Bike Ride on the Mass Central Rail Trail

This 12.4-mile ride (both ways). It's a very scenic ride but given the time of day and just to be safe, bring bug ointment. We will also be doing this bike ride weekly. It's a great starter for the season and a decent "after work" ride. See you there! 

DIRECTIONS:

  

From 1-90 coming from Worcester: Take exit 5 off of I-190 and head south on Route 140. At the bridge where Route 140 south continues, turn right onto Thomas Street. The reservoir will be on your left and the Thomas Street parking lot will be on your right. 

From Worcester via Route 12: 
Take West Boylston Street, from I-90, exit 1, all the way to Central Street, West Boylston. Take a left at Central. Central becomes Crescent St. At a fork in the road, stay Right. That's Thomas Street. Go about a mile. along the Reservior, to just before Route 140, and turn right into Thomas Street parking lot.

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  • Jerry R.

    OK. I will break out the Mountain bike and meet you at the trail as planned. There is plenty of time to be warm and dry when your dead. :)

    May 24, 2013

    • Sue B

      I started riding again after a 30-year hiatus two years ago. You'll pick it up quickly. Just keep to shorter rides until you build your tolerance up.

      1 · May 25, 2013

    • Jerry R.

      I am working on a 12 mile loop ATM. I am currently averaging 16 MPH. I want to get to 20 miles at 22 MPH if possible. I'm not as young as I once was. LOL

      1 · May 25, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    Nice trail. Not paved.

    May 24, 2013

    • Sue B

      It's packed down gravel. It's one of the very few rail trails around not paved. The other rail trails we use are all paved.

      May 25, 2013

    • Jerry R.

      I am glad it rained. I brought two bikes and would not have wanted to put my road bike on that trail.

      May 25, 2013

  • Sue B

    Glad the trail was in reasonably good shape. There's a ride there again this coming Friday. This time, I'll make it rain or shine.

    May 24, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    Good ride. Heading to keepers.

    May 24, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    No puddles on the trail. It's in good shape.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Keith

    Signed up for the ride reschedule next week.

    May 24, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    No rain on the trail at this point. Somewhat overcast and cool.

    May 24, 2013

  • Mark

    Raining pretty heavy here in Milford..I'm out..: (

    May 24, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    It's warm and clear out there. I just prepped and loaded up two bikes and a change of clothes. See you at 6:00 if I don't get lost.

    May 24, 2013

  • Sue B

    A mountain bike shouldn't be a necessity. Most than anything, the trail will be wet and messy. Fenders might be more helpful but most non-touring bikes don't have them unless you add them. A road bike, on the other hand, should handle the packed ground but may or may not handle the water. With luck, by this afternoon, much of the water has run off, but at that time there's also a call for more rain.

    May 24, 2013

    • Jerry R.

      I'll bring both bikes just to be safe. :)

      May 24, 2013

  • Mark

    As long as it's not raining heavy I'll plan on being there. Anyone want to go to Finders or Keepers (next to each other) Pub after?

    May 24, 2013

  • Kate

    Too wet for me today. Hopefully next time...Enjoy the adventure, Jerry and Steve!

    May 24, 2013

  • Sue B

    The weather tomorrow won't be the only problem. This rail trail is packed gravel and, after the heavy rains this week, the ground is very saturated with water. Rain won't stop me but mud and water will. So, I'm canceling the ride until next week. I welcome the hardy to ride, though, and let us know how it worked out.

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Steve N.

      I drive by after work anyway, so I am going to try it. When this happened last year, it turned out to be a good ride.

      May 23, 2013

    • Sue B

      Good luck Steve. If it hadn't rained so much this week, I'd give it a try. Maybe others will join you.

      May 23, 2013

  • Steve N.

    I'll be there. I don't mind rain, and I need the exercise. Besides, rain keeps away all the nasty trail walkers

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Keith

    I am keeping an eye on the radar up to the event. If we get a break in the clouds I will be there.

    May 23, 2013

  • Mary

    It's looking like I may have to work late tomorrow. If not I might see you there.....sorry

    May 23, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    Let me get this out there. It may rain. I will be there rain or no-rain. If it turns into a hurricane, I may cancel. Otherwise I am in. The bike needs a wash anyway.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Andrew

    Weather looks to be pretty miserable tomorrow..

    May 23, 2013

  • Herfel

    Will try my best to make it!

    May 19, 2013

  • Jerry R.

    Hi. I'm the newbie in the group and have only been out twice this season. I'm getting started with a 12 mile loop and it's currently taking me almost an hour. I'll try to keep up.

    May 13, 2013

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