This Memorial Day, my mountain bike finally tasted the dirt it so missed since Massachusetts likes to keep paving my paths! I stuffed the bike into the Beetle and drove to the absolutely beautiful Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MA. It only costs $2.00 to park, and the area is open from dawn until dusk. This gorgeous land has open fields for picnics, kite flying, or relaxing. Hiking, horse back riding, and biking trails meander along the Merrimack River. Flowers are blooming everywhere and old houses, vineyards, and gardens loom quietly in secret corners of the grounds. Next time, I’m hiking because I kept getting off my bike to take pictures and explore!
But, alas, most of my adventures are not lacking a bit of frustration. After cycling around for quite some time and asking for directions to the main river bike trail, I was informed that
I WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ON THESE TRAILS WITH A BIKE.
Oops. So after going in circles for a while, I finally received the best directions of the day. Head back out to the main road towards the I-95 intersection, and the bike trails would be on my left.
The cycling trails are far better marked, meaning they actually have the names posted with clear directions back to the parking or to other trails. It was an incredibly peaceful ride, yet I was quite tired by the time I reached them. Oh, well. Next time I take the bike, I know exactly where to go.