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Don’t drink the water!

Along the Charles River in Waltham. Maybe my last long bike ride of 2023 — it’s going to get cold this week, and then we turn back the clocks an hour. Time to reacquaint myself with the joys of hiking in the Middlesex Fells.

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Before the deluge

Nearly 18 miles along the Somerville Community Path, the Charles and the Minuteman. I got caught in a wicked downpour about two-thirds of the way through. No surprise — the clouds looked pretty foreboding the whole time I was out.

River ride

Twenty-one-mile ride along the Charles to the Museum of Science and back.

Riding through the woods of Watertown and Waltham

On Saturday I rode my bike from Soldiers Field Road, across from WBZ-TV, to the end of the Charles River trail in Waltham center. I hadn’t previously made it past Bridge Street in Watertown, so I had no idea that, as you keep traveling west, you’re largely in the woods, riding on dirt paths and elevated wooden sections. It was hot — low 90s by the time I got back — but mostly shaded and not that humid. I did a 15-mile loop; next time, I’ll try riding from home, which might bring it up as far as 25 miles.

Charles River ride

Looking south from the Eliot Bridge. Nineteen-plus miles along the Minuteman, Alewife and Charles River bike paths to Watertown Square and back. It was a beautiful day for a ride.

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