Take the Puppy to the Beach!

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Rhode trip, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Ghaniba

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    Sounds like a great way to tempt the fates... Hope you at least have someone else with you on another bike!
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    You should be fine unless its wet. It's all really easy riding, with the exception of this little bit, which is the best part. Not sure I'd want to go through there on a big heavy bike.
  3. Rhode trip

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    :thumb Have fun!
  4. Squidzilla

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    The wife and I took a ride on part of the PttB Route today. We live in Worcester, and caught the trail on MA31 in Spencer, near Howe SP. Rode it up through Oakham SF, and topped off our tanks at Four Corners(MA122-Pleasantdale Rd.), as is the tradition. Decided to skip over the Prison Camp Road/Barre Falls section, and head straight for Loring Hill Road. We found some very little mud and even less standing water. Then again, we are experiencing a stage 2 drought in most of Worcester County. We got back to MA122, and stopped to hydrate and eat some peanuts. Mmmmmm....peanuts.
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    We scooted up MA122 to Quaker Lane, winding our way up to MA101 where we parted ways with the PttB and headed towards home to take care of our puppies. Got home and hit the button on the phone/GPS to stop recording and was asked if I wanted to start recording a GPX track. D'oh! Well, if that's the only mistake made on ride through the woods, then I'll chalk it up as a win.

    We plan on heading out again on Thursday. We'll probably bee-line it straight to Petersham via MA122 and Loring Hill, stopping to top off at Four Corners(as is the tradition), and then hit Tom's Swamp and points west. And press record at the beginning of the trip, instead of the end.

    On a sad note, Gilbert Road has a shiny new gate at Rt. 62. However, on the south side of 62 across from Gilbert is Granger Road. It runs south to meet up with Old Worcester Road, and eventually MA122 where it crosses the Ware River at the Oakham/Barre line.

    Bonus: One of our puppies at the beach.
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  5. Rhode trip

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    Well, that will suck. There always was a closed gate as I recall on the right hand side as you look north from the beginning of Gilbert Rd. The leftmost entrance had a gate that I always found open (my assumption was it is gated for the winter and mud season).

    Thanks for posting... great day for a ride today!
  6. MADS

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    Gilbert has been closed of for a while now. I thought it was only by Rt62 but I also tried it from North to south. It is gated about have way down. From about half a mile down Gilbert I tried to cut through the woods to connect to Farrington Rd. but Steep Cutter Brook was in between (not passable) and I had to turn around. Had to reroute around Gilbert to the south of Gilbert. I hope they don't keep Gilbert closed off.
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    It's not possible to get around the gates? Not that I endorse that kind of thing. :photogIt was a little confusing as to what was road and what was rail trail at one point, but hopefully they will reconsider and open it again. Is there an option for a re-route with other non-paved roads in the area?

    On a brighter note, I have a short alternative on the RI CT line that is worth including.

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    IT is possible to get around but I would rather use my cash for gas instead of paying a fine :)

    This is the best I could do without getting too far off track.
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    I encountered that gate earlier this summer... it is easy to go around, but I didn't know what's legal so didn't do it. Exactly what kind of roads are some of these (forest service, private, state, etc.), and what is legal for a plated bike, etc.? There are tons of these gated roads in that area, sometimes with gates open, sometimes not; anyone know what policy/law applies on these? @MADS ride-around looks good.
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    Well, I think Gilbert Rd may be on MDC property but it could also be managed by the Army Corps of Engineers or Mass DCR. The last time we were through there was June 1st, and the gate was open at that time. The entire PttB route is on public roads so far as I am aware. The small gated portion in Rhode Island is a part of the state sanctioned motorcycle trail and is legal for plated bikes.
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    i think it is big trouble to ride on any mdc property (hell, they won't even let you bicycle in the quabbin area), and that you need an orv sticker on dcr land, army corps i have no clue.... but what the hell do i know! to me the mass laws are pretty obtuse. guess i should bring a lawyer and bail money with me if i intend to try to ride on some of those roads! still looking for some experts to chime in on this issue....
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  12. Rhode trip

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    The getting around it comment was pretty much intended as a joke. You definitely don't need an OHV sticker for road use, which is what we're talking about... none of this is trail. It seems to me the ACE is usually the least restrictive since its mission is different. But a closed gate is a pretty clear indication that you are not supposed to riding there. Maybe someone can check the signage in that area and see who is actually restricting it.
  13. HeLikesIt

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    A Friend and I just did this route from south to north on v-stroms yesterday. The gate at Gilbert rd off 62 was open, but there was a closed gate in Wendell State Forest that made us have to find an alternate around. There was a downed tree across the trail somewhere around the middle of the route that we had to lift the bikes over, due to low clearance of v-stroms. And there were a couple of instances (in or near Barre) where we hit some really soft sand that surprised us because it didn't look any different than the normal packed dirt we're used to. Didn't know it till you were in it. But holy cow, was it slippery - especially on big bikes w/o knobbies. Luckily, in both instances it was just a short stretch and we (somehow) managed to stay up.
    Overall, a really great ride. Thanks for putting this together!
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    Cool. Thanks for posting, I'm glad to hear that Gilbert Rd was open. I can't figure out when the gate for Wendell State Forest is open/closed. Flei said a while ago that he thinks its related to the picnic area and not necessarily closed to all uses. I don't know but I've ridden through there without incident. YMMV.
    Where did you guys start the route? The only gravel south of I95 was chip sealed this Spring. :dirtdog
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    we started at the beach and rode it as far as Greenfield.
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    After seeing Gilbert Road was open again, I took a spin up yesterday afternoon. It's been graded from MA62 north to Steep Gutter Branch. I've also done some looking into land ownership in the area via OLIVER, the MassGIS webserver. After wading through the alphabet soup that is a modern bureaucracy, I came across this handy map of vehicle access in the watershed.
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  17. flei

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    wow! that map is a really nice find. thanks for the work to grab it. i wonder, are there maps for all the other DCR areas?
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    Wow. Nice work, Squidzilla!
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