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November 2018 Newsletter
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Welcome to New Pequot Cyclists

Lisa Murno from Norwich
Celebrate the Season!
Join us at our Annual Holiday Dinner

Enjoy Ocean Blue Catering's fabulous buffet, including hor de'ouvres served to you while you mingle. Water, coffee and tea are included. As always, there's a cash bar.

Where:  Mystic Aquarium, 55 Cougan Blvd, Mystic

When: December 5, 2018, 6 PM-10 PM

Cost: $38 per person (must be paid in advance, no later than 11/10/17)

Please include your phone number or email address and I will acknowledge that I have received your check. 

RSVP by sending your check made payable to Maureen Bierylo. 

Please send your check to:
Maureen Bierylo
29 Trading Cove Drive
Norwich, CT 06360
(Be sure to include DRIVE in the address)

Spread the cheer and bring an unwrapped toy to support local charities for children.  

POKER RIDE A HIT by Jim Bierylo
            Saturday, October 6 greeted us with a gorgeous early fall morning. About 30 Pequot Cyclists members felt lucky that day and headed to Olde Mistick Village to participate in our Poker Ride.
            Riders drew their first card at the start and then headed out onto the 20-mile course. They received their second card at Stonington Point before heading inland to pick up cards 3 and 4. Tension was apparent as the players drew their final cards at the end of the ride, hoping to fill that inside straight or perhaps complete a flush. After all hands were dealt we had a winner! Picking up first prize, with a winning hand of 3 sevens, was our former webmaster, Adel. He was rewarded with a gift certificate that he can use at a local bike shop. Second and third places went to Mike Banker and Carol Case who were handed sporty Pequot Cyclist hats.
             The club is grateful to Maureen Bierylo for organizing this event, and for volunteers Peter and Judy Georg, MaryJo Bailey, and Nancy Pennington who donated their time so that other members could enjoy the ride. Our volunteers keep the club’s wheels spinning. Without them we have no club. Please consider becoming a club volunteer.  


Contact Duncan Bailey @ 860-334-7503     or  
 Work with Duncan to get your idea put into action.  

Please consider offering yourself, or with another person, some of the following activities to maintain our club meetups through the shorter and darker season ahead:
Ice Skating, Westerly rink, Hartford Rink, other Rinks you like
XC Skiing:  ie.centers in western CT, southern. MA.and state DEEP  trails
Ice Fishing:  DEEP CT has good safety tips and references
Snow Tubing, Ski Sundown or other locations  
Article:  5 Best Snow Tubing in CT and Hudson Valley(click on link)
Animal Tracking- Goodwin CFPA & Pequotsepos Conservation Ctrs wtih winter programs
Star Gazing and Meteor Events
Shovel snow for shut-in neighbors & senior housing such as AHEPA
Maybe just a bonfire and ask all to bring a few sticks of wood and something hot to share like a good recipe, you can add a walk in your area that is unknown to others.
Adopt an activity from the website’s list of past events and offer it with a friend.
IF you would like to offer that event and want some help producing it, or just to list it, please let me, or any other club officer know so we can post it at a time suitable to you.

Thank you,
Duncan Bailey 860 334 7503

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018   Lyme Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve)

Meet at 9:45 AM for a 10:00 AM start. for approx. 4 hour hike exploring Lyme Corner trails. Rain cancels
Directions:  Meet at Hartman Park parking lot on Gungy Rd in Lyme.
From Route 1 in Old Lyme, go north on Grassy Hill Rd-this becomes Gungy Rd north of Beaver Brook Rd.
Hartman Park parking lot is on the right.
Trail map is available at: Corner Trails (Hartman Park, Walbridge Woodlands, and Young Preserve).
Debbie Tedford (860-373-8596)
Barry Gorfain  (860-705-3828)

Saturday,  Nov. 17, 2018 – 10:00AM – Local hike conducted by Melody Green, location  TBD  Stay tuned!

Saturday,  Nov. 24, 2018 – 10:00AM – Hike Rocky Neck Niantic, CT.

