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Gardner Ale House to Hinsdale NH
September 8 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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).
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.
There will be a steady 1%-2% descent for 15 miles on the Cheshire Trail as we approach the center of Keene. After crossing the historic 90 foot span Keene stone arch bridge built in the 1840’s, we will turn to the southwest on the Ashuelot Trail. Our course parallels the Ashuelot River, which has a long history of first water powered industry and then paper mills. We will see the beautiful Ashuelot covered bridge, and a lot of rapids on the river. Our ride finishes next to the Hinsdale Post Office, which is the nation’s oldest continuously operating Post Office building, open since 1816.
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