Litchfield County Leaf Peeping Paddle & Peddle

  • October 16, 2010 · 12:00 PM
  • Carolyn

UPDATE FOR SATURDAY PADDLE/PEDDLE Hi Everyone! There is plenty of water in the Bantam River so those hardy souls who don't mind a chilly 55-60 degrees will launch from there. This river is very gentle; no whitewater anywhere. The day is supposed to be windy, so please dress appropriately and remember that here in the Northwest Hills, things are a little further into the fall season. We will go upstream to the pond, and a bit beyond and then back, past the launch toward the lake. I think we'll be on the water for 2 - 2.5 hours. Biking can be either on the road...no flooding or adverse conditions, or through the woods where I'm sure you'll find mud! Given the cool forecast, I've decided to push the start time to 1pm. Anyone who would like to come early for a bike ride, then paddle...feel free. Check out the website for White Memorial: www.whitememorialcc.org . Food and Festivities at my house around 4pm. Call me with questions.

My address is 233 Lakes Rd Bethlehem, CT. From Fairfield County it's best to take I-95 N to Rt8. Take exit 37 off rt 8N. Left off the exit to second traffic light. Right at this light (Buckingham St) to the blinking light. Left at this light onto Nova Scotia Hill Rd. Follow to Rt 6. Bear left on rt 6 and follow to first light. Right onto 63N and follow for about three miles to a left hand turn onto rt 132 (Judd Farm Rd.) Follow this for about 2.5-3 miles until you see a goat farm on the right and a large sign that says 'Kasson Place'. Bear right to the short stop sign and immediately turn right onto lakes rd. My house is about the 8th on the left. To get to the put in, go straight past my house, 2 miles on Rt 61 to the center of Morris. At the blinking light go straight through, then bear left on to Alain White Rd. Follow for about 2 miles to the bridge over the Bantam River. The launch is on the left. my cell phone is[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great paddle, wonderful people and good food! Carolyn was a incredible host! Oh, and you were ok too Ken LOL

    October 20, 2010

  • Peter

    Nice leisure ride on fire roads through White Memorial Park. Others went on a road ride around the Lake and kayaked on the Bantam River. Carolyn, true to form, through a great party afterwards. Everyone had a great time; weather was great and the fall foliage was in full bloom.

    October 19, 2010

  • cynthia

    Nice bike ride - really beautiful scenery. Great food and company!

    October 18, 2010

  • Greg

    Great sport, Carolyn and Ken are top-notch hosts! a great group of folks who are very fun to be around..

    October 17, 2010

  • Dagny

    Great location. I loved exploring the trails by bike and visiting the water without getting wet on what turned out to be a very windy & cool day. We rode what Ken referred to as hills...most were however that final 'hill' was a mountain that would never end. With every plateau came another incline...wooooeeee it was a lung burner and I loved it all. And as with all good things came the reward of an icy blue mountain awaiting my arrival back at Carolyn's. Good times!

    October 17, 2010

  • Peter

    I am working the night shift on Friday (sleeping Saturday morning) and it is a long drive from Stamford, so you can expect Cyn and me to be late. We will do our best to arrive by early afternoon.

    October 15, 2010

  • Peter

    I am bringing my bike and I think Cyn is also. We will probably do the "gentle" thing as well.

    October 15, 2010

  • Dagny

    Just wondering if anyone will be doing the "gentle ride around Bantam"? I'll bring my small kayak too for some gentle touring on the lake...anyone seeing my 'gentle' theme :)

    October 15, 2010

  • Liz H.

    I'd like to do both but, Carolyn and/or Ken, know anyone who may have a bike I can borrow? I'm still checking in my area.

    October 11, 2010

  • Carolyn

    What is technical for me is probably childs play for you, Peter! There are no signs that say "stay on the trail" so if you go off trail in some areas, I think you'd find some challenging spots. It's 4000 acres and 35 miles of trail so don't get lost!! Here is the website: www.whitememorialcc.org

    September 30, 2010

  • Peter

    Sounds good. Anything technical? If other MTBers come I might do this, otherwise I will hang with you-all either kayaking or biking.

    September 30, 2010

  • Ken

    There are all kinds of trails through the White Memorial woods. You can go for miles and encounter all varieties of conditions suitable for hybrids and mountain bikes. At this point all options are on the table.

    September 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    ahhh...dont think so LOL

    September 29, 2010

  • Peter

    September 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whats a skinny?

    September 29, 2010

  • Peter

    I want to see Dave ride his recumbent over a skinny.

    September 29, 2010

  • Carolyn

    Does anyone know how to build log piles, skinnies and rollers?? Peter wants to use my yard as an obstacle course!

    September 29, 2010

  • Carolyn

    We can start an early bike ride just for you David :>) Actually, I would also like to do both so depending on who is interested, we can plan for it.

    September 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What if I want to do both, bike ride and then paddle?

    September 28, 2010

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