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July 4th, 10-Mile Fast-Paced Walk on the Mass Central Rail Trail

  • Jul 4, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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On July 4, join me for a fast-paced, 10.4-mile walk on 2 sections of the Central Mass Rail Trail (aka Wachusett Greenways). This walk is perfect for those of us who are 3-season hikers and do not like to bushwhack overgrown underbrush in the heat of summer!

We will begin at the Thomas Street parking lot in West Boylston. The first 3 miles of walk is on a popular, canopied, wide and level path that follows the pretty Quinapoxet River to the River St., Holden, parking area. From there, we will walk 2.2 miles on more hilly and diverse terrain, ending at Mill St. in Holden. We will then turn around and walk back the 5.2 miles to the Thomas St parking.

TOTAL DISTANCE: 10.2 to 10.4 miles
PACE: relatively fast-paced with intermittent 1-minute slower pace...16-20 minute mile (see below)
TOTAL TIME: About 3 hours (see below)
ADJUSTING THE ABOVE: That said, I am okay with adjusting the pace and total time downward depending on the group, but would prefer to finish our walk in no more than 4 hours. Also, there is an old mill site along the path, the Springdale Mill site, which we may want to check out.

WHERE: Thomas St, West Boylston parking lot of the Mass Rail Trail (let me know if you have questions on this)
WHAT TO WEAR: comfortable walking or hiking shoes
WHAT TO BRING: bug repellent, sunblock, hat/visor (of the 10.4 miles, only about .70 mile is under direct sun, the rest is shady), plenty of water, a snack (if you need it)
TIP: an old bandanna makes for a great sweat wiper

Let me know if you have any comments or questions on this. Look forward to doing this walk with some of you! You'll be able to do this and still be in good time for your July 4th celebrations!

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WACHUSETT GREENWAYS web-site (scroll down to the very bottom to see a description of the 2 sections we will be walking on...sections 3 and 4):

http://www.wachusettgreenways.org/WG%20Trail%20Map.htm

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a nice walk. I'm glad that I had someone to walk at a slower pace with!
    Aloyah - thank you for planning this!

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • aloyah

      Thanks Nancy. Yeah, nice of Jerry so we could split the group into 2. I also like to walk slowly along this path. Very meditative. Let me know if you want to walk slowly there sometime. Would love the company.

      July 5, 2013

  • Risse

    Aliyah, thanks for setting this up. I quite enjoyed myself :-)

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • aloyah

      I am glad you enjoyed yourself, Risse. You were a trooper! We enjoyed your show-n-tell on tattoos and piercings!

      July 5, 2013

  • aloyah

    Thanks for coming everyone. We all got a great workout, got some nice river views and held up to the heat and bugs very well! Nice meeting everyone.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Jane M.

    I've never been to this part of the rail trail before....how would I get to the parking lot from rt. 140 (I'll be taking 190 to 140)?

    July 4, 2013

    • aloyah

      Here you go...Jane... I have updated the address and map. It gives you the exact location. As the address indicates, the parking is only a few yards from the 3-road junction...N Main (140N), Thomas, Beaman (140S). The white sign for the parking area says: "Wachusett Reservoir parking." You'll see a row of homes on a street on the right of the lot, and a row of oak trees on the left of the lot as you are going in. You will see the water (Wachusett Reservoir) right across the street from the lot. Also this area of West Boylston is called Oakdale, so if you see signs for it, you are in the right area. So the map shown is pretty accurate. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions. Aloyah

      July 4, 2013

    • aloyah

      Also, 140S is also called N Main St. The parking lot is yards away from that fork.

      July 4, 2013

  • Jane M.

    Never mind....I finally checked out the link above and found directions. :-/

    July 4, 2013

  • aloyah

    Hi, it is going to be hot tomorrow. I recommend dressing very light...light shoes, light top, light shorts, plenty of water, bug repellent (bring with you on walk). Don't wear cotton as the accumulated sweat will drag you down. You'll be fine if you follow these suggestions. It'll be a wonderful walk by the river!

    July 3, 2013

  • Aiping D.

    thank you ,Aloyah. But I cant make it this time. You guys have fun!

    July 1, 2013

    • aloyah

      Thanks Aiping. Hope to meetup with you next time. Enjoy your day off.

      July 1, 2013

  • aloyah

    Hi all, I have updated the address and map. It gives you the exact location. As the address indicates, the parking is only a few yards from the 3-road junction...N Main (140N), Thomas, Beaman (140S). The white sign for the parking area says: "Wachusett Reservoir parking." You'll see a row of homes on a street on the right of the lot, and a row of oak trees on the left of the lot as you are going in. You will see the water (Wachusett Reservoir) right across the street from the lot. Also this area of West Boylston is called Oakdale, so if you see signs for it, you are in the right area. So the map shown is pretty accurate. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions. Aloyah

    June 29, 2013

    • aloyah

      Correction...that's­ a row of maples, not oaks.

      July 1, 2013

  • aloyah

    Change: Rain the previous day or prior to our walk, or some drizzle during time of walk, will NOT cancel this meetup! It's cooling!

    June 28, 2013

  • Aiping D.

    A temporary Yes for me Aloyah. As it is pretty far for me about 1.5 hours driving, I will try to make it) thank you.

    June 23, 2013

    • aloyah

      Thanks Aiping. I do understand about the driving. Hope you'll be able to come. Rt 9 is a pleasant and relaxing drive!

      June 23, 2013

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