thanks to everyone who came out on 9 days notice! I really enjoyed the ease of the format here and hope to host more in other parts of New England.
Easter Weekend! Meet at the Hadlyme Ferry landing in Lyme CT across the river from chester at 10:40. the first ferry of the day leaves the chester side at 10:30am. last ferry from the Hadlyme side is 5:20 pm, so take into account your fitness and bike handling skills if you plan on parking in chester. a plus of parking in chester is enjoying some really good pizza at otto and a beer or several at little house brewing.
if you drive or ride around north and take the Godspeed bridge, it will just ad about 8 miles on your way back to chester. the ferry landing is a fine place to park here on the hadlyme side, and we will likely have a small party afterwards. we will take a poll at the start.
bring a mountain bike, but can be done on anything if you’ve got the right dance moves. the route is 49 miles and nearly half single track. all ridable rigid with a low enough crawling gear. an old 26er is perfect. we will ride a mixture of country roads and 1 track down to the beach and picnic at rocky neck state park. from there its north a bit until we hit 13 continuous miles of single track on the Goodwin trail. if you’d like to camp off the Goodwin, that’s a fun idea too. you’ll find plenty of good spots.
note these routes (except for the bail out option) don’t start at the ferry landing — just .5 miles off route. I am confident you can find your way, and if you can’t …. then yer in for quite the day!
and here is the bailout option that follows the same route to the beach, but then takes PREMIUM paved country roads back north instead of the 13 miles on the Goodwin trail.
the ride with gps route link features waypoints that might be helpful.
this is a 100% self supported ride. bring your food and water and probably a purifier if its warm and you sweat easily. lots of wild water on the route. good swimming… classic 1 track. there is a market at mile 14ish thats marked on the ride with gps route link.
if ya wanna camp nearby on Friday night there are options, email me firstname.lastname@example.org ::: otherwise we will run this like we did the nor’easter in 2020. only with 9 days notice this time around! clllllassic.
hope to see ya’ll soon!
please register for free at this bike reg event link
some rides from the past week. ive been getting out mid day and going to work from 2-dinner time to take advantage of the light now that its dark at 4:20. okay, gotta gt to work early today — Mondays, ammmmiiirriggghhht???
other news would be we mayyybeee have frame building undergrounder “Darren Larkin” moving to the area to start a production shoppe. he is the tall guy on my romancer in a few of these photos.
keep finding weird new (to me) things near home. had first heard about rt 11 ghost road a few years back, but hadn’t checked it out until recently. yesterday on a warm October day a group of 5 of us met up at Long Table Farm where our friends/shippers Bri and Ryley work and live.
ice cream and then up the side of the abandoned (never used) bridge built in 1972. its a bit steep and prickly, but nothing a few farmers can’t handle. I rather like the climb up as it stretches the calves.
the bridge to know where goes somewhere. the washed out road leads into the artificial canyon microclimate. I thought it was fun that we had 2 Weigles on this ride as we randomly ran into Arya as she was wheeling down Beaver Brook rd on a roady ride when we intercepted. of course she wanted to see the ghost canyons of nutmeg country. they are getting more dramatic by the minute.
we left our bikes at the bottom of the “canyon of lost highways/souls” and hiked up to the tops. a mini Colorado awaited. a canyon carved by a folly. glad our area is so into stopping highways from cutting through their back yards and dinosaur foot prints. thats a real thing… read it on a forum that dinosaur foot prints are among the myriad of reasons why this highway never happened.
we then parted ways to our respected pockets of the lower river valley and called it a fine day out. love this time of year. I think I say that about every time of year though.
from instagram Sunday the 9 11th so you don’t forget. Labor Day weekend rides:: really packed em in. Friday long MTB with Sean, a ride to “celebrate East Haddam” and the haddam neck fair. nice to get out to “the neck” for some inverse (overse?) elevation ratios. Sunday was a ride across the river to Cockaponset groomers, county road chunk, to the secret mill falls that might not be secret if you are among the 5 people who would care about that sorta thing around here. we got all wet and then laid naked like lizards on a granite slab in the sun. radiated. great way to let go of summer by going deep inside of it.
do you remember the internet? I remember it as being pretty informative and fun… blogs and whatnot. blogspot in particular. had a few that I would check daily or weekly such as cosmic country, republic of doom, gypsy by trade (pre Lael, Lael), my olde roady team, and the king of them all, Belgium Knee Warmers just to name a few. oh, and Guitar Ted (my OG dirt drop resource) is still at it!
seems like a good time to start blogging again since I don’t really look at Instagram too much, and promoting black holes for folks attention doesn’t really appeal to me. I hope to use this as a place for my photos, thoughts, and routs to live algorithm free.
a drive in a van from Hadlyme CT to Montana, down to New Mexico and back. I dropped Arya and Sam off at the start of the GDMBR at the Canadian boarder and set off on a van vacation visiting friends who live along the continental divide.
felt so good to be back out again after being here in Hadlyme for 1.5 years. I love New England, but nice to see through the trees some times.
the proverbial summer feelings were all there… but fleeting as if it were already October. the feelings that is. the fires were already burning, and the c’vid already spiking… it was evident that we were having this summer fun in a vacuum.
lol, welp, enjoy the photos!