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January and February 2017

Welcome to 2017

Some hearty Pequot Cyclists braved a New Years Day hike at Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I.       Pictured:  Judy & Peter George, Mary Jo & Duncan Bailey, Maureen & Jim Bierylo, Sandy, Nancy Pennington, Glenn Pennington, Julie & Art Armstrong, Carol & Jim Case, Ed Sitty, and (not pictured)Gwenn & Oly Wildman
I will start at least one Pequot Cyclists club ride
I will plan/lead at least one Pequot Cyclists activity

PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE for updated rides, ride sheets, social events, and happenings PEQUOTCYCLISTS.COM

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New Members Since the Last Newsletter
Chris Rulemann from Waterford
Membership Renewals Due in January
Download Membership Form from
Complete the form, sign the waiver, and mail with enclosed dues to:
Dave Reed    10 Surrey Ln.     Niantic, CT 06357-1318
Contact Dave Reed if unsure of membership status @

Sunday Rides

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at or call 860-581-0734

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.

Sunday Ride Schedule 2017

Show and Go rides begin – All Show and Go Rides will start at 10:00 a.m.   Except for the New Year’s Day ride, there will be no planned cue sheet rides during  January and February, only designated meeting places for Sunday Rides.  Those riders who show up will decide the direction and distance to be pedaled. The lead riders will wait at chosen intervals for the slower riders to catch up and keep the group together. Inclement weather or poor road conditions cancel these rides.
Jan 8               Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Jan 15             Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Jan 22             Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Jan 29             Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Feb 5               Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Feb 12             Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Feb 19             Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Feb 26             Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic

MANY THANKS to the Ride Committee for planning another excellent riding season for 2017:  Tony Quatroche, Brian Maynard, Sue Chadbourne, Tom Baker, Tim Duggan, Tim Wilson, Lorraine Waring, Susan Quatroche, Mike Joly, and anyone else I missed.

March 5          10:00 a.m.         Mystic
Meet: Mystic Middle School parking lot, Take exit 90 off I-95, south on Rte 27, left on Mistuxet Ave, Mystic       Distances: 21.8 & 10.8 miles   Ride # 215
Ride starter: Susan Nunn


March 12          10:00 a.m.         Old Lyme
Meet: DEP area, take I-95 from Mystic to Exit 70, Straight on Rte 1, left onto Rte 156, about ½ mile. Right onto Ferry Rd   Distances: 32.7 & 20.3 & 16.6 miles
Ride # 46        Ride starter: TBA


March 19          10:00a.m.              Groton
Meet: Groton Post Office in Groton Shopping Center on Long Hill Rd

Distances: 20 miles     Ride # 240      Ride Starter: TBA


March 26          10:00a.m.              Niantic
Meet: Niantic Center School
Distances: 28.9 & 15.7  miles    Ride # 45       Ride Starter: TBA

WINTER EVENTS:  by Melody Green
    for help with planning or booking an event, contact Melody at  
860-388-7758 or

Hikes/Winter Events take place on Saturdays at 9:45 AM unless posted otherwise

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, 10 AM Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT

 “Must Get Outdoors” Hike     2 – 3 hour Hike
Terrain: Well-marked Blue trails with moderate hills.
 “Hot Chocolate Stop” half way along      After:  Vanilla Bean Restaurant

Directions: Meet at Goodwin State Forest Headquarters parking lot, on right, 23 Potter Rd, off Rt. 6, Hampton, CT
Starters: Mary Jo and Duncan Bailey: 860-514-5869

The races can be geared to 25 35 or 45 miles per hour max speeds, your choice
This is a 1/4 track with the driver in complete control, i.e. change lanes, pass, etc. There is a one time per year $7 fee per person. Each heat of about 6 minutes @ $19.95 per person in addition to a year membership. Fees include use of a full-face shield certified safety helmet. A driver's license Is necessary.

