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The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:
Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association will present its spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal. The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18th century. Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown. In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.
The ride will depart from the Lowell Train Station shortly before 11AM. You can take your bicycle on the 10 AM train from North Station which arrives in Lowell at 10:43. (Riders can also board at West Medford at10:11 or just meet at Lowell Station). There sill also be an early group that will take the 8:00AM train from North Station to allow more time in Lowell and breakfast at the historic Owl Diner, aka the Four Sisters. Route visits the Pawtucket and other Lowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.
Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica. Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$10.00 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.
The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists. Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.
The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383, [email protected]) and Dick Bauer (857-540-6293, [email protected]) of the Middlesex Canal Commission . Helmets required. Steady rain cancels.
For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org
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From the email 🙂 Go get your party on!
Save the date: on March 21st, come celebrate the end of winter with us – and start thinking of SUMMER! Join us at the Cycle Massachusetts 2017 Kickoff Party and learn more about the Friendliest Ride in the East.
Find out if the rumors are true: will there really be an artisan popsicle maker visiting the ride? Will there really be massages available each day of the tour? And can you really go skydiving and then ride to a brewpub to recover???
Come to the Asgard for the free food, the cash bar, and a great crowd of friends old and new – people who know how to have a great time on two wheels! We’ll preview the amazing route of this year’s tour and throw in some door prizes while we’re at it. The 2017 route might just be the best yet – the beautiful Connecticut Valley (and the rolling hills that surround it) as seen from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont! We promise something of interest every 10 miles or fewer! You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities that would allow you to ride for free.
This weeklong tour (with shorter options) is proud to be the #1 annual donor to Massbike.
Tell your friends, and we’ll see you there! Space is limited, so RSVP today at http://cyclema.eventbrite.com!
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Come meet local business owner Brandale Randolph and hear about how his new bicycle manufacturing company, The 1854 Cycling Company, is making a difference. With a focus on opportunity, building job skills, and producing pride, Brandale is leading a mission-driven business that strives to open doors for its employees. Learn more by reading this recent interview from Ebony: http://www.ebony.com/ne
There will be time for mingling and then we’ll hear from our special guest Brandale. Then there will be a dialogue and we’ll wrap up with more time for mingling.
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. There is a suggested contribution of $10, but this is a free event.
Tags: 1854 cycling company, brandale randolph, Dorchester, DotBike
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Because you don’t need the 13 minutes it will take to watch this.
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from the email, looks like fun.
Tour de Grave
What: A trip to some of the Boston area’s famous and lesser-known graveyards in honor of Halloween. Trip leaves at9:30am in order to avoid the majority of ghosts, and will be about 13 miles and take about 3 or 4 hours. Steady rain cancels. Helmets required. Appropriate costumes are encouraged for this ride!
Where: We will meet at the Central Burying Ground on Boston Common, near the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets
This year we will be exploring cemeteries in downtown Boston, the North and South Ends, Roxbury, Dorchester, South Boston, and Charlestown.
When: Saturday October 29, 2016 at 9:30AM
From more information, contact:
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