BBQ plans were all askew this Memorial Day with family going all over the place but one thing was for certain, my brother-in-law, Will, and I were going to ride. He came out to Fairfield on Metro North and I planned a ride that pass by not just the usual three beaches that I always ride to, but a fourth one, too.
I got to the Fairfield Station early and had breakfast while waiting for him to arrive. His train was a few minutes delayed.
Then we headed over to the Citgo for a pre-ride facility break - best place in town!
One thing that I didn't anticipate was the coastal towns were all having Memorial Day Parades.
Living in Newtown, I have been lulled into complacency, because we don't do a Memorial Day Parade.
Rather, our Labor Day Parade kills two birds with one stone.
The Pyramid Shriners were in town for Fairfield's Parade.
Fortunately for us, the parade started at 10 and we started rolling at 9.
I think the last minute changes I made to the route will bypass any other town parades.
Originally, we were supposed to take Duck Farm but the bridge was out and we had to route around it and take a different way to Greenfield Hill
Then we rode by Calf Pasture Beach. On my usual Coastal Connecticut Rides we ride past Combo, Southport and Penfield Beaches but I threw in CP to add some distance to the route.
It was pretty windy and of course it was coming from the Northeast, so it was a head wind back to Fairfield.
We bypassed Beachside Avenue because it's all torn up with construction and then rode past Southport Beach.