Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Rhode Island
Bikes: Lemond, Cannondale
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
Is it a "bad" ride/route?
No. it is a good route and a good ride. I would recommend doing it.
Four things- one is that you have to leave the bike the day before, which is OK if you live close by but for me it was hike and I am not in want of doing it again.
Two, it rained last year for almost the entire ride. On Saturday when I dropped off my bike, it was a great day but on Sunday, on the bus ride to VT it started to rain and it was wet all day. Once your bike is on a truck to Vt you can't just not go.
Three, It was not what I expected, not sure what I expected, having never rididen the CT River Valley in Mass before, but it wasn't a lot of riding along the river with few roads right along the river.
Four, was the bus ride. Tough to prehydrate when the pre ride routine includes a long bus ride on a bathroomless bus. One guy couldn't take it and had the bus stop at rest stop on Rte 91 and he ran for some bushes.
The ride does go along some really nice farmland and is pretty darn flat for the first 40 or so miles and then becomes slightly rolling.
If I was going to do it again, I would do the 80 mile option (not knowing the area, I heard that the 20 extra miles are pretty much just added on to get 100 miles in) and instead look into doing the Norwottuck Bicycle path. The V to V crosses it and I know nothing about it except that I would have liked to check it out.
So I might do it again some year(to at least to see what it is like without rain) but this year I am thinking of just doing my own ride up and down the CT river valley.