As part of the European Club's official 2013 Summer Program we are organizing a bicycle excursion to Nahant this
Saturday, August 03 (in case of inclement weather we will postpone to Sunday, August 04).
Nahant is a peninsula formed by two joint islands that are connected to the main land by a dam, located in Lynn bay, a few miles north of Boston. It covers a total of 3 square kilometers and reaches an elevation of 15m above sea level. Although 15 meters doesn't sound like much, Nahant is very hilly and the bike ride over the island has to be considered intermediate to strenuous. This bike trip is not suited for beginners.
We will start out at MIT's Stata center at 11am (at the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets, between the Koch cancer center and the STATA entrance). From there we will ride through the newly opened connector bikeway from North Point park to the Aquarium and pass by North Station. From the Aquarium we will take the blue line to East Boston. Finally, we will go up along the shoreline to Lynn bay were we reach the dam to Nahant after a total of 11 miles.
On Nahant, we will sit together for a nice picnic on the premises of the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, a place that offers spectacular views over the shoreline of Cape Ann. After the picnic we will ride our bikes to Nahant's legendary 40-steps beach. This beach is a pebble beach, accessible only through wooden stairs. The 40 steps lead to an enclosed bay were warm seawater gets trapped during the summer to offer an exceptional ocean swim experience to its visitors. We can swim across the bay, climb out of the water and jump in off the cliffs - it's spectacular! There are no changing rooms at 40-steps beach. Please be advised to bring a large towel for changing clothes the American way.
After the swim we will go to "Tides Restaurant and Pub" for refreshments and bathroom break, Nahant's only restaurant.
For the ride back, exhausted riders may opt to take the commuter rail from Lynn Station into Boston, or may want to ride the Blue Line from Wonderland into town. Alternatively, riders are welcome to join me on the 17-mile return ride back to MIT.
The excursion will take around 5-6 hours, depending on how much time we choose to spend at picnic and swim. We should reach Boston just before dusk.
- your bike, helmet and headlight
- bike repair kit in case of flat tire (there hasn't been a single bike ride without equipment breaking!)
- items to share for picnic (keep in mind: hummus goes well with everything except hummus)
- bathing suit, towel and sunscreen
- some cash
- plenty of water
The weather forecast for Saturday is warm and sunny, ideal for a bike ride and swim.
Due to practical considerations this trip is limited to 10 participants. As always, first-come-first-serve policy applies.
If you are interested in joining the bike ride, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your cell phone number for contacting you before and during the trip.
For the European Club Executive Board,