Plum Island Bike Ride

We did this ride last year and it was a large great group, 26 ppl attended. It was perfect weather with perfect company, let's do it again!

This is a short trip but worth the beauty. It's about 6 miles one way, the first 3 are on paved road and the rest on gravel/crushed stone and some small rocks, so HYBRID and/or MOUNTAIN BIKES are a must but if you are doing the first half then a road bike is acceptable. I made this an hour earlier than last year so some ppl can enjoy the beach for a while. 

INFO: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/

INFO: http://www.parkerriver.org/

MAP: http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/North_Zone/Parker_River_Complex/Parker_River/ParkerRiverMap.pdf

$2 entrance fee for bikes.

DIRECTIONS:

From Route 95 take exit 57 and travel east on Route 113, then continue straight onto Route 1A South to the intersection with Rolfe’s Lane for a total of 3.5 miles (5.6kilometers). Turn left onto Rolfe’s Lane and travel 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) to its end. Turn right onto the Plum Island Turnpike and the parking lot is not too far from there. We will bike from the parking lot. Some ppl parked across the street last year, that is not the one but if you do then just meet us at the visitor center. 

**As always bring your helmet and plenty of water and sunscreen. This ride is along with traffic outside and inside the refuge so if you are skiddish around cars and biking on street this may not be appropriate for you.** We will eat at the Beachcoma like last year.




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  • Brenna B.

    what was the route that you all took? I would love to do this ride sometime!

    September 9, 2013

  • Kim

    Thanks guys, it was a wonderful time, and you guys make it that much greater, pics will be up soon.

    September 8, 2013

    • faith g.

      Kim, FYI...there is a.great place to eat just outside plum island, called Bob the Lobster, where they have.outdoor dining and, naturally, lots.of.seafood, like lobster,.clams,.oysters,­ etc. Also lots of non seafood like burgers, chicken etc.

      September 8, 2013

    • Kim

      Cool Faith, I'll check out the menu because I try to keep everything financially fiscal for everyone.

      September 8, 2013

  • Dorothy R.

    Beautiful day, fun ride, and a great group to hang out with. I'm looking forward to the next ride with you guys.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Eva

    Thanks Kim! Great day! Good to meet all of you!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Vito

    Many Kudos to Kim for hosting!!!!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Vito

    Loved it!!!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • John

    Awesome ride :)

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Stanzeen

    Thanks for getting this together, Kim. Nice time. We puttered too long at the Beachcoma so we missed the 5:48 train. But we killed a pleasant 3 extra hours in NBPT and made sure not to miss the 9:00.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • faith g.

    Had a great time, as always. Weather perfect, and scenery. Would have chosen another place for lunch/dinner, because our place only had ONE seafood dish...and NO CLAMS!! In Cape Ann, for God's sake! Home of Ipswich fried clams!! AUGH!! But ppl were great, and Kim did her usual awesomme job!!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Wonderful ride. Great group. Thanks, Kim for hosting!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Katie

    Kim, Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us !

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful weather, a great bike ride, and nice people! Thanks for organizing this Kim!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Sandy A.

    It was a gorgeous day and an enjoyable ride....thanks Kim!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Norm

    great leadership,nice day overall.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Kim

    I'm here 12:37

    September 7, 2013

  • faith g.

    Kim..on the commuter rail to meet u guys! I checked the posting, and I.am.signed up.for the 1 o'clock group! See u there!

    September 7, 2013

  • Charnan B.

    Looks like i cant make it after all. Family obligations.have fun.

    September 7, 2013

  • Kim J.

    Do you have the Leaders phone number?

    September 7, 2013

  • Kim J.

    Jayne where are you leaving from? I am leaving from downtown Boston near MGH/Beacon Hill

    September 7, 2013

  • Jayne

    Oh Hi Kim. I will have to get ready to leave now. I will email you my number separately. It will take me 15 min and as long as I don't hit traffic will be there on time

    September 7, 2013

  • Kim J.

    Hello Jayne, I could walk it with you. I may also be a bit late anyway. What is your contact number?

    September 7, 2013

  • Jayne

    ok I guess there is no one who is walking their bike, I guess I may need to pass on this, don't want to go it alone the last 2 miles

    September 7, 2013

  • Wanda

    Will need to pass on this one, have fun, look forward to next one

    September 7, 2013

  • Mike B.

    My lady friend didn't RSVP but we'll show up and see if we can join your group. Thank you.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at an event and dont think I can make it by 1pm :(

    September 7, 2013

  • Charles

    I regret I cannot make it. I am refereeing 4 teen soccer games tomorrow. Season just started again.

    September 7, 2013

  • Kim J.

    How much does it cost to use the Commuter Rail from North station to Newburyport with bike roundtrip? Or does anyone live in downtown Boston who could give me a ride and has a bike rack?

    September 6, 2013

    • Charles

      September 7, 2013

    • Charles

      Zone 8 would be $10 each way. Also there are Interzone fares, which are much cheaper. If you got on at Lynn, say, that is Zone 2. You count all the zones you go through including Zone of departure and Zone of arrival. So that would be 8 Zones Interzone = $5 each way. Good saving...... The equation therefore is (8-2)+1 = 7 Interzone. If you got on at Beverly = Zone 4 which is (8-4) +1 = 5 Interzone. That would be $4 each way, etc. Here are fares and Zone details: http://www.mbta.com/f...­

      September 7, 2013

  • Kim J.

