This blog recounts rides, pictures of bikes that I notice (and have time to snap a picture of), and occasionally comments about cycling. It is focuses on the Northeast US but I have also ridden in Washington state, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Virginia, California, and four of Canada's Maritime provinces.
This hilly loop is worth your time and effort. The route first descends to the Deerfield River at Bardwell Ferry then ascends through bucolic farm country to Route 2. Food is available in Buckland (across the river from Shelburne Falls) at McCusker's Market. The ascent to Ashfield is moderate, although there are steeper options. I have done this loop several times. This version is from 2004 when I rode with my then boss. He was having a hard time of it - he refused to drink enough (it was a cold day) and cramped up. The descent from Ashfield back to the car can be fast. In the 2004 version, my then boss drafted me and we made great time after we stopped at friends' house and tanked up on water. Traffic usually is light on this section of Route 116 earlier in the day.