Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunenburg, MA to Nashua, NH via Nashua River Rail Trail

Unusually warm weather forecast for Tuesday (November 23, 2010) offered perhaps the last chance for a not-completely-freezing bike ride of 2010. Definitely for me as the next time we come to these parts it will be the end of December. My plan was to head west-ish out of Lunenburg to Ayer, MA where the Nashua River Rail Trail begins. After following the trail past the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border I would take side streets back towards Lunenburg. All in all about 39 miles.

Beaver teeth marks near the trail.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lunenburg, MA to Milford, NH Bicycle Ride

We had about 10 days before flying to Slovakia for an early vacation (and preemptive honeymoon) and needed to take care of a few things in Massachusetts before the wedding. There was some down time on Sunday morning so I decided to bring my bike along and do a long(er) ride. Long Island is a miserable place for bike riding (especially longer rides), barring those few roads on East End. Add to that drivers who feel invincible and you have an extremely unpleasant combination. Anyway. The plan was to head out around 6:30AM and be done before noon, completing about 50 miles. I spent the evening before doing some planning on mapmyride.com and decided on a 46-some mile ride on predominantly local roads to Milford, NH and back to Lunenburg, MA. So I uploaded the track into my Garmin GPS unit and headed to bed around midnight.

One of the ponds along the Mason Rail Trail.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bicycling on Long Island: Westhampton Barrier Island

After last week's inaugural ride of 2010, we headed to the Westhampton Barrier Island which lies to the south of Long island. There are several outer barrier islands lining the south shore of Long Island - Westhampton, Long Beach, Fire Island or Jones Beach. Westhampton barrier island is terminated by the Shinnecock inlet in the east and by the Moriches inlet in the west. It is not the longest of the four, but it is the only one that has an asphalt road spanning from one end to another AND is not entirely covered by obnoxious suburbia.
Few minutes after starting out of the Cupsogue County Park.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Greek Celebration Bread (Christopsomo)

Before my new copy of Peter Rheinhart's book on Whole Grain Breads arrives in the mail, I decided to revisit his "The Breadbaker's Apprentice" and give a few more recipes a try.  After battling a cold all last week, skipping my workouts and following less than a desirable diet, I decided to go out with a bang and picked a very aromatic and sweet recipe straight from the Mediterranean - The Greek Celebration Bread (Christopsomo). The recipe pretty much guarantees a complete sensory overload - sweetness from honey, rich satisfying taste taste from milk, eggs and olive oil and complex aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, almonds and lemon.
The final product.