What we're about

This group is for people who would like to bike on the various rail trails in northern MA and southern NH, both paved and unpaved. When mountain biking on unpaved trails, we will definitely NOT be rock hopping or stump jumping; none of that crazy stuff. We'll stick to mostly flat rail trails and parks, maintaining a moderate pace and with several water breaks along the way. We'll be offering both weekend and mid-week rides, possibly some evening rides, too.

Most of the trails we'll do are in the range of 15 - 25 miles round trip, which translates into a riding time of approximately 2 - 3 hours, depending on the length of the ride and the breaks we take along the way. Our rides are intended as social activities, rather than physical challenges or a biking competition. Participants are encouraged to bike at their own pace, whatever that may be. We'll stop and regroup from time to time, to make sure that we don't lose anybody on the trail.

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Bike the Rockingham Rail Trail

Walgreens

Friday looks like a decent biking day. It will be seasonably cool, but we can always bundle up in layers. We'll have a good opportunity to enjoy some foliage, as we're close to peak for this year. This will be a moderately paced bike ride on the eastern (Portsmouth) branch of the Rockingham Rail Trail. The entire trail runs for over 26 miles; however, we'll just be doing approximately 1/3 of the trail on this ride. The easternmost section of the Rockingham Rail Trail starts near Walgreens in Epping and ends at the old Rockingham Junction B&M Train Station in Newmarket, NH. It's an easy, 14-mile round trip over a tree-lined route of crushed stone and packed dirt. This trail is suitable for both hybrid and mountain bikes (I've done it with both types). No rock hopping or stump jumping on this entry-level mountain bike ride! This trail is also completely flat. Rockingham Rail Trail overview from TrailLink.com (https://www.traillink.com/trail/rockingham-recreational-rail-trail-(portsmouth-branch)/) The ride nitty-gritty: Trail surface: unpaved, crushed stone, dirt Bike type: mountain or hybrid Distance: approximately 14 miles Safety: A helmet is mandatory when biking with this group. Bring a snack to eat when we stop at the halfway point in Newmarket. The guest option is ON for this ride. IMPORTANT: Due to Covid-19, masks are recommended whenever we can't properly social distance. Be sure to bring a mask and use it as appropriate for you. AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other similar activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. Though this group will make every attempt to follow CDC guidelines on Covid-19, which includes social distancing and the use of masks, exposure to the virus is possible while participating in this event. As an event attendee, you agree not to hold liable the group owner or the event organizers should you become infected with the Covid-19 virus. Consuming alcohol before or during any or our rides is not allowed.

Bike the Goffstown & Piscataquog Rail Trails

West Side Ice Arena

Saturday's high temperature is going to be near 70 degrees, so let's get out on the trail and enjoy the day. The foliage is close to peak right now! The Goffstown Rail Trail is a little over 5 miles in length over a dirt and packed gravel surface. We'll be combining this ride with the Piscataquog Rail Trail, which is paved and just over 2 miles in length. Our total round trip distance for this event will thus be approximately 14-15 miles. From the parking lot at the West Side Ice Arena, we'll start our ride by heading south east on the Piscataquog Rail Trail. There will be some spectacular views from the "Hands Across the Merrimack" foot bridge as we make our way to Merrimack River Park and Delta Dental Stadium, the end point of the Piscataquog Rail Trail. After a quick water break, we'll double back the way we came and then proceed onto the Goffstown Rail Trail, pedaling over another pedestrian footbridge, and then along side the Piscataquog River and Glen Lake. After we reach the end of the trail, we'll bike a short distance on the road into downtown Goffstown, where we'll take a break for lunch/snack at a lovely little area by the river before returning home. The ride nitty gritty: Trail surface: mixed; some paved, some packed dirt and crushed gravel Bike type: mountain or hybrid bike Distance: 14-15 miles round trip Meet-up spot: West Side Ice Arena parking lot Safety Note: Bike helmets are mandatory on our rides. Lunch: Bring a lunch or snack to eat in Goffstown at the park. West Side Ice Arena 1 Electric Street Manchester, NH 03102 Driving directions: To reach parking at West Side Ice Arena from I-293 S, take Exit 6 for Amoskeag St. toward Goffstown Road. Turn left onto Eddy Road, and go 0.4 mile. Turn right onto Bremer St. and go 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Electric St. and cross over the trail, going 0.2 mile to the arena straight ahead. From I-293 N, take Exit 6, and turn left onto Amoskeag St. Immediately after crossing under I-293, turn left onto Eddy Road, and follow the directions above. AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and such other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. Though this group will make every attempt to follow CDC guidelines on Covid-19, which includes social distancing and the use of masks, exposure to the virus is possible while participating in this event. As an event attendee, you agree not to hold liable the group owner or the event organizers should you become infected with the Covid-19 virus. Consuming alcohol before or during any of our rides is not allowed.

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Bike the Nashua River Rail Trail

Nashua River Rail Trail

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