than my previous run, plus a smattering of some rather unusual vehicles. Scooters powered by leaning back and forth, others by bouncing up and down on the board to move the gears. Almost suprised I didn't see a penny-farthing ;)
    ---
    Shawn L.
    TT Rover 8 owner
    Rockland ME
    http://ComicsPundit.com
  • If you guys are still out there...
    I just got my Tour II and would love to ride the Ayer trail. I grew up in Leominster and lived in Rockland while in the CG.

    Cheers,
    Jim
  • I think we're still here.
    December is not a good time to ride in New England.
    Perhaps we can meet-up in April or May?
    5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts
  • This spring sounds good can't wait.
  • I hope this weather will get better soon. Starting to go a little nuts.

    Jim
  • I can't wait for nicer weather also. Most of my yard is still covered with snow. :lol:
    Just finished installing a couple upgrades on my Rover 3-spd:
    - New S/A 8-speed rear wheel and shifter
    - New fenders on all 3 wheels
    - New Avid BB5 brakes
    Yeah!
    5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts
  • I have been putting a couple of miles this week not sure if I can do the entire trial... But I'm up for a ride on it next weekend in the early am. Any takers?

    Jim
  • Ayer, Massachusetts weather forcast for next Saturday is sunny with a high of 52F. But an early morning ride would put the temps in the mid-40Fs - still a little chilly for me. Sunday afternoon should be a little warmer mid-upper 50Fs, but more cloudy. Feel free to email me directly: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:dan2012@acondia.com">dan2012@acondia.com</a><!-- e -->
    5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts
  • FYI: A new Terratrike Tour II owner and an out-of-shape Rover owner are planning on riding the Nashua River Rail-Trail Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 1:30pm in the afternoon. We're meeting at: 90 Broad Meadow Road, Groton, MA (off rt 119 near Groton center).
    Map is here: http://goo.gl/maps/2LuYl

    This trail goes mostly thru the woods and conservation land. Here's a slightly dated trail map that doesn't show the NH portion of the trail:
    http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/images/nashCampMap.gif

    We'll be starting in Groton and pedal north to Nashua and then back to Groton. It will be our first real ride of the season, so we'll be going slowly. Anyone interested?
    5799014b.gif ... Dan Smith / Massachusetts
  • Had a great time on the ride up to the time I got a flat tire. I should have my new tubes before the weekend maybe I can sneak out next sunday to do the entire trail this time. And yes I will have an extra tube on me this time. I'll bring the digital camera this time so to post the photos quicker then the 1953 Rollei :D

    Cheers,
    Jim
Sign In or Register to comment.