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Ted's Tour de Manure (a.k.a. Close Encounters of the Herd Kind)


Total Distance:  48.8 miles                          Elevation Gain: 1945 feet  


Degree of Difficulty Index:  1945 ft / 48.8 mi = 39.86 ft/mi          Terrain:  Rolling


Killer Hills: None; but there are several long (but mellow) uphill sections


Geographical Region:  North Central Connecticut


City/Town:  East Granby


Starting Location:  East Granby shopping plaza (Center Shops) parking lot, intersection of Route 20 & 187 in East Granby (just west of Bradley International Airport)


Ride Description:  This rural ride explores some of north central Connecticut's many dairy farms maximizing the BPD (Bovines per Mile), with inevitable stops for ice cream.  You'll ride through the region's cow towns (including East Granby, Granby, Simsbury, Canton, Suffield and Granville and Southwick, Massachusetts. Both the Gran-Val Scoop and the Granville Country Store are good choices for a lunch break. 


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest

~ 4.8

Simsbury Tri-Town Airport


Access road into the International Skating Center of Connecticut to the right


Convenience store on right


Convenience store on right     


Granby Oak Treevery impressive (please do not block the road with your bikes)


Beginning of long (~ 5.5 mile), gentle uphill slog to Granville


Gran-Val Scoop on left; ice cream


Granville Country Store @ Granville Green; food & beverages available


Start of ~ 3-mile downhill swoop to the next turn (Whee!)


McDonald's & Millies Country Convenience (deli) on left after crossing Route 10 & 202


Views of Congamond Lakes


Convenience store on left at intersection with Babbs Rd @ Epps Corner



Wu-WE059 abb



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