Best Bike Rides in New England
by Paul Thomas (The Globe Pequot Press)
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Great ride my only complaint is the distances are a little off but nothing to out of line. Country Store I believe is no longer open so may want to pick a better stopping point for food and drink, there is a gift shop/diner but not that great. Not alot of options for food to go. Other than that the ride is great.
This is a beautiful moderate level trail winding through Myles Standish State Forest and the Plymouth, MA shoreline. There are many small hills in the forest (like a small rollercoaster) and a long steady climb towards the end.
Having recently started riding again, I was telling my sister about a 37-mile ride I took one Saturday, and she suggested that I work up to a metric century ride, perhaps before the end of the Summer. Well I gotta say, it sounded good but what the heck, why wait?
I took a vacation day on the Friday before Memorial Day knowing that the kids would be in school and my wife was away for the day (sneaky, huh?). Earlier that week a friend lent me a "Best Bike Rides in Massachusetts" book, and there was a 47-mile ride near my home. I found that by riding to the starting point rather than driving I could add enough distance for my 100K.
The starting point was the Jenney Grist Mill in Plymouth – a beautifully restored mill - the first in the New World. Quickly along the route I was deep in the Myles Standish State Forest, rolling up and down short grades and curling around College Pond – just breathtaking.
After a short jaunt beyond the forest, I was heading southwest towards the Cape Cod Canal. At about the 40-mile mark I stopped in the shade of the little village of Bournedale.
It was time to rest, chug some fluids, crack a powerbar, and slather on some sunscreen – all in about 20 minutes. I climbed back on my ride and headed for Buttermilk Bay. I continued on – now heading along the Plymouth shoreline. Whitehorse Beach, Priscilla Beach, then back towards Plymouth center.
Before I knew it, I was back to the mill and home – 64.75 miles. I had just completed my first metric century, and I felt great. I couldn't wait to brag! Now what's next? A full century in September maybe?
– Jim Zoino
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