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kraftwerk 06-13-13 08:35 PM

CT riders: looking to find a nice loop, off Interstate 84 ...
 
(Also posted this on the rather sleepy regional forums)


Driving between NYC and North Eastern (seacoast) MA Many times throughout the year. Always look forward to stopping for a bike ride, makes the driving more enjoyable / bearable.
Been riding all over CT but I would like to find a nice loop, preferably off Interstate 84 with adjustable mileage: Between 20 to 40 to 60 miles. Needs are: some hills, rural, very low traffic, place to park for free, where the car is safe and legally parked for hours on end.

Been often on the rail trail North of New Haven which is nice enough but a little too flat... no hills!

Also been in North Western CT but thats not on the way and Greenwich area which is very densely packed and the roads have no shoulders but it can be good too.

Thanks !

jt

delit 06-13-13 09:19 PM

Check out the REV3 Lake Quassy Half route...Exit 16 or 17 off 84 depending on direction...about 5 miles (10 minute) off highway. Free parking... small dirt parking lot on south side of street across from amusement park entrance. Nice hilly ride.

Homebrew01 06-14-13 03:35 AM

Exit 9 or 11 commuter parking lots, then head north to Bridgewater, Roxbury, Washington Depot etc .... You will see about 10 cars and no traffic lights. You can choose hilly or very hilly. Those are the roads of the former Housatonic Hills Road Race.

JCNeumann 06-14-13 07:58 AM

Exit 9 on 95, look for the Glenbrook train station (should be on Google), which has inexpensive metered parking. Take route 106 up, and you can get a nice short ride with some hills up through New Canaan, come back through Darien on Mansfield Ave, then Middlesex Rd back to Glenbrook rd and the station it's about a 12 mile route, and you can extend a few miles by going up farther into New Canaan.

As with riding in any densely populated area, you need to be on your toes for the goofy drivers. The upside is that there are a ton of bicyclist in the area, so cars are used to them - when they see you while talking on their cell phones...

MaliciousPete 06-14-13 08:14 AM

http://www.traillink.com/trail/farmi...ge-trail-.aspx
the southern section might be the new haven trail you were talking about, but the central section in farmington (28mi) sounds more like something you might be interested in

bruin11 06-14-13 08:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Homebrew01 (Post 15741149)
Exit 9 or 11 commuter parking lots, then head north to Bridgewater, Roxbury, Washington Depot etc .... You will see about 10 cars and no traffic lights. You can choose hilly or very hilly. Those are the roads of the former Housatonic Hills Road Race.

Just did a ride in that area on Saturday from Monroe. Davenport Rd. is a heck of a climb and all of the leaders on Strava were racing HHRR.

MaliciousPete 06-14-13 08:21 AM

also the charter oak greenway in manchester is 9.8 miles long so you could make it a 20 mile loop, that one is right off 84 in Manchester/ east hartford. only thing is there is some crossing of high traffic streets and part of the trail is close to 84 so you get some noise from the highway

mcccliv 06-14-13 08:39 AM

Check out options on http://ctbikeroutes.org, specifically in the northeast region by UConn & Tolland. Here is an example loop:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/868449

Homebrew01 06-14-13 08:39 AM

OP, if you are interested in the areas I mentioned, let me know and we can PM with more details.

kraftwerk 06-14-13 09:30 PM

Lots of great information, thanks guys!
I will let you know how it goes.

The area around Tolland seems interesting.. That ride w/ GPS thing is useful.


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