    I have a car but NO bike rack. Is it OK to drive on the freeway from Boston to Plum Island with a bike hanging partially out of the trunk? Even with the front wheel off---my bike does not fit in my small trunk.

    September 6, 2013

    • Charles

      Use string or bungee to tie down trunk lid. No problem. Better if license plate is visible, but even that is not too crucial. I tied down from lock mechanism to bumper, or towing bracket.

      September 7, 2013

  • faith g.

    Can't wait for.this.one.either, if.it's as much fun as the.Martha's vineyard one! Love.to.see u all!

    September 6, 2013

  • faith g.

    Can't wait for.this.one.either, if.it's as much fun as the.Martha's vineyard one! Love.to.see u all!

    September 6, 2013

  • faith g.

    Can't wait for.this.one.either, if.it's as much fun as the.Martha's vineyard one! Love.to.see u all!

    September 6, 2013

  • Kim

    Faith and Darshana you guys are in another bike group at 10:30am, you need to chose which one you want and change you'd rsvp's on a group.

    September 6, 2013

    • faith g.

      Oh, thanks.Kim!! I had no.idea but will.change.mucho rsvp.to.the one.o.clock. I can't make.other.one!

      September 6, 2013

    • Kim

      Trish you are in the same boat, on their waitlist...

      September 6, 2013

  • Jayne

    HI Wanda, I could not get to the computer before now to respond. Yes, I am happy to walk our bikes with you for the last 2 miles

    September 6, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry. Going on an earlier ride. See you all next time.

    September 6, 2013

  • Kim

    36...very cool!

    September 6, 2013

  • Wanda

    For gravel and rock section, can a road bike and I just walk it through? How many miles would the rocky road area be to walk it?

    September 5, 2013

    • Kim

      Hi Wanda, that question I do not have an answer to. I forget how much of a rocky section there is. Sorry.

      September 5, 2013

    • Stanzeen

      Road conditions are somewhat a function of recent weather. I've only ridden my hybrid out there, and the biggest nuisance is vehicular traffic kicking up dust storms when they pass you. Some people drive too fast and don't think about the impact on bicyclists of the dust clouds. All that said, I would not ride a road bike along the last 2.5 miles.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love to bike and excited about this event.

    September 6, 2013

  • Wanda

    I'm still contemplating as I have road bike only. If I go, I have bike rack so I can give u a ride if you can drive to my house in Quincy. I will make decision by morning. Email me.

    September 6, 2013

  • John

    Referring to the map in the third link posted above, the gravel section extends from Parking Lot 4 to Sandy Point, about 2.5 miles. As I recall when I did the ride a few years ago, I was glad I had a hybrid - the rocks aren't too coarse, but I don't think I would have been comfortable with road tires. More info: http://www321.pair.com/oaries/localattitude/plumbiking.htm

    September 6, 2013

  • Wanda

    Jayne, I was planning to walk it w my road bike, so we can walk together to beach.

    September 6, 2013

  • Jayne

    Im just going to throw this out there, if anyone has a hybrid I could borrow can you let me know? Otherwise I will take my ten speed and walk it on the gravel. Thank you Jayne ;)

    September 6, 2013

  • Vito

    Great Picturesque Ride...Could Go For A Quick Swim At The Beach...Looks Like The Weather Will Be Good For It....

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Kim

    It looks like it may be a great day on Saturday.

    September 2, 2013

  • Jayne

    I have a road bike. Will that be ok?

    September 1, 2013

    • Carolyn

      I went last year and the ride was great. So beautiful. The gravel isn't that bad. I'm not sure how many miles of it. Once you're done on the gravel you're at the beach!

      September 2, 2013

    • Kim

      Sorry guys I haven't replied sooner, was away this long weekend and did minimal with electronics/cell phone. Like I said, the first half is paved, then it gets hard packed I believe then some small rocks like the white rocks people use to decorate/line bushes or trees or plants. The ride may be a bit longer than 6 miles one way because we start at the visitor center and that could be a mile or two before the entrance to the sanctuary. We are on road the whole time, cars have access to the same road and they have to go on the rocks as well. We are exposed to all sun (no shade/no forest so bring sunscreen if you think you may burn).

      September 2, 2013

  • Beth

    I have a road bike; I am going to be gearing it up with accessories. So I hope to make it by this weekend. If not; I will let you know.

    September 2, 2013

  • Jayne

    ok will go hiking instead. Thanks :)

    September 1, 2013

    • Charles

      It is not like serious off=roading. Pretty easy.

      September 2, 2013

    • Jayne

      yeah I should have read the description! It said hybrid. I hate to do just the part on the road.

      September 2, 2013

  • sandy M.

    I can't wait!

    September 2, 2013

  • Charles

    Also it is only 2 miles (10 minutes) from Newburyport commuter rail. Leave North Station at 11.30am. Arrive at 12.31pm. Bikes are permitted on trains and subway at all times at weekends. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=6+Plum+Island+Turnpike,+Newburyport,+Mahttp://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=NBRYROCK&direction=O&timing=S&RedisplayTime=Redisplay+Time
    Not sure if I will be coming yet.

    September 1, 2013

  • faith g.

    Can't wait for.this.one.either, if.it's as much fun as the.Martha's vineyard one! Love.to.see u all!

    August 29, 2013

  • faith g.

    Can't wait for.this.one.either, if.it's as much fun as the.Martha's vineyard one! Love.to.see u all!

    August 29, 2013

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