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Old 11-11-11, 04:22 PM
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Conn. River Valley Century (N'hampton - Brattleboro loop) question

I'm thinking of doing a century ride along the Connecticut River in a couple weeks, from Northhampton up to Brattleboro then across the river and back down. I've found two routes, just wondering if anyone has ridden them.

If so, how are the roads in terms of traffic, shoulders etc. Any insight would be great. Here are the two routes, there's def'ly some overlap but not totally:

Covac: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/175123

Conn. River Century: https://cyclingnewengland.blogspot.co...r-century.html

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You have nice flat to rolling route. I've done this in a couple of diffrent ways. Stop in Old Deerfield for water toilets. You can find food along the way. Light traffic and sometimes yes/no for shoulders. If there is nice weather nice views of Mt Sugarloaf & the river. You may still catch a fram stand open for a bite. There is a conveinance store on hte main drag in Sunderland right on the corner, you gotta go right by it.
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Sounds real nice, thanks!

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You have nice flat to rolling route. I've done this in a couple of diffrent ways. Stop in Old Deerfield for water toilets. You can find food along the way. Light traffic and sometimes yes/no for shoulders. If there is nice weather nice views of Mt Sugarloaf & the river. You may still catch a fram stand open for a bite. There is a conveinance store on hte main drag in Sunderland right on the corner, you gotta go right by it.
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I've done the COVAC route many times, it's a beautiful ride. There's a Dunkin Donuts around the 33.5 mile point that makes a good water/bathroom stop; and then when you're coming back southbound on Rt. 74, there are some shops in the Northfield area, and then again once you get to Sunderland. I was up there most recently in September, and the roads were in pretty good shape post-hurricane. But there may be a lot of debris from the October snowstorm; I know the roads in my area (Wilbraham) have a lot of branches and debris that are still all over the shoulders of the road.

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thanks Steve, hopefully by next week debris will be cleared. I'm leaning at this point toward the COVAC route over the Connecticut River century ride. Just have to hope for nice weather Monday or Tuesday!
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Did the ride on Monday, beautiful sunny day, in the 40s, came up with a route from the two above, but added a few miles into Vermont up to the W Dummerston Covered Bridge to bring it above 100 miles.

Here's the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/825606


Covered bridge over the West River in W. Dummerston, VT


Entering New Hampshire at the Connecticut River from Brattleboro VT
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Awesome route, I'll have to try it next time I'm heading up to that area.
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