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    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
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    Doing this ride tomorrow (July 20, 2014) and I still haven't decided which route to take!
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    "I just need a rest...and by 'rest' I mean a really long bicycle ride."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    Doing this ride tomorrow (July 20, 2014) and I still haven't decided which route to take!
    That is the best way.

    Wish I could join you but I can't even drive yet.

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    Senior Member Papa Tom's Avatar
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    At my hotel in Mystic now, having gone only as far as Stonington Village, due to autumnal (non-beach) weather. CDale: THANK YOU for describing the surface of the trails through Bluff Point and Haley Farm State Parks. I am SO glad I switched to my knobby tires at the last minute last night. The ride was a teeth chatterer WITH the 26"x 2.25" MTB tires. I can't imagine having done it with my slicks!

    Will post a full report when I get home tomorrow (Monday). Not sure what return route I will choose!
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    In the "beating a dead horse"/"who cares" department, there was a recent article in the local paper about a new fence at the spot where Mumford Cove ends at the RR tracks. (There is a paywall at this newspaper but it allows a few free visists I believe)(the comments are the best part)

    The Day - In Mumford Cove, bad fences make bad neighbors - News from southeastern Connecticut

    I walked out there the other day to check out the new fence and it is an about 150 foot long by six foot high baby iron fence with spiked pickets. there are numerous signs alerting the potential sojourner that this is private property.

    I am always concerned-based upon countless examples-that this fence would illegally obstruct my hikes from adjoining Bluff Point to Haley Farm State parks, but this was not the case and there are no obstructions blocking one that way.

    The old trolley right of way veers east at a 90 angle at the fence and this is-I believe-phase 3 of the trail. This path is blocked by a simple road gate with the same signage as the iron wrought fence proclaiming that this is private Mumford Cove property and "No Trespassing"

    So, this way of using Mumford cove as a way of circumventing the nasty climb up Rte 1 on route seems to be forbidden and and the rider would have extreme difficulty climbing a fence topped with spear tips.

    Mumford Cove is officially a gated community. (There is gate with keypad lock)

    PS I took a bunch of pictures but can't post them on this site,

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