50 Mile East Coast Greenway Ride

Tuesday, August 21st - starting at 8:30a
@ meet in Salisbury or Newburyport

Join the East Coast Greenway tour during its one-week trip between Portland, ME to Hartford, CT. All are welcome.

Background: The ECG is a planned 2,900 mile off-road route from Canada (Calais, ME) to the Florida Keys. A group of 40 ECG supporters are in the 2nd year of a multi-year program to ride the complete route to Key West, FL – a week at a time. This year the group is riding from Portland, ME to Hartford, CT. We invite you to join us Tuesday, August 21st on a day segment of the week ride.

Ride Description: In the past couple of years there has been much progress on this critical section of the East Coast Greenway from NH to Boston. We will ride on the newly constructed Old Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury then south to the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. At the Newburyport train station we’ll meet up with more riders. We’ll go on temporary on-road sections to the Topsfield Linear Common and then on the Wenham and Danvers Rail Trails. Next we’ll go on the Peabody Bike Path and over to the Salem Bike Path to the Marblehead Rail Trail. In Swampscott and Lynn we’ll go along the ocean on the Lynn Shore Promenade. Then we’ll ride on newly constructed sections of the Northern Stand Trail in Malden and Everett. Last we’ll make our way to Charlestown at Paul Revere Park and onto the newly constructed North Bank Bridge (bike/peds only - opening Jun 30th!) that will take us over the Charles River and the MBTA railroad tracks at North Station to a beautiful new park in Cambridge across to the Museum of Science.

Distance: 55 miles from Salisbury or 50 miles from Newburyport
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Where: There will be two starting points: Knotty Pine Motel in Salisbury located at 79 Beach Rd. or Route 1A (8:30 am) or five miles south at Newburyport Train station (9 am).
Starting Time: 8:30 in Salisbury or 9:00 am in Newburyport
Finish Point: Boston at North station - riders can take the train back to cars at Newburyport. (Please plan accordingly for times that bikes are allowed on the train – for waiting there is also a bar in North Station!)
Cost: FREE for ECGA members (www.greenway.org)
Questions: Contact Dave Read at 617-257-7323 for more information.