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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 4 CPL (Route 154) in Essex; CPL is on Route 154 just east of the intersection with Route 153


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:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Centerbrook section of Essex


Ivoryton section of Essex


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


Chester village with various shops


Deep River village, grocery store


Start 4-mile scenic ride along the Connecticut River


Begin Essex business district, convenience store and several eateries


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


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


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




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