October 2006
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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ACTIVITIES
As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride Categories explanation.

Sunday, October 8, is the deadline for the November newsletter. If you can lead a bike ride, hike, or other activity in November, submit the details by midnight October 8 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org ,
508-831-0301.


HUNTING SEASON: MOUNTAIN BIKERS, BEWARE

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.

In 2006, archery season for deer is Oct. 16-25, with shotgun season for deer Nov. 27-Dec. 9. Hunting season for some other mammals starts as early as Oct. 2. A complete list of Massachusetts hunting season dates is at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/dfwpdf/dfw_hunting_dates.pdf

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Sunday, October 1
Activity: Road ride, 25 miles, C/B
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Mill Street and Route 31, Holden
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004

This ride is intended for anyone who has not yet summited Mount Wachusett by road bike. It is a C ride based on mileage (about 25 miles) and "Nobody Left Behind" philosophy, but probably a B ride because the amount of climbing. We'll take back roads to Princeton Center, then Mountain Road to the Visitors Center, then climb the auto road to the top of Mount Wachusett. We’ll return to Princeton Center, then take Route 62 over to Coal Kiln Road and return by way of "Iowa." (For the uninitiated: "Iowa" is Seven Hills Wheelmen’s shorthand for the gentle, pretty cruise along Mason Road in Holden. Former 7HW prez Dick McNamara, who once lived in Iowa, always says the view from Mason’s dairy farm reminds him of Iowa.) The ride to the summit is mostly uphill, but compensation comes in the downhill ride nearly all the way back. This is a ride "designed for success." We'll try to get everyone to the summit, however long it takes. If you've done Mount Wachusett before, come and offer moral support to those doing it for the first time. Rain or really lousy weather cancels. Register with the leader by e-mail and you’ll be notified of the final decision, go or no go.


Sunday, October 8
Activity: Road ride, 45 miles, C+
Location: Long Pond boat ramp, Route 122 and 122A, Rutland
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Pete Banach, cell 508-887-2656, banach331@charter.net

Ride through the Brookfields out to Warren, up to Barre and return down Route 122 to Long Pond. This is a fairly flat ride with one bit of climbing up to Barre Center. Cue sheets will be provided. We'll try to stay together, but you can go at your own pace.


Monday, October 9
COLUMBUS DAY


Saturday, Oct. 14
Activity: Road ride, 25 miles, C/B
Location: Mass Central Rail Trail parking lot, Mill Street and Route 31, Holden
Time: 1:00 pm.
Leader: Bill Dobson, binaryengineering@charter.net , 508-885-2004

Rescheduled from Oct1 (when it rained).

This ride is intended for anyone who has not yet summited Mount Wachusett by road bike. It is a C ride based on mileage (about 25 miles) and "Nobody Left Behind" philosophy, but probably a B ride because the amount of climbing. We'll take back roads to Princeton Center, then Mountain Road to the Visitors Center, then climb the auto road to the top of Mount Wachusett. We’ll return to Princeton Center, then take Route 62 over to Coal Kiln Road and return by way of "Iowa." (For the uninitiated: "Iowa" is Seven Hills Wheelmen’s shorthand for the gentle, pretty cruise along Mason Road in Holden. Former 7HW prez Dick McNamara, who once lived in Iowa, always says the view from Mason’s dairy farm reminds him of Iowa.) The ride to the summit is mostly uphill, but compensation comes in the downhill ride nearly all the way back. This is a ride "designed for success." We'll try to get everyone to the summit, however long it takes. If you've done Mount Wachusett before, come and offer moral support to those doing it for the first time. Rain or really lousy weather cancels. Register with the leader by e-mail and you’ll be notified of the final decision, go or no go.


Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006
Road Ride, C+, 45 miles
Location: Greenfield Community College parking lot, off Colrain Road just north of the Interstae 91 and Route 2 interchange.
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m.
Leader: Pete Banach, banach331@charter.net , 508-887-2656
"Don Maynard Memorial Ride" -- originally offered by Franklin-Hampshire Freewheelers

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Greenfield Community College parking lot, off Colrain Road just north of the Interstae 91 and Route 2 interchange. From I-91, take Exit 26 -- Follow signs for Route 2 West (Mohawk Trail). Colrain Road is the FIRST right. We'll cycle through Guilford and Vernon, Vt., encountering a few "good" hills and 2 miles of Vermont DIRT (which is better than some Mass. pavement). Lunch will be at the Schoolhouse Grocery in Vernon, Vt.

Rain Cancels


Sunday, October 22
Activity: Road ride, 45 miles
Location: Paxton Center School, Route 31, Paxton
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Bill Meduski, 508-853-4774, meduski2@charter.net

The ride goes through parts of Rutland, New Braintree, the Brookfields, and the towns between those towns. No go if it’s raining.


Saturday, October 28
Activity: Road ride, C, 24 miles
Location: Dudley District Court, Route 197 & Lyons Road, Dudley
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: David Liberty, djl2150@msn.com , 508-943-2725

A scenic ride into Connecticut's "Quiet Corner." The scenery includes West Thompson Dam and the quaint center of Woodstock. No go if it's raining. This was one of the club's most popular rides in the spring, and we'll do it again at 10:00 a.m. Nov. 11, weather permitting.


Sunday, October 29
Daylight Saving Time ends.
Set clocks back one hour at bedtime Saturday or first thing Sunday.

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