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Wachusett Reservoir Area + ADD NEW ROUTE


9   in Massachusetts Massachusetts75 Miles

By KerriOber
on February 1, 2007

4.0out of 5

4 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This route makes a great loop starting and ending in Concord, MA

- Start in Concord, MA.

- Head West on Rt 2 for about 4 miles when you want to ...

- Get off at Rt 111, in Acton, and take west through Boxborough, to Harvard Center. In Harvard, ...

- Take a left onto Rt 110 S. Follow Rt. 110 South for about 8 miles and into Clinton. In Clinton, - Turn right (West) onto RT 62 West in Clinton center, and follow it for about 8 miles into and through Sterling, then 62 will run into Rt 140. Now you want to ...

- Take a right onto 140 North for just about 3.5 miles and you'll see Rt 31 or E. Princeton Road on the left. Now ...

- Take a left onto E. Princeton Road and follow it for a short 2 miles and it will run into Rt 62 at which point you want to ...

- Take a left onto Rt 62. This is a lovely loop! Continue on 62 for a short 3.5 miles and ...

- Take a right onto 140 heading South. Follow this down to the Wachusett Reservoir, a grand sight, and at the bottom of the reservoir, take a left onto RT 70 (70 will head North), which brings you up the other side of the Reservoir. Stay on Rt 70 heading North until in Clinton, you'll meet up with Rt 62 East and ...

- Take a right onto Rt 62 heading East. Travel on 62 East quite a way (about 14.5 miles), until you meet up with Rt. 27 North in Maynard. Now you want to ...

- Take a left onto 27 North up to Rt 2. At Rt 2 you want to

- Turn right onto Rt 2 and head back to Concord (the route's end) or wherever you want to go from there.

Scenery

Forests, farms, and a honking big Reservoir. Lovely tiny town centers, and some of the best farmland to be seen near Boston.

Road Quality

Clinton's streets are not great, but the town center is a nice stop to stretch. Otherwise road quality is good, with mostly one lane roads, and little traffic.

Roadside Amenities

- Harvard Center is a postcard.

- Stop at Bolton Orchards, at the intersection of 117, and 110S. Lot's of goodies to eat.

- Clinton Center is good for a window shop. The route I describe doesn't bring you onto the main drag of shops, but the route brings you through Clinton once early in the route, and the other time as you are back on your way to Concord. One of those times I would suggest you take a break in Clinton. Just find High Street (ask the locals) and if you park there, you'll get the chance to window shop, or eat. If you are looking for hardy grub, check out the Old Timer, on Church Street. A nice sort of traditional Irish pub; really Old School. If you walk uphill to the Town Square, there's a lovely green, fantastic Victorian Architecture, and a Museum of Russian Icons, which just opened. Up the hill, there's a neighborhood of beautiful Victorians. It's worth the trip for a gander. While you are in Clinton, check out the Strand Theater; which features some decent dining, while watching a movie. Cool!

- On Rt 70, in West Boylston, you'll see signs for Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, which is definitely worth a stop.

- Maynard Center, on Rt 62, has lots of great shops to poke in, but some are closed on Sunday. Big Scoops is great for ice cream, and you must stop at the Maynard Outdoor store, and the many artisan shops in town. Lots of places to eat, too. The Sit'n Bull has BBQ, there's two Thai places you'll pass, and an Indian Restaraunt. The Blue Coyote Grill has burgers and steak, and there's the Neighborhood, a pizza place that serves good food. Don't miss Teresina's, a great vintage shop. There's a small motorcycle shop, called Bikeworxx, which you can stop at. Say Hi! to Gaylan, the owner, and pet Biker Betty, the shop cat. .

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By Guest
on August 14, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 04

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride! Me and the wife Loved the views of the water.

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on July 7, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Nice ride on quiet roads, great views of the reservoir, and no highways. Small correction to the directions: the sign reads 110 West in Harvard.

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on July 6, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1983

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Touring

According to the local weekly newspaper there will be throughout the summer a checkpoint set up at the intersection of Rt 140 & Rt 62 in Sterling. They will be checking for LOUD pipes and of course DWI. There will be DMV, local, and State police doing the checking. The reason being given is that the residents along these roads have been complaining about the excessive noise, which I can concur as I live in the area and hsve to agree with most of them.

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on July 2, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1983

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Touring

Both my wife and I ride 1983 R80RT Beemers. In Sterling on RT140 there is the 140 Rendezvous Pub. They have great burgers and weather permitting a rib and chick BBQ on Wednesday eveing and on Sunday afternoon. They also have entertainment on Sundays 4:00 - 8:00, country/rock. For those might want to ride up Mt. Wachusett be aware that the road is now closed for the summer until Oct 2009 due toroad construction.

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