Wednesday, December 10, 2014
SEMass Chapter Update 11/15/14
WOW! Whatta year! We’ve had a dizzying amount of fun events, rides, meetings, events, meetings, and rides. Oh did I say everything twice? That’s right !! We’ve probably had TWICE as many of everything this year here in SEMass NEMBA-Land. Or as we affectionately refer to it—‘The Southeast Kingdom’……
Twice as many of everything equaled twice as much FUN!
Some of the FUN that we had included:
-- The now famous Super8 rides series, where we showcased 8 different parks
-- We represented at the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Summit in Hyannis
-- Chris Patrick hosted many trail- and bridge-building days at Clifford Grant in Easton, and was able to see this three-year project completed before the snow really started flying.
-- A NEW trail system was built in Wompatuck in the now-open ‘Annex’ where all the crumbly old rockets and ammuition buildings were finally removed. As of now, this adds about 3 more miles of trail to the park, with plans for even more starting in spring.
--We hosted the NEMBA BOD Ride/Meeting at Adams Farm, which despite some cold rain and snow, brought NEMBA leaders from all over New England for a great pow wow
--Our NEMBAFest SEMass Barbecue, which we promise to expand on for the upcoming year……
In the words of dedicated mountain biking ambassador Jay Tarantino, 2014 brought us “New bikes, New trails and best of all new friends”
Now that we are riding headlong into WINTER, dreaming of sugarplums and new studded tires, what better way to stay warm but with a dark, roasted, crunchy bacony snack that you can share with your riding buds (or not…)
One of Steve's Secret Trail-Shaking Snacks
You probably have never heard me talk of this, or even share with you. I've been sneaking bites at trail intersections while everyone's busy catching their breath....but now it's time to SHARE!! It's an easy-to-make great winter snack that you can keep in your pack.
Be careful, it can be addictive!!
6 slices Nice Smoked Bacon , cooked, but not crisp-- reserve all the rendered fat!!!
2 cups raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Nanami Togarashi Spice/pepper blend( available at your local Asian market )
Chop up the bacon into 1/4" pieces and put in a non-stick or cast-iron pan with the bacon fat.
Warm up the bacon on medium heat until it starts to crisp, then add the pumpkin seeds and almonds. Continue to cook until 'golden' brown, adding as much of the spice as you like. Turn off the heat and spoon out onto paper towels. When cool enough to handle (but not cold) add the dried fruit, then put back onto fresh paper towels until room temp and all the excess fat has drained off. This will keep the 'greasy finger' problem to a minimum while on the trail.
Ziplock baggie-up and take on your next adventure!! It lasts a good long time at room temp but I don't know how long. Best to refrigerate if more than a few days, but also tastiest when consumed at room temp. You can freeze it if you want to make big batches.
Variation: add small chunks of 70% bittersweet chocolate when the mixture is cold.
Repeats every week every Friday 1000 times . 4/10/15 (All day)
The Wednesday and Friday evening Trail of Tears rides are a long standing tradition.
The format is informal, just show up and be ready to go before 5:30 PM.
Starting on June 29th there will be a potluck cookout after the ride. BYOB and stuff to throw on the grill.
We split up into groups depening on the number and desires of the people who show up. The rides are always no-drop rides.
No two rides are the same, The leaders change, the length and level of difficulty vary and the trails we ride are always different.
We don't ride if it's raining.
The ride starts at 1590 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA
For more info, post a note to the Cape Cod NEMBA Facebook Page. Or, contact Mike Dube. Read more about Cape Cod NEMBA Friday ToT Ride
Marston's Mills (Barnstable)
Ride Leader Name
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Do you want to continue to keep the Trail of Tears quiet and safe for biking? We need your help! A group of concerned citizens are working to keep the shooting range (located on the north side of the West Barnstable Conservation Area) closed.
