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    Boston to Northampton Epic Trail Ride

    The concept was simple: Get from Boston to Northampton, MA using the least amount of road possible.

    The route starts at the TD Garden and follows the Charles out to Waltham, jumps over the Greenway to Lexington and then over to the Battle Road out to Concord. From there it links some conservation lands and the Bay Circuit trail, and winds out to Nashoba.

    Day two was from the Littleton MBTA and runs counterclockwise to the north of Fitchburg, eventually joining the Midstate trail, which it follows South down to Wachusett Station in Princeton.

    The third leg runs the Midstate down to Rutland, MA and then hooks up with the Central MA corridor which it essentially follows all the way to Northampton.

    I did the first two sections in July, using the MBTA to stage/return. Here's the writeup from those sections: Nor'Easter Backcountry: Boston to Northampton Epic Trail Ride (July 2017)

    I had originally planned to do Wachusett to Northampton as a third day, but decided it was a bit much for one day and took my bikepacking gear to split it into two. Here's the write up for the second half: Nor'Easter Backcountry: Unfinished Business: The Last Slice of the Boston to Northampton Trail Epic

    I think I have another route to get to Rutland, which would likely shorten the ride by a day, and am hoping to test it out this summer. The downside with cutting off the stuff North of Fitchburg is that some of the best/most memorable trail sections are up there- but so was alot of the pavement.

    I'd also be interested in hearing route ideas for getting from Northampton to Adams/Greylock. It would be nice to have a full cross MA route.

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    Nice. I love finding the hidden off-road tracks through Urban areas. I was looking at all the options in between 128 and 495. You can cover a lot of ground in that area with a hard tail or CX bike.

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    Sr Noreaster, check out some of the PV Nemba site pages for Northampton west. There is some of the D2 R2 routes, lots of trail to connect to thunder mt in Charlemont and beyond. And trails through savoy mt. And REAL hills as well. Did some of the XVT last year, pretty cool stuff. Going to do the Cross NH trail this summer, loop over to Groton SF ( in VT) and head up to Kingdom trails.

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    Will check and see what PV Nemba page has to offer. Seems to be alot to work with out there for getting to N. Adams/Greylock. I think I saw your post on the XVT FB page and it got me to thinking about other ways to link the trails in the area, and so I looked at a map of the VT ATV trails and another that shows the snowmobile corridors. Although it didn't show any better way to link the LVRT and Groton, it did give me some ideas on how to link STJ to Victory to complete this "Kingdom Sampler" route:Nor'Easter Backcountry: A Kingdom Sampler: Bikepacking Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

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    Quote Originally Posted by phride View Post
    Nice. I love finding the hidden off-road tracks through Urban areas. I was looking at all the options in between 128 and 495. You can cover a lot of ground in that area with a hard tail or CX bike.

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    So much out there between 128/495. Once you get beyond 495 it gets tricky finding dirt corridors to get around the Wachusett Reservoir & Devens to the North and Worcester to the South. I'm still searching for a route that avoids pavement.

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    Some of the VAST and NH snow track routes can get rough. So many dirt road options. Big fan of hitting some bike paths when good dirt is not available.

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    Awesome indeed! I have a feeling a grueling multi-day epic like this would break me.

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    Iím in Northampton. Lots of off road options to get west from here. Check out the Burgy Bullets snowmobile club. They have maps available showing miles and miles of stuff. Iíll see if I can get you more route options. Stay tuned

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    Iím in Northampton. Lots of off road options to get west from here. Check out the Burgy Bullets snowmobile club. They have maps available showing miles and miles of stuff. Iíll see if I can get you more route options. Stay tuned
    Thanks! Hopefully I can find a way to get Hawley/Charlemont in the mix. Also trying to work the Taconic Crest into the ending. I will definitely check out the BB club.

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