Quabbin Reservoir Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
5 in Massachusetts Massachusetts64 Miles
on March 1, 2008
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Start in Athol, MA on RT2 West. Take the RT202 South Exit, and follow it right down to RT9, outside of Belchertown. There's a few scenic pull-off along this stretch. Unfortunately, they aren't well marked, and they are mostly gravel. Take RT 9 East. At this point, there will be a series of roads that lead to the Windsor Dam, and other scenic spots. This is a good place to stretch your legs. Just past Ware, MA, take RT32 North. In Gilbertville, switch to Rt32A north, and ride that up to Petersham. There's a country store there that sells great sandwiches. Hop on 32 north, briefly, then take a right onto RT101, and ride that up to RT2 in Templeton and this ride's end point.
The Quabbin Reservoir is HUGE. By looping around it, you get a sampling of forests, views, farmland, and sleepy little towns..
Around the Quabbin, it's terrific. If you go to the scenic sites along the south edge, you get to ride right close to the lake.
Some pretty long stretches on the west side with nothing but woods. Keep an eye on your gas level.
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