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Old 10-26-12, 05:34 PM
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Day Trip in CT...Need Suggested Road Cycling Route

I'm looking for a good road cycling route in CT. 35-45 miles. Preferably rural with as little car traffic as possible. Thanks!
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Old 10-26-12, 06:15 PM
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Hi Mimi -

Do you have a particular part of Connecticut in mind? I ride quite a bit in the northern part of the state (Stafford, Ellington, Somers, etc.) and know some nice back farm roads, but that may not be the area you're interested in.
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Old 10-27-12, 03:58 AM
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You could try the Farmington River Greenway. Farmington to Southwick MA.
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Originally Posted by Steve in MA View Post
Hi Mimi -

Do you have a particular part of Connecticut in mind? I ride quite a bit in the northern part of the state (Stafford, Ellington, Somers, etc.) and know some nice back farm roads, but that may not be the area you're interested in.
Steve -

I'm looking at doing a ride in the area you mentioned and would appreciate any road recommendations you could provide. My ride will take me out of Massachusetts near Dudley and Webster. Then I'll take Route 197 to Union and then Route 190 through Stafford Springs. I'll turn North (Turnpike Rd) just before Somers to go up to Longmeadow.

I'm a bit concerned about the hills given the overall length of my ride (around 75 miles). Looks like there's some pretty good climbing around Bigelow Hollow State Park. Any thoughts on this?

Here's a link to the route I'm planning.

Any help you could offer would be great.
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Old 10-27-12, 12:47 PM
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Check with local bike shops which may sponsor rides. Also Ct. had a long list if bike clubs, some likely in your town. https://www.usacycling.org/clubs/?state=CT
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Old 10-27-12, 02:30 PM
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The hills by Bigelow are steep in places along with 190 west in places. After Somers there rolling. RT.190 heading into longmeadow/east long. is and easy ride.
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Old 10-28-12, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by welshTerrier2 View Post
Steve -

I'm looking at doing a ride in the area you mentioned and would appreciate any road recommendations you could provide. My ride will take me out of Massachusetts near Dudley and Webster. Then I'll take Route 197 to Union and then Route 190 through Stafford Springs. I'll turn North (Turnpike Rd) just before Somers to go up to Longmeadow.

I'm a bit concerned about the hills given the overall length of my ride (around 75 miles). Looks like there's some pretty good climbing around Bigelow Hollow State Park. Any thoughts on this?

Here's a link to the route I'm planning.

Any help you could offer would be great.
That's a pretty good looking route as it is, but I do have a suggestion for a change right after you pass the 67 mile mark. If you take a left at that point, and use Stebbins Rd/Four Bridges Road/Hall Hill Road, it's very scenic, and typically less traffic than being on Rt. 83. You'd connect back up to your route on Chestnut Street. You may have already scoped out spots to refuel, but there's a Dunkin Donuts in West Stafford on your route, and there's a diner at the junction of 190 and 319 that has outdoor vending machines. Also, the West Stafford School on 190 usually has a porta-potty by its tennis courts.

Enjoy your ride!

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Try this site for routes in CT

https://www.ctbikeroutes.org/
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
Check with local bike shops which may sponsor rides. Also Ct. had a long list if bike clubs, some likely in your town. https://www.usacycling.org/clubs/?state=CT
These are mostly racing clubs as I don't see the largest recreational club on there. https://www.soundcyclists.com
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Originally Posted by Steve in MA View Post
That's a pretty good looking route as it is, but I do have a suggestion for a change right after you pass the 67 mile mark. If you take a left at that point, and use Stebbins Rd/Four Bridges Road/Hall Hill Road, it's very scenic, and typically less traffic than being on Rt. 83. You'd connect back up to your route on Chestnut Street...
Thanks, Steve!!

I modified my route based on your recommendations. Is that diner you mentioned the one that has a 1950's theme? I think I remember seeing it once.
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Originally Posted by welshTerrier2 View Post
Thanks, Steve!!

I modified my route based on your recommendations. Is that diner you mentioned the one that has a 1950's theme? I think I remember seeing it once.
Yeah, I think that's the one!
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Originally Posted by bruin11 View Post
Try this site for routes in CT

https://www.ctbikeroutes.org/
This site has rides across the CT state with cue sheets, POIs, maps, & GPS tracks for each.
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I just use the bike trails the one near me continues until Massachusetts
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