Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WOW! Whatta year! We’ve had a dizzying amount of fun events, rides, meetings, events, meetings, and rides. Oh did I say everything twice? That’s right !! We’ve probably had TWICE as many of everything this year here in SEMass NEMBA-Land. Or as we affectionately refer to it—‘The Southeast Kingdom’……
Twice as many of everything equaled twice as much FUN!
Some of the FUN that we had included:
-- The now famous Super8 rides series, where we showcased 8 different parks
-- We represented at the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Summit in Hyannis
-- Chris Patrick hosted many trail- and bridge-building days at Clifford Grant in Easton, and was able to see this three-year project completed before the snow really started flying.
-- A NEW trail system was built in Wompatuck in the now-open ‘Annex’ where all the crumbly old rockets and ammuition buildings were finally removed. As of now, this adds about 3 more miles of trail to the park, with plans for even more starting in spring.
--We hosted the NEMBA BOD Ride/Meeting at Adams Farm, which despite some cold rain and snow, brought NEMBA leaders from all over New England for a great pow wow
--Our NEMBAFest SEMass Barbecue, which we promise to expand on for the upcoming year……
In the words of dedicated mountain biking ambassador Jay Tarantino, 2014 brought us “New bikes, New trails and best of all new friends”
Now that we are riding headlong into WINTER, dreaming of sugarplums and new studded tires, what better way to stay warm but with a dark, roasted, crunchy bacony snack that you can share with your riding buds (or not…)
One of Steve's Secret Trail-Shaking Snacks
You probably have never heard me talk of this, or even share with you. I've been sneaking bites at trail intersections while everyone's busy catching their breath....but now it's time to SHARE!! It's an easy-to-make great winter snack that you can keep in your pack.
Be careful, it can be addictive!!
6 slices Nice Smoked Bacon , cooked, but not crisp-- reserve all the rendered fat!!!
2 cups raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Nanami Togarashi Spice/pepper blend( available at your local Asian market )
Chop up the bacon into 1/4" pieces and put in a non-stick or cast-iron pan with the bacon fat.
Warm up the bacon on medium heat until it starts to crisp, then add the pumpkin seeds and almonds. Continue to cook until 'golden' brown, adding as much of the spice as you like. Turn off the heat and spoon out onto paper towels. When cool enough to handle (but not cold) add the dried fruit, then put back onto fresh paper towels until room temp and all the excess fat has drained off. This will keep the 'greasy finger' problem to a minimum while on the trail.
Ziplock baggie-up and take on your next adventure!! It lasts a good long time at room temp but I don't know how long. Best to refrigerate if more than a few days, but also tastiest when consumed at room temp. You can freeze it if you want to make big batches.
Variation: add small chunks of 70% bittersweet chocolate when the mixture is cold.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Do you want to continue to keep the West Barnstable Conservation Area quiet and safe for biking? We need your help! A group of concerned citizens are working to keep the shooting range (located on the north side of the West Barnstable Conservation Area) closed.
The Town of Barnstable wants to re-open the range as soon as it can (it's been closed since Dec 2012). A few trails will be closed to make a "buffer zone" from the shooting ranges.
If you are concerned about this and might be willing to write an email or make a phone call, or, if you just want to learn more about what's going on regarding efforts to keep the Conservation Area safe for ALL passive recreation, send a note to and we'll get right back to you! Thanks!
At the October 16th Barnstable Town Council meeting the Council voted to put off consideration of this issue until January 22nd. http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37638&Itemid=152
>>Try to attend that meeting it will be at 7:00 PM at Town Hall, South Street, Hyannis that's when the vote is expected to be taken. Read more about Trail of Tears Shooting Range
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SEMASS NEMBA presents 2014 "The Super 8 Destination Ride Series"
Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association for a series of guided mountain bike rides in 8 different locations.
Each location we visit will feature multiple guided rides for all skill levels led by locals to the trails to give you a feel for the type of riding at that particular park .
|1||May 10||Wompatuck State Park (Hingham)|
|2||June 29||Freetown-Fall River State Forest - Ibis Demo Day|
|3||August 17||Borderland State Park (Easton)|
|4||October 19||Massasoit State Park (Taunton)|
|5||November 16||Ames Nowell State Park (Abington)|
|6||Date TBA||Adams Farm|
|7||November 28||F Gilbert Hills State Forest- ‘Turkey Burner’ Brunch Ride|
|8||December 14||Blue Hills Reservation (Milton) - ‘Toys’ Ride|
Check back for updates on the rides. Links will be provided as soon as details are available.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sandy Neck, Barnstable Beach Fat Tire Policy
A web page for access information for folks that want to ride on Sandy Neck Beach has been created.
