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Essex Country Roads

 

Total Distance:  35.0 miles                       Elevation Gain:  684 feet  

 

Degree of Difficulty Index:  684 ft / 35.0 mi = 19.54 ft/mi         Terrain:  Flat

 

Killer Hills: None

 

Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut

 

City/Town:  Essex

 

Starting Location:  Rt. 9 Exit 3 CPL, Rt. 154 in Essex; CPL is on Rt. 154 just east of Rt. 9

Note: This CPL is small and often filled on weekdays. Although tempting, parking at the fire station next to the CPL is not a good idea.

 

Ride Description:  This is a mostly flat to rolling ride through scenic areas of Centerbrook, Ivoryton, Deep River, Essex and Old Saybrook.  Amongst the places visited are the Connecticut River Museum, Saybrook Point (possible lunch or snack stop) and optionally Fenwick and Cornfield Point.

 

Facilities and Points of Interest:    

 

Mile

            Facilities - Points of Interest

2.2

Ivoryton section of Essex

6.0

Deep River business district

12.0

Essex business district

12.1

Public bathrooms in back of post office and NewAlliance Bank

12.3

Town dock & boat launch; Connecticut River Museum (views of Connecticut River)

14.8

Begin tour of Otter Cove; pay attention to the mileage cues in this maze

20.2

Old Saybrook RR Station; water & bathrooms; various shops in the Saybrook Crossing mall

20.5

Old Saybrook Main St business district starts here

22.1

Start tour of North Cove

23.4

Saybrook Point; possible lunch or snack stop; views

24.3

Entrance to Fenwicka tour of the area might add about a mile (+/-) to the ride's length

Note: Fenwick is a private community and access may be restricted. Please respect the residents when riding through.

26.0

Entrance to Cornfield Pointadds about 0.3 miles to the rides length

26.0

Country store to left

28.2

McDonald's Restaurant on right

 

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