6 Day Southeastern CT Tour 2
Groton, New London, Waterford, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Ledyard

Day 1, Sunday, August 17, 2014, 41.1 miles
31.2 miles
Ledyard, Preston, N. Stonington, Stonington, Mystic, Groton

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Today was the beginning of RFA 2014 and it was a rather bad start! My bike computer didnít work.

I had prepared ride cue sheets for all 6 rides included in this yearís tour, and Donna has spent many hours creating them for cyclists. Iíve included the cue sheet for today so those who may read this blog can see what it looks like. I didnít really need it, because I knew the route very well because I have ridden it so many times.

At 9AM I started the ride at my home and three other riders met me at the Gym on RT 2A in Preston -- Danielle Curcuro, Lou Ciardullo and Jay Pelchat.

It was a beautiful sunny, mostly clear and coolish day. The ride started with a mostly level ride on Rt 2, past the Foxwoods Resort Casino, down Lantern Hill Rd., past the Mystic Seaport, through downtown Mystic, up River Rd, Rt 184, RT 201, Wolf Neck Rd, Shewville Rd and then --- the hills of Gallup Hill Rd and Wendell Comrie Rd. - - - quite the challenge!

When we got to the intersection of Lambtown and Colonel Ledyard Highway a very large group of motorcycles, well over a hundred, was going north on Colonel Ledyard Highway. Obviously, it was a major event, but we had no idea what. We continued on Lamtown Rd and when we got to the intersection of Sandy Hollow Rd and RT 117, the police had blocked off all traffic on 117. The motorcycle group was coming across the Ledyard Reservoir on Sandy Hollow Rd would be turning south on RT 117.

It took about 10 minutes for them to pass. One of the police officers told me there were over 400 bikes in the group. A friend, Jody Katz, told me later that the group was the Annual Babies Heart Run and they were participating in their 19 mile escorted ride through Mystic, Ledyard and Groton. It raises money to assist people with babies in the NICU who do not otherwise qualify for assistance. Thanks, Jody.

All in all, the kickoff ride today was successful, and it was nice that Danielle, Lou and Jay joined me. I hope they will return for another ride this week.

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

Day 1, ready to go!

Me, Jay, Danielle, Lou

Pre-Historic BIRDS?

Mystic Harbor/Seaport

Scenic Mystic Seaport

Scenic Mystic Seaport

Annual Babies Heart Run

Annual Babies Heart Run

Motorcycle front/back mustang car

police intersection control

Danielle, Lou, Jay

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