Is there another bike tour in America that offers both the pastoral scenery of our rural landscape and the cultural energy of a capital city? The Boston cultural landscape has a new feature this summer- Janet Echelman's amazing sculpture, As If It Were Already Here, suspended over the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The artwork is just a few blocks from our overnight location in Boston's North End. As you stroll to Mike's Pastry or one of the other amazing restaurants in walking distance of our camp, you'll want to check out this amazing aerial sculpture made up of 100 miles of twine and half a million knots. (It would stretch from Boston more than half way back to our Berkshires starting point along the tour route.) Learn more about the installation As If It Were Already Here
We hope you'll join us to experience Boston and cross Massachusetts by bicycle this September. Learn more about the Berkshires to Boston tour at our website and go to the Sign Me Up page to register.
Along the Way: Ashfield's Spruce Corner
We take great pride in sharing the real Massachusetts with our riders.
This month, we're featuring a little piece of Massachusetts paradise that you'll pass through on Thursday, September, 17th. We turn off of the Route 116 Scenic Byway for a bit to take in a few miles of rolling hayfields, historic homes and stunning views as we head to our second rest stop in Ashfield center.
Here you're likely to catch the farmer bailing hay and maybe spot a few deer or even a bear emerging out of the Trustees of Reservation's Bear Swamp Reservation. You'll definitely experience magnificent views, especially if you slow down enough on the descent into Ashfield to experience the view into Apple Valley. This is definitely a part of the tour where you'll want to savor the landscape you're riding through.
Riding across Massachusetts is a significant enough challenge; but, riding the whole route carrying all your own gear is a significantly larger challenge - especially if there's a handy truck right there ready to carry it for you.
Todd Consentino doesn't shy away from challenges and certainly not those related to cycling. He and his family travel by bike wherever they go around their Boston home. You'll often see Todd pedaling Sophie, Clementine and Josephine in their Big Orange Bike. The family will be riding to support Bikes Not Bombs during the Bike-A-Thon on June 7th. You can help the family reach their fundraising goal at their team page.
Great Riding Coming Your Way
There's a pannier full of fun rides coming up over the next few months.
Bikes Not Bombs is holding their annual Bike-A-Thon on June 7th. It's not too late to register to ride or to support others who are riding with adorable children for the cause. (see above.) Bike-A-Thon riders are ambassadors of BNB's mission to promote environmental sustaainability and social justice, and all fundraising goes to making Bikes Not Bombs' programs possible.
We will be participating in the Pedal to Pints ride on our tandem on June 13th. The ride explores several of the wonderful local breweries in the Connecticut River Valley. It's actually our 34th wedding anniversary that day so it will be a fun way to celebrate the day together.
In July, we're working with Boston Bikes to produce New England's largest cycling event for women, the second annual Women's Bike Ride and Festival in Boston, Saturday, July 18th.
This year, we're introducing a tasty new element with some of the Boston area's leading women chefs sharing their culinary art and we've named the event Bikes and Bites. The day will include 10, 30 and 50 mile rides plus opportunities to learn a wide range of bike-related skills from maintenance to commuting. And, there will be music, delicious food, and an expo of businesses that promote healthy lifestyles.
Learn more about Bikes and Bites; Women's Bike Ride and Festival.
Want to add another cross-state event to your summer? How about the Great Big FANY Ride? Karen Empie and her crew lead riders across New York July 12 - July 18, 2015. Do the FANY and Berkshires to Boston this year and you'll have ridden from Niagara Falls to Fenway Park.