Friday, September 16, 2016

We're heading to Ipswich!

Join Gail, Joan and Paul riding to Ipswich on Saturday, meeting in North Beverly at 7:30 a.m 

Where in North Beverly? Well, we've done this one before.  We'll meet on the other side of the train tracks near the T station at Dodge and Enon Streets. (Not far from The Depot Diner). Find a place to park -- there may be on-street parking down Dodge Street or any side street, or any of the shopping areas on Enon St (see map). 

Ipswich Mileage (from Map My Ride)
From Dodge to Larch Row take right on Larch Row/Essex to Sagamore, Candlewood, Heartbreak and Argilla to downtown Ipswich: 10 miles (20 miles RT)

Breakfast will be at Five Corner's Cafe or Sofia's!

It's going to be a gorgeous day for Fall riding!!

We will meet on the corner of Dodge and Laurel, across the train tracks
The Depot Diner is marked on the map for reference.
Click to enlarge. 

Blog Note

Hey Gang, I'm in Florida until September 28th, so the blog is on a semi-hiatus. I'll have access to a computer, though it's not my own, so send photos and ride details and I'll do what I can to post them. Happy, safe riding! Fall is the best time of year!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Great Breakfast with Ducky!

Cheers from Hamilton!
We had a good ride this morning -- Gail, Joan, and Paul -- from Beverly Airport to Henderson's via the newly paved Cherry Street.

We were pleasantly surprised to be joined at breakfast by Ducky!

Afterwards, we rode through Bradley Palmer -- very peaceful now that it's post-Labor Day.

Grand total: about 15 miles!

Hope to see you on the road next week. --Gail

Surprise guest!
And the usual motley crew

Friday, September 09, 2016

We're heading to Henderson's

Gail and I enjoyed our Henderson's and Bradley Palmer ride a few weeks ago -- we're planning to repeat it tomorrow, heading out from Beverly Airport at 7:30.

We'll take Cherry Street to 1A up to Henderson's for breakfast (4 miles from the Airport, 8 RT for anyone looking for a short out-and-back). We should arrive at Henderson's before 8 a.m. if anyone wishes to join us!

After breakfast, a six mile loop through Bradley Palmer is an option, bringing the morning ride to a short and sweet 14 miles. If you haven't been riding much this year, this is a good ride!

We hope you can join us!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Labor Day Weekend Ride

The gang in Boxford. Love the sunflowers!
Our last weekend of summer!
Donna, Joan, Gail and Paul headed to Boxford by way of The Lost Route.
Another gorgeous Saturday for riding!!
The Labor Day holiday brings hints of autumn... 
We're ready for pumpkins, cool temps, and fall foliage rides!

Sending Best Wishes

Sending Get Well wishes to Av, recovering from a hospital stay!

And, Happy Belated-80th Birthday (last week) to Paul G. (Hope the recovery has gone well on the knee and you're back with us soon!)

Friday, September 02, 2016

Next up: Boxford! (With a Georgetown option)

The weather looks great for another spectacular Saturday breakfast ride. The gang is headed to Boxford on Saturday (9/3), meeting at the Beverly Airport at 7:30 a.m. We'll take the trails and perhaps venture down the Lost Route (which we haven't taken this year!), and quite possibly continue on to Georgetown. (We'll see how things shape up in the morning.) We'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pics from Saturday's Ride - Manchester

We had a gorgeous day for a ride last Saturday! Paul, Joan and Tam met in Salem for the ride to Manchester, meeting Gail just past Pride's Crossing at St Margaret's Church. After breakfast in Manchester at the Beach Street Cafe, we took a loop of Kettle Cove (near Coolidge Point), enjoying the great sunshine, pretty views, and a variety of birds in the salt marsh. Another great, summer ride!

Stopping at White Beach
The salt marsh at Kettle Cove
The salt marsh at Kettle Cove
Cormorants in Manchester

Group shot in Manchester

Friday, August 26, 2016

Saturday, August 27th: Coastal Route to Manchester

We're having a traditional Salem start on Saturday -- 7 a.m. from the bus stop, heading up the coast to Manchester. Most of the Beverly road construction is away from the coast, so we should be clear. If you'd prefer to skip Salem, feel free to meet us en route.

We should arrive at the Beverly Farms, St. Margaret's Church area before 7:30, and then on to breakfast.

Breakfast is at The Beach Street Cafe, 8 a.m., (give or take), for anyone who wishes to join us!

Coastal route to Manchester includes Singing Beach
Estimated Mileage to Manchester (from Map My Ride):
Stopping at Beach Street Cafe for Breakfast
From Salem: 18.25 miles roundtrip
Optional: Beach Street Cafe to Singing Beach (and back): 1.25 miles
Route will vary by +1/2 mile if taking the back roads home from Prides Crossing. I kept us on 127 mapping the return trip above.

