Gravel/Mixed Terrain Ride (Bikepacking) 12:00:00  67.0 mi (10:45 / mi)
Two night bikepacking trip to Bearsden.
Friday: drove out to Athol at noon, catching the final wave of rain. Packed the bike in surprisingly-freezing conditions for 60 degrees. Windy and raw. Biked in two soggy miles to the riverfront campsite, gathered wood, and then did a two-hour recon ride that covered just 4 additional miles. Lots of hike-a-bike, lots of mud. Campfire was much appreciated, and the highest winds didn't come until overnight.
Saturday: 57 mile "gravel-friendly" ride, with some bonus MTB/washed-out jeep road terrain for good measure. There may have been a major bridge under repair at a critical point on our ride, and there may have been an adventurous route that involved carrying bikes up and over a railroad embankment and then across a construction barge with a gangplank over the river. Or maybe we just retraced a lot of road miles to get across. Squishy conditions made it an all-day affair, with a bailout onto paved roads before we hit Quabbin. 65 and sunny - perfect riding weather. Final miles all uphill. Left camp at 8AM, made it back at 5:30. A perfect warm, windless evening by the fire.
Sunday: 8 mile ride out with gear, including 5+ miles of new "trails" to explore. Some of them weren't. Our hike-a-biking and a dramatic ravine crossing on the pipeline trail lead to a sweet singletrack downgrade run with some opportunities to catch air with a fully-loaded bikepacking rig. And then a final hike-a-bike and road climb back to the cars, with just enough time to pack up and get out before the deluge began.
A great weekend trip, and we managed to squeeze out every last rideable minute between Friday and Sunday's storms.