Easy Thanksgiving weekend hike. Meet at dirt parking area across from Divine Wine Emporium on Rte 156, Niantic. west of Rocky Neck Connector.GPS: 275 W Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 Starters:Gretchen and John-860-235-8530

Tuesday Jan.1, 2019- 10 am NEW YEARS DAY @ 
West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot
to hike Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Exeter, R.I

Hike:  2 hour loop. Hike in any weather.  A “Hot chocolate stop” after approximately 1 hour. 
Bring yak traks, micro spikes, and/ or snow shoes if the weather and conditions warrant. Leader will provide a stove for heating.  Bring your water, and favorite beverage, and cup.
Directions -Meet at West Exeter Baptist Church Parking Lot at junction of Rte 165 and Frosty Hollow Rd,  West Exeter, Rhode Island.
Hazardous driving conditions Cancel. 
Leader -Duncan and Mary Jo -860-514-5869 c.
** R.I. enforces hikers to wear  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while on the trails.


Bike & Build Inspires Young Adults To "Pedal for Affordable Housing" (link) 
by Lily Goldberg

This League of American Bicyclists story is about Bike and Build  This organization encourages young adults to "pedal for affordable housing" through service-oriented cycling trips across the United States. They envision future generations committed to creating fair housing for all Americans. We invited a member of Bike & Build to share her inspiring journey so you can learn about how this organization is enhancing the quality of life for thousands of Americans. 
Consider sharing this information on to younger riders who may be interested one day Or consider sponsoring future riders.  
East Coast Greenway
CT Highlight

The 200 miles of the East Coast Greenway that run through Connecticut showcase the state’s diversity, from coast to inland, city to country. 
In central Connecticut, the 47 miles of East Coast Greenway along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail are nearing completion and are a favorite of many Greenway users.  is a link to 
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail
There are online maps for you to plan your travels on this trail from New Haven CT to Southwick MA
There are northern & southern routes.  Parking areas are easy to find.  
Sign up for their newsletter if you like.  
Rides & updates are plentiful throughout the year. 
Bike Walk CT (Link) is hosting

A League of American Cyclists
Cycling Instructor Seminar

Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
@ The Center of Latino Progress in Hartford
Registration (click here) is now open for those who would like to attend the only nationwide bicycling instructor certification program.

Sunday Rides 2018

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at or 860-581-0734 & leave a message

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.
Full & Concise Schedule in MS Word  (click here)  


Nov 11                     10:00a.m.                    Occum
Meet: CPL, Exit 18 (old 83) off of I-395, Rte 97
Distances: 34.0 / 22.2 miles
Ride # 108
Ride Starter: TBA                     RIDE STARTER NEEDED

Nov 18                    10:00 a.m.                 East Lyme Meander  
Meet: Flanders School, off RT-1 west of Flanders 4 Corners (Intersection of Rte 1 and Rte 161 East Lyme)
GPS address: 167 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme, CT
Distances: 28.8/20.8 miles
Ride # 53A
Ride Starter: Olga

November 25                     10:00 a.m.               Mystic
Meet: Cutler Middle School, Fishtown Rd (off Rte 1)
GPS address: 160 Fishtown Rd., Mystic, CT
Distances: 28.7/21.2 miles
Ride # 59
Ride starter: TBA

Check  the club ride page  or the club calendar

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 December, January, February, and March.  Only designated meeting places for those Sunday Rides.  

Print your own ride sheet
Ridesheets are Online at (click on link)              
For the MEMBERS ONLY password, contact the membership chair or a board member
PreRide Briefing to Review & Use on                          
  Save the Dates for Upcoming Social Events
Holiday Gathering
Wednesday December 5, 2018 (see above)

Volunteer Dinner:  Wednesday 6 March 2019 Usually 6PM
Volunteerism & Advocacy

Pequot Cyclists Ride Committee:  DONE!!!!!
The committee met 15 October &  planned the Sunday Rides for 2019
Thanks to all attendees and the Quatroches for hosting the meeting.  

Great input by the many participants ensured a balance of rides and levels....we couldn't do this without you.

2019 looks to be another great riding year. 
2108 East Lyme Bike & BBQ
At least 2 Pequot Cyclists wore their club jerseys & promoted our club.
Look for annual Pequot Cyclist Jersey sales in Spring 2019 so you can promote our club too.

It's always good to review AAA

It's time for lights front and back, bright clothes, watching the roads for slippery hazards, & following the state & local laws for group cycling.
Bike Basics:  The AAA Guide to a Great Ride (link)

Own Your Ride/Own Your Life
A sedentary life is 500 worse than having no exercise

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