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

Day 5 Thursday, August 21, 2014
41.6 miles, 12.5 mph, 3h 18m 42s
Groton, New London, Waterford, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Ledyard

The beautiful cycling weather continues. Today was overcast, partly sunny and slightly cool. This was very important because today's ride was across the Gold Star Memorial Bridge and through very hilly Montville. I had to shift down to my smallest chain ring (I have 3, the smallest of which is used for climbing steep hills) about 20 times. I was delighted to have Jim Sullivan join me again today. I didn't see/hear him huffing and puffing like I was. He is a stronger rider than I am. Nevertheless, it was a challenging ride for both of us through Montville.

After that the route came down West Town Street, Washington Street and downtown Norwich. We stopped at very scenic Norwich Harbor for a rest and some photos. Norwich has made some significant progress toward their long term beautification project, especially the "harbor." The route continued on RT 2 and RT 117 with a final hill - a very difficult (ugh) climb (ugh) up (ugh) Geer Hill going south.

BTW, yesterday I didn't chop and split wood. But I did do the most important thing - I took Donna to Abbott's and we had a delightful wine and lobster roll lunch. Donna insisted that I mow the lawn first, so I did.

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

Jim on Gold Star Bridge

Thames River view north

Bridge traffic

Coast Guard Academy

Me, Norwich Harbor

Me & Jim, Norwich Harbor

Jim, Norwich Harbor

Helmet hair

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