Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.
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Thanks for your hard work, cdale. To bring you up to speed, last year, I did the whole Mumford Cove/Groton long Point detour and loved it. However, now that I've been given the impression the folks who live in those places didn't love me, I decided to try something different.
I don't mind the woods, as long as they don't get crazy sandy. I am riding a mountain bike with Specialized Nimbus slicks, but I can always pop my knobbies on. I believe, having done this ride about a dozen times, I've knobbed it before. My bike will only have a rack trunk with small, fold-out panniers, so I'll be FAR from "loaded."
I am really into scenery, particularly water views, when I take these little excursions. Last year's route was a primo "water ride." so I don't expect to match it this year. However, a quiet wooded area could be a cool thing to clear my head of work noises (I set up summer park concerts just about every night from July to mid-August). However, if I'm going to be pushing my bike through sand pits and rattling my bones with big tree roots, I may reconsider. When you said "the path used to go to dirt," did you mean the G&S Trolley Trail? I rode it last year to the bridge, then cut through the woods onto a road I believe was called Neptune. Eventually, I went through Mumford Cove, Groton Point, etc. and on toward Mystic. I only remember the G&S going to dirt for a short distance. The rest was in fairly decent shape.
Another point I should make is that my ride usually continues beyond Mystic. When I had an extra day or two, I used to head up to Narragansett, RI and spend a night there. Then I started to just head up there for lunch and turn around. I always hated leaving there once at the water, so I cut that out altogether and started hitting other destinations north and east of Mystic. Last year, I touched my wheels down in Westerly (just to say I had made it to Rhode Island) and headed back to Mystic for the night. My point is that, if the route through Bluff Point/Haley Farm is going to be a dud, I can always add some scenery to the part of my ride after Mystic, then just head back to Mystic for the night.
So, now that I've said all that, do you think I'm making a mistake?
(PS: Your alternate route from New London looks cool, but there's something I really like about Buddington Road.)