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Finlay's Burning Oxen Ride

 

Total Distance:  45.3 miles                 Elevation Gain:  2857 feet  

 

Degree of Difficulty Index:  2857 ft / 45.3 mi = 63.07 ft/mi             Terrain:  Hilly

 

Killer Hills: Several very hilly sections

 

Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut

 

City/Town:  Essex                                          

 

Starting Location:  Route 9 Exit 3 CPL (Route 154) in Essex; CPL is on Route 154 just east of the intersection with Route 153

 

Note: This is a small CPL with limited parking available during the work week.

 

Ride Description:  This interesting but hilly ride uses mostly country roads as it visits the towns of Westbrook, Killingworth and Haddam en route to the suggested lunch/snack stop (bring) at Haddam Meadows State Park.  Many historical points of interest are noted along the way (some are mentioned on the route sheet) and after the break the route takes you past Cedar Lake into Chester and Deep River villages before dropping down to Essex near the end of the ride.  You need to be in excellent condition to be able to fully enjoy this challenging ride.

 

Facilities and Points of Interest:    

 

Mile

            Facilities - Points of Interest

0.8

Centerbrook section of Essex

2.1

Ivoryton section of Essex

24.7

Haddam Meadows State Park: a good spot for a lunch/snack break (no place to purchase), views of the Connecticut River, portable toilets

35.9+

Chester village with various shops

37.7+

Deep River village, grocery store

39.8

Start 4-mile scenic ride along the Connecticut River

43.7

Begin Essex business district, convenience store and several eateries

43.8

Public bathrooms in small park beside the post office and NewAlliance Bank on the right

44.0

Ice cream parlor on the left just before reaching the Connecticut River

44.1

Connecticut River Museum, Essex town dock and boat launch (river views)

 

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