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Forum: Northeast
06-24-22, 01:42 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

This morning's ride took me to Billerica via the...

This morning's ride took me to Billerica via the MM, the Bedford Depot, and the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail. The NGRT surface was dry and quite good in general.

The sky was in the water at Fawn Lake:...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-22, 02:08 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Thanks for the follow-up. I agree that it seems...

Thanks for the follow-up. I agree that it seems likely that trail section would be overgrown, without frequent traffic to keep it clear.

I found some info on this area on a Concord Land Trust...
Forum: Northeast
06-20-22, 04:11 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Got out for a longish ride today: Arlington to...

Got out for a longish ride today: Arlington to Concord via MM and Reformatory Branch Rail Trail (RBRT).

There were a lot of people out there for a Monday! I guess it was the combination of school...
Forum: Northeast
06-18-22, 02:22 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Been away on vacation so haven't ridden or posted...

Been away on vacation so haven't ridden or posted in awhile. Got out for a ride today with my wife - her first of the season. I don't usually ride the Minuteman on the weekends this time of year, but...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-22, 03:25 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Rode out to Depot Park this morning. ...

Rode out to Depot Park this morning.

Arlington Great Meadows:

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Forum: Northeast
06-02-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Today's ride took me east from Arlington to see...

Today's ride took me east from Arlington to see what was new on the paths in Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown and Belmont.

I rode to Davis Square via Alewife and picked up the Somerville Community...
Forum: Northeast
05-31-22, 02:58 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Took a pleasant ride to the Bedford Depot this...

Took a pleasant ride to the Bedford Depot this morning. The weathermen correctly predicted that the high for the day would happen at about 9am - the temperature dropped about 10 degrees over the...
Forum: Northeast
05-25-22, 03:56 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Took advantage of the fabulous weather this...

Took advantage of the fabulous weather this afternoon to ride the MM out to Bedford and then the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail up to Billerica. Yeah, count me in for having this kind of weather all summer....
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I didn't realize Specialized was selling bikes...

I didn't realize Specialized was selling bikes that far back. A quick Google found this blog which shows a bike the same vintage as yours: The Retrogrouch: Old is Good: Specialized Sequoia...
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 03:29 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

After running errands (by car) this morning, took...

After running errands (by car) this morning, took a late afternoon ride up the MM to Bedford today. Wonderful weather after the weekend's heat (though it was not as hot as had been predicted).

The...
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 07:37 AM
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Posted By bike_tom

Wow. I've seen wild turkeys in the parks and...

Wow. I've seen wild turkeys in the parks and fields in Arlington, but never in anyone's driveway!
Forum: Northeast
05-17-22, 03:08 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Braved the wind this morning and rode the MM out...

Braved the wind this morning and rode the MM out to the Bedford Depot. Beautiful crisp air compared to the unseasonable heat of the weekend.

Past few rides out that way I've noticed what looked...
Forum: Northeast
05-14-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Congratulations on making the 10000th post to...

Congratulations on making the 10000th post to this thread! After I made my post yesterday I saw that it was 9999. I am glad you had the honor of 10000 since you've been so prolific and poetic here.
...
Forum: Northeast
05-13-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I've been mostly doing the routine MM ride out to...

I've been mostly doing the routine MM ride out to Bedford and back the past couple of weeks, riding the Fuji. This morning I continued on the Reformatory Branch to Concord. The trail was quite dry,...
Forum: Northeast
04-25-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

This morning's outing was a strictly pavement...

This morning's outing was a strictly pavement ride on the MM out to Bedford. Not as windy as many recent days, but what there was of it was gusty. I thought I was riding into a gentle headwind...
Forum: Northeast
04-21-22, 04:32 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Hi. This map posted by Bedford shows the paths...

Hi. This map posted by Bedford shows the paths along the Elm and Mongo brooks: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6866/f/uploads/elm_brook_cons_area_-_2018-12.pdf

Here is an annotated...
Forum: Northeast
04-21-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

This morning I did another "first time this year...

This morning I did another "first time this year ride": Minuteman National Historical Park (MMNHP).

I started out by taking the MM to the Bedford Depot. Surprising quiet for a school vacation...
Forum: Northeast
04-18-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I would wager they did. The picture I included...

