Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Yeah! Westernish central Mass/southern NH has some great riding roads! A particular favorite of mine is Route 62 between Lancaster and Barre; we got ripping eastbound on Saturday on our way home from farther west. Intending to head out to North Adams, eventually, and ride the Mohawk Trail east (heard it's been recently repaved), we rode down out of NH on 10 to 63 but got sidetracked by a "bridge detour" through Turners Falls and ended up on 5 south to the outskirts of Northampton (5 sucked - s-l-o-w cages), cut through Florence and rode 66 up into Huntington to visit my good friend who is the land steward at Fare Thee Well. From there we continued on down 66 to 112 and headed north. Nice ride until we ran into ferocious windblasts that were rolling ahead of ominously dark thunderclouds. Had some white-knuckled moments on some hilltops so we broke our route and fled east on back roads hoping to beat the rain. We didn't. Eventually found our way up over to 47 up through Sunderland, crossed back over 63 and rode up into Wendell where sunny blue skies reappeared. Up 2A for a bit, down 122 and onto 62 and home.
Never saw the Mohawk Trail, this time. Maybe we were better off not getting to it. A weekend day [I]probably[I] means lots of slow cagers, anyway.
If any of y'all are interested, New England Riders (NER) is organizing a ride out of Orange (meet at the DD intersection routes 2 and 202) on Saturday 7/28. Ride goes out through Wendell, Leverett, Charlton, etc. to North Adams, the Mohawk Trail, up 100 into VT to Brattleboro. It'll be my first ride with these folks so I'm unsure of the pace but I suspect it'll be somewhat leisurely as frequent stops are planned for schmoozing and grazing.
I'm still up for getting a Strom ride going some weekend but, as pmk mentioned upthread, the damn summer calendar is pretty much filled up.