Additional Mileage Notes:
Salem to Beverly Farms 6.25 miles
Beverly Farms/St. Margaret's Church to Beach Street Cafe: 3 miles (6 miles RT)
Optional: Magnolia Loop from the Beach Street Cafe: 8 miles

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Short and Sweet to Bradley Palmer State Park

Riding through Bradley Palmer State Park
We had a terrific day for a ride on Saturday, although only two riders this week -- Gail and Tam -- and Ed meeting us for breakfast. We chose a short ride and rode over to Henderson's Cafe in Hamilton, (4 miles by Tam's choice of Cherry and Arbor Streets to 1A, but 3 miles by Ed's drive down Cedar Street), where we had a nice, leisurely chat and cheerful breakfast, despite a few mix-ups with our order.

After breakfast, and saying goodbye to Ed, we chose to loop through Bradley Palmer State Park -- entering the park from the more northern Asbury Street main entrance. The park was quiet, despite the beautiful day, (although the kiddie splash pool was not yet open). After exiting the park, and heading home through Wenham, we noticed the summer drought's affect on the Wenham Reservoir. Sad. Despite enjoying this nice, sunny weather, we really need some rain!

Arriving back at the Beverly Airport, we finished up our ride at 14 miles -- not too long and not too short. A great morning!

Riding into the sun. Such a beautiful Summer day!
A great day for a ride!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bob Hirschkron, In Memory

With sadness we learn of the passing of Cyclopath Bob Hirshkron on August 12, 2016. An obituary and tribute to Bob has been published in the Boston Globe and Marblehead Reporter with details of his fascinating life. (You may read it here: Robert Hirschkron, 1928-2016).

A service will be held at Temple Emanuel, 393 Atlantic Avenure, Marblehead on Sunday, August 28th at 3 pm.

We extend our condolences to Sylvia as well as Bob's family.

Henderson's and Bradley Palmer on Saturday

With several people away this weekend or unable to ride, we'll have one start from Beverly Airport at 7:30. (Continued road construction and poor surface conditions in Salem and Beverly this summer have made our remote departure locations preferable to Salem.)

Current plans are to take a newly repaved Cherry Street to 1A and Henderson's for breakfast (4 miles from the Airport, 8 RT for anyone looking for a nice, short out and back). We should arrive at Henderson's before 8 a.m. if anyone wishes to join us!

After breakfast, a six mile loop through Bradley Palmer is an option, bringing the morning ride to under 15 miles. Short and sweet. If you haven't been riding much this year, this is a good ride!

Gail and Tam will be at the Beverly start at 7:30 -- We hope a few of you can join us!

Henderson's 8 mile roundtrip with a Bradley Palmer option

Friday, August 12, 2016


Do to extreme heat and humidity in the forecast, Saturday's ride is "all about the breakfast". No ride -- MEET FOR BREAKFAST AT THE UGLY MUG, SALEM, 7:30 a.m.  Hopefully we'll get a break in the weather next week! Stay cool everyone! --Tam

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A few pics from Boxford not Georgetown

Paul, Gail and Joan at the Boxford Community Store
High humidity and the threat of showers curtailed our plans to head to Georgetown last weekend -- postponing our venture to Theo's to another day. Instead, we chose a shorter ride to Boxford, and breakfast at the Boxford Community Store. Gail, Paul, Joan and Tam met at the Beverly Airport for an easy spin down the Wenham Trail/Topsfield Linear Common, surrounded on both sides by late-summer wildflowers. The skies were gray, and an occasional sprinkle here and there was a reminder that showers were threatening, but it never really turned into anything.

Peaceful riding on the trail
The purple loosestrife and cattails surround us
We heard from Donna after breakfast, as we were getting ready to return to Beverly, and texted her a selfie in response. (Congrats again, PMC riders!) Taking the trail home, we continued on the Danvers portion of the trail to avoid the 97 hill, finishing our ride at 18.5 miles. A nice morning!

Cheers from Boxford!
Crossing the Ipswich River

Monday, August 08, 2016

Congratulations to our PMC Riders!

Donna prePMC
Congratulations to PMC riders and volunteers Donna, Brenda, Brian, Jeff, EdMichael and Ann, Arthur C.Ethan, Arthur F., and Janet! It was a hot one, but you all persevered marvelously! Looking forward to hearing how the weekend went.

We also extend our thoughts and love to Donna following the passing of her father, Henry, on Friday morning. Her commitment to continue riding the PMC on Saturday, despite a heavy heart, was commendable. Brave of you, Donna. 

Orange smiles on the road

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

What a great party!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Pre-PMC gathering! It was so nice to see so many Cyclopaths and catch up with many of you!! Including Bill, Drew, Little Dave, and Michael and Ann Kelleher, who we haven't see in a while; Av and Laurie, just getting home from Vermont; Ducky, joining us after a family cookout earlier in the day, (busy!); Sheldon and Fran, ohmigosh that CAKE!! So awesome; Barbara, Gail, Paul and JoanMatt, Brenda, Donna, Ed, fantastic cheesecake!, Mike and Chip... What a great group! 

