New London + CT Shore +Lob-stah
Yay - - Connecticut shoreline, plus seafaring and colonial New London . Here we come, for 3 fun days of touring, with 2 nights' accommodations. Public rail lines jump us to this new turf which is well beyond our normal cycling reach, so let's go play and explore. Besides neat cultural, historic, and visual delights, there's colonial history here too . . . including where turncoat Benedict Arnold led British troops when their soldiers overran and ransacked the settlements and town.
This trip works great even if the "R" word (as in . . ."rain") happens, as there's plenty to do around New London, and we can shorten any day's bike riding to a manageable amount (yes, we're sweet, but won't melt with a little summer rain).
Friday - Early train departure on MetroNorth GCT to Stamford, where we board the direct train to New London area. Old Saybrook on the coast is where we start cycling along the shoreline to reach maritime New London. We'll explore town and the harbor, with sights such as Fort Trumbull, Nathan Hale's Schoolhouse, Eugene O'Neill's cottage. Our day caps off with a shore dinner at a locals' favorite lobster pound, before heading to our private rooms at a local college. About 30 miles cycling (5 if "R").
Saturday - A bountiful buffet breakfast will fortify us for a fun loop ride heading easterly. Our route may take us past Mystic (Pizza, anyone?), the famed Mystic Seaport, then into Westerly Rhode Island (our first club ride in Rhode Island!), and back via seafaring Stonington, and Groton's submarine history and industry. We'll dine at a local spot (pssst - - there are 2 neat lobster pounds in Noank, CT before we cross back over the Thames River). About 40 miles cycling (5 if "R").
Sunday - Another hearty buffet breakfast, then "wheels up" as we explore more of Connecticut and cycle to New Haven for the train to NYC. Along the way we can visit Gillette Castle, and float across the Connecticut River on the quaint Hadlyme Ferry, and have lots of other nice turf. About 60 miles cycling (4 if "R").
Trip Includes - 2 nights individual individually locked dorm room lodging with linens/towel (shared bathrooms); 2 hearty buffet breakfasts; secure indoor bike storage; and 2 experienced leaders guiding the 3 days cycle touring with planned, cue sheeted rides and visits to points of interest. Registered participants will be provided with a detailed trip outline, data files of the routing & cue sheets to print/bring; suggested packing list (key words being "keep it light" and "multiple usages of what you tote").
Not Included - Rail transit NYC-Olda Saybrook & New Haven to NYC; each day's lunch/dinner/snacks; optional admissions to museums or points of interest. Depending on available discounts (senior, teacher/student, etc.), and if "R" causes us to cut back on cycling and adventure more indoors, we estimate you should budget $100-140.
Bring - Government issued I.D. that includes proof of age; any teacher/student affinity I.D.; locking ability to secure bikes and luggage, bungee cord . Reading material for train ride (more to come).