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Seacoast Century Ride Report(25 posts)

Seacoast Century Ride ReportPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:03 AM
No need for a cue sheet. Keep the water on your right as you head north and on your left as you come back.

The ride goes through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
All Aboard!Psalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:07 AM
Want to jump on our pace line? Here we are at the start. I'm on the left at 6'3", Seth is 6'10" and Jim is 6'2". Nothing like a good flat century for big guys like us.
Entering Hampton BeachPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:10 AM
We started the ride by going south into Massachusetts. Here we are coming back to the ride headquarters at Hampton Beach State Park.
Scenic Road north of HamptonPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:12 AM
What can I say, but it was really beautiful.
Nice pics! It sure was a scenic ride!! (nm)jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 7:18 AM
Walking trail and bridgePsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:14 AM
This interesting bridge was at the end of a walking trail the led out to an island in Portsmouth NH.
Rode Sat. and enjoyed the scenery by car on Sun...includingjtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 7:20 AM
a walk down that very "walkway" and over that bridge!! I sat down on some rocks on the other side, took off my Birks, and put my feet in the water. What a beautiful place!! Again, GREAT pics!! =)

-Jeff
Actually......stlman
Sep 23, 2002 12:25 PM
Not that anyone is probably keeping track but that is actually in York, Maine. probably only about a mile from downtown/Bergers bike.
York it is...Psalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 1:00 PM
What's the story behind that bridge? Is it a town park, and what's over there?
York it is...stlman
Sep 24, 2002 5:39 AM
Yes, it is a town area and there is actually a beach there and some trails. It is a good family spot. Everyone here refers to it as the "wiggely bridge".....
Nubble LighthousePsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:17 AM
This was the half way point at 51 miles. Not a bad spot for a SAG stop, don't you think?
Nice ride, Nice pics, looks like fast riding! nmrwbadley
Sep 23, 2002 7:20 AM
Lunch anyone?Psalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:21 AM
Without a doubt, this was the best lunch I've ever had during a century (Although the lobster roll sandwich was not included in the $20 registration fee).
Hah - nice!! When in Rome...jtferraro
Sep 23, 2002 7:26 AM
On Sunday(not my ride day) I stopped by that lil' place down by that river for...you guessed it...a lobster roll, too!! I'm referring to that red place that was down on a riverbank(had parking on the street and in a small lot up top). Not sure if you know the place I'm referring to or not, but it was a great spot! Actually, not only did I have a lobster roll, but also enjoyed an ear of corn on the cob and a cup of clam chowder.

-Jeff
Man I miss lobster rollsterry b
Sep 23, 2002 8:31 AM
almost enough to move back to Massachusetts. try to find one in Albuquerque.

Nice pix, you brought the whole summer seacoast feeling back to me (been missing it for the last 12 years...)
York MainePsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:22 AM
On the way backPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:30 AM
For the most part, we had great roads, little traffic and lots of fun. The pace was fast on the way out as we had a tail wind for much of the way. Coming back, however, was a bit slower as the winds were more in our face. No complaints from me though.
Stopped for the drawbridgePsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 9:40 AM
On the way home, we waited about 10 minutes for the drawbridge to close. The law required us to walk the bikes accross here. It was kind of fun having a chance to chat with everybody. It seemed that everybody jokingly commented about how this procedure would surely slow up the average speeds.
Having second thoughts about a post ride dip in the oceanPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 7:35 AM
We had great intentions of going for a cool down swim after the ride, but man is that water cold!!! Here you see Big Seth chickening out. I on the other hand went in to my waist. By the time I came out, my feet were completely numb from the cold water.
That is on my MUST RIDE LIST next year......nmDave Hickey
Sep 23, 2002 9:17 AM
re: Seacoast Century Ride ReportTrux
Sep 23, 2002 10:22 AM
Nice report Psalm on a terrific looking century. We in Colorado are envious of your thick, oxygen rich air. Most of our centuries start at 5,000 feet above you and some go as high as 11,000 feet ABSL. Also, it's Rocky Mountain oysters here instead of lobster rolls.
Hard for me to imagine being that far above sea levelPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 23, 2002 10:46 AM
I did the Mt. Washington Hill Climb two years ago and remember coughing and coughing after "sprinting up" the last 22 degree finishing stretch (I did it in 1:30 compared to Tyler Hamilton's 49 minutes). I thought that was thin air, and Mt. Washington finishes at 6000 feet. I have a hard time imagining a ride starting at that elevation.
Fantastic Ride Report! Thanks for the pics.Ken of Fresno
Sep 23, 2002 11:28 AM
It's been a LONG time since I've done a century, but I'm hoping to get one in later this year. Your report gave me some great motivation, as I am sort of a big guy too.

Thanks again,
Ken
Argh! Homesick!WrigleyRoadie
Sep 24, 2002 8:22 AM
Thanks for the great pictures! My family's from Eiliot and Portsmouth and I've done a fair shake of riding there.

Did you have to cross any grated bridges? I did a race that went over one in Portsmouth, and they actually created a path for the bikes by laying huge sheets of cardboard all the way across... I don't think they were worried about tube punctures so much as the condensation on a metal grate making handling impossible.

Hope you followed up the Lobster roll with some ice cream from Brown's!
three or four metal grated bridgesPsalm 147-10_11
Sep 24, 2002 9:25 AM
Took them pretty easy and concentrated on keeping my upper body relaxed. Pretty freaky looking down though...

No, we didn't get any icecream, but we talked about it. As they say in Red Sox country, "wait 'til next year".