Thank you for being part of an amazing weekend of bike travel this year! Check out a great wrap-up at our Member News page! We hope to see you register for Bike Your Park Day on September 24th, 2022 - registration will open soon!
This is a one-night bicycle camping adventure from Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 5 to introduce people to bicycle touring and camping. Beginners are especially welcome, but you must be fit enough to ride the distances and elevations shown below. If that's an issue, talk to me and I'll see what we can do.
Books & Tents: Saturday will start on Royalston Common with a visit to the library Book & Plant Sale, where you can either buy or borrow a book to read in your tent or at your campsite.
Meet time: 10 am at Royalston Town Hall. Park behind the building. We will start pedaling by 11 am.
Destination: Mount Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, NH. We will camp at Gilson Pond Campground. You must make your own campsite reservation ($31.50) at https://newhampshirestateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/monadnock-state-park-gilson-pond-area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NH&parkId=270051
The Ride: We will pedal at a leisurely pace with time to stop for lunch and rest breaks on both days. Day 1 is up to 25 miles with many options to stop for food. Day 2 is up to 20 miles with a little less elevation, but not much for services along the way. You may, of course, return on the Saturday route if you wish. Please let me know if you want to ride with the group or go on your own both days.
Difficulty: hilly (about 1,000 feet of elevation gain each day), some rough pavement, and 5.7 miles of gravel bike trail on Saturday.
Safety: Mostly public roads with no bike lanes or shoulder. You must wear bright colors to be visible to traffic. Traffic speeds around 35-40 mph, with a brief stint on a 50 mph road (with shoulder). On Saturday, we will ride 5.7 miles on a gravel railroad bed -- no cars but be careful with a few spots of loose gravel.
Weather: We will go rain or shine; however, trip will be cancelled for high winds or severe thunderstorms.
Camping: Bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and something to use for a pillow. The campground has running water, toilets, and showers (bring quarters). Bring your dinner and your breakfast. Bring dry clothes for sleeping and lounging in. Be prepared for rain: rain gear for riding, a tarp and travel umbrella for the campsite.
Support vehicle: I am planning to have a volunteer transport camping gear for people who don't have racks and panniers, if needed. Let me know if you need it.
Please let me know if you have any questions. If you are new to this I am happy to help you! The whole point of this is sharing my joy of bicycle touring with you.
I look forward to adventuring together!
Registration for this event is currently closed. Check back soon for the launch of Bicycle Travel Weekend for 2023!