Backroad Bicycling in Connecticut: 32 Scenic Rides on Country Roads & Dirt Lanes, Second Edition

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Explore hundreds of miles of Connecticut's back roads in this guide to the most scenic, uncrowded, and enjoyable rides the state has to offer.
Fully revised, this indispensable cyclist's guidebook holds something for riders of all abilities—suitable for both touring and mountain bikes. Some rides will challenge cyclists with lung-searing hill climbs. Other rides take unhurried tours around lakes and on hidden roads. The tours range in length from 4 to 114 miles. Each chapter ...
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Overview

Explore hundreds of miles of Connecticut's back roads in this guide to the most scenic, uncrowded, and enjoyable rides the state has to offer.
Fully revised, this indispensable cyclist's guidebook holds something for riders of all abilities—suitable for both touring and mountain bikes. Some rides will challenge cyclists with lung-searing hill climbs. Other rides take unhurried tours around lakes and on hidden roads. The tours range in length from 4 to 114 miles. Each chapter includes a map and information on mileage, terrain, difficulty, nearby bicycle shops, and detailed route descriptions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881507300
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Series: Backroad Bicycling Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 959,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andi Marie Cantele is a freelance writer and professional gardener who enjoys hiking, rowing and cycling. She is the author of 52 Weekends in Connecticut, Explorer’s Guide New Jersey, Explorer’s Guide Connecticut, and cycling guides to Connecticut, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts in Countryman’s Backroad Bicycling series. Her work has also appeared in Yankee Magazine, Bark magazine, and Best Places to Stay in New England. She lives in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills region.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Backroad Bicycle Tours at a Glance     12
Introduction     17
The Litchfield Hills     29
The Covered Bridge to Lime Rock     31
New Preston to Bulls Bridge     35
Lake Waramaug     41
The Southern Litchfield Hills     45
Steep Rock Reservation     51
Litchfield to Norfolk via Cornwall     55
Macedonia to the Twin Lakes     63
Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts: A Three-State Tour     69
Winchester Center to Norfolk via Colebrook     75
White's Woods     81
North Country     87
The Farmington Valley Greenway     89
Connecticut's Tobacco Valley: The Suffield Region     93
Salmon Brook to New-Gate     97
Farmington River Roads     103
West Hartford Reservoir     109
The Quiet Corner     113
Woodstock: Dairy Country     115
James L. Goodwin and Natchaug State Forests     119
Pomfret to Brooklyn     123
Windham to Lebanon: A New England Village Tour     127
Pachaug State Forest     135
Storrs, Coventry, and Mansfield: A UConn Ramble     139
The Housatonic and Connecticut River Valleys     145
Collis P. Huntington State Park     147
Newtown to Weir Farm     151
Chester to Killingworth     159
Cockaponset State Forest     163
Connecticut River Crossings: Essex to East Haddam     169
Lyme/Old Lyme     175
The Shoreline: Greenwich to Stonington     179
Greenwich: The Backcountry     181
The Thimble Islands     187
Old Saybrook: Shore Points     191
Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve     197
Stonington     201
Further Reading and Resources     207
Appendix of Bicycle Shops     209
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