8/27/17 (All day)
It's that time of year again to clear out all those branches so no one looses an eye during the race.
8/27/17 (All day)
8/6/17 9:00am to 1:15pm
Wompatuck State Park, Hingham MA
7/9/17 (All day)
Nickerson State Park is located in the middle of Cape Cod just about where the peninsula begins to dog-leg north. Nickerson’s 1900 acres host about 400 campsites, and eight ponds. Oddly no streams or rivers feed these ponds and they are all interconnected by subterranean tunnels. I was snorkling there once and could feel a very strong current trying to suck me into a cave. Weird!!
But swimming under water is not why I go to Nickerson.
There is an 8 mile paved bicycle path in Nickerson. This is great for kids and gives one a brief introduction to the park. The bike path also connects to the 22 mile long Cape Cod Rail Trail.
But they aren't the big draw either. It's the Singletracks. They abound in and around Nickerson. The DCR map only shows a few of them. But, the Cape Cod NEMBA working with the Cape Cod Chamber of commerce has come up with a complete one. The only riding restrictions are the shoreline trails that surround the three larger lakes. (See the map above.)
Highlighting the trails are the many scenic views afforded of the park's lakes. But the most notable feature of them, to someone who normally rides off the Cape anyway, is the almost total lack of stones and rocks. The trails here define the word "buffed".
On a recent ride we did over 12 miles of mostly singletrack and didn’t have enough time to explore the entire park.
Speaking of trails. On the bottom of the Cape Cod NEMBA map you'll see a parking area at Freeman's field and below that some trails leading into the Training Loop. These trails, add about another 10 miles of mostly singletrack to the Nickerson system
How can you find these trails for yourself? Well, the Map suggests quite a few. But the best way is to join some Cape Cod NEMBA folks for a guided ride. Go to CC NEMBA’s Facebook Page, and see when the next ride is. Or, ask for guided tour. You’ll find that CC NEMBA people are very friendly, and are riding at Nickerson 3-4 times a week.
Orleans Cycle often leads rides here too. Check them out the next time that you're in town.
Do you recall that old Cape Cod aphorism, "Once you get the sand of the Cape in your shoes, you'll never get rid of it". Well that couldn't be more true of the sands of Nickerson State Park.
By Bill Boles
Read more about Nickerson State Park
The PMC South Shore Kids Ride, for ages 3-18, is on Sunday, June 11 at DCR Wompatuck State Park. Approximately 400 children, ages 3 to 18, are expected to ride one of 5 different routes based on various biking abilities, including a parking lot with obstacles and inflatable tunnel for tykes, 1-mile and 4-mile loops on paved routes, and 3-mile and 6-mile mountain bike routes led by volunteers from the Southeast Mass Chapter of NEMBA.
Volunteers are needed to make the ride safe and enjoyable for everyone at this major event, which raises funds for the life-saving research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Assistance is needed for registration, helping to manage route safety, facilitating the festivities prior to and after the ride, and more. In addition, students can offer much-needed help while fulfilling requirements for community service.
The PMC South Shore Kids Ride starts at 9:00 a.m., check-in opens at 7:30 a.m., and opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. Registration for riders is $15.00 by June 9 --$30.00 after--and there is a fundraising minimum of $25. One hundred per cent of donations go to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
To sign up to volunteer/and or ride visit kids.pmc.org/Hingham. For more information, email email@example.com Read more about SE MA NEMBA Kid's PMC Mountain Bike Ride
6/4/17 (All day)
When: Sign-in opens at 8:30AM. Work starts 9:00AM. We will work from 9AM to 1:00PM or when complete Some work will start at 7:30AM - details below.
What to Bring: Snack, water, bug-repellant, work gloves, & wear pants and sturdy shoes (work boots).
Work Description: We will be building a replacement 96' Bridge out of pressure treated lumber. The old bridge has been removed and we will start with a clear work area.
We need helpers for the following work stations:
7:30 AM Early Start Group: (Note this may be something we coordinate for Saturday June 3 Afternoon, RSVP if you can help)
We will bring a generator (with extra fuel) and power strip for work site power needs. (If anyone has a big generator we can use as backup, please send me a note)We will furnish a chop saw for cutting up the decking.
Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA
5/13/17 (All day)
Paul Richard & Lev Malakhoff