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in: PG; PG > 2017-07-01

Jul 1, 2017 8:43 PM # 
Jul 1, 2017 9:11 PM # 
Jul 1, 2017 10:00 PM # 
That's just a bit north of where I got my tremendous FDF haul several years ago. Quabbin seems to be a real haven for them. What's the deal on riding there? My memory is that it's allowed only on the old paved roads (but I didn't let that stop me).
Jul 1, 2017 10:20 PM # 
Here's a map of where I've been. Biking on the roads is OK. The legend says "Off-Road Bicycling Prohibited."

The question is -- what's a road? Because there are more things that sure look like roads that are not on the map.

My assumption has been that these other things that look like roads are OK if there is no sign saying bikes are not allowed.

I been down a bunch of these, let's call them side roads. No problem. And I've run into two rangers (one on a bike!). Had a chat with the other one -- looking afterwards at exactly where we were, we weren't on a mapped road. And she was as friendly as could be.

What's the saying -- better to ask for forgiveness that permission? :-)
Jul 2, 2017 4:04 AM # 
Are the mapped roads that you're riding unpaved? There's a pretty good batch of paved ones down in Dana, if memory serves, though I definitely went on some dirt roads as well. (Looks like the map indicates that you shouldn't ride up Soapstone Hill, but I don't know why that would be. But this is Quabbin, where Jim Baker once got ticketed for cross-country skiing.)
Jul 2, 2017 12:39 PM # 
Almost all were dirt. The only "paved" was one section right along the reservoir, maybe a mile, that had been paved at some point and now is broken up pretty badly. The rest had no signs of ever being paved.

Next time I go over there I'll go on the east side, south of where I was yesterday. And see what I find.
Jul 2, 2017 2:36 PM # 
I believe where I went in was Dana Rd., in Petersham (Nichewaug). Parking for a few cars at the gate, though for a cyclist, you could of course park a little further away and ride to the gate if need be. If you go, and want a little quest, see if you can find the crashed jet fighter that I stumbled across (Googling ahead of time is fair game).
Jul 2, 2017 3:31 PM # 
Saw the remains of that in the early 70's. Impressive was how the wings evenly sliced off the tops of the trees as it came in.

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