Fall is coming and soon the leaves will glow brilliant shades of amber, orange, and red. There’s a crispness in the air already—you can feel it, and chances are your pets are loving it, too!
Right now, we’re in the midst of our Phinney’s Ride fundraiser to help people living with HIV and AIDS care for their pets. And now through November 1, 2021, everyone is invited to do any type of ride (think car, bike, hayride, boat, etc.) to help this important cause.
Here’s some inspiration on some beautiful road trips you can take by bike or car to see some of New England’s most iconic autumn landscapes while supporting a good cause.
Pedal Along the Minuteman Bikeway -- Coined “America’s Revolutionary Bike Trail,” this 10-mile bike trail starts in Alewife Station in Cambridge, MA and lets you experience many of the colonial landmarks the towns of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge offer along the way.
Spin Wheels on the Norwottuck Rail Trail--There are 11 miles of scenic beauty that this rail trail peddles. You won’t be disappointed if you do Phinney’s Ride along this, the former Boston & Maine Railroad. Norwottuck connects with the Northampton Bikeway and the Manhan Rail Trail to Easthampton, too, so you can literally bike ride for miles and miles.
Cycle on the Shining Sea Bikeway -- This 10.7-mile long bikeway on Cape Cod is a great place to enjoy a variety of types of trees (and what better time to do that than the fall)! A recent bikeway extension goes through Sippewissett Marsh by cranberry bogs and near Chapaquoit Beach so you can wind along the coast and even get close to the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary--bonus!
Ride the Mohawk Trail -- Head out on Route 2 and don’t stop until you’ve traveled from Greenfield to North Adams! This 37-mile stretch kisses the edge of the northern Berkshire Mountains, and provides a lovely, scenic tour of fall’s splendors.
Catch Some Wave Action -- Take Route 133 to Route 127 along Massachusetts’ picturesque North Shore and the sea and the low-lying vegetation will bring you waves of joy as you wind through Essex, Gloucester and Rockport on your Phinney’s Ride.
Drive the Kancamagus Scenic Byway -- Perhaps the most iconic ride for leaf peepers in New England, Route 112 in the White Mountains stretches from Lincoln to Conway and provides the purrfect backdrop for soaking in the wonders of a New England’s autumn.
And since you’re not limited to riding in a bike or a car, the pawsibilities for a delightful autumn ride to support people and pets in need are seemingly endless given the natural beauty of the New England’s byways, hayfields, bikeways, and waterways!
And taking part in Phinney’s Ride is simple, just: