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Moodus Tour de Lakes Ride (extended version)


Total Distance:  46.6 miles                    Elevation Gain: 3271 feet  


Degree of Difficulty Index:  3271 ft / 46.6 mi = 70.19 ft/mi   Terrain:  Very hilly


Killer Hills: Several very hilly sections


Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut


City/Town:  Chester


Starting Location:  Rt. 9 Exit 6 CPL (Rt. 148) in Chester


Ride Description:  This ride is over mostly rolling terrain (with a couple very hilly sections) and travels up into and through Moodus via the East Haddam swing-bridge and features stops at Johnsonville Village, a suggested lunch/snack stop at Day Pond State Park, views of the Moodus Reservoir and Bashan Lake, a re-crossing of the Connecticut River via the swing-bridge and a relatively mellow return route to the CPL.  This is a challenging ride and should be attempted by only those in excellent physical condition.


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Chester village with various curio shops


Tylerville: Convenience store; Subway


Cross the Connecticut River via the East Haddam swing-bridge (views)


Goodspeed Opera House and the Gelston House


Johnsonville Village (views)


Convenience store on right


Convenience store on right


Nathan Hale shopping center (various shops)


Causeway across the Moodus Reservoir (views)


Pickerel Lake boat launch (views)


Convenience store and other facilities


Day Pond State Park; suggested lunch/snack stop @ picnic area; bathrooms/water available


Convenience store and other facilities


Spillway for reservoir


Convenience store on left


Convenience store on left


Cross the Connecticut River via the East Haddam swing-bridge (views)


Tylerville: Convenience store; Subway


Chester village w/ various curio shops; ice cream parlor



Wu-WE031     DLB01130


Updated:  10/5/09


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