Really casual bike ride (or walk) + lunch
posted June 3, 2014 8:29 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun June 22 at 10:30 AM, Minuteman Trail
Alewife Station Access Road, Cambridge, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
How about a pretty short, slow, sweet little bike ride on the Minuteman trail (or, a walk option instead)? And some lunch? OK, last chance, you 'Maybes!' If no one but cocoagirl and me are there at 10:30, and no one has switched to 'Attending,' then she and I may head elsewhere instead of to Spy Pond. But if anyone does switch to 'Attending,' then we'll see you at Spy Pond as planned. So, if you'll be there, switch over your response!
-Meet at the passenger pickup area of the Alewife Station garage at 10:30.
-Bike out 3.8 miles on the Minuteman trail (paved, flat) to the Trader Joe's that's right on the trail. Go in together on the purchase of some sandwich fixin's.
-Take said fixin's most of the way back, stopping at Spy Pond by noon-ish for a picnic with the walkers.

-Switch your 'Maybe' to 'Attending' by 10AM so the bikers know not to skip out on Spy Pond!
-Meet at the passenger pickup area of the Alewife Station garage at 11:15. (Bring some snacks or drinks or similar.)
-Amble out to Spy Pond on the Minuteman Trail to meet the bikers by noon-ish for a picnic.
(Alternatively, you could meet when the bikers do, and then just walk around more or hang out more or whatever.)

Note: I couldn't get an address that was showing up exactly right on the map. We'll meet in the Passenger Pickup area of the Alewife Station garage.
posted by daisyace to Meetup (26 comments total)

Will start fixing up my bike tomorrow.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:29 AM on June 3, 2014

I would totally be up for this, but:

a) It's Father's day
b) I'm doing another bike ride that morning
c) My son has a drum recital
d) Said son also has a little league game.

Other than those minor things, I'd go. I am interested in this sort of thing for future meetups, however.
posted by bondcliff at 10:43 AM on June 3, 2014

Oh shoot - didn't realize it was Father's Day. Pushing it to the following Sunday, since I'm guessing that might be a tough day to make for several folks besides bondcliff as well.
posted by daisyace at 11:41 AM on June 3, 2014

I never learned how to bike! But we live not too far away, and if there was any interest in doing some pokey walking around I'd be up for that.
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:32 AM on June 4, 2014

Boo, I have plans to be downtown at 1:30p or I'd totally be up for this. My schedule is really insane, like months-out insane, so please keep planning things and eventually I'll show up.
posted by woodvine at 6:59 AM on June 4, 2014

Pretty sure I'm in for this.
posted by cocoagirl at 4:02 PM on June 4, 2014

Metroid Baby - that's a good idea. If anyone wants to walk along the trail instead, it's about a 20-30 min walk from Alewife to Spy Pond, and the bikers and walkers (and drivers, for that matter) could meet there for the picnic as long as we know ahead how many people we'll be, and leave the timing a little flexible.
posted by daisyace at 4:30 PM on June 4, 2014

We might be in for the walking/picnicking portion, dependending on schedule and whims of baby.
posted by nonane at 6:30 AM on June 8, 2014

I learned how to bike but am generally too scared to. Interested in walking / eating, though.
posted by grobstein at 11:57 AM on June 8, 2014 [2 favorites]

Yeah, I'm perfectly happy to walk rather than ride, if that's the direction things seem to be going.
posted by bondcliff at 2:25 PM on June 8, 2014

I could be up for this. I have a large carrying capacity on my bike, plus spare bikes if anyone is interested in riding but doesn't have one available.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:11 AM on June 9, 2014

By "large carrying capacity," you mean I can ride on the handlebars, yes?
posted by not_on_display at 3:20 PM on June 13, 2014

Then he really would be a backseatpilot!
posted by daisyace at 2:23 PM on June 14, 2014 [4 favorites]

Actually, I do have a tandem I could bring, but the pilot sits in the front seat.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:23 PM on June 16, 2014

Ok, it's still a little early to count on the weather forecast, but so far, looks great! Enough so that I thought we should try to nail down some details...

Start time for walkers -- I think the biking contingent will take about an hour of slow biking plus the time in Trader Joe's, so meeting at 10:30, we should arrive at Spy Pond by noon-ish. What about the walkers? Go with 10:30 and hang out longer at the pond and/or walk around some more? Or a separate, later meeting time? Google says 21 minutes, so an 11:15 start would allow for ambling.

Food -- Since we'll have picnickers who don't get to Trader Joe's, we could say that the bikers will pick up sandwich fixings there, and that walkers will bring accompaniments like chips, cookies, drinks, or whatever. Does that sound good? I'll check that morning for how many 'Attending' to plan for, so if you're coming but not at 10:30, make sure to switch your 'Maybe' over.
posted by daisyace at 6:27 AM on June 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I am in for riding or walking, food, ice cream, all of the above. Actually, I've been making ice cream and have a fair amount of zabaglione I could bring if only I could keep it cold enough. I'm not clear on the start time for riders: 10:30am? I suppose I'd also be up for riding to the meeting point and walking from there if most people are walking.
posted by cocoagirl at 1:25 PM on June 18, 2014

Yup, riders still start at 10:30. With all those 'Maybes,' I'm holding out hope that we'll have at least a few riding.

Wow, homemade ice cream/zabaglione... I don't know how you'd manage it, but if you could, that would be awesome!
posted by daisyace at 3:56 PM on June 18, 2014

Zabaglione is now gone. I ate it.
posted by cocoagirl at 6:40 PM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sadly not going to make this as my son has some sort of race/obstacle course thing to go to and I have to, I dunno, support him or some shit.

Have fun, everyone!
posted by bondcliff at 1:11 PM on June 21, 2014

So, just to make sure I have this right, the walking part is:

- Start at Alewife Station at 11:15 with snacks and drinks
- Walk up the Minuteman Bikeway
- Stop at Spy Pond, meet bikers for lunch?
posted by ignignokt at 3:12 PM on June 21, 2014

ignignokt -- yup, you've got it *IF* anyone (like you!) switches from 'Maybe' to "Attending' by tomorrow AM. If not, and cocoagirl and I are the only bikers, then the two of us may go on the assumption that no one's going to be at Spy Pond, and head elsewhere instead.
posted by daisyace at 4:42 PM on June 21, 2014

Last chance, you 'Maybes!' If no one but cocoagirl and me are there at 10:30, and no one has switched to 'Attending,' then she and I may head elsewhere instead of to Spy Pond. But if anyone does switch to 'Attending,' then we'll see you at Spy Pond as planned. So, if you'll be there, switch over your response by 10AM! I updated the thread-top with these and some other new details, too.
posted by daisyace at 5:09 PM on June 21, 2014

It's unlikely I'll be able to make it, so I'm setting my 'maybe' to 'no'. If a miracle happens I'll look out for likely suspects along the route. Have fun!
posted by benito.strauss at 9:11 PM on June 21, 2014

Damnit, I was really looking forward to doing this but illness is going to prevent me.
posted by nonane at 6:10 AM on June 22, 2014

Yeah, I got a cold am not feeling sufficiently recovered today as well. Thanks for setting it up, though, daisyace!
posted by ignignokt at 6:48 AM on June 22, 2014

I am here, cocoagirl is here, and since no one else is confirmed we're going to go off and enjoy the day, not likely ending up at Spy Pond. Hope where not missing anyone there!
posted by daisyace at 7:29 AM on June 22, 2014

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