as part of the European Club's official 2012 Summer Program we are organizing a bicycle excursion to Nahant this
Monday, September 3rd (that's the Labor Day Holiday).
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 Charlestown and pass by Bunker Hill memorial. From Charlestown we will make our way through East Somerville over the Mystic River to Chelsea, then crossing over the Chelsea River into East Boston. Finally, we will go up along the shoreline to Lynn bay were we reach the dam to Nahant after a total of 17 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. 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 Monday 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,