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Departed Pepperell @ 8AM this past Sunday morning and headed west on 119. Just past Ashby ran into pouring rain, got soaked and kept on riding. Got to Rindge and the pavement was dry...go figure! South on 202, through Orange and down along the Quabbin. Took that right up the hill to Shutesbury Center, through Leverett and picked up 116 through Amherst and Sunderland. Crossed over 91 and, still on 116, headed up through Conway and Ashfield. If you haven't ridden this stretch of 116, you gots to! Great great twisties!! Continued on 116 out to 8 and through North Adams. Zoomed east on the Mohawk Trail, stopped at the French King Bridge and climbed around underneath along the catwalk which challenged my "reluctance" of heights...Phew! South on 202, again, and flew east on 122, then on 62 into Sterling. The gods were with us! Few cars, no LEOs and clear sailing all day long. 265 miles total.

Check out 116 beyond Sunderland!!!!
 

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There is a lot of great riding around the Quabbin and west of there, I often loop around the Quabbin after work, up 202 to 122 to 32A.

Next time you are out west of 91 on Rt2 or 116 make sure to hit 8A between them from Plainfield to Charlemont, great road. 78 from 2A in Orange to 119 in NH can be fun also.
 

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Also Mt Greylock is a really nice ride in that neck of the woods.
 

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And to think I chose NOT to go up 8A and continued on to 8, instead. Yecch! Could've done WITHOUT riding through Adams and North Adams 'cept for that we did stop for a bite to eat at a dairy bar kind of place.

I've ridden 32 out of Orange to NH (which is fun IF you don't get behind a cage) a half dozen times but never thought to give 78 a whirl.

8A and 78 are on my list!

Thanks, Guys!
 

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Yeah, Greylock is a fun ride to the top as long as you're not behind a buddy on an old Nighthawk that burns oil. <gag> ;-)
BTW, last summer I rode up there with a couple of cruiser friends who think I'm ATGATT-crazy. They were in tanktops, jeans and sneakers. BUT, I got the last laugh when the parking attendant let me park for free because (in his words) I was "clearly the smartest one of the three". Nyah nyah nee nyah nyah!
 

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Route 116/western mass

I agree that this is a great riding area. Both Conway and Ashfield are on the Trans Mass Trail plus if you are going through Ashfield you need to stop at "Elmers" in the center of town (Ashfield). It is an old country store converted to a restaurant and has a great rural atmosphere. 116 is a great alternative to Route 2 which is cloggged with "leaf peepers" in September/October.
 

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I rode up Graylock a couple of weeks ago in the rain, it was a great ride!! we stopped at the overlook just before the top and were in the clouds with about 40 mph wind gusts but then the clouds would part and we had a perfect view of Adams and the surrounding area, another hundred yards up the road and the clouds were so thick you couldn't see ten feet!!
RT8 north from RT2 up to RT9 in VT is another good road in the area.
 

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Rode out to Winchendon this afternoon and discovered Route 119 freshly paved west o' the Mass/NH line in Rindge. Since there was no one else in sight, I cranked ol' Blanche up to 90 and had me some fun. Route 101 north out of Ashburnham has a new layer of asphalt, too.
 

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78 from 2A in Orange to 119 in NH can be fun also.
Finally got to ride up 78 from 2A to 9 in NH, on Sunday. Nice road...when you're not behind a Sunday-driver in a Honda CRV. ;-)

Riding eastward, later on 101, a helmetless couple on a big ol' Harley flexed their muscle behind us at a stoplight in Keene and then raced past us and ran the red light at the next signal. Too bad for them that Deputy Dawg was sitting on a side street, saw their transgression and pulled them over. We motored past at the speed limit but they couldn't see us grinning under our full-faces.
 

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You pups missed Greylock before the hippies let the trees grow

Find and use Zoar Rd. rt 2 near Chalmont to VT 100


Whistle for the Ghosts at Hoosick Tunnel
 

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You pups missed Greylock before the hippies let the trees grow
When was that? Back in the 18th century when virtually all of southern New England's foests were harvested for ship building, house building, crateing materials, etc.?
 
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