A standing invitation from our touring coordinator, Denny LaForce:
Mini-tours or Bike Overnights are two- or three-day rides, usually to a campground and back. Mini Tours are a casual 50 to 70 miles per day, are usually baesd on a favorable weather forecast, and are always fully loaded, meaning we carry everything on our bikes and have no support vehicle or "sag wagon." Should you be retired, semi-retired (like me), unemployed, independently wealthy, or have a few sick days you want to use up, a Mini Tour could be scheduled midweek.
Most rides start and end at my house in Manchaug, Mass., but I'm not averse to alternate starting locations. Some past destinations have been Horseneck Beach in Westport, Mass.; Point Judith and Block Island, R.I.; and various campgrounds to the north and west. The pace is slow, with an emphasis on enjoying the compaionship of like-minded travelers and enjoying the scenery. There is no prize for the first person to reach the campground.
You will need a solid rack mounted to your bicycle to attach panniers or a trailer (for child or cargo), and basic camping equipment such as tent, sleeping bag and cookware. If you've wanted to try bike touring to see how it feels without going out on a limb, here's your chance. I would be pleased to help you get started with information, advice and equipment lists, and I have some loaner equipment available. Call or e-mail for more info or to be added to my touring participant list.
If you are interested in something a little longer, give me a call and I'll let you know what's in the works (below). I've been averaging around 2,000 touring miles a year since 2007.
I am always open to riding to your destination. Pick a place and let's ride.
May 4-5, 2013 -- WOMPATUCK MINI-TOUR
Destination is WOMPATUCK STATE PARK, Hingham. Start location to be determined. Trip could be extended to a third day, if people want, with the middle day spent exploring Nantasket Beach and Hull. Contact Denis LaForce, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-476-7081