We wish our Pan Mass Challenge participants -- Donna (Happy 25th!), Brenda (in a cast!), Jeff (still needing a ride from Wellesley!) and Ed (in the Command Center), as well as Michael and Ann (at the finish lines) -- a safe, cool, dry, fabulous PMC. Thank you for continuing the cause.

It was great fun to see everyone! The food was amazing and the shared smiles and love the best. You all know how to bring a party!

Congrats Donna! Twenty Five Years!

Happy 25th PMC!

(Photos and video by Drew!)

Next Up: Georgetown! (August 6th)

Our summer of broader destinations continues on Saturday, August 6th, as we head up to Theo's in Georgetown for breakfast.

As it is the PMC weekend and only a handful of us are riding, we will not have a Salem start this week, but instead have a slightly later start from the Beverly Airport at 7:30 a.m. (Anyone wishing to ride from Salem may still do so on their own -- it is 6 miles from our Salem start location to the Beverly Airport.)

Part of the ride will be on the Wenham Rail Trail/Topsfield Linear Common that we like, away from the busy road. From Beverly Airport, taking the trail and returning to Route 97 in Topsfield towards Georgetown, it is 12 miles to the restaurant. (An alternate route, looping through Boxford passing the Boxford Community Store and up Georgetown Road adds a mile and a half to the route.) 

Estimated Mileage from Map My Ride
Beverly Airport to Theo's in Georgetown via 97: 12 miles (24 RT)
Beverly Airport to Georgetown through Boxford, (taking 97 on return): 13.5 miles to Theo's, 12 on return, (25.5 RT)

Mileage Notes:
Parking at the Wenham Trail trail head on Rt 97 and taking trail to Topsfield: 4 miles
From Main Street in Topsfield to Theo's up Rt 97: 6 miles
Skipping the 97 Hill by taking the Danvers Trail to Maple Street adds 2.4 miles

Monday, August 01, 2016

Mad Martha's, Plum Island

Early morning over the Parker River
We had a beautiful day on Saturday for a ride up Route 1A to Plum Island! Donna started out from the Beverly Airport earlier in the morning, meeting Ed, Tam, Joan and Paul in Ipswich at 8 a.m. -- it was a perfect day! Temps were on the warm side but a steady breeze kept us cool, especially in the morning. The busy road heading out of Ipswich became a quiet peaceful ride through the sleepy downtown of Rowley, passing several farms and marshes through Newbury. As we approached the last half mile before the turn towards Plum Island, a PMC rider passed us while recognizing Joan's Cyclopath jersey, and waved -- it was Brian Carver!! Such a surprise. (Donna and Ed stopped to chat with him.)

Mad Martha's was crowded when we arrived -- it's a popular place! We put our name in for a table, and was told it could be a 25 minute wait, but fortunately coffee was available while we waited, and the wait only turned out to be ten minutes. Not too bad! We all had a great breakfast -- the food was delicious, the service was terrific, and the atmosphere bright and fun. Let's go back!

Breakfast at Mad Martha's
Group pic!
Heading home, we had a bit of a tail wind so the miles flew. It was a hot day, but comfortable for riding and everyone had a great time. Mileage from Ipswich was just under 25 miles (for Donna, 45 as she heads into PMC weekend.) Plum Island from Ipswich was a success! We'll have to do it again.

On the Plum Island Turnpike

A few more pics from the Plum Island Ride

Meeting in Ipswich
Paul and Joan at Mad Martha's
The Point Sammie on a bolo levado with fruit
Late morning on the Parker River
Farms and Sunflowers along the way

Donna's pics from the road

Donna and Ed ran into Brian Carver!
Blue Peacock
A dragon

Monday, July 25, 2016

Heading to Mad Martha's!

Once upon a time, Mad Martha's was a favorite July destination just before the PMC. A few of us recently recalled their Portuguese French Toast and reminisced over fun times. Donna has suggested a remote start at Ipswich High School, (which is where many of the North Shore Cyclists routes embark from), and I think it's a great idea!

Estimated mileage from the school is 12.4 miles straight up Route 1A to Rolfe Road and the Plum Island Turnpike.

Start time will be 8:00 a.m. from Ipswich High School, (adding extra time for the drive). If you want to start from Salem, add an additional 15 miles and figure out your start time based on your MPH average. We won't have an official Salem start.

Mad Martha's is under new ownership since the last time we've been there but has a similar menu -- including the Portuguese French Toast and Egg Sammies (sandwiches) on Bolo Levados (a Portuguese english muffin). The cafe has frequently been cited as having the Best Breakfast on the North Shore by North Shore Magazine, so let's go! (Chip has already checked out the menu and does not want to miss it.)

See you Saturday!