East Lyme and Old Lyme Beaches

I broke out the cross bike this weekend for some easy coastal riding. It was the perfect antidote to last weekend’s slugfest in Lake Placid. I don’t think I averaged more than 14mph. I tooled around the beach communities of East Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut. On Saturday evening, I explored the Great Island Wildlife Management Area. It is at the end of a boat launch with a beautiful view of the mouth of the Connecticut River. Stunning marshland and birds were all in plain view. It was a perfect summer evening.

On Sunday morning, I went the other direction and explored Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. Rocky Neck is popular with campers and beach goers. It was a different experience from the pristine beauty of Great Island. Rocky Neck’s parking lots were full of trash from yesterday’s beach day. Fortunately, the DEP was picking it up in preparation for another rush of visitors. I rode through the adjacent beach community of Great Neck and took in the nice surroundings. At the end of the ride, I did a few dismounts and shouldered my bike a bit, so that I could officially call this pre-season training for cyclocross season.

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