Bicycling on Boston's North Shore

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Minutes outside of the Hub bicyclists of all ages can enjoy historic villages, beautiful seashore and countryside. Featuring 22 rides, many with variations, Bicycling on Boston’s North Shore is the perfect guide for cyclists of all ages and abilities: for families with children, for university students wanting to explore off campus, and for power riders looking for a scenic workout. There are rides as short as seven miles as well as challenging itineraries approaching 50 miles. Since most trips begin at MBTA ...
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Overview

Minutes outside of the Hub bicyclists of all ages can enjoy historic villages, beautiful seashore and countryside. Featuring 22 rides, many with variations, Bicycling on Boston’s North Shore is the perfect guide for cyclists of all ages and abilities: for families with children, for university students wanting to explore off campus, and for power riders looking for a scenic workout. There are rides as short as seven miles as well as challenging itineraries approaching 50 miles. Since most trips begin at MBTA commuter rail stations, most are easily accessible—even to those without cars.

Each chapter begins with a short introduction to the terrain to be covered, plus a description of such highlights as historic sites, great views, and essential stops—including rest rooms and ice cream parlors. Ride itineraries are concise, with mileage and landmarks provided. The guide’s ease of use is enhanced by the clear maps hand-drawn by calligrapher R.P. Hale.

Whether you live there or are just visiting, Bicycling on Boston’s North Shore is the best guide to cycling the region.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a must-have for any New England biker looking to rack up some pavement time down south . . . [I]t's a solid contribution to the bicycling canon. Let's hope Turner's next book covers New Hampshire."
—Hippo Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584655282
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,465,526
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER TURNER has been a life-long cyclist and learned early on that seeing the world from over the handlebars of a bicycle was a great way to view life. Turner incorporated this love of cycling with a love for writing in 2002 when he wrote Bicycling with Kids in DownEast Maine, published by Nicolin Fields Publishing. He lives in Bedford, New Hampshire with his wife, and their two children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Bicycling on Boston’s North Shore
T Commuter Rail: Newburyport/Rockport Line - Poetry in Motion: Amesbury to Haverhill
River Cruise (28.8 miles)
The New Hampshire Loop (32.1 miles)
Country Roads: Amesbury, Massachusetts to Exeter, New Hampshire
Exeter Jaunt (27.7 miles)
Great Bay Loop (49.6 miles)
Bird Song: Newburyport and Maudslay State Park (17.8 miles)
The Beginner’s Ride: Salisbury Beach (10.3 miles)
Rye on the Rocks: Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts to Rye, New Hampshire
Rye Beach Jaunt (29.3 miles)
Odiorne Point Loop (40.6 miles)
Migratory Trail: Plum Island
Lighthouse Cruise (16.7 miles)
Wildlife Refuge Tour (30.5 miles)
Quakers, Seafarers, and Shopping: Newburyport (20.8 miles)
Countryside Ramble: Newburyport to Georgetown (21.9 miles)
Through the Floodplains: Rowley (19.9 miles)
Steeplechase Mountain Bike Extravaganza: Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield (miles of trails)
Antique Alley: Ipswich to Essex (16.9 miles)
Detour Loop (19.4 miles)
A Pretty Fair Ride: Topsfield to Boxford
The Boxford Shortcut (11.6 miles)
The Blue Ribbon Ride (22.5 miles)
The Vintage Rides: Ipswich to Hamilton
The Little Neck Jaunt (9.3 miles)
Cruising to Crane Beach (22.0 miles)
Farms and Seaside: Crane Beach and Little Neck (30.7 miles)
Tally Ho! Beverly Farms to Hamilton and Wenham (22.7 miles)
The Mariner’s Way: Manchester to Essex to Gloucester (29.9 miles)
“They that go down to the sea: Gloucester to Rockport
Seafaring Jaunt (28.1 miles)
The Rockport Express (17.6 miles)
The Wind, the Waves, and the Willows: Salem (6.7 miles)
Rails-to-Trails: Marblehead (mountain bike rides)
Marblehead Rail Trail Loop (11.1 miles)
Marblehead Lighthouse Loop (15.6 miles)
Lazy, Hazy Day Rides: Lynn to Nahant to Marblehead
Nahant Loop (10.0 Miles)
Marblehead Lighthouse Adventure (16.9 miles)
T Commuter Rail: Haverhill/Reading Line - The Roads Less Traveled: Haverhill to Bradford to Boxford
Johnson Pond Loop (23.5 miles)
Boxford Loop (36.4 miles)
Dealer’s Choice — Mountain Biking or On-Road Riding?
Ballardvale and the Harold Parker State Forest
Harold Parker State Forest Loop (14.2 on-road miles)
Stearns Pond/Boxford Loop (36.1 on-road miles)
Harold Parker State Forest mountain bike ride (miles of trails)
Little League, Ice Cream, and Yard Sales: Andover to Lowell (26.6 miles)
About the Author
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