Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 Tandem Rides July - Georgetown-Newburyport MA (Sunday July 9)

Route Notes:  Looking for a very flat route,  less than 30 miles due to some knee problems.  Found this North Shore Cyclist "Winter Route".  Roads were generally in excellent condition, smooth pavement. Promised only ~800 feet of elevation gain in 27 miles, and it was quite flat.  A few minor rises.  Farmland scenery, some swampy areas, bike path leading into Newburyport, through the town, then out along the water.  Good bridges for major highway (Rt 95) crossings.

Start Point:  Perley Elementary School, 51 North St, Georgetown MA

Plants of the Week: Green, green, green, many flowers and blooms.  Sumac starting to come into bloom, with red fibrous flowers.  Day lilies roaring in vibrant orange.  White hydrangeas.  Still some roses around too.  Yucca plants in blooom 

Weather:  Perfect.  Sunny, around 80F.  Low humidity, a bit of wind.

Stops and Sights along the Route:
  • Farmland, not so many animals. Green, tree-lined streets
  • Bike path leading into Newburyport was a pleasure.  Sculptures, and ice cream right at start.  A most pleasant way to enter the town.
  • After ride, visited garden center in Georgetown with some sculptures out front.

Stops After the Ride:  
  • Bradford Tavern for after-ride lunch.
  • Stumbled on Winfrey candies on way home - darn good chocolate and candy shop.

Southernmost extent of bike path leading north to Newburyport.

Sculptures on the bike path, the little sparrow with the big sparrows.

Sumac coming into bloom.

Haley's ice cream at start of bike path, south end.  Good ice cream and burgers if you must.

The orange roar of day lillies.

Mostly inland but we did see a few lighthouses.

Big white hydrangeas

Sculptures for sale at garden center in Georgetown.

Great chocolate and a "for show" piano at Winfreys.  Gave it a whirl with Cleopatra Rag, out of tune and tinny but staff enjoyed it and so did I!

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