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Foliage Bike Ride along Farmington River Trail spanning 5 towns -&- PARK PICNIC

  • Oct 13, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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 Foliage Bike Ride along the Farmington River Trail spanning five towns.  (followed with Fireside POT LUCK BBQ picnic in the park, or possibly at Steve's, will update soon)

Paddling, Peddling, and walking -- it’s all good to keep you fit!

Sunday - October 13 @ 10AM

10AM – 1PM (more or less) [about 3 hours or less]

What:  An easy long and flat foliage ride along the Farmington Canal.

Where:  (Parking Lot)  on New Britain Ave near the intersection of Red Oak Hill Rd -- more directions below.

Parking:  To reach the trailhead in Farmington, take I-84 to Exit 38 and follow US Hwy. 6 west. Drive 3 miles and turn right on Route10North. After 0.25 mile, turn left on Meadow Road and continue 1 mile to the parking lot at Tunxis Meade Park, on the right. From the lot, take the sidewalk along Red Oak Hill Road for 100 yards, turn right and cross New Britain Avenue to the trailhead.

The ride: (29.5 miles) [or at your own distance ability]

We will peddle past five Connecticut towns in a 29.5 mile loop connecting it all.  Much of the trail nestles against the banks of the Farmington River tracing the route of the old Canal line railroad. 

The Farmington River Trail is an 18.2 mile loop trail linking points in Farmington, Simsbury and passing through villages of Unionville and Collinsville, Burlington and Canton creating a total of 29.5 miles

It should take about three hours more or less of riding.  This contains the longest stretch of road riding on the Farmington Trail.

Picnikers: Lost without your kayaks and miss the picnics--? then please join us at the Tunxis Meade Park, Farmington around 1PM or by calling one of the peddlers.

Tunxis Meade: Apx address: 58 Tunxis Meade Rd Farmington 

Notes from Al: 
From the satellite view  i see what looks like a pavilion by the basket Ball courts with 2 big parking lots. Looks good enough for everyone to fit.. 

Parking, approx. GPS: # 58 Tunxis Meade Rd Farmington seems good.

I personally will park at the  TM Park  since i will have the Pot Luck BBQ stuff , the additional bikes and other things loaded in the car near the Pavillion. 

Here is the Bike Path Map Link you can play around with: Barbara will most likely have maps for those interested in joining her and the other riders for the long trip.

I will just go exploring to learn the area's paths and inspect a few interesting features, some can join me if you like or do the big loop.

I  will have a heater (available if needed) along with the propane fire pit  and grill for the BBQ.


Ok just RSVP and the rest of the things will be added if needed.

See all those interested there.



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  • Kim O

    This bike ride was fun and has me tempted to do some more riding before it gets cold.

    October 14, 2013

  • Mary

    What a perfect day for a bike ride! Let's definitely make it an annual adventure. Thanks Barb for setting it up and for keeping me going. Thanks Steve for the relaxing fire and great food.

    October 14, 2013

  • Doreen

    The perfect day for doing anything outside!! It was a great bike ride, and I am thankful to Barbara for setting it up. We made it all the way - 28 miles!!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kathy~g

    Didn't do the bike ride in the morning, but was nice to see everyone later at Steve's. Thanks Steve!

    October 14, 2013

  • Barbara

    Thank you to everyone who came out and peddled on a beautiful fall day! A special thank you to those who joined me on the long journey in which we became a true team, helping and encouraging each other along the way! It was awesome.

    October 14, 2013

  • Tina

    What a beautiful trail, so glad we did this one. Definitely want to go back and do another section. Thanks to Steve for opening up his home AGAIN. The fire embers were still hot from the night before! Another good day with good friends!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kat

    Beautiful day Beautiful friends. Thank you so much Barbara for setting this up and thank you Steve for a warm fire and food! It was sooooo good to see you all and meet new friends. Purrrrrrr

    October 14, 2013

  • Kayaking A.

    Good Event, Learned a few things on where to park /avoid, or better option..and found a few interesting things in the woods off of the RTT to make this event even better for next year's loop options. We will return again but will also study the area for even more features over the winter for other activities in the area.
    Ie snack stop by the chimney in the woods..etc....Thanks Barbara for posting the event, all that went found ways to make things better next time too.

    October 13, 2013

  • Durelle

    I can't go. Boo---still feel like Poo

    October 12, 2013

    • Kim O

      I hope you feel better soon.

      October 13, 2013

  • Jean C

    My sister Bettyann will be there. I'm staying home on couch. Have fun everyone.

    October 13, 2013

  • Kayaking A.

    Bikes loaded up (its ok if you dont use them, i need to test em all anyway), new batch of firewood loaded up also. See those interested in the tunxis mead park near the basketball courts only because i want to park here and check this place out for some future event. I will be doing a shorter loop to investigate a new river put in and old factory ? etc..for those that want to do a shorter trip,, or you can do the longer or your own loop.

    October 13, 2013

  • Barbara

    Probably bringing a warm pot of pasta fagioli for picnic.

    October 8, 2013

  • Judi K

    Will make picnic -keep updated if location changes thanks

    October 7, 2013

  • LauraZ

    probably picnic only

    October 7, 2013

  • Kathy~g

    I'll be at the starting point, but at a different finish line (not 29 miles) at the after-party earlier : )

    October 5, 2013

  • Kim O

    Is anyone interested in meeting further on the path for a shorter distance? I know I am not ready for a 29 mile ride but I will ride part of the trip to meet the group at the end.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Kayaking A.

      Hi Kim, Might be good to meet at the same start point and take a different loop order (or explore the area) and then meet the riders somewhere on their return trip holding up a tube of Crack Cream and and 2 asspirins for incentive to finish up the trip..

      September 30, 2013

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