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Old 11-28-21, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
came across a decent shelter

That's a good one. Whereabouts did you encounter it?

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Old 11-29-21, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by rholland1951 View Post
That's a good one. Whereabouts did you encounter it?
oh sorry, around the Assabet refuge. there's always one in this spot & I've contributed to them over the years but this one is grand!
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Old 11-30-21, 05:27 PM
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Took the new-old 1982 Sequoia out for a ride on the Minuteman about an hour before sunset, temperatures toppling out of the 40s and plummeting into the 30s.


Saw lots of funny bikes, most of them electrical; this one can stand for all the rest.


Seen but not shown was the mismatched pair on bike and unicycle, riding two abreast and chatting amiably, no batteries required.

Before I set out, I put a tiny carbon fiber bicycle pump in the Sequoia's saddle bag, next to the spare tube. This is a departure for me: frame pumps are the norm, but there's no peg on the Sequoia, and I figured the little pump would accord with the general weight-weenie build of this bike. I was cranking down the hill in Arlington, making good time, when the rear end began to shimmy in a manner that was arguably aesthetic but none of my doing. I prudently stopped the bike and had a look: sure enough, the rear tire was flat. I walked the bike to the nearest likely spot to fix the tire, which turned out to be the back yard of The Bike Stop, which had a very helpful sign that said FLATS FIXED WHILE YOU WAIT. I reflected that I could test the little pump on a warmer, brighter day, found my mask and put it on, and walked the bike into the shop to be fixed while I waited. And it was. Thanks, guys!

It's close enough to being Winter to start noticing the Friends of the Lexington Bikeway's charitable solicitations. These are the folks who keep the Lexington segment of the Minuteman plowed, and generally do a good job of it, to boot. While it's true that the taxpayers of Arlington and Bedford pay for it there, Lexington does things a little differently. If you ride the Minuteman in Winter, it's good to throw a few bucks in when they pass the hat. Extra credit if your phone's QR reader can get to their site off this image, scanned from your PC display. Or you can cheat, and use the URL.


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Old 12-01-21, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rholland1951 View Post
Before I set out, I put a tiny carbon fiber bicycle pump in the Sequoia's saddle bag, next to the spare tube. This is a departure for me: frame pumps are the norm, but there's no peg on the Sequoia, and I figured the little pump would accord with the general weight-weenie build of this bike. I was cranking down the hill in Arlington, making good time, when the rear end began to shimmy in a manner that was arguably aesthetic but none of my doing. I prudently stopped the bike and had a look: sure enough, the rear tire was flat. I walked the bike to the nearest likely spot to fix the tire, which turned out to be the back yard of The Bike Stop, which had a very helpful sign that said FLATS FIXED WHILE YOU WAIT. I reflected that I could test the little pump on a warmer, brighter day, found my mask and put it on, and walked the bike into the shop to be fixed while I waited. And it was. Thanks, guys!
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Old 12-01-21, 01:48 PM
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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 wonderful late fall day: dry, cool but not bone-chilling cold, with a moody cloudy sky.

I started out by taking the MM to the Bedford Depot, the Reformatory Trail to Monument St, then up and over the North Bridge to pick up Concord's paved section of Estabrook Road. The North Bridge:





Estabrook Woods was the driest I have seen it. There's the section of the trail that is basically a stream bed. Today there was just a little water, with a skin of ice. I was on the lookout for the wooden teepee that so many others have posted photos of. A bit further north I was very happy to finally see it with my own eyes:




A little more woods riding brought me to Carlisle's paved section of Estabrook Road. A woman on horseback was just about to enter the woods there, so I said hello. I think she was inclined to look askance at bikers, but I was so gushing with enthusiasm that I think I won her over!

I made my way to Fern's via School St:



From there I took 225 east to Bedford Center and the Depot. It was 9.5 miles from the Depot to Ferns via the Reformatory Trail and Estabrook Woods. A little over 5 from Ferns to the Depot on 225. I made my way home on the MM for a total just shy of 34 miles.

A very enjoyable ride and a sense of accomplishment.
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Old 12-02-21, 04:49 AM
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sounds like mid-day today, the weather will be nice for a ride, after the morning rain, during drier warmer hours, before the afternoon rain. of course I'll be handcuffed to my office chair ...
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Old 12-02-21, 04:50 AM
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just shy of 34 miles.A very enjoyable ride and a sense of accomplishment.
healthy ride! jealous!
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Old 12-02-21, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
healthy ride! jealous!
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 mentioned, I got back to the Bedford Depot via Carlisle Center and 225, but on a future visit I would like to try a loop within the Woods. I found this map online:



It looks like the East Hubbard Trail would be a good east side complement to Estabrook Road on the west side. I have no idea what the trail conditions are, but I hope to explore on a future ride.

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Old 12-02-21, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bike_tom View Post
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 mentioned, I got back to the Bedford Depot via Carlisle Center and 225, but on a future visit I would like to try a loop within the Woods. I found this map online:



It looks like the East Hubbard Trail would be a good east side complement to Estabrook Road on the west side. I have no idea what the trail conditions are, but I hope to explore on a future ride.

Tom
I used to be fond of making a loop involving Estabrook Road out to Carlisle, and Two Rod Road back to Concord. Two Road Road is no longer two rods wide, however, and riding it is a bit of a stunt. Our abandoned carriage roads are real treasures, and how to preserve them (cut down that sapling in the middle of the path?) is an interesting question.

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Old 12-02-21, 09:51 AM
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is that from openstreetmap.org?

https://www.openstreetmap.org/search....4958/-71.3501
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
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
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