I would wager they did.
The picture I included was taken on my way home, about 11:30.
On the way out, about 10:30, I stopped briefly at the visitor's center and could hear the sound of marching...
Forum: Northeast
04-18-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Rode the Fuji out to Bedford today. Beautiful...

Rode the Fuji out to Bedford today. Beautiful weather.
The flowering trees at the Depot are not quite at peak yet:
...
Forum: Northeast
04-13-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Greetings. I've been enjoying the picture laden...

Greetings. I've been enjoying the picture laden ride reports from my fellow posters.

This morning I did another "first time this season" ride: the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail (NGRT). Last fall I added...
Forum: Northeast
04-10-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Wow. Sorry that happened to you. I ride through...

Wow. Sorry that happened to you. I ride through there all the time. Seen lots of off-leash dogs, but never had one do that. Worst thing I had to do is maneuver around dogs that were a little too...
Forum: Northeast
04-04-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Took a quick ride out and back to Bedford Depot...

Took a quick ride out and back to Bedford Depot on the MM this afternoon. Beautiful weather. Outbound headwind, which seems to be the norm.

I was pleased to see that the Bedford Depot restrooms...
Forum: Northeast
03-31-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I think this is a good place to post some news...

I think this is a good place to post some news about what Bedford refers to as the "Minuteman Bikeway Extension", which we typically refer to in this thread as the "Reformatory Branch Trail", as it...
Forum: Northeast
03-30-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I decided to venture westward beyond the Bedford...

I decided to venture westward beyond the Bedford Depot for the first time this season. How was the Reformatory Branch Trail (RBT) ? It was pretty good. There were some muddy spots, such as near the...
Forum: Northeast
03-22-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I braved the high winds this afternoon and rode...

I braved the high winds this afternoon and rode the MM out to Lexington. Quite a headwind outbound!

To try something different, I headed over to the Vine Brook Trail, which more or less parallels...
Forum: Northeast
03-17-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Yes they did. In 1983 Suntour was near it's peak...

Yes they did. In 1983 Suntour was near it's peak and Fujis were made in Japan.
Forum: Northeast
03-16-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I took my vintage Fuji out for the first time in...

I took my vintage Fuji out for the first time in 2022 this afternoon. It was a fine ride out and back to the Bedford Depot on the MM.

Arlington Great Meadows has not woken up yet:
...
Forum: Northeast
03-15-22, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

This morning I decided to ride east and see what...

This morning I decided to ride east and see what had changed on the Cambridge and Somerville paths over the winter. The weather was great.

The entrance to the Watertown Cambridge Greenway is...
Forum: Northeast
03-12-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I didn't check, but they generally don't reopen...

I didn't check, but they generally don't reopen quite this early in the year. Hopefully sometime in the coming month.

Sometimes they post notices on the Depot website: Friends of Bedford Depot...
Forum: Northeast
03-11-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Hi all. I haven't ridden much or posted lately,...

Hi all. I haven't ridden much or posted lately, but I have enjoyed following the reports of those who stayed active all winter. I got out for a ride today, out and back on the MM to Bedford Deport....
Forum: Northeast
02-09-22, 03:36 PM
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Posted By bike_tom

Thanks for that. I am very excited about the...

Thanks for that. I am very excited about the first two (Somerville Community Path and BFRT bridge over Route 2). Now if only Concord would work on connecting the Reformatory Branch Trail (RBT) to the...
Forum: Northeast
02-01-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

I have not been biking recently, but my wife and...

I have not been biking recently, but my wife and I went snowshoeing in Minuteman National Historical Park today. We parked at the lot near the Hartwell Tavern. We made it as far as the Smith House,...
Forum: Northeast
12-27-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

The outside restrooms face Meriam St. They are on...

The outside restrooms face Meriam St. They are on the left as you face the visitor's center from the bike path. I have not been inside the building yet either.
Forum: Northeast
12-27-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Went out for a ride this morning. It was cold -...

Went out for a ride this morning. It was cold - just above freezing. This gave me an opportunity to try out the Pearl Izumi AmFib jacket I got for Christmas. I was very comfortable with that jacket...
Forum: Northeast
12-02-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

The map I posted is from mobilemaplets.com I...

