Thirty people started off with plenty of sun screen to ride on a perfect # 10 day through Billerica, Carlisle and Chelmsford – 12 with the twelve-mile group, the rest with Al G leading the 20-mile ride. 20-mile group got cheated; they didn’t stop for ice cream. (I think I read somewhere, that’s against the by-laws!) Mother Nature was very kind to us with a beautiful sunny, (but not uncomfortably hot), day for both the ride and the wonderful pot luck back at the house – food again was incredible.
Everyone brings the greatest stuff. We had two flat tires – same bike, first the front tire and a little down the road the back tire! Thanks to Paul McH for changing them. Everyone seemed to have a great day.
THANK YOU, Al G, for adjusting both routes taking out some of the steeper hills and also for leading the longer ride again.
Twenty five TOHG members embraced the warm sunshine and toured Salem from a unique perspective. Even the Salem folks on the tour learned some new things! We walked about 3.5 miles. A few members bought candy at America’s oldest candy store. We saw the house of Americas first millionaire, and impressive collection of yard art, the Salem Common, which is home of the first muster in the USA, and a few sites from the Hocus Pocus movie. Most of the locations on a tour are off the commercial tour’s radar. I wish I brought some Apple air freshener to spray at the site of Bridget Bishop’s apple orchard to enhance paranormal activity!!!! Ha!!!! What was I thinking? Why did I not do it? Next time! We all enjoyed a little history, lots of humor, and great food at Brothers Tavern on New Derby Street. Thanks to all who walked!
On June 5, eight members of TOHG Boston mystery group visited the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. We viewed "Soulful Stitching", a vibrant exhibit of patchwork quilts, known as "kawandi" made by Siddi women in rural area of Karnataka in Northern India. The enslaved Siddi people left Africa as early as 1650's. These colorful quilts are made from recycled family clothing remnants and are still used for sleeping in cool, damp Indian monsoon season. We enjoyed a buffet lunch at Wellesley College Club overlooking Lake Waban which was peaceful even on a rainy day.
Following the Friday and Saturday Cape Cod bike rides, eighteen members of the Gang were fully prepared on Sunday morning for a robust twenty-six mile round trip to Skaket Beach. Located on the bay side of the Cape, the beach is renowned for its vast views of the inner Cape area, with Plymouth far out in the distance to the west, and, to the north, P-town jutting out on the Cape. This perfect day for bikers could not be missed, given the Friday afternoon torrential downpour on the Shining Sea bike ride! One principal goal was accomplished: lunch at the beach, as a half-hour respite to the thirteen mile ride back to the trailhead in Dennis.
TOHG cyclists Overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown. We had a wonderful time and glad to be of a little help. Thank you for all you do for us to make the gang a special and first class organization.
Joe and Dawn
Top of the Hill Gang Cape Cod Weekend, 2018 The official weekend was kicked off on Friday, June 1st with a bike ride from North Falmouth to Woods Hole on the Shining Sea Bikeway. The rain that had been forecast was supposed to stop by 10 AM (the start time of the ride). The parking lot was full of TOHG bike riders by 9:30 AM and off we rode. There were a few sprinkles along the way, but nothing to stop this hearty group. By the time we reached Woods Hole, it appeared the rain had stopped and even a little sun shone through, however on the ride back to North Falmouth, the sky opened up and the majority of the group rode back in the drenching rain. I never heard a complaint, and most of us were soaked to the skin, I even overheard someone say that was the best part of the weekend.
Friday evening was the well-attended (at least 110 THOG members) Pizza party with tons of appetizers, salads, snacks and of course a wonderful variety of delicious pizza and lots and lots of people catching up with each other.
Saturday offered far better weather than Friday and there were three bike rides to choose from; one to Chatham, another longer version to Chatham which included the lighthouse in Chatham and one to Provincetown.
There was also a group who took a walking tour. And from what I could tell, TOHG members did their part frequenting the local ice cream establishments after bike rides or walking tours.
Saturday evening many people made reservations at one of the many great restaurants in the area and various groups headed out for the evening to enjoy dinner on their own.
Both Saturday and Sunday mornings TOHG members filled the breakfast rooms at Bayside Resort with loud conversations and lots of laughter.
Sunday many people headed home while others joined in another bike ride.
Big thank you to Linda and Walter B., Dawn M. and Joe M., Linda and Paul McH. and Ray G, for coordinating bike rides for this weekend, Ines and Marco A. for their website assistance and to everyone who helped with the set up and clean up for the Pizza party. This popular weekend is in part a success because so many people pitch in to help and because we really seem to know how to enjoy ourselves even in the rain.
Ellie G. - Cape Cod Weekend Coordinator
Thursday Canal Ride with the early arrivals: Sue R, Rich K, Marie A, Maryann D, Jim A, Jane P, Joe M, Kate K, Dawn M, Jane B.
The Hub Mystery Group is discovering that the Boston Area has numerous fascinating places. On May twenty fourth we visited Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Our guide Kevin Hartigan, was a font of information. He made the 185 year history of this famous school fascinating, recounting the work and passion of many men and women who founded this impressive place. He related anecdotes about famous students like Helen Keller and not so famous, yet equally brilliant, Laura Bridgeman who was deaf and blind yet capable and accomplished. We learned how inventive and creative the teachers and students are. While there we saw several students traveling the halls independently to classes, using different tools to assist their trip. Afterwards we walked across the street to the Watertown Diner and shared good food and conversation.
Deep within the heart of Easton, lies a geothermal spring that is protected by 146 acres of woodland. With an origin of Nova Scotia, Canada, the water travels beneath the earth’s crust directly to the Simpson spring in Easton. This water resource dates back before the Native Americans who used it. Our group toured the facility from the water source to bottling and viewed many of their historical artifacts. Easton Spring also have for purchase fresh farm products, vendor crafts and food at the cafe on Saturdays. We enjoyed lunch at the Fresh Catch in Mansfield that included Betty F, Linda K, Faye S, Joan S, Lucille S & trip leader Rosemary S.
Twenty TOHG members rode a pleasant twenty miles round-trip on the Bruce Freeman Bike Trail between Chelmsford and Acton on Monday, May 21st. It was a picture-perfect day with Goldilocks temperatures, dry air and no wind. Many riders had not been on the newly completed section of the trail from Westford to Acton and they loved it. We stopped for lunch halfway in Acton at Filhos Great Road, just off the trail, and most had $10 lunch specials (very tasty). Meredith P, Chuck H, Harry F, Allan G, Dennis U, Dawn M, Betsy B, Jimmy W, Jane P, Kate K, Nancy B, Ines A, Mary W, Pat K, John C, Ellen W, David R and Sue B.
Missing from the photo: Pat P and Chris B.
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