Enigmatic wooden structure of Hadley
This structure has been on North Lane for a couple of years now. We're not sure what it's for.
Turning onto the newly repaved Norwottuck Rail Trail
Why did the chicken cross the trail?
One of several free-range chickens foraging along the Norwottuck Rail Trail
Arriving at the bridge
The newly refurbished rail trail bridge across the Connecticut
The Coolidge Bridge and the Connecticut
The Summit House on Mount Holyoke can be seen through the bridge.
Cyclists' (and walkers') rest
This is a lovely little rest spot near the Northampton Bike Trail.
This hat was in a box labeled "free" next to the cyclists' rest spot. We decided not to take it.
These signs directing cyclists toward the Mass Central Greenway have been cropping up all over.
One of several interesting mailboxes seen on the ride, this one on South St. in Williamsburg.
Someone has put this little model of Fenway Park in their back yard. On Nash Hill Rd., Williamsburg.
Garage in Williamsburg
On Nash Hill Road.
The sign is shortly after the last driveway on the road, which is now closed before it gets to the Northampton Reservoir.
The end of the road?
Not for us! I used a GPS marker to identify the spot so I could fix OpenStreetMap, which still indicates that the road is open.
After passing the closed section of Williamsburg Road, we emerged at the Northampton Reservoir. This is the lower reservoir; the upper one is about 110 feet higher. We climbed up to it, and more, on the road to the right.
Along Whately Road
Conway Road, in Whately, becomes Whately Road, in Conway. After passing Roaring Brook, the road emerges from the forest next to this beautiful pond (slowly becoming a marsh). It's my favorite spot on this road.
Whately Road, Conway
Leaving Conway, we headed east on Route 112. There's a short climb out of the village, followed by a 3-mile descent into Deerfield. Unfortunately, Pekarski's was closed by the time we got there. We continued into South Deerfield for creemees.
Connecticut River and Mt. Toby
We crossed the river at the Sunderland bridge.
Mailbox with wheels
In front of the Sunderland DPW.
Balloons, barn, potatoes
As we headed south on Route 47, we saw a couple of hot-air balloons floating lazily in the summer evening sky.