Thursday, October 20, 2016

#TBT "C'mon, Everyone! Let's get together for a group photo!"

Hahaha... trying to a group photo has often been a challenge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Enjoying the Fall

Joan, Paul and Gail on the back roads of Beverly
We had a chilly start on Saturday! Paul, Joan, Gail and Tam met at Independence Park in Beverly for a 14 mile ride to Beach Street Cafe and back. We had a surprise visitor joining us for breakfast -- Sheldon! We love surprises! After breakfast, the temperatures on the return trip were warmer, making it a gorgeous day for a ride. The foliage has not quite reached it's peak, yet -- we may still have a few more weeks of Fall riding to go. 

(Next week, Ipswich, Gloucester, Rockport/Cape Ann, (I found 2 breakfast spots in Rockport and have estimated the mileage!), or a return to Plum Island?)

Breakfast at the Beach Street Cafe
A young child wanted to take a photo, too.... Hahahaha!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

37th Forum on Tolerance: Political Tolerance, In a Time of Intolerance, October 27th & 28th

Sheldon passes along info for the next Forum on Tolerance, October 27th & 28th, 2016, Political Intolerance in a time of Intolerance. With the divisive nature of the upcoming presidential election, and the civil unrest happening in this country, how do we get along and work with those who hold political beliefs different than our own? How can we celebrate our commonalities and see ourselves as one nation?

For more information on the two day/two campus event, visit

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bundle up for Manchester!

The view from Independence Park, Beverly
We are heading to Manchester on Saturday, meeting in Beverly at Independence Park at 7:30 a.m. ("Where?", you ask? Independence Park is that pretty little park that overlooks the water on Lothrop Street/Rt 127, shortly after crossing the Beverly/Salem Bridge. (See map below). There is usually plenty of on-street parking available -- unlike Salem at this time of year which has restricted parking due to Haunted Happenings. (If you'd rather start in Salem, however, feel free to do so, departing Salem by 7:15 a.m.) If starting in Salem, let Gail or Tam know you are coming and we'll delay our departure from Independence Park a few minutes to wait for you.)

Meet at Independence Park at 7:30
The distance from Independence Park to Beach Street Cafe is 7 miles, so the ride is estimated at 14-15 miles depending on whether we add a spin up to Singing Beach after breakfast or not.

Breakfast is at the Beach Street Cafe (an estimated 8:15-8:20 arrival) for anyone wishing to join us for breakfast!

Bundle up -- it will be a chilly start!


Sending GET WELL wishes to Av this week, in the hospital with pneumonia. Love and hugs to you, Av!!! We're thinking of you!!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

We love the Fall!

We had a chilly start to our ride to Boxford on Saturday -- Fall is definitely upon us! Enjoying the noticeable changes in the season, with the foliage just starting to turn, Gail, Joan, Paul & Tam took the trail towards Topsfield as a dozen chipmunks scurried back and forth across the path ahead. Chipmunks everywhere!!

After exiting the trail and riding on towards Boxford, we chose the Lost Route (Washington to Lockwood Lane) to take the quiet country roads hugging the Boxford State Forest. (C-c-c-cold ride through the shady back roads so early in the morning! Brrrr.....)

Fall colors at The Danvers Swampwalk
After breakfast at the Boxford Community Store, we returned to the path to head home, skirting the Topsfield Fairgrounds coming alive with activity, and the aroma of fried food lingering in the air. Temps warmed up a bit as we rode -- a lovely morning for a 20 mile ride.

A great day for a ride!

Friday, October 07, 2016

October 8th to Boxford. FALL IS HERE!

While I was melting down in Florida, (90 degree temps with 90% humidity), FALL arrived in New England. Ohmigosh, it's a little chilly!!! (Haha.. I'm not complaining. I have a new appreciation for seasonal weather!!)

Hopefully we'll get in a few more rides before the snow arrives. This Saturday, October 8th, we're headed to Boxford, departing from the Beverly Airport at 7:30. It should be a lovely autumn ride down the bike trail at this time of year. Hope you can join us!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

#TBT October 2006. Our jerseys arrive!!

Av was the first Cyclopath to wear our new jersey!
OMG, you can not imagine what a production it was to create our jerseys... hahahahahaha... I kept thinking, "WHAT have I gotten myself into?!" In the end, they came out terrific, although I'm not fond of the fabric. The first person to wear his jersey right out of the gate was Av Hammer!! Awesome. You all wear it well.

We still have a box of surplus (aka FREE) jerseys available -- Men's Large (quantity: 1), XL (5), and  2XL (2) if anyone would like to refresh theirs or grab a different size! (Sorry... no women's sizes are available.)

If you're not familiar with social media hashtags, #TBT might be new to you. TBT is the acronym for Throwback Thursday -- a posting of older photographs or a memory from the past. From now until the end of the year, I will try to post a TBT every Thursday, looking back at some great Cyclopath memories. (Send along any throwback photos or memories you'd like to share ( and I'll post them!

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!