Beat the Train: Boston-Portland

Date and Time

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30AM - 9:30PM


Boston North Station,
Massachusetts, Boston Area,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.


Plenty of options to take pictures, admire scenery, & smell flowers. On another ride. This is about one goal only: arrive Portland before train departs at 19:00. Inaugural challenge last year on Fourth of July was plenty of fun: enough for adrenaline rush, & comfortable to enjoy ice cream, lighthouses, & beer before arriving the train station on schedule. Average speed was 19.1km/h over 8 hours. Follow the East Coast Greenway from Newburyport along the coast with most beautiful views to Portsmouth for snack stop. Continue along the coast on Adventure Cycling Association Atlantic Coast route for late lunch in Wells. We are two-thirds of the way. The remaining stretch is mostly on trails-hard packed gravel trails. There are few services until Portland for plenty of choices for dinner & beer ahead of boarding the train. Many options for ice cream & Cumberland Farms stores along the way. These will be very quick stops, mostly for liquid & snacks: orange juice, protein shake, V8, chocolate milk, & energy bars. Bring GPS device, phone with navigation apps, or cue sheets for the routes you plan to ride. We will not provide them. This will be self-guided tour, even though we will try to stay together as a group. Bail out points include: Taxi, Uber, Lyft, hotels & motels. Bring small handlebar bag to carry extra clothes, gear, snacks, USB battery, lights, & hydration tablets.

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Related Link(s):

Ride report 4 July 2018
Route map
Cue sheet

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

We meet in Boston North station to board MBTA train at 9:30 to Newburyport arriving at 10:34. We eat breakfast on the train, get bicycles ready, & roll out as soon as we arrive. We take the Amtrak train at 19:00 arriving in Boston at 21:30. You must purchase your Amtrak train & bicycle tickets in advance of starting on the ride.



Bicycling - Road
Bicycling - Touring

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Nearby AMC Destination

AMC Boston Office


Advanced: distance 150km, elevation 750m


Adults (18+)