Day 5, 27 miles, Monday, October 15, 2012

Southeastern CT Foliage Tour 2012
Groton, Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington

Up 6:30, 56F, great temperature to start todayís 27 mile ride. The forecast was for an overcast morning with showers and thunderstorms in late afternoon and evening. Therefore, my plan was to try to complete the ride by 1:00 p.m. At about 8:00 a.m., I got a phone call from Joe Berardy, a friend I met recently at the fund-raising event for the Preston to Bluff Point hiking/biking trail. He joined me at the ride start at the Groton School Board building on Flanders Road. On the road at 9:00 a.m. Our route was down River Road, downtown Mystic, Route 1, Stonington Borough to Stonington Point, north to Route 2 and North Stonington, and back to the School Board building.

We made many stops at various points of interest along the way. Joe showed me things I didnít know about that were really neat: a public walking path behind the luxury condos in the Borough and the elevated foot bridge over the high-speed railroad tracks. We lingered at these and others. Joe added a lot of interest and awareness to a route that I usually speed through. He was concerned about a prior tennis playing commitment at 4:00 p.m., so cut his ride short. I continued up to North Stonington and twice felt some raindrops. I also raced back to my car. As it turned out, we didnít get any rain until late evening.

All said, this fifth and last day of my 2012 cycling adventure was a fun time, 27 miles. I got home about 1:30 p.m. kind of worn out.

(Click on the images below for a larger view of each photo.)

Taugwonk Road

Atlantic Giant in Middle

Taugwonk Road

Downtown Mystic

Nice place to visit

Mystic River

This animal likes me

Dummies fish here!

Joe Berardy rode with me today

Hope Springs filmed here

Hope Springs filmed here

Main Street, Stonington Borough

Borough Marina

Skipperís Dock Restaurant (Hope Springs filmed here, too)

Rough day for dragging

Breakwater calms the ocean

Three persistent fishermen

Cannon Square in Stonington Borough

Elevated foot bridge

High speed rail

Elevated foot bridge

Defenders Monument

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