The Town of Barnstable wants to re-open the range as soon as it can (it's been closed since Dec 2012). A few trails will be closed to make a "buffer zone" from the shooting ranges.
If you are concerned about this and might be willing to write an email or make a phone call, or, if you just want to learn more about what's going on regarding efforts to keep the Conservation Area safe for ALL passive recreation, send a note to email@example.com
and we'll get right back to you! Thanks!
At the October 16th Barnstable Town Council meeting the Council voted to put off consideration of this issue until January 22nd. http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37638&Itemid=152
>>Try to attend that meeting it will be at 7:00 PM at Town Hall, South Street, Hyannis that's when the vote is expected to be taken.
8/24/14 (All day)
The Coleman's are hosting a "Ride To Paint" party on Sunday August 24. The ride starts at the Trail of Tears, 1590 Race Lane, Marston's Mills at 9am.
Painting party to follow at 52 Turtleback Road, Marstons Mills (as in interior house painting for our new, beautiful home that was rebuilt after our house fire last June).
Food and beverages supplied. Please RSVP via a comment so we can plan. U guys r da best.....Nina, Chris, Ruby and Finbar
Marston's Mills (Barnstable)
Ride Leader Name
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SEMASS NEMBA presents 2014 "The Super 8 Destination Ride Series"
Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association for a series of guided mountain bike rides in 8 different locations.
Each location we visit will feature multiple guided rides for all skill levels led by locals to the trails to give you a feel for the type of riding at that particular park .
This years locations and dates are:
Check back for updates on the rides. Links will be provided as soon as details are available.
8/10/14 8:30am to 12:30pm
On Sunday 08/10, we'll be out with Bikebarn Racing
to prep the 2014 Landmine Mountain Bike Classic
Meet at 8:30am at the Visitor Center parking lot, rolling out by 9. This is the day that we get almost all of the trails cut back.
We send out five or six rolling groups (i.e., on bike) to each cut back four or five miles of trails. We also need help from volunteers on foot for a couple of projects. % miles of trails won't take very long as the trails are already in great shape. - Then we'll go for a ride. :-)
Lunch provided afterwards.
This will be a fun ride and there will be a group for evey rider no matter what pace they prefer. Join us and help the Friends of Wompatuck and SE MASS NEMBA get ready for Wompatuck biggest fundraiser of the year.
Hope to see you there!
Wompatuck State Park, Hingham MA
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sandy Neck, Barnstable Beach Fat Tire Policy
A web page for Fat Tire Bike
information for folks that want to ride on Sandy Neck Beach has been created. As Fat Tire Bikes continue to grow in popularity, the challenge is going to be to keep riders educated during the summer (shorebird nesting) seasons. It is during this time (April through September) that areas of the beach will be closed to many types of recreational activates (including biking) as required by state and federal endangered species protection laws. Within these closed sections there can potentially be hundreds of tern and plover nests/chicks that are camouflaged almost completely with sand. I would suggest that mountain bikers check this web site prior to each visit as the closed areas will change over the season. Also, it goes without saying (but we will say it nevertheless) fat tire bikes must stay on open marked trails.
After and before nesting season, usually from sometime in September to sometime in May, (though that can vary significantly), most established trails are open to bikes. But, as always there's never any riding on the dunes.
Check the Fat Tire Bike
information page for updates.Map of the beach
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Announcing SE Mass NEMBA's weekly rides for 2014. Please follow the links for details as well as the ride leader's contact information.Sunday Rotating through Southeastern MA (9am)
- Intermediate XCMonday Foxboro/Borderland (5:45pm)
- IntermediateTuesday Foxboro (6pm)
- Urban All LevelsWednesdayRotating SE MASS or Cape Cod (9am)
- Advanced NoviceWompatuck (5:45pm)
- IntermediateThursdayFoxboro (6pm)
- Advanced IntermediateKingston (6pm)
- NoviceSaturdayMassasoit (6:45am)
- All LevelsWompatuck (9am)
- All Levels