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Never rode in the area, so I'm trying to figure out what are some nice day-long rides. I live in Waltham, MA and heard that the Wachusett reservoir area is pretty nice.

Are there any other recommendations? Are there any good resources to help me find nice day trips?
 

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Waltham, no kidding, I grew up there:) Right no Beaver street for most of it. Anyway, point yourself up towards the Westford.Tyngsboro area, Route 2 and 2a, just get off the main roads and roam.

Long Sought for Pond Road, Westford, MA - Google Maps

On an early Sat or Sunday morning, takes very little time to get up there, and you can spend endless hours roaming around that neck of the woods. I grew up summers on a campground there on Long Sought for Pond, and the summer I was 17, I took my brand new 1981 GS450E out for an hour or more, just cruising the roads. Talk about rolling chicken soup for the teen soul:thumbup:
 

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Never rode in the area, so I'm trying to figure out what are some nice day-long rides. I live in Waltham, MA and heard that the Wachusett reservoir area is pretty nice.

Are there any other recommendations? Are there any good resources to help me find nice day trips?
Day long? Head to Mt Greylock.
 

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Well you have NH, VT, Maine, Mass, RI and CT all around you so there is never a shortage of places to go for a days ride. By day I guess you are thinking 300-400 mile rides? (backroads not highway). If so then there are plenty of choices - get "Motorcycling in New England" from Whitehorse Press or look at old issues online of RoadRunner magazine to give you a few ideas.

A few classics such as taking Rt 60 to the Ouabbain reservoir via Barre (stopping for lunch/coffee at the cafe on the corner), loop the reservoir and come back via Rt 9 heading North or South to avoid Worcester (never ever drive through here on a weekend). Another would be Rt 119 (if you have time) all the way to Brattelboro, NH (taking Rt 2 back to get home if in a hurry) then up Rt 100 to Woodstock for example then take Rt 4 east to NH and come down Rt 124S or Rt63S for some scenic roads. Plenty more when you look at any map.

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Andy (also in Boston and work in Waltham and ride most days to work).

(beer night once a month in the Greater Boston area)
 

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Good advice all around.

I'll have to check out the book. I saw on Amazon that it was last updated in 2003, hopefully it's not too out of date.
 

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That book is very current, I refer to it quite a bit. However, I haven't been out to western MA, or VT since Irene, so it's possible some of that area needs updating.

Give Andy750k2 or myself a pm and we can link you to some of the other groups we ride with in addition to the guys here.

Chris in Norwood
 

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I live west of Boston and have been doing a ton of great 4 hr rides heading west around Wachusett and up into southern NH. I tend to go only on really back roads, frequently not numbered.

Sometimes it's fun to follow the bicycle routes. Groups like the Charles River Wheelmen have lots of marked rides. All you do is get a cue sheet and follow the symbol painted on the road. With a motorcycle it's a bit tricky but doable. You can also put the route into your GPS.

Here's a nice one that starts in Concord and goes to the top of Wachusett Mountain and then around the Wachusett Reservoir.

Climb to the Clouds 80 miler from Concord Carlisle in Concord, MA | Bike Map | MapMyRIDE

Or if you're looking for a fantastic central MA/southern VT dirt road adventure, I highly recommend the Deerfield Randonee (D2R2). I've only done it on bicycle but really look forward to doing it again on the Wee. There are GPS and cue sheets on the bottom of this webpage.

D2R2


Massbike does a summer century that leaves from Lexington and heads all over. You just follow the "M"s.

MassBike Summer Century 2010 - A bike ride in Lexington, MA 02421, US

I've been exploring a lot of the dirt roads in the area. Nothing ultra gnarly but plenty of fun. Unfortunately Googlemaps doesn't indicate which ones are dirt but the Mapsource software that came with my Garmin (very recent acquisition) does, and I really look forward to exploring more dirt.

I'd be happy to hook up for a ride sometime.

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Get a free copy of "Ride Maine" and Ride NH".......do a Google search where to get them. They're free and they give a real good description of places to go in both states...........TD
 

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Day long? Head to Mt Greylock.
+1 on Mt. Greylock. A nice ride and a beautiful view.

After that, maybe continue the ride to rte. 2- Mohawk Trail.

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Central & Western Mass

I live in Templeton, MA. Center state by the NH border. I have all of central and western Mass as well as NH and VT just miles away. Too many roads to list here but the Route 2 suggestion is great. Head west and take most any side road. Pcik up a road map of western Mass and pick a route. Ride a few days in this part of the state and you'll be looking for a 2nd home. It is marvelous for cruisers, sport touring and dual sports. I have the DL650, the KLR and the DR350 in the garage and can choose the bike and the route and have a great day (or days). Ride and enjoy please.
 