As Fat Tire Bikes continue to grow in popularity, the challenge is going to be to keep riders educated during the summer (shorebird nesting) seasons. It is during this time (April through September) that areas of the beach will be closed to many types of recreational activates (including biking) as required by state and federal endangered species protection laws. Within these closed sections there can potentially be hundreds of tern and plover nests/chicks that are camouflaged almost completely with sand. I would suggest that mountain bikers check this web site and this Public Service pdf prior to each visit as the closed areas will change over the season.
Also, it goes without saying (but we will say it nevertheless) fat tire bikes must stay on open marked trails.
After and before nesting season, usually from sometime in September to sometime in May, (though that can vary significantly), most established trails are open to bikes. But, as always there's never any riding on the dunes.
Check the Fat Tire Bike information page for updates.
Map of the beach
Read more about Sandy Neck Beach Fat Tire Policy
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Rotating through Southeastern MA (9am) - Intermediate XC
Foxboro/Borderland (5:45pm) - Intermediate
Foxboro (6pm) - Intermediate
Quincy - Urban All Levels
Rotating SE MASS or Cape Cod (9am) - Advanced Novice
Wompatuck (5:45pm) - Intermediate
Foxboro (6pm) - Advanced Intermediate
Kingston (6pm) - Novice
Massasoit (6:45am) - All Levels
Wompatuck (9am) - All Levels
Saturday Mellow rides are designed to be fun!
They are low key follow-the-leader rides where the goal is to get out and enjoy the woods rather than race through them.
The trails we ride are usually easy and this is a perfect ride for people with developing skills, kids and families and people getting back into riding after a break.
from adderall We normally ride for about 1.5 to 2 hours and we stop frequently to catch our breath, or, if desired, occasionally we'll practice a skill.
Better riders will enjoy these rides as recovery rides or to just cruise around in the woods without pressure.
Saturday Mellow rides will happen frequently on Saturdays. But only when I know people are coming.
Let me know if you'd like to join us.
I'll respond with the location, directions, Covid guidance and to answer any questions.
Also everyone must sign NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Waiver ahead of time.
Non-NEMBA members are welcome, but also need to sign the waiver.
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West Barnstable Conservation Area
The West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of Cape Cod treasures and one of its prime riding areas. It's a 1200 acre parcel of conservation land in the village of West Barnstable. The main recreation focus is multi-use and revolves around mt.biking, hiking, trail running and cross country skiing. Hunting is allowed in season. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.
This area is very atypical for Cape Cod vegetation. American beech, Red oak, Sassafras, White pine, and American holly make up most of the tree canopy. The understory consists of Sweetfern, Bayberry, Greenbriar, Spirea, and low bush blueberry, to name a few.
Management of the West Barnstable Conservation Area falls under the Barnstable Conservation Commission and the Barnstable Land Management Committee. However, most decisions are made by the Barnstable Land management Committee which is a non-regulatory board.
There is approximately 21 miles of singletrack that wind throughout the West Barnstable Conservation Area. The majority of singletrack is short and steep with some very twisted sections. Though the trails are not very technical, they’re full of short steep climbs which make for a great aerobic roller coaster ride.
Maps are available through the Conservation Department and at the top of this page. Cape Cod NEMBA has built a scenic overlook in this area as well as naming and marking the trails with signs.
The trails were originally a 9 mile enduro motorcycle loop back in the 70's It is now a meticulously maintained and marked with over 20 miles of singletrack trails. Fire roads and fields add to the diversity. In the early 80's a couple of local legends, Doug Jordan and Art Hastings grabbed their Univega Alpha Unos and attempted those motorcycle trails which were straight-up-and-down-over-the-bars-rear-tire-skidding steep. At the end of 9 miles with tears in their eyes and many bruises, they called the area the "Trail of Tears". A name that has faded with time and the many improvements that Cape Cor NEMBA and the town of Barnstable have made over the years. Now the trails are mostly a pleasant fast rolling challenge. Although there many areas to ride on the Cape, the West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of the best.
