Mount Greylock Ride 2011

After the fun we had during this year’s Mount Washington group ride, we planned another ride, this time to Massachusetts’ Mount Greylock.  Mount Greylock is sort of like a little version of Mount Washington.  This time it was five Ducatis: three Monsters and two Multistradas.

The ride out was one of the best routes I’ve ever ridden.  It was MUCH better than the ride to Mount Washington.  We left from Chelmsford and rode route 119 West and up into New Hampshire, over into Vermont onto route 9, and then headed South on routes 100 and 8 back into Massachusetts.  You can see the route here:  Route Map.  The roads were beautiful, fast, curvy, and virtually empty.  We saw some of the damage from the flooding that took place recently.  Trees and buildings knocked over, bridges washed out, roads partially gone, etc… You see it on the news and online, but driving through it was a different experience.  Nature is powerful stuff.

We blocked off a road with our bikes in Vermont and I helped a Snapping Turtle get safely across, which was pretty cool.  Otherwise the ride was uneventful, fast, and fun!  We had some navigational issues getting to Mount Greylock in that I had my GPS set for the visitor center, which is on the South side of the mountain, whereas since we were coming in from the North, it made more sense to head to the summit from the Northern approach.  Eventually we made it up to the top, which had some amazing views.  The food at the summit leaves a lot to be desired, so I’d strongly recommend eating somewhere else.

On the way back we thought we’d take Route 2.  Unfortunately Route 2 is closed due to flood damage, so we ended up having to run a huge detour and it took much longer to get back than we expected.  Knowing what I know now, I definitely would have just headed back on the way we had come, as it is an AMAZING ride.

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