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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:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Ivoryton section of Essex


Deep River business district


Essex business district


Public bathrooms in back of post office and NewAlliance Bank


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


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


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


Old Saybrook Main St business district starts here


Start tour of North Cove


Saybrook Point; possible lunch or snack stop; views


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.


Entrance to Cornfield Pointadds about 0.3 miles to the rides length


Country store to left


McDonald's Restaurant on right




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