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Spinning Through History


Adult Enrichment / Fitness & Dance -
Fall 2022

Explore special places right in your own “backyard” on these scenically-beautiful and historically-fascinating day trips designed to delight cyclists of all abilities. These small group tours are led by both a historian-cyclist who will share the area’s historic and natural highlights and an expert bike tour guide who will also offer tips on how to capture the perfect shot with your phone.

Ipswich Land and Sea: If you love history, architecture, and cycling along scenic rural roads with outstanding coastal vistas, Ipswich is the perfect day trip destination. Our tour starts at the Riverwalk Mural beside the Ipswich River in downtown Ipswich. We take beautiful Argilla Road to Crane Beach, with a short climb to Crane Castle, and beautiful views looking across Plum Island to the Atlantic. We loop back to downtown Ipswich on scenic rural roads and through historic neighborhoods of 17th and 18th Century houses. After a lunch break, we'll ride out to Jeffreys Neck across the Great Salt Marsh, with a couple of scenic climbs on Little Neck and Great Neck. At the end of our day, we ride back into town through the greatest collection of "First Period" houses in America. Your guide Gordon Harris is the Ipswich town historian, and shares information about the area’s historic and natural highlights. This ride has a total of about 1000 ft. of climb over 26 miles. (* the route can be viewed at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39149974)

The Wonders of Newburyport: This beautiful tour starts at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and takes us to scenic Plum Island where we ride for several miles alongside dunes and salt marshes with frequent views of migratory wildlife. After a short hike on the new Hellcat boardwalk trail, we reverse course and meander through historic 18th Century neighborhoods to downtown Newburyport for our lunch break. The ride continues past Federal-era mansions on High St. to Maudslay State Park, following quiet wooded roads beside the lovely Artichoke Reservoirs. Wide-shouldered Scotland Road opens up with three miles of uninterrupted cycling past the Wet Meadows and Common Pastures Conservation Areas. The Clipper City Rail Trail brings us back through Newburyport and along the Merrimack River Waterfront, with a total of 30 miles. Throughout the day, your guides will share information about the area’s historic and natural highlights. This ride has about 800 ft. of climb over a total of 30 miles. (* the route can be viewed at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39373281)

Please note: Participants should be experienced enough to be comfortable cycling 25 to 35 miles over a 4-5 hour period. Exact meeting locations will be in your Course Confirmation emails. Riders must wear helmets and have recently tuned road or hybrid bikes with fully inflated tires. Bring water, a snack, a great attitude, and a spare inner tube (just in case). There will be time to stop in town for snacks / lunch. Weather cancellations will be made up as needed.

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Instructor

Gordon Harris


Gordon Harris has been leading cycling tours of the North Shore area since joining the Big Ride Across America in the year 2000. He is also the Ipswich town historian and leads walking tours of America's best-preserved Puritan town.

Lauren Hefferon


Arlington resident Lauren Hefferon has been a professional bicycle tour guide for over 40 years and is the founder of bike tour company Ciclismo Classico. As a bike educator and advocate, she loves to share her passion for bicycle travel, especially to those who are new to this wondrous two-wheeled activity (for life).

FT-10/2 Newburyport

  Lauren Hefferon , Gordon Harris


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Sunday, Oct 2
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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FT-Ipswich Land & Sea 10/1

  Lauren Hefferon , Gordon Harris


TBD
Saturday, Oct 1
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Price: $ 65 00