Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Looks like the weather will be clear and sunny for Thursday! Good for a ride with a view.
This ride is relatively short in mileage but big on scenery and attractions, and is a good work out, too. It includes panoramic Presidential views, the Cog Railroad (if you decide to climb up to the station), Upper and Lower Ammonoosuc Falls. We eat lunch/snacks on the rocks next to the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls or, for something different, at the top of the chairlift at Bretton Woods (free ride!).
Start at the Eisenhower Wayside Park which is on the right side of Route 302 a couple of miles after passing through Crawford Notch. It has a tall flagpole and it is a sledding hill in the winter. We ride back up the notch to the train station for a view of Elephant Rock, and then back to Mt Clinton Road. We could climb up to the Cog Railroad or just enjoy the downhill cruise, stopping to look at Upper Ammonusuc Falls. We then ride out to the Twin Mt 4 corners, turn back and stop to enjoy lunch at the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls. As an alternative lunch stop we can stop at Bretton Woods Ski Area for a free ride up to the top of lift to eat our lunch on the deck of the restaurant. Bring lunch and a bike lock!
Start: 9:00 am at the Eisenhower Wayside Park
Total distance: approximately 25 miles; depending on options.
Carpool, if you like: Attitash parking lot, far end, 8:15 am.