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Shoreline Century Ride - 2004

Total Distance:  101.3 miles                        Elevation Gain:  2763 ft  

Degree of Difficulty Index:  2763 ft / 101.3 mi = 27.27 ft/mi        Terrain:  Flat to rolling

Killer Hills: None

Geographical Region:  South Central Connecticut

City/Town:  Chester                                    

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

Ride Description:  This 101-mile ride drops down to the shoreline in Old Saybrook by way of Deep River and Essex and passes through Otter Cove en route to the Baldwin Bridge bike path.  After crossing to the east side of the Connecticut River via the bike path, the route heads east to the turnaround point at the former Seaside Regional Center generally following Route 156 (smooth with wide shoulders) with side trips into the Department of Environmental Protection's Marine Headquarters, Rocky Neck State Park, Giants Neck and Black Point.  On the return the route also follows Route 156 for several miles before taking an inland route to the suggested lunch/snack stop at Hains Park at the south end of Rogers Lake on Route 1 in Old Lyme. Continuing, the ride takes a circuitous route back to the Baldwin Bridge and once on the west side of the Connecticut River, it heads into Old Saybrook en route to Saybrook Point, a tour of Fenwick, and a quick look-in at Cornfield Point before returning quite directly to the CPL.

Facilities and Points of Interest:    


            Facilities - Points of Interest


Start 5.6-mile tour along the Connecticut River en route to Essex (views)


Essex village with many curio shops, convenience store


Public restrooms at little park beside the post office and NewAlliance Bank on the right


Start tour through Otter Cove development (pay attention to the route cues through this area)


Start 1-mile trip over the Connecticut River via the Baldwin Bridge bike path


End of boardwalk with interpretive displays @ the DEP Marine Headquarters


Rocky Neck State Park beach pavilion (bathrooms, water)


Start 3.5 mile tour of Giants Neck


Start 6.5 mile tour of Black Point


McCook Park (bathrooms, water – seasonal)


Former Seaside Regional Center for the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation (sensational view)


Market with deli on right


Hains Park at south end of Rogers Lake (suggested lunch stop); bathrooms (seasonal)


White Sand Beach @ the gazebo (views)


Old Saybrook Railroad Station (bathrooms, water)


Saybrook Point followed by causeway


Start 1.6-mile tour of Fenwick village (views)pay attention to the route sheet cues


Cornfield Point (views)


Convenience store on right

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