Friday, July 08, 2016

No Rain on Saturday, Let's Ride!

Hooray!! It's looking like the rain predicted for the weekend will hold off for another day, making Saturday's forecast overcast but dry! (Much like today.) Perfect! If we're still planning to head to Boxford, I've estimated the mileage below, so folks can plan accordingly. Additional miles may be added after breakfast for anyone wishing for a longer ride. We'll have a dual start option, with our traditional start in Salem at 7:00 and a later start at Beverly Airport at 7:40-7:45 (give or take.)

Mileage to Boxford (via Map My Ride)
Salem to Boxford Community Store:
via Topsfield Trail and Lost Route (Washington to Lockwood): 14.75 miles (28.25 RT taking direct route on return.)
via Topsfield Trail, Direct Route (Topsfield Road) to breakfast: 13.5 miles (27 miles RT)

Beverly Airport to Boxford Community Store:
via Topsfield Trail and Lost Route (Washington to Lockwood): 9 miles (16.75 RT taking direct route on return.)
via Topsfield Trail, Direct Route (Topsfield Road) to breakfast: 7.75 miles (15.5 miles RT)

(Distance between Salem start to Beverly Airport: 5.75 miles)

The Wenham Trail and Topsfield Linear Common trail is 2.5 miles. Flat.

I tried not to make this confusing. Mileage depends on which route taken from the Topsfield Common... assuming everyone takes the trail. Some folks like to go straight to breakfast from Topsfield, while others like the Lost Route. There is only a 1.25 mile difference between the two. Since we rarely take the Lost Route in reverse, I calculated the return mileage taking the direct route home.


Post-Breakfast Bradley Palmer Option:
Adding Bradley Palmer to the return trip adds 4-6 miles to the ride depending on the route. Taking Bare Hill Road (near The Boxford Community Store) adds 4 miles to the trip total (mileage above). Taking the trail to 97 and then following Perkins Row to Bradley Palmer skirting the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary adds 6 miles to trip total. (A pretty ride.)

Total Mileage for the ride/day adding Bradley Palmer on the return trip:
From Salem:
Topsfield Trail & Lost Route: 32 miles (taking Bare Hill) or 34 miles (Perkins Row).
Trail & Direct Route: 31 miles (taking Bare Hill or 33 miles (Perkins Row)

Beverly Airport RT
via Topsfield Trail & Lost Route: 22 miles (Bare HIll) or 24 miles (Perkins Row)
Trail & Direct Route: 21 miles (Bare Hill) or 23 miles (Perkins Row)

I hope this helps you decide what route options you'd prefer, based on mileage.

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