January and February are the coldest months in Boston with temperatures rarely above freezing, let alone warm enough to ride a bike. The day before this ride New England experienced extremely frigid temperatures due to a polar vortex. Literally overnight, temperatures soared from 17 F to 50 F daytime maximum. Such temperature swings are not unheard of here. With such a nice sunny, (relatively) warm Sunday, I decided to set off on a ride!
This ride is just to the south of Wompatuck State Park - one of my favorite forested spots near Boston. The roads were better than the regular suburban high stress roads, and I managed to find a few nice low stress portions through residential areas. This is a very historic region of Massachusetts with some of our oldest settlements. Hanover town center was particularly nice.
Hanover Town Center
The semi-frozen North River in North Pembroke
Horses grazing with their winter blankets
Strava Route - Post Freeze Thaw
Overall, I covered 7 new towns - Quincy, Marshfield, Hanover, Norwell, Rockland, Pembroke, and Duxbury - bringing the total to 247/351 - 70.4%!