Trans-Mass Trail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by Hulked Up, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Hulked Up

    Hulked Up Been here awhile

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    My friends and I did some riding on the TMT, where it starts down south. It was totally fine from the Mass border to Becket Road, just north of 23. There was impassible snow on Becket Road.

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    It seemed like if you were above 1500' in elevation there was snow covering the roads. (We rode other stuff in the area.) Below 1500' and most of the snow was gone and the mud was not an issue.

    Give it another 2-3 weeks if you want to ride the whole thing.
  2. alcontrast

    alcontrast at least I'm trying

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    impassable?
  3. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Trail Jester

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    We were up in the Berkshires this past weekend route scouting for the Berkshire Big Adventure (May 19&19 AMA National Adventure Ride). Many of the unmaintained dirt roads had 3-6 inchers of ice and then snow on top of that. I made it through a couple DRs in 4 wheel drive with my truck. But there were several that I didn't try and wouldn't on my bike either. Too much ice and deep un-plowed snow. That picture is mild compared to what's at higher elevations in the Berkshires right now.
  5. meatwagon1

    meatwagon1 Adventurer

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    I made it to about Brattleboro VT on the puppy trail from Greenfield on Friday. The higher in elevation I got there, the more inclined I think you can say the same there as well. It is going to be a bad mud season as well.
  6. VerdiBaritone

    VerdiBaritone Adventurer

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    A friend of mine and I planning to try to do as much of TMT into PDR as we can on the 26th-8. I know it won't be clear ver far up into VT, due to recent snow. Any latest 411 on what we might expect?

    We're on a 1200gsa and an F800gs with Anakees and Shinkos.

    (I'd go do a recon ride but am stuck in Paris until a few nights before the ride. )

    We were thinking about whether there were good alternatives in CT or even eastern PA that might have better conditions now, but can't seem to find anything.
  7. rider257

    rider257 Been here awhile

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    going up this weekend, anybody been through these tracks lately?

    any thing to watch out for?
  8. jdesro

    jdesro Adventurer

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    I'll be riding it this weekend as well. I was planning on leaving from Greenfield Saturday morning and riding the TMT south to CT.

    I'm sure the trail will be fine, unless we get a huge storm or something in the next couple of days that washes out areas or knocks down trees!
  9. rider257

    rider257 Been here awhile

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    Jdesro ill see you out there today hopefully, we are two gs riders heading north from Otis
  10. jdesro

    jdesro Adventurer

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    Yep, we passed you coming the other way in the Becket area, I think it was - inmate flei on his BMW F650GS and me on a Suzuki DR650SE.

    Hope you guys had a good day - it was my first time doing the TMT, and I had a blast!

    I had forgotten to download the route into my GPS, and we made a couple of wrong turns, but all in all it was a great day! Looking forward to riding it again!
  11. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    It WAS a great ride! We rode North to South and used the route sheet I got from this thread (South to North) and tried to read it backwards! Obviously my math skills are not too hot as we somehow got hopelessly confused in the Peru area! Anyone have a North to South route sheet? If not, I will sit down with patience and a calculator and do my best to transpose one...
  12. Hulked Up

    Hulked Up Been here awhile

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    Glad you folks had a great time. Even with the rain this year the local roads have been in good condition.
  13. rider257

    rider257 Been here awhile

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    Yea it was a awesome ride. The tracks should be in this thread some where. When went north into the southern puppy dog trail which was sick as well. Here is a link to those routes

    vtbmwmov.org/rides/#puppydog
  14. Mr Bill

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    Started in Greenfield this morning with five other riders. Just after breakfast and everyone is geeking up.

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  15. 1 Wheel Drive

    1 Wheel Drive Flatus Antiquous

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    I was along for the day with Mr Bill yesterday. I'm actually one of the 4 in that picture, praying to the GPS gods that Mr Bill didn't get us too lost to be home for dinner. :lol3

    I've got to pipe up to say here that the return leg (the alternate to the TMT) that we ran yesterday to make it a loop was every bit as good as (maybe even better than, in some sections) the "official" TMT.

    We hit a whole bunch of dirt roads with orange "Road Closed" signs posted at their beginnings, but being old and stubborn we'd press on and the roads would turn out to be somewhat maintained (locally no doubt) and quite nice for a dual sport bike. We were thinking that they may post the "Closed" signs to limit liability or something? They were definitely not closed.

    The only really closed road that we hit was from 8A in Hawley, Hallockville Rd was gated closed for some reason. Little sign said something about forest conditions? Also Old River Rd in Cummington (on the official TMT) is barricaded.

    In any case, if you are looking to make the TMT into a loop, I highly recommend Mr Bill's TMT alternate.
  16. ridesdirt

    ridesdirt Been here awhile

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    Did you notice the front end loader on Beech Hill Road right before you enter RT 23 by the bridge construction? On my Sunday ride the back end of the loader was sticking out quite far and the oncoming traffic from RT 23 was right in your lane heading North to the intersection.

    Just a reminder to be careful in this area and be very aware of the traffic
    coming towards you. NOBODY STOPS!!!!
  17. Mr Bill

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    They were working and had a traffic cop there that waved us through.

    Nobody tried to run me off the road yesterday. Very little traffic. Well one dual wheel pickup with Florida plates that didn't want to pull over on a narrow dual track road. He pulled over after I got in his face though.

  18. 1 Wheel Drive

    1 Wheel Drive Flatus Antiquous

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    Weekday riding is the key
  19. Mr Bill

    Mr Bill Old Dog

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    OneWheelDrv

    It was great riding with you again! I fixed up the map to take out the closed sections. I don't know why, but I seemed more sore than riding 200 miles in VT on the PDR. Are the roads smoother in VT?

    Mr B

    Here is MassKLR

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  20. mahall

    mahall n00b

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    What type of GPSs do you guys use to guide you along this trail? Is there a way to load it on to a Android phone somehow?