The map I posted is from mobilemaplets.com
I had an embedded link in my post, but here it is explicitly:

https://mobilemaplets.com/showplace/13347
Forum: Northeast
12-02-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10,074
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Posted By bike_tom

Thanks for the support. I should also thank other...

Thanks for the support. I should also thank other BF members who made me aware of Estabrook Woods, including providing details on which forks to take to stay on the remains of Estabrook Road.

As I...
Forum: Northeast
12-01-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

I finally made it all the way through Estabrook...

I finally made it all the way through Estabrook Woods from Concord to Carlisle today. My previous attempts, back in the summer, were thwarted by mud or mosquitos or both. By contrast, today was a...
Forum: Northeast
11-24-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

I had a great ride today. MM to Bedford and...

I had a great ride today. MM to Bedford and Narrow Gauge Rail Trail (NGRT) up into Billerica. It was brisk but very pleasant. Not may people out, except when coming back just after the schools got...
Forum: Northeast
11-22-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

This afternoon I rode my 1983 Fuji to Lexington...

This afternoon I rode my 1983 Fuji to Lexington Center and back, combining the ride with an errand to obtain a a bike replacement part.
I'm doing end-of-season maintenance on my wife's 2017 Trek...
Forum: Northeast
11-04-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

I was wondering if anyone would pick up on that! ...

I was wondering if anyone would pick up on that!
At the time I was at Little Fresh Pond, all the dogs were small. That made me ponder the same naming question you raised.

BTW: Most of the many...
Forum: Northeast
11-04-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Today's ride took me to Fresh Pond to see if...

Today's ride took me to Fresh Pond to see if there was any change with the connection to the Watertown Cambridge Greenway. Modest changes since early September. At the northern entrance, by the...
Forum: Northeast
10-22-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Its been several (like 5) years since I rode the...

Its been several (like 5) years since I rode the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail (NGRT) from the Bedford Depot. For some reason, I had a negative recollection of what it was like. Today, I decided to give it...
Forum: Northeast
10-11-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

My wife and I went out on the Bruce Freeman...

My wife and I went out on the Bruce Freeman today, starting from the Brook St, Acton lot, the one behind Donelans. It was a great early fall day, with some nice foliage.

Here's a pic at Grist...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

I took an early morning ride today,Sunday, to...

I took an early morning ride today,Sunday, to beat both the weather and the crowds, heading east into Cambridge and then Somerville, to check out the progress of the ongoing path work. First I rode...
Forum: Northeast
08-22-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Yesterday my wife and I went riding on the Bruce...

Yesterday my wife and I went riding on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) for the first time in awhile. We started from the parking lot at Brooks St, Acton. Initially we went as far East as we...
Forum: Northeast
07-26-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

I was curious to see what progress had been made...

I was curious to see what progress had been made hooking up the Somerville Community Path extension to the existing path, so I took an early morning ride today to the turnaround at Lowell St. In...
Forum: Northeast
05-19-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

The surface conditions are similar. If you are...

The surface conditions are similar. If you are comfortable on the Reformatory, you'll be comfortable on Battle Road. Battle Road is a bit more interesting because, not being a rail trail, it has some...
Forum: Northeast
05-19-21, 02:41 AM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

On Monday I rode a loop I had enjoyed several...

On Monday I rode a loop I had enjoyed several times last year: Minuteman to Bedford Depot, Reformatory to its end at Lowell Rd, then a short backtrack to Great Meadows NWR. From there, Monsen Rd,...
Forum: Northeast
05-14-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Yes, its the Watertown Cambridge Greenway I was...

Yes, its the Watertown Cambridge Greenway I was thinking of. I need to explore the paths from Alewife to the Fresh Pond Reservation and then see how much of the new Greenway is open.
This page ...
Forum: Northeast
05-13-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10,074
Views: 1,231,163
Posted By bike_tom

Happy Spring everyone. It's nice to see those of...

Happy Spring everyone. It's nice to see those of us who took a winter break from cycling back on the road. This week I decided to take a break from my usual rides to the west and ride east (from...
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