Seven Hills Wheelmen
ride leaders:
Rick & Lynne

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Oct. 13, 2012
66 miles

high  temperature
50 degrees

This ride has about 6,100 feet of climbing, according to

2008 video
A fall favorite: Starting near the Book Mill in Montague, Mass.,
we follow the Book Mill cue sheet from Seven Hills Wheelmen.

More of the scenic highlights are shown in our 2006 photos
Pete's 2008 video, our 2009 photos and SL's 2009 photos,
and our 2011 photos.

It was about 35 degrees at the start at the
former Montague Center School.
Cast of characters: Rick, Gary B., Steve P., Pete T., Mad Mike ...

... and Lynne

Pete and Rick at the Bardwell's Ferry Bridge, which spans the Deerfield River between Shelburne and Conway.

Horses on Bardwell's Ferry Road in Conway

Lynne at the Totman farm in Conway.

Gary and Lynne on the Bridge of Flowers, with the Iron Bridge in the background.

Lynne at the glacial potholes
in Shelburne Falls

Pine Nook Road in Deerfield

The view from the tower on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. A wedding party was being photographed on the mountain,
and two hot air balloons were going up
to the southwest.

Gary and Mike,
ready to go up
Zera Fiske Road
in Shelburne

Steve comes over Bardwell's Ferry Bridge.

Steve crests
the hill at the
Totman farm
on Bardwell's Ferry Road in Conway.

Lynne poses with Steve's bike.

Lunch was at McCusker's Market
in Shelburne Falls, across the street
from the Bridge of Flowers.

Beautyberry, aka early amethyst (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai'), on the Bridge of Flowers

Checking out the glacial potholes

A year earlier, the rocks were
underwater after
 tropical storm Irene.

Rick and Pete on top
of Mount Sugarloaf,
the final climb
of the day

From Mount Sugarloaf,
we had about
8 miles to go.
the ride,
we met
 at the
Book Mill.
  .Start/finish: Book Mill -- "Books you don't need in a place you can't find."
Post-ride refreshments: Lady Killigrew Cafe at the Book Mill --
Appealing atmosphere, good menu.We love the warm brown rice salad (here's the recipe).
For more bike stuff, see Lynne's home page.