Yesterday's plans evolved a lot. We had planned on going to the Topsfield Fair, parking nearby and riding a mile on the Topsfield Linear Common to the fair. We invited my sister-in-law and her daughters but the cool weather turned them off so they ended up coming over for a play date with the cousins. I was given a hall pass so left before everyone came and headed over to Tamper, in Medford on Boston Ave. I've stopped there for coffee and pastries on my way to work once but never sat down there. I chose a route that looked like a big S, clearly not taking the most direct way. But I managed to use the Minuteman Bike Path and the Alewife Greenway and spent most of the ride off road.
|The Greenway north of Broadway. The structure holding up this bridge/ramp down to the path looks pretty light to me.|
|Boston Ave in Medford is under construction, which isn't a bad thing since this was pothole heaven before they ground down the asphalt.|
I went out of my way on my return trip, prompting my wife to say, "Belmont isn't on the way back from Medford." And it isn't but after heading back through Davis Square, I didn't take the Minuteman and instead took the Fitchburg Cutoff into Belmont. From there I found my way to Snake Hill Road and eventually the Western Greenway. I managed a wrong turn on a trail but found familiar sites and eventually made it back to Arlington and home.
|Along the Fitchburg Cutoff.|
|My wrong turn brought me here, at the edge of the cemetery. I followed this trail out to a road I recognized and found my way back into my town.|
I went out for an early ride on Sunday, getting out of the house shortly after 5 AM, about 1.5 hours before sunrise. The goal was to get in a decent road ride and, if I was fast enough, to stop at Ride Studio Cafe for a quick espresso. That sort of meets the coffeeneuring criteria, although I like the concept of making a trip to a coffee shop the goal.
Riding that early means riding with lights. I have ample lighting and used it to ensure my safety. I did take the Minuteman out to Bedford. Sometimes the trail seems less safe if I ride it in the evening but early morning, especially on a cool morning, it seems just empty. (And it was cool, 42 degrees in Bedford, according to wunderground.com.)
|Looking towards sunrise, a bit too early.|
|Lighting my way. This is on the west end of the bridge over 128. The message and new pavement is from recent work. It seems temporary - some of the new surfaces are quite bumpy.|
|Maple Street in Carlisle, looking south. I still had my lights on but I could see well enough without lights, at least for walking. I kept my lights on for safety.|
Mile for the ride: 43, miles for the year: 3,160.