Gardner Ale House to Hinsdale NH • May 3, 2020
This 52 mile guided ride starts from the parking lot across from the Gardner Ale House, heading to the northwest towards Winchendon’s North Central Pathway, which is a paved rail trail. In the first few miles we will pass Gardner’s Crystal Lake, with a nice view of the windmills. Part of this course is also part of the Walpole NH to Gardner Ale House ride, except reversing direction for a more favorable elevation profile (i.e. more downhill on this course).
At the New Hampshire border, we cross onto the Cheshire Rail Trail which is a gravel surface. We will ride on a causeway across Rockwood Pond in New Hampshire’s Rhododendron State Park, where there is a great view of Mount Monadnock.
The course is 52 miles of mostly unpaved rail trail through beautiful countryside. As rail trail, the whole ride is quite flat though we will pass through hilly terrain. Some of the trail surface gets a little rough at times. There are sandy spots, rocky areas, and there may be fallen trees across the trail. This ride is not suitable for road bikes. Cross, MTB, or fat bikes can all work with this, though a fat bike will require a strong rider.
Elevation +1507 – 2389 = -882′
We will stop for lunch (bring your own) at a halfway point.
Make sure your bike is in good working order. Bring your spare tube(s) and basic tools for fixing a flat, etc. Carry all the food and water you will need. If you have a major mechanical or just run out of energy, the SAG van will be shadowing the ride to provide assistance.