A gentle trail ride thru the Georgetown/Rowley, Willowdale, and Bradley Palmer State Parks and a short stretch along the Topsfield rail trail. Suitable for beginner gravel riders, as well as advanced.  35 mm tires or wider recommended.  

The terrain is category 1+ - 2.  

Gravel ride
Category 2 Dirt/gravel roads, wide single-track, or dual-track trails with potholes, washboard, and occasional loose surfaces. Larger tires size and lower pressure is recommended.  
Ideal bike: Endurance, all-road, or gravel 
Tire size:  32-35mm  
See Types of Gravel Rides
Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 10am
MassDOT Parking Area
12 Park St
Topsfield MA 01983

For the 5/27 gravel ride

Mile 4.7 Pond street onto rail trail: ride to left of electric substation to pick up trail

Mile 6.5 Water/mud/rickety bridge feature:  suggest dismount if you are meek/old/wimpy

Mile 9  Difficult surface: newish large bore gravel for 0.5 miles, ridable but jarring

Mile 14  Tree feature: large dead tree across trail. 4 feet of clearance under it.  There is also a water/mud feature right after that so you can just stay off the bike and walk it.

Also, I (Melinda) will be at Zumi's (down Main St. from the ride start) from 9:15 to 9:45 for a coffee social.  All riders are welcome.  

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