OK, Iíve just made this summerís reservation in Mystic. Itís not until July, but I want to clarify one segment of my new route before I etch it in stone. This alternate route is all about not trespassing in Mumford Cove, Groton Long Point, and Noank, as I apparently did last year.
So, Iíve just turned right off Buddington Road onto Rt. 1. I get on the Poquonnock Bridge Boardwalk and I take it to the end. At the end, I turn right onto Depot Road, go under the railroad bridge and continue all the way to the parking lot. Hereís where I get a little foggy.
It appears I have to turn left into the woods immediately after the parking lot. Is this a clearly marked path, or do I have to look for signs of someone having cut through the woods here?
Assuming I get on the right trail, it eventually curves right and skirts the railroad tracks. Ultimately, it (sort of) meets up with the G&S Trolley Trail. Will I actually SEE the G&S Trolley bridge to my left as a cue? Otherwise, how do I know where to turn left to connect with the G&S? I see there is some sort of building on the right, perhaps a house or a municipal garage?
Next, after I curse myself out for ever thinking this was a good way to go, and after I cross the G&S Trolley Trail bridge, it appears I will pass two utility poles and then have to turn right into the woods again. Is THIS entrance to the woods clearly marked?
From here, it seems to get a little simpler. I follow this trail out to Haley Farm Lane and go straight. Then I make a right onto Brook Street, follow it to the water and turn left onto Rt. 215, which will take me the rest of the way.
Google Maps doesnít always provide an accurate picture of these wooded areas. The whole Bluff Point/Haley Farm area looks like thick forest with bears and snakes and monsters. I wouldnít be surprised if the bike trail turns out to be primped and pruned and brimming with joggers and dog-walkers. At the very least, can somebody describe these bike trails? Should I use my knobby tires for this yearís trip?