November 2005
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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Sunday, November 13, is the deadline for the December newsletter.

If you can lead a bike ride, hike, ski or other activity in December, submit the details by midnight Nov. 13 to Lynne Tolman, , 508-831-0301.

As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride category explanation.


Autumn means hunting season, and the presence of hunters in the woods means hikers and mountain bikers need to use extra caution. Most hunting seasons in Massachusetts run between mid-October and mid-December. While hunting accidents are rare (statistics show that hunting is safer than many sports, including cycling), cyclists can enhance their safety by wearing, a hunter's orange vest. These are available in the sporting goods departments of most department stores. Avoid white or brown clothing (you don't want to look like a deer). Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts. Key hunting season dates for the state:

More information:

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Recurring Rides

Wednesday Outdoor Workouts, Easy Monday Evening Rides

Saturday, November 5
Activity: Cranberry-picking hike
Location: Meet at Old Stone Church, Routes 12 & 140, West Boylston
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Kim McCoy,

We can carpool and/or bike from the Old Stone Church to the small parking area on Route 110 in Sterling, where the leader knows just the trails to find seasonal berries.

Friday, November 11
Activity: Indoor ride & club social at Barney's
Location: Barney's Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Leader: Pete Howard, , 508-799-BIKE

Bring your trainer or rollers for an indoor workout. Learn to ride the rollers!

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Sunday, November 20
Activity: Hike, approximately 2 hours
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Brooks Woodland Preserve (Swift River/Connor's Pond tracts),
Quaker Drive, Petersham
Leaders: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, , and Rick Krasnick,

Meet in the parking lot on Quaker Drive off Route 122, south of Petersham. It's marked "Entrance" by #65 near the bottom of this map: More about this beautiful property of The Trustees of Reservations:

Monday, November 21

Ticket order deadline for the club's holiday party. No late reservations can be accepted this year -- that caused problems last year for the restaurant and the organizers.

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Saturday, November 26
Activity: Mountain bike ride, C, 15 to 20 miles
Location: Rutland State Park, intersection of White Hall Road and Prison
Camp Road. Parking area at the beginning of Prison Camp Road.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Pete Banach, 508-887-2656,

We're going to stick to the easy stuff, mostly on dirt roads, with some easy singletrack. We plan to take a break for a snack in the woods, so carry something to eat.

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