HIKES & EVENTS
(NH) Northern Rail Trail Bike Ride - Boscawen to Franklin
DATE: May 16, 2021
END DATE: May 16, 2021
Hike/Event Location: Boscawen NH
Barre, VT United States,
Waltham, MA United States
Meeting Time: 10:30 AM
Max # People: 10
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Hike Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate
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This moderate rail trail ride is part of a longtime goal of riding the complete (NH) Northern Rail Trail with some fellow bikers. I am listing the ride with GO to encourage others to join me, co-leader Neil Benjamin, and a group of our friends.
The NRT stretches 58 miles from Boscowen to Lebanon, NH. We'll ride about 20 miles round trip, starting from the southeastern trailhead in Boscowen. The asphalt surface of the NRT is generally quite smooth, so any type of bicycle is perfectly adequate. That said, a road or hybrid/city bike is best suited for this ride. There are hills on the NRT, but most are gradual. Anyone shy of a devout couch potato should be able to handle them!
New England weather is unpredictable, so check the forecast before you leave home. Layers that you can add/subtract are your best bet for clothing. Also bring sunscreen, a helmet, plenty of fluids (more than you think you'll need!), and a lunch and/or snacks.
**UPDATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON 5/15: THE TRIP IS ON! THERE'S A CHANCE OF SHOWERS TOMORROW AFTERNOOON, BUT BY AND LARGE, THE FORECAST LOOKS GOOD. TO BE SAFE, BRING A PONCHO OR RAINCOAT THAT YOU CAN PUT ON SHOULD MOTHER NATURE DECIDE TO RAIN ON OUR PARADE!**
Review "Friends of the Northern Rail Trail of Merrimack County' https://fnrt.org/ for additional information. [if you search for just Northern Rail Trail you may be directed to another northern section of the rail trail].
BRING YOUR CALENDAR - as we are planning to continue riding north/west on NRT this summer. We'll identify June-July-August ride dates.
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
Meet at Boscawen Trail Head -Exit 17 off I-93, follow Rt 4 east. See parking icon marked GERRISH on map below:
More detail on parking from NRT board member:
'Gerrish Station is your gathering area for a large group ride. There is plenty of parking there. Routes 3 and 4 split in Boscawen at the north end of town, stay to the right on Rt-3. Gerrish is just north of the county jail and nursing home complex, on the right hand side of RT-3. Look for the old freight depot building.'
Fred - 802 356 4546
Neil - 617 686 4555