ROAD BIKES ARE BEST FOR THIS RIDE. Approximate distance: 12.2 miles with a few gentle slopes. HELMETS MANDATORY. You should have a fair degree of physical conditioning before signing up for this event with recent physical and cardiovacular/respiratory endurance of up to 3-4 hours. Our friends from the RI based group LIFE!! will be joining us.
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Let's grab our bikes and explore Weekapaug, Misquamicut and Watch Hill. We'll break in Watch Hill for an UNHURRIED snack and/or lite lunch, taking in the ambiance of this quaint village before riding back.
About Watch Hill
This charming village is nestled along the shore of Block Island Sound in the southwest corner of Washington County, Rhode Island. Watch Hill is situated on a peninsula that is nearly surrounded by ocean, further adding to its awe inspiring beauty. Outdoor activities in the area include rowing, swimming, ocean sailing, fishing and hiking. Additionally, local shopping and fine restaurants combine to make this a favored resort area. Should you wish to venture outside the village, there are many local attractionsfor you to enjoy. Watch Hill's physical location between New York City and Boston make it ideal for day trips. However, you may choose to extend your visit and stay in one of thelocal inns.
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Weekapaug: Weekapaug has many private roads running through it and isn't as well known as neighboring Watch Hill, Rhode Island. It has had summer cottages since 1877. Two large saltwater ponds,Winnapaug Pond and Quonochontaug Pond, dominate the map of the area. The area just west of the breachway and channel that lead to Winnapaug pond defines the western area of Weekapaug and the breachway that leads to the Quonochontaug Pond is the eastern edge of the fire district. Both breachways are lined with rock jetties. The song "Weekapaug Groove" by the band Phish is named after the area. The song does not appear on any of their studio albums, but does appear on many of their live albums, such as Slip Stitch and Pass. In several episodes of Family Guy, cut-aways mentions Weekapaug as the location of a fictional establishment, "Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man Emporium and Warehouse".