You will have the option to Ride 10, 15, 20, or 25 Miles. You can change your mind, on the Ride.
I plan to start in the Park and then head out to the back roads. If you only want to stay in the Park, that is fine. There is an incline or small hill ( depends on your riding level ) in the Park. It is a good place for newer riders to learn to shift and how to use your momentum from going down a hill to make it easier getting up the next hill. You should be able to get 10 miles or so in the Park. ( you might retrace some )
For those who want to do some road riding, I have a few options which can get between 15- 25 miles. There is one Hill, ( no one had a problem last time) but most of the roads are relatively flat, with little traffic. There are some Rolling Hills or Inclines, which is good practice in using momentum, to get up a hill / incline with ease. Because this Ride is a Loop, I will be averaging 13 mph. If you can go 11-12 mph, you should be fine. I will wait for you at the intersection. Casual Riders, can stay in the Park. On Loop Road Rides, I want to keep everyone together, for safety reasons. This is where we take our Snack Break on the Ride.
Please bring at least one spare tube, for your Bike or the phone # of the Local Cab Company. Otherwise, as my friend Dan would say: You go for a Hike, with your Bike.
If you want, we can do Lunch on the Beach or there is a Fat Belly's Pizza, right after you leave the Park. There is no fee to use the Park. You do have to take out your own trash and there are restrooms.
The park is technically within the boundaries of Warwick, in a section that the local residents call Potowomut, at 1095 Ives Road. Potowomat ("Land of Fires" in the local Native American language) is divided from the rest of Warwick by the town of East Greenwich. To get there from Providence, take 95 south, exit #9, a Left Lane Exit, to Route 4, exiting immedietly at exit 8. Take a right onto Division Street and continue straight to Route 1 (also called Post Road or Main Street) and turn right. At the next light, take a left and follow the signs about a mile to Goddard Memorial Park's enterance on the left. During warm weather, entrances and exits are one-way, with the entrance about a quarter mile farther along Ives Road. Note: Go in the Main Entrance and that will Lead you straight to the Beach.