How to get there:
The parking lot is located just off exit 5 on the mid-cape highway, Route 6. From the East take a right off the exit then another right. That is the Service Road. If you're coming from the East turn left at the end of the exit ramp and then turn right on the Service Road. Parking is approximately 300 yards down on the left. Start here and your ride begins with hills.
Another parking lot is located at 1590 Race Lane on the South side of the conservation area. From exit 5 head south on Route 149 until you get to a small rotary. Turn right on Race Lane and follow it for just under two miles. You'll see the parking area in the woods on your right where Farmersville Road intersects with Race Lane. Start here and your ride begins on flat singletrack.
How to volunteer to care for this park:
Cape Cod NEMBA does regular trail care of the trails and works with Barnstable's Conservation Commission to protect and preserve this trail system. Contact Cape Cod NEMBA to find out about the next trail care event.
Links to Relevant Resources
Wrentham State Forest
The Wrentham State Forest in Southeastern Massachusetts is laced with an almost uncountable number of motorcycle type singletracks, jeep trails, and a few slightly maintained forest service roads. Wrentham does not have a campground, lake, river or even a headquarters building. Just 1,064 acres of well drained, lightly hilled woodland trails. The forest is the center of most of the areas hunting activity. One special feature unique to Wrentham is a single-track under Route 495. But more on that later. Wrentham State Forest is actually a part of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, which has three sections that are located in the towns of Foxboro, Wrentham and Franklin.
The DCR's Wrentham State Forest handout map does not show 50% of the existing trails that are in use. This means that you will have a great time getting yourself lost and found while you explore. Just remember the forest is bisected by Route 495 which runs from East to West and by Taunton Street which runs from North to South. Any paved road that you come upon other than Taunton Street is outside of the forest. And that knowledge, along with the DCR map and the map below, is all you need to have a great ride.
For your first ride at Wrentham, start at the main parking lot located at 700 Taunton Street. Enter the woods behind the lot and keeping the traffic noise on your left, try to ride all of the trails that are closest to the highway fence as you proceed West. When you reach the paved road, (Route 1A), you will be out of the forest. Retrace your route to the first jeep road that heads left (North) and ride the most defined trails as you head back towards the start. At the minimum this will net you 4 miles of single-track on your Eastern leg and at least 6 on your way back. With this brief introduction to the forest you're ready to explore. And explore you will. The side trails will lead you to additional single-tracks, and so on...
For your second ride cross Taunton Street and enter the woods behind the large Wrentham State Forest sign. Turn left or right at the first intersection - and explore. Oh! The forest's motorcycle trail is marked with yellow arrows. It's quite difficult in spots, but offers a good introduction to the forest.
There is another section of the forest just South of Route 495.The easiest way to get there is to head South on Taunton Street until you cross over Route 495. Then take your next right on George Street and follow any of the trails leading off George Street on your right or your left.
Now for the surprise. Remember that drainage culvert you noticed along your way West? It leads under route 495 and connects to the trails in the Southern portion of the forest. Try it! Although the inside of the pipe is a little slippery, it is ridable. And it's a kick being under the traffic for a change.
Continuing on, the jeep trails on the South side of the forest lead to a vast array of motorcycle, jeep and ATV trails that run through Plainfield, Attleborough, North Attleborough and even into Rhode Island. Bring along a local town road map to help you find a quick way back to your start.
Riding in Wretham will test your limits. Not many hills, and not much mud, but the difficult, technical single tracks seem to go on forever, and in fact much farther than you will. Why not find out for yourself?
The Wrentham State Forest parking lot and trailhead is located on Taunton Street in the center of the forest, and it usually has a copy of the 'good' map on its signboard. To get there head South from the intersections of routes 495 and 1 and take a right on Route 152 (Taunton Street) towards Wrentham. After you go over Route 495, look for the parking lot on your left.
It's easy to get lost here. Bring a copy of the map with you, and if all else fails, listen for highway noise. You'll never be too far from Route 495 or a paved road. During hunting season expect to find hunters. (There's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.)
Map: This map was drawn by local rider Pete Lewis. It shows most of the forest's trails.