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Sonya's Gillette Castle Gallop


Total Distance:  45.9 miles                 Elevation Gain: 2592 feet  


Degree of Difficulty Index:  2592 ft / 45.9 mi = 56.47 ft/mi             Terrain:  Hilly


Killer Hills: Several hilly sections


Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut


City/Town:  Chester


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


Ride Description:  This somewhat hilly ride travels up to Moodus by way of the East Haddam swing-bridge and Johnsonville Village before dropping down to Gillette Castle State Park for a rest stop.  From there the ride heads up to Hadlyme before continuing on to Hamburg Cove via Routes 82 & 156 (smooth surfaces and wide shoulders) and then to a Connecticut River crossing on the Baldwin Bridge bike path.  Then it's a return trip to the CPL via seldom used (Old Saybrook's) Bokum Rd to Centerbrookand then on to the CPL skirting Deep River and Chester village.


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Chester village with various shops


Tylerville: convenience store, Subway on left


East Haddam swing-bridge over the Connecticut River (views)


Goodspeed Opera House and the Gelston House on right


Johnsonville village (views)


Moodus: convenience store on right


Gillette Castle State Park (pavilion; bathrooms; water)


Hadlyme: convenience store on left


Hamburg village: convenience store on right


Shopping center with supermarket on left


Start 1-mile tour on the Baldwin Bridge bike path over the Connecticut River (views)


Centerbook: convenience stores on right




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