Join us for a moderately paced intermediate-level bike ride on the Nashua River Rail Trail, a peaceful, tree-lined trail that extends through the Massachusetts towns of Dunstable, Pepperell, Groton and Ayer. This will be a round trip of approximately 24 miles on mostly flat terrain.
Pack some fruit or a small snack to eat at the ride's half-way point in Ayer. Be sure to bring some cash, too, as we'll stop on our way back for a brunch/lunch at Charlotte's Cozy Kitchen in Pepperell (about 4.5 miles from the end of our ride). Don't forget your bike lock! For those who prefer to brown bag it, there's a nice, shady park bench across the road from the restaurant.
The event nitty gritty:
Parking: Park in the lot by the intersection of Countryside Drive and Gilson Road in Nashua. Approximate street address is 94 Gilson Road, Nashua, NH.
Trail surface: paved
Rest Rooms: One port-a-potty at the Nashua parking lot; multiple units at the trail end in Ayer. Update: They're working at the end of the trail in Ayer, so the port-a-potties have been removed. We'll have to scout out the options in Groton when we stop there for a water break.
Bike type: Any bike is suitable, as the trail is entirely paved.
Safety: A bike helmet is mandatory when riding with us!
Note: Guests are OK on this ride, but please encourage your friend(s) to join the group and agree to the liability waiver.
Charlotte's Cozy Kitchen
142 Main Street
Update from the Town of Ayer: The Nashua River Rail Trail Parking Lot in Downtown Ayer is currently a large surface lot. However, the construction of a fine new 170 car Commuter Passenger Rail Parking Deck will begin construction in mid-late 2018. The new Parking Deck will be open for no charge to all Rail Trail users on the weekends (day & evening) and (weekday) evenings. The new Parking Deck will provide additional parking spaces, improved lighting at the Head of the Rail Trail, better Wayfinding Signage, and additional overall improvements to make the Rail Trail experience better for all.
AS 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 such 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.
Consuming alcohol before or during any of our events is not allowed.