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Thanks all for your suggestions. Another ride I saw, that looks really amazing is the white mountain area, but that might be more than a day's worth.
 

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From Waltham? No problem, as long as you leave early. 2-hours up 93 and you can be in the good stuff. Just don't forget to leave yourself 2-hours for the ride home too.
 

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Just say "No" to slabs

Since I spend 35K a year caging the slabs of Massachusetts for work, I avoid interstate travel on my Wee in favor of exploring the surface roads of Mass, NH and Vermont. For a fun day ride, leaving early from Waltham, I'd suggest heading west on 117 out through Lincoln, Maynard, Stow and into Bolton where you can pick up 62 west and ride through Sterling and Princeton. In Barre pick up 32 (south) down to Gilbertville where you can hop on 32A north whick skirts the eastern side of the Quabbin. In Petersham, you come back to 32, again, and head north on 32 up across Route 2, through Athol and into southern NH. Eventually you intersect with 119 (which you can take east all the way back to the Route 2 rotary at the Concord prison, cut across through West Concord over to 117) or you can continue further north on 32 to 101(east) in Keene and ride that to Route 13 (south) in Milford, NH and take that south to 119 East in Townsend.

If you've never been to the Quabbin, I'd encourage you to head further south on 32 out of Gilbertville, ride a short bit west on Route 9 to enter the Quabbin Reservoir loop road which will take you up to the "Enfield Lookout" where you can look out over the great expanse of the reservoir which fills a valley where once there were towns full of people.

The best part of Route 2, IMHO, is out beyond Greenfield where it skirts the Deerfield River enroute to Mount Greylock in North Adams. Once you're west of Route 202, you can't go wrong if you get off Route 2 and head north or west. Lots of heat roads with twisties, e.g. Wendell Depot > Locks Village > North Leverett > Lake Pleasant.

I picked up some booklets of laminated map cards, called Moto-Maps, at moto market in Acton that offer suggested loop rides in Mass and NH. I tend to use them for "inspiration" and modify 'em when I'm out there riding.

Happy Trails!
 

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... pick up 62 west and ride through Sterling and Princeton. In Barre pick up 32 (south) down to Gilbertville where you can hop on 32A north whick skirts the eastern side of the Quabbin. In Petersham, you come back to 32, again, and head north on 32 up across Route 2, through Athol and into southern NH. Eventually you intersect with 119 (which you can take east all the way back to the Route 2 rotary at the Concord prison, cut across through West Concord over to 117) or you can continue further north on 32 to 101(east) in Keene and ride that to Route 13 (south) in Milford, NH and take that south to 119 East in Townsend.
This is almost exactly my favorite route.:thumbup: Maybe we could ride it together some day...
 

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This is almost exactly my favorite route.:thumbup: Maybe we could ride it together some day...
I'd be up for that. There's a few Massachusettseans (?) on here with home bases west of Boston. Maybe we can get it together to have some sort of dual-sport get-together or "meetup" as is the current buzzword. If the weather warms up a tad, I might be headed out thataway with a buddy who just traded his KLR for a Multistrada and is dying to ride...understandably.
 

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I'm in Braintree, but like BabaAus, I do up to 50k miles a year in New England. About half has been on two wheels in the best years.
 

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point yourself up towards the Westford.Tyngsboro area, Route 2 and 2a, just get off the main roads and roam.
Long Sought for Pond Road, Westford, MA - Google Maps

On an early Sat or Sunday morning, takes very little time to get up there, and you can spend endless hours roaming around that neck of the woods.:
Sadly, just like too many other locales...you'll hafta ride s-l-o-w-l-y around Westford and Tyngsboro because those woodsy back roads are now being widened and adorned with more and more McMansions which means more "Slow Down Please. We Love Our Kids." signs and minivan traffic.
 

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Or if you're looking for a fantastic central MA/southern VT dirt road adventure, I highly recommend the Deerfield Randonee (D2R2). I've only done it on bicycle but really look forward to doing it again on the Wee. There are GPS and cue sheets on the bottom of this webpage.

D2R2
On a freakin' BICYCLE?!? Holy moly!!! I still can't find the map links but looking at some of the pictures and stuff....WOW! I'm exhausted just reading about it. Man oh man oh man!
 

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There are some GPS tracks over at ADVrider:
D2r2 - ADVrider

I've only ridden the 60+ mile version on a cross bike. The 100+ milers is a long day in the saddle, with over 10,000 ft. of climbing.

Want to do it on motos, Aus?

pmk
 
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