Hi! Everyone, I have always wanted to ride my bike around Great Bay in Portsmouth, NH and hopefully this Sunday I'm going to do it with you.We will be starting at the Redhook Brewery located in the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH and heading out from there. We will ride about 33 miles around a good portion of Great Bay, through the towns of Greenfield, Stratham, Newmarket, Durham, Dover, & Newington.
For those of you unfamiliar with Great Bay, it is located within the Gulf of Maine watershed. The entire estuary extends inland from the mouth of the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine, and New Castle, New Hampshire through Little Bay into Great Bay proper at Furber Strait, a distance of 12 miles (19 km). The Piscataqua River is an ocean-dominated system extending from the Gulf of Maine at Portsmouth Harbor and forming the border of New Hampshire and Maine to the fork of its tributaries, the Salmon Falls and Cocheco rivers. These rivers, several small creeks and their tributaries and ocean water from the Gulf of Maine create the Great Bay estuarine hydrosystem. The tidal range is dramatic within Great Bay. Average depth of the embayment is 2.7 metres (8.9 ft) with channels extending to 17.7 metres (58 ft). The water surface of Great Bay covers 8.9 square miles (23 km2) at high tide and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) at low tide, leaving greater than 50% of the bay exposed at low tide. Tides carry salt water into the estuary twice daily from the Atlantic. Here it mingles with the fresh water influence from the various rivers that empty into Great Bay. It is one of the largest estuaries on the Atlantic Coast and at 10 miles (16 km) inland is one of the most recessed.
The average speed of this ride is 13-15 miles per hour. The terrain is mostly small rolling hills. If it's Windy it can be difficult to push against the wind. Road bikes are highly recommended, I do not recommend the use of mountain bikes on this route. Helmets are required. Please be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
The Mileage will be about 33 miles, please do not sign up for this ride if you are not capable of riding that mileage or unable to maintain an average speed of 13 to 15 mph.
****Please contact Cyndi if you can be a co-leader on this ride, I would love to have someone go out with the faster riders, and a sweep with the slower riders. Since I'm sure we will all work up an appetite, after we are finished we will have lunch right at the Redhook Brewery.
The meeting time for this ride is 10am leave promptly at 10:30 am.. Please only sign up for this ride if you are sure you can go and your capable of riding 33 miles.. If you are unsure and you sign up you are preventing other members who can go from signing up.
I look forward to meeting all of you and enjoying this great day! Thanks, Cyndi
Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.