I went to see my son compete in his first Para-Tri that he had been training for all summer at the Madison Surf Club and he came in first place in the team event. His guide did the swim and he rode a tandem and ran with the guide.
|Elliot finishing the ride|
I forgot that September 11th was also the day of the 2021 Closer to Free Cancer Charity ride but due to increase of COVID cases caused by the Delta Variant the organizers went virtual or DIY. That would explain why I was seeing all these cyclists on Rt 146 between Madison and New Haven and one rider, a cancer survivor, caught my interest as she had a pink flamingo attached to her helmet.
It was such a beautiful day, low 70s, no humidity and no wind, either. The route that I came up with was kind of a hybrid road route of sorts. Mainly pavement but there was dirt sprinkled in here and there to keep it interesting.
After crossing over the Shoreline East tracks I made my way inland. I planned this route to use as many new roads as possible after having ridden out this way in the past a few times.
The tide was out and made it odiferous when riding close to the water
I was so excited to be finally riding the Branford Trolley!
Then crossed over the Tilcon siding
It was the longest climb of the day
Turning into Butter Jones Road and the last and longest dirt road of the route
Dropping down into Westbrook I started riding on Rt 146 again and came across more Closer to Free riders.
Turning onto Route 1, I got on the wheel of some UCONN Alumni but that didn't last long because my route headed north again to avoid roads that I have already ridden.