Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10/10/15 (All day)
There will be a Mellow ride in Yarmouth Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am. This is intended to be a very enjoyable ride done at a "mellow" pace. IE: It's not a race. We won't run away from anyone.
The terrain is very enjoyable, not technical, with few climbs. I rode the route earlier this week and just couldn't stop smiling. I expect that we'll be out for 1.5 - 2 hours.
The ride will start from the back end of the International Fund for Animal Welfare building at 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth MA. Please get there by 9:45 so we can get the ride off at 10:00.
Hope to see you there.
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11/7/15 9:00am to 12:00pm
Various projects for the day include: 1.) chainsaw work to remove large fallen oak tree in order to reopen old short section of trail ( has sweet berm), rake out and close the go around line. 2.) Reclose trail ( leading to Dan's trail), which has recently seen high usage, at both ends. 3.) Clean up / close down multiple braids and define actual line on the part of Dan's trail on the small climb ( pine needles area). This trail has been completely blown out due to MX usage and lazy mtbers
There will be a ride after the trail work's done.
Ceck for last minute updates on the SE MASS NEMBA Facebook Page.
F. GILBERT HILLS STATE FOREST, FOXBORO, MA
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Sunday, August 9th 10:00 start.
Meet at Little Sandy Pond Conservation Area Buck Island Rd in West Yarmouth.
Pizza compliments of CC NEMBA, donations by cash or check can be made to THE LAST GASP for Team Hospice.
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4/23/17 (All day)
- Residents of the Town of Easton
- The Oliver Ames High School Cross Country Running Team (https://sites.google.com/site/oliveramesxc/)
- The New England High School Cycling Association (http://nehsca.com/ and http://nehsca.com/portfolio-view/bobcats/)
- Mountain Bikers and the New England Mountain Bike Association (http://www.nemba.org/chapters/semassnemba)
- The Boy Scouts of Easton (Troop 193 & Troop 42)
- & Many more...
Start Time: 9AM to 12:00PM (sign-in opens at 8:30AM)
Where to Meet: Oliver Ames High School parking area, adjacent to Clifford Grant Trails. Sign-in opens at 8:30AM. Work starts 9:00AM.
What to Bring: Snack, water, bug-repellant, work gloves, & please wear pants and sturdy shoes (work boots).
WE NEED WHEELBARROWS ! - please bring if you have one in good working condition. We also need digging shovels and steel grading rakes, but wheelbarrows are the biggest need.
Work Description: Loading wheelbarrows with crushed hard-pack trail mix, to be wheeled into the woods to be spread and raked out on rough trail sections.
The group will be split into two, one group will be working from a pile at the High School entrance, the second group will be working from a pile at the Randall Street entrance.
Address for meeting place GPS is: 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA
774 284 2650
Eaton's Pond, Quincy
Eaton’s Pond is a conservation area located in the town of Braintree right on the Quincy line.
At 60 acres 20 of which are the pond itself you might conclude that there are not a lot of trails here. And you’d be right. Including neighborhood trails that lead into and out of the conservation parcel there a bit over 5 miles of trails. But, the trails are awesome.
The town of Braintree had this small conservation parcel that was little used by town residents for recreation. The reason, it was a teenage party site, lots of people had dumped trash there and there was an encampment of homeless people living in the woods. In other words, most people wouldn’t go there.
In 2012 the town reached out to the SE MASS chapter of NEMBA asking them if this might be a good place to ride. Their thinking, get some recreationalists out on the trails and it might drive out the unwanted activities.
NEMBA decided that with a lot of work that, the existing trail network could be improved and enhanced, that some old trails could be re-opened and that the litter could be removed.
Over the next winter, you might remember “the winter that never happened”, SE MASS NEMBA worked hard. Building bridges, clearing trails, picking up litter and broken glass and the result? A really great small trail system.
While a few trails are easy even OK for baby strollers, a few are technical and quite challenging. Most of the trails though are pretty smooth with very few roots, rocks or logs. Exeptions being the trail along the pond to the dam and the trail above the old quarry. Those and a few steep hills are the most difficult parts of riding there.
