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Training: Turning or Falling

This past Sunday, I went for a longer ride than my previous few, up to the village of Turners Falls.  It is not its own municipality – rather the village is part of the Town of Montague, which generally lies across the Connecticut River from Greenfield and Deerfield.

It was almost a straight North ride all the way, passing through parts of the towns of Amherst, Leverett, and Sunderland before entering Montague.  I went through Montague center, and stopped off at the Book Mill, which I’ve written about before.

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I browsed there for about half an hour (didn’t buy anything), and then continued toward Turners Falls.

There was a bit of hill climbing to do on the way North, and then the road descended quite a ways into downtown T.F.  The main drag through town is called Avenue A, and it looks something like this:

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This sign greets visitors coming Southwest over the river from the Town of Gill:

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Here is the bridge to Gill:

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The view upriver from that bridge:

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Here is the dam on that side of the bridge:

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Here’s the downriver view on the other side of the bridge (and the dam):

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On the bridge I saw these flowers:

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Perhaps someone fell or jumped from that spot.

There is a canal that comes off of the river and parallels it for a while.  Along that canal is a bike path:

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Here’s the bridge, seen from the path:

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The canal, with not much water in it:

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Further down it has more of a flow:

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Across the canal are old factories/mills, beyond which is the river proper, and then a ridgeline:

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A walkway crossing the canal:

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Just outside of downtown, I ran across a sculpture park that I had not known about.  It has many things made of old bike parts, as well as some other items:

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After riding around a bit more, I stopped in at the Rendezvous for some food:

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I had a delicious cheese plate and a virgin mojito (lime and mint are a wonderful combo when you’re thirsty).

From there I rode the bike trail to the West, and followed it across an old train bridge into Deerfield:

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Here’s the view from that bridge North, looking at the confluence of the Deerfield River with the Connecticut (and the car bridge into Greenfield):

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This is South (down the Connecticut):

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I didn’t have time to explore the West side of the river, so I came back across, and headed back down to the bookmill and toward home the way I came.  Somewhere in Leverett, I believe, I came across this little fenced-in cemetery:

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I think it may be a family graveyard, as there seemed to be a house just behind it.

I made it home about 5.5 hours after starting out, feeling pretty tired (and sore in the legs).  Total distance: 46 miles.

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Posted by seaking on 09-17-2009 at 09:09 pm
Posted in Biking

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  1. […] Next: A Town that Isn’t […]

  2. […] Amherst, Leverett, and past Montague Center to get to Turner’s Falls (where I had been on a previous ride), and once I got there, I rode the full length of the bike path that follows the Connecticut […]

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