March 2015 Newsletter

Rolling along the Route 116 Scenic Byway

Rolling along the Route 116 Scenic Byway

Registration weekend is finally here!  Registration for the 2016 Berkshires to Boston Tour will open this coming Sunday, February 28th at 8AM EST.  Join 165 riders as they experience the eral Massachusetts from the New York border to downtown Boston during this classic autumn bike tour.  Learn more about the tour at BerkshirestoBoston.com and make plans to ride across Massachusetts next September.  Ready to register?  Go to our SignMeUp page on Sunday morning at 8AM, EST.

Along the Way:  Hancock Shaker Village

Dawn at Hancock Shaker Village

Dawn at Hancock Shaker Village

Our riders love beginning the tour at Hancock Shaker Village.  They enjoy the unique experience of camping among the historic buildings where the Shaker community lived and worked for nearly 180 years.  

Today, Hancock Shaker Village operates as a living-history museum open to the public with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts in rotating exhibits, a full schedule of activities and workshops, a mile-long hiking trail and picnic areas, a Village Store and Village Cafe, and a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock.  Tour registration includes entrance to the Village so plan to arrive on Tuesday or early Wednesday to spend some time exploring this historic site.

Massachusetts on Your Back

When registering for the tour, you can order one of our three tour jerseys featuring iconic Massachusetts scenes from the Berkshires to Boston Tour.  Our newest jersey features the Barre Town Common, a rest stop on Friday's ride from the Connecticut River Valley to Leominster.  You can purchase our jerseys and other tour gear at the Buy Tour Gear page on our website.

 

Rider News: Bari Freeman

We're delighted to have Bari Freeman returning to the tours this year.  Bari rode with us in 2014 and she couldn't get the smile off of her face.  We'd love to take all the credit for that: but really, its just part of her nature.  

Bari Freeman on the tour in 2014

Bari Freeman on the tour in 2014

For Bari, smiling, bicycling and adventure is in her DNA.  It's also her job.  She is the founder and Executive Director of Bike Newport, in Newport, Rhode Island.  The organization's goal is to help more people get out of the car and into the saddle- to discover, explore, traverse and enjoy the beauty of the "City By The Sea."  Since officially launching as a Rhode Island nonprofit in 2011, Bike Newport has encouraged biking and has led a collaborative effort by city government, businesses and community-based organizations to improve bicycle safety and enhance the overall experience for bicyclists.  The result is a more bicycle-friendly urban community with municipal stakeholders committed to supporting more and better bicycling for residents and visitors.  Thanks to these improvements, in October 2013, the national League of American Bicyclists recognized Newport as a Bicycle Friendly Community - making it the first municipality in Rhode Island to achieve that honor.

Bari's courageous and visionary leadership is also gaining recognition.  Last year, she was named one of the Wild Women of Newport and Bristol Counties by the Women's Resource Center, an organization leading domestic violence prevention in the Newport area.

Look for this Wild Woman on the tour this year.  You'll recognize her by the smile.


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We're expecting a flurry of registrations beginning Sunday morning at 8AM.  We will only allow 165 riders this year so be sure to register early. 

Also, Tuesday is the presidential primary in Massachusetts along with many other "Super Tuesday" states.  Be sure to cast your vote for the person you feel is most prepared to lead our country.  

We look forward to renewing our friendships with many of you and meeting many new Berkshires to Boston tour riders this year.