Please Check and your email for updated winter event information

A Contrast of Back to Back Cycle-tours    by Ray Foss
I was a little disappointed last year when I saw that two of the tours I wanted to do in 2016 were only two weeks apart. It’s tough to return from a longish tour and get right into gearing up for another. And being two totally different types of tours added to my angst.
My first tour, the Denali Adventure, was a self-contained tour sponsored by Adventure Cycling. Over 11 days of cycling, we’d pedal over 400 miles in the wilds of Alaska. I flew into Anchorage, Alaska’s most populated city which is geographically larger than Rhode Island. Four time zones away and WAY north. Sunset was around 11:30 pm with sunrise around 4:30 am; an eye mask was a “must” for me.
I had heard about the abundant wildlife, the friendly inhabitants, the mountains … the mosquitos. What I hadn’t realized was how much weather colors my perspective. While there were some warm days in the cities, the overwhelming number of days had highs of 60 or (even considerably) less and lots of wetness. I felt physically miserable quite a bit of the time. However, since we were camping and sharing cooking, the cold and wet encouraged a camaraderie through shared adversity.
While we rode on the Richardson Highway, the first major road built in Alaska, we also pedaled over 140 miles of Denali Highway, a gravel road of disparate quality. It was while on pavement though that I had my “bear experience.” I had read about Alaska’s grizzlies and found it sobering to hear that mothers with cubs would generally feel threatened if humans came within 200-300 yards. I was enjoying the solitude of morning on an empty highway when I was gobsmacked by a bear cub walking across the road not 100 feet ahead. Mama appeared almost immediately and glowered at me from the middle of the road. I didn’t feel afraid until she took a couple steps toward me. I immediately waved my arms overhead trying to look larger. She stopped but I think in retrospect that I might have had a car come upon us at that point. Mama grizzly decided to join her cub rather than deal further with me. 
We ended our pedaling at Denali National Park then loaded our bikes onto Amtrak for return to Anchorage. It was quite the adventure in our largest state, but, if I go again, I’ll be sure to order better weather! 
Some of my photos of the Alaska ride can be seen at
Alaska was followed by a tour of southwest England with Bicycle Adventure Club. Two years ago, I had pedaled the length of the island, UK’s End-to-End and found it among the best rides I’ve ever done. I remembered the terrain was hilly but I had forgotten just how hilly! Even though Kristie and I wouldn’t be pedaling our tandem in the notoriously hilly Highlands of Scotland, we daily experienced multiple extended climbs of 12-17%. We walked several. 
Our 450 miles of pedaling in Southwest England included both coastal and interior routes. Highlights of the ride included the New Forest designated as “New” by William the Conqueror in 1079; Beaulieu, which houses Beaulieu Palace and the National Motor Museum, a must for Top Gear fans; and Exeter Cathedral, perhaps England’s most graceful, largely unchanged for the past 600 years. We cycled through Dartmoor National Park, location of the film Warhorse; the Tarka Trail near Barnstaple; Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, and farmland; and we spent two delightful days on the Isle of Wight. 
I love England with its abundance of close by, small towns which invariably sport pubs, bakeries or small restaurants. Pedal for an hour, stop for a biscuit, pedal for awhile, stop for crisps and an ale, then, later, check out a pub for bangers and mash or mushy peas. What a way to break up a day!
I’ve shared a few pictures at
Choose your favorite color, fill out the form, mail in your check for just $22, and you can proudly wear your own Pequot Cyclists hat!  Click on this link to see the hat and order one:  
Send a CHECK made out to Pequot Cyclists for $22 for EACH CAP you wish to order to:

P.O. Box 505, Gales Ferry, CT 06335.

Please allow up to 6 weeks to compile/fulfill all the orders. You’ll be contacted when they’re available to pickup. (shipping not available)

Contact Shelley Reuben at or 860-335-4340 with questions.

