06-12-16 Weekend in review

Quabbin Tower
Quabbin Tower

We had a great weekend.  Many rode the Marshfield loop on Saturday.  A number of made it into a 55 mile ride from Halifax.  The weather held for us.  We had a bit of weird set of weather for the weekend, but we make do.  Best to enjoy rather than be miserable.  A storm front moved across the region on Saturday.  The humidity level was high.  It rained on the people heading to Vermont while we had sunshine.

On Sunday in the western regions toward the Berkshires we had lots of wind.  We were equipped for the wind with the men soldiering against the huge Atlantic winds battering us on the coastal route.

Climbing to the top
Climbing to the top

John took some of us on the 7 Hills Wheelmen Quabbin Century.  This century features a lot of climbing.  My garmin registered 8,000 in elevation gain.  The first picture shows John in his SSB jersey on the climb to the Quabbin observation tower.  This tower is in the southern part

Looking at the Quabbin from the bottom
Looking at the Quabbin from the bottom

of the reservation.  The place is massive.  We would eventually reach the northern part, later.  The metric group – they only rode 60 miles – would ride with us to the southern part of the Quabbin for the view.  They would not ride to the tower with us.

At the bottom you could ride along the water for a bit.  There are several dams.  When we left the Belchertown area of the reservation, then we headed towards Windsor.  On the way to Windsor there was a steep descent.  You could pick up speed but the the reservation funnels wind across one of the set of dams.

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Tom reviewing the massive amount of water

You are up higher than the surrounding terrain.  The dams are over 100 feet tall.  They are like large earthern works.  The wind rips across the water.

At the top
At the top

The climb to observation tower features a 5% grade for 1 mile.  We were happy to reach the top.  The road features a wide and smoothly paved road.  This is great stuff.  All of the rated climbs are actually outside of the Quabbin Reservation.  Strava counted 5 rated climbs for this course.  We had more elevation gain than the folks that rode the B2VT.

Closing on Rutland...in Oakham
Closing on Rutland…in Oakham

The last picture is around mile 92.  A steady climb for miles concludes at this small village.  The next descent would start at the other side of this stop sign.  Just one big hill to go after this descent according to one gentleman.  He neglected to consider the absolute last hill on the final approach to the carpark.  Still, the roads in Rutland were great. The smooth pavement really helped.

Bill