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SCCC's Picnic Tour


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Total Distance:  43.8 miles                        Elevation Gain:  1921 feet  


Degree of Difficulty Index:  1921 ft / 43.8 mi = 43.86 ft/mi        Terrain:  Rolling


Killer Hills:           None


Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut


Starting Location (city/town):  Madison


Starting Location (detailed directions to):  The Nature Center @ Meig's Point, Hammonasset State Park in Madison.  Note that there is a substantial state park entrance fee in effect on weekends starting in late April and then there are daily fees starting around Memorial Day that are in effect through Labor Day (+/-).  Govern your ride selection timing accordingly.   


Ride Description:  This ride's route makes extensive use of state roads (Rtes. 1, 80, 145, 148 & 79) for an approximate total of 19 miles.  All have smooth biking surfaces and a shoulder that makes for comfortable, fast biking.  Additionally, there are several hilly sections en route with 1921 feet total elevation gain/loss making it an ideal training ridebut not necessarily a great choice for a Social or Recreational ride.  The ride starts in Madison (Hammonasset State Park) and travels through portions of Clinton, Killingworth, Deep River, Chester and Haddam (in no special order) before returning to the starting point.   


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Nature Center, Meig's Point, Hammonasset State Park (bathrooms, water, views)


Entrance to Chester Airport


Deli to the left (may not be open Sundays); there is a convenience store about 0.3 miles south on


Rt. 81 in the event that your supplies are running low


No. Madison traffic circle (intersection of Rtes. 79 & 80); Roberts Food Market is about 0.2 miles 


East on Rt. 80


Fish Tail restaurant


Entrance to Hammonasset State Park


Nature Center, Meig's Point, Hammonasset State Park (bathrooms, water, views)


Note:  This ride has been provided by the Southern Connecticut Cycle Club from its Ride Library  as a service to the Connecticut bicycling community



Ride description:  Wu-New106                                 Route sheet:  RS-New106

Ride submitted by:  SCCC (www.ctcycle.org)/DPS, 4/29/07 (updated 5/3/07)


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