Other Rides and Activities to Consider
Please send any interesting rides or events to to
include in the newsletter
FIELDS OF FIRE AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK    715 Noank / Ledyard Rd. Mystic, CT. 06355 

Orientation plus 2 hr. activity time at aerial ropes, walkways and zipline course. See pictures and more info at

Jordans Furniture Indoor Ropes, Adventure, and Ziplining in New Haven, CT right off 95South  Southeastern CT    

a group for active people near South Eastern Connecticut to  enjoy the outdoors.  SECTA is all inclusive & anyone is free to suggest a meetup. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, ziplining, zorbing, sledding, bowling, or anything fun.
Connect with the land and explore a new place. This group hosts events throughout the year to get people outdoors or learn something new about the world around them. Also, check for more details Hartford area hiking....

Teaser: 10 Epic Rides From New Lonely Planet Guidebook 

The 33rd annual Trek Across Maine
 June 16-18, 2017, 3 days and 180 miles, 2 day option available - June 17 & 18, 2017; email

Saturday, August 20ish 2017(TBD) Annual ECG Lewiston Bike Fest Ride. This is a fun, festival-hopping ride intended for beginner/moderate cyclists.  A 36 and 60-mile loop option on the ECG route between Lewiston, Lisbon and Brunswick, Maine with stops at the Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival and the Great Falls Balloon Festival.
Please send any information for local rides or events members may be interested in. 
Got Canada? 
There's been some news recently about Canada's Great Trail across the country.  If you too are interested, it looks intriguing.  Check it out at

Then I found   10 bike trips that will make you fall in love with Canada

Check it out.  As I get closer to having more time off, this is definitely on my top 10 list.  I hope some Pequot Cyclist members can share some adventures from Canada to help me plan.     Regards, Laura
 2017 Events dates & locations subject to change

Volunteer Dinner --  Wednesday March 8 2017
Location:  Christos  37 South Broad Street Pawcatuck CT
Time 6 PM
Pizza and Soft Drinks Provided for Volunteers
This is a casual pizza gathering for any Pequot Cyclists member who volunteered in the last year. 
RSVP to Shelley Reuben  at  or 860-335-4340 by 3 March 2017

Annual Dance--Date TBD

2017 Club Picnic
Projected Date:   June 4th (first Sunday in June)
Projected location : Fortt Shantok  (POC Tony & Sue Quatroche securing permission)

Jerseys in in men’s and women’s sizes:  short sleeve $70, sleeveless $70, and long sleeved $75 styles.

Sizes are fairly standard U.S. sizes & do not run small like European sizes. Order your typical well fitting t-shirt size Questions? Feel free to email Matt Wildman the web & jersey guy at

Send $70 (long sleeve $75) check payable to Pequot Cyclists to:

Pequot Cyclists ATTN Matt Wildman P.O. Box 505 Gales Ferry, CT 06335

Pequot Cyclists Holiday Party 2017
60+ people enjoyed another lovely evening at Mystic Aquarium
Thanks to everyone for your tremendous donations to the Tommy Fund and Care & Share.  Your generosity made the holidays special for so many more children.
Many thanks to Shelley Reuben for planning this event!!!

Local Bike Shops that give our members a 10% discount  (Click on links)

Bicycling Advocates  

Bike Stonington     Bike Walk CT    Share the Road CT     League of American Bicyclists
Regional Outdoor Resources
CT Explorer’s Guide  /   Adventure Sports Inc.  / REI   /  Bike and the Like  /   Bicycle Loft (Burlington, MA) /  International Bicycle Center(MA) /   Harris Cyclery (Newton, MA)     Landry’s (MA)    

Local Bike Shops

Mystic Cycle Center   ;   Niantic Bay Bicycles  ;    Rose City Cycles of Norwich
Terra Cyclery (New London)   ;    Wayfarer (New London)     
CT bike shops

Regional Cycling Groups
Mystic Velo   ; Narragansett Wheelmen  ;   Essex County Velo     Berkshire Cycling Association ; Farmington Valley Trails Council  ;   Pioneer Valley Freewheelers ; Hat City Cyclists ; Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club     Nerac Earth Cycling  ; New England Mountain Bike Association Seven Hills Wheelmen ; Sound Cyclists ; East Coast Greenway
Local Hiking GroupsAMC CT Chapter