Since 2013 many more small enhancements have been made and the results have been quite favorable to the town. Now many residents, including seniors are comfortable hiking and fishing there. The local neighborhood association does morning walks there and you'll see kids on BMX bikes there almost every day. Dog walkers abound on the trails.
The one problem with these trails is thorns. You'll find lots of them, especially on the lesser used trails. Locals have been known to head out with lawnmowers to clear them, but be wary.
While 5+ miles of trails may not seem like a lot, located right in the center of an urban area they are a gem.
The best place to park for non-locals is in Quincy, at 58 Bower Road across the street from the Adams Heights Men’s Club at the South end of the parking lot. Across the railroad tracks you’ll see Eaton Pond and the trails start about 100 feet down on your right.
Who’d have thought that less than a quarter mile from a Walmart and the biggest car dealership on the South Shore that there’d be such great riding?
Read more about Eaton's Pond, Quincy
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Bare Cove / Great Esker, Hingham
Bear Cove and Great Esker Parks are unique in Massachusetts and New England. They are located on both sides of Weymouth Back River, a tidal river and are very scenic. You'll spend a lot of time enjoying wetlands, marshes and perhaps photographing many different varities of birds.
Most of the riding here is on old paved or gravel roads though there is some singlletrack.
In Bare Cove the trails are mostly flat making it a perfect place for an introductory ride for newer riders or kids on small wheeled bikes. Bare Cove was a military base during WWII and on most weekend days you can stop and visit the museum. You'll see lots of people walking dogs here as well as lots of families with kids in strollers. Although the rules state that all dogs must be leashed some may be running free.
Great Esker is hilly and more challenging as it contains the tallest esker in North America. The esker is a ridge of sand that was dropped by a glacier about 12,000 years ago. Picture in your mind a giant snake lying on a flat surface and you get an idea of what it's like. You'll be riding on the snake's "spine" high above the surrounding neighborhoods and river. I rarely see dogs or families here, maybe because the terrain requires a more physical investment.
Just north of the Route 3A highway bridge that connects the two parks are Stoddard's Neck and the Abigail Adams Park. Abigail Adams is a picnic area with parking and a few paved trails. While Stoddard's Neck is a fenced off peninsula much favored by dog walkers as it offers them the opportunity to let their dogs run free.
It's possible to make a giant circle by linkink Great Esker and Bare Cove with a short road ride through surrounding neighborhoods on the south. Bring a copy of the map with you in case you find it confusing.
When I ride here I'm normally looking for a mellow ride, much different from the nearby Wompatuck State Park. I'll usually ride all four properties, just wandering around piling up some relaxed miles rather than technical challenges.
You'll enjoy Bare Cove and Great Esker Parks. Especially on a hot summer day when the ocean's breezes cool things off.
Bill Boles Read more about Bare Cove / Great Esker, Hingham
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6/14/15 (All day)
We'll be parking at 188 Nathan Ellis Highway, in North Falmouth across the street from the Falmouth Animal Hospital.
The plan is to divide up into groups and do some minor trail clearing and brushing back. While most the trails are in excellent shape some of our favorite Otis trails are growing in. We intend to fix that.
The TrailCare ride will be over around 11:30 and will include a lot more riding than clipping.
Bring a small folding saw, a hand held lopper, or both. We will have a few extras to loan out.
Hope to see you there. Let's make Otis and even BETTER place to ride. :-)
2/26/17 (All day)
The event will start from the Sandy Pond Conservation Area parking lot at 474 Buck Island Road in W. Yarmouth.
We are getting together a group of volunteers to go through the extensive trail network here and take care of some minor maintenance issues such as encroaching branches, briars, and other noted issues that impede travel on the trails. Rain or unridable snow will cancel the ride. We will try to schedule a rain date if need be.
Bring small pruners and folding saws that you can carry with you. We will split up in groups and tackle different areas.
Expect to get in about 10 miles of riding and to be finished before 1:00 PM.
Hope to see you there. :-)
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