Newburyport-NH Coast-Portsmouth-Exeter-Haverhill Bicycle Tour 9/20/2015

Newburyport- NH Coast-Portsmouth-Exeter-Haverhill bike tour with popover and coffee stops and micro-brewery finale (variable distance: 25 or 58 miles ) (Meet at North Station 9:15 am)

 Temps in the high 70's! Perfect Indian Summer! Join us for a great bike ride!

We'll meet at North Station (ticket booths) at 9:15 am and take the commuter rail (9:30) to Newburyport (arrival 10:30), a beautiful seaside town in the North Shore.  From there we will cross to New Hampshire and cycle c. 22 miles on the stunnung NH coast -- all for us to enjoy now that the  tourist season is over. We will end the first part of our trip in wonderful, gay-friendly Portsmouth NH, with lunch at Popovers on the Square (popovers are a special New England treat!) around 1:15 pm.

From Portsmouth we will move inland, stopping  after c. 15 miles  in quaint Exeter  NH (home of Exeter Academy) for a quick coffee break at Ollie and Me's  bakery around 3:15 pm.  From there we will continue inland through quiet country roads to the MA border, arriving in Haverhill at around 6:00 pm. We will crown our day with beer and appetizers at the Haverhill Brewery (conveniently located across the MBTArail stop), before taking the commuter rail back to Boston at 7:20 p.m. (arrival back in Boston at 8:20 p.m.)


 The total distance is 58 miles ( c. 91 km), but you can do a shorter route of 25 miles  by coming back with the commuter bus (runs every hour and takes bicycles) from Portsmouth.  (See

This is not a race: we'll cycle at a steady but comfortable speed of c. 13 mph (c. 19 kph). (If needed, we will divide the group in a "faster" and "slower" group.)

 This ride requires a minimum of four people, so please RSVP by Friday, September 18. The ride will be cancelled if there are not enough registered participants.

Do not forget to bring:


1) water and snacks

2) a bicycle with good working brakes and lights

3) light-color or bright jacket/shirt

4 ) desire to have fun!

Each rider assumes responsibility for his or her own safety.

 Please RSVP to by Friday September 18, 2015. Please leave your mobile number in case of schedule changes.



Prof. Margarita M. Balmaceda, Ph.D.