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Rhode island Ride(8 posts)

Rhode island Ride03Vortex
Jun 26, 2003 9:03 AM
Will be in RI this weekend and looking for a good 50+/- mile route out of Narragansette. Not too concerned about traffic as I plan to be out early AM. Any suggestions?

Thanks
re: Rhode island RidePsalm 147-10_11
Jun 26, 2003 11:43 AM
I vacationed there last summer and found some really nice rides by following "arrows" that had been previously painted for organized rides. If I recall, the rides started out of the high school (or middle school) parking lot and was about 50 miles long. One road in particular that I liked went past the Gilbert Stuart museum. It is worth finding...

You might consider looking at

www.nbw.org
re: Rhode island Ride03Vortex
Jun 26, 2003 12:13 PM
Thanks...
Wrong URLpitt83
Jun 26, 2003 4:23 PM
URL is www.nbwclub.org

They operate a listserve and local contacts are helpful. If you go to Tiverton high school norht of newport, you could follow their well arrowed ride from there. Choice of 25,50,75 and century.
re: Rhode island RideSingleThreaded
Jun 27, 2003 10:29 AM
Here's a link to a RI map identifying most roads and suitability for cycling

http://www.dot.state.ri.us/WebTran/ristatebikemap.pdf

Out of Narragansett, RI I would say just try to stay south of Route 138 on backroads, with Narragansett as the eastern boundary and Westerly/Watch Hill as your western boundary. Route 1 actually spans the whole route, provides a full lane as a shoulder (is used for a half-iron man race in fall) and may be used as a safety valve to get you back to your starting point. But I would recommend taking some of the back roads which span that distance at least for one direction of the loop from Narragansett to Watch Hill.

"Must sees" along the route include, Watch Hill 20ish miles from Narragansett (use Scenic Route 1A off of Rte 1 just past Westerly/Charlestown border. Also Ocean Rd in Narragansett out to Pt. Judith Light on through to Galillee is a nice little 8-10 mile diversion.

If your looking for the Gilbert Stuart Rd, as a previous poster mentioned, head North on 1A out of Narragansett, from the Towers. About 8-10 miles up this route, just before you come to the Rte 138 overpass, you'll see Snuff Mill Rd on you left. Head down this road until you go through the 90 degree bend to the right. Just after this turn you'll see Gilbert Stuart Rd on you left. The museum is about 100 meters up on the right. Caution, immediately after the museum the road starts a gradual incline which turns into a short steep incline which many faint of heart can't climb on a bike. Also compounding the problem with this road is that at the top of the road it dangerously intersects Rte 1 with no traffic lights. In the morning it is fine, but after 10ish you must be patient and fast. Coming down Gilbert Stuart Rd hill is the fastest I've ever moved a bike (51.7 mph without much pedalling assistance).

Enjoy, I may see you out there.
re: Rhode island RideSingleThreaded
Jun 27, 2003 10:36 AM
If you do head North out of Narragansett on Rte 1A (towards the Gilbert Stuart Museum), but don't feel like heavy climbing, you could just continue on to Wickford, RI about 15 miles to the north. But once there I would look to double back, not much North of there but there are some routes to the West, like Rte 102 and Route 2
re: Rhode island RideRed Baron
Jun 27, 2003 11:31 AM
Check out www.NBWclub.org Narragansett Bay Wheelmen

We have a ride out of URI this Sunday 20,40 64 milers.

Here is the info:

June 29, 2003 Westerly Watch Hill 20/40/64 miles

Sunday 10:00 AM Map 39 Arrower: Janet Alexander

Show'n 05-Jul-03

Route Westerley, Watch Hill, Kingston, Woodville, Ashaway

Directions U.R.I, Kingston, RI. Take the left exit off of I-95 S to Rt 4. Rt 4 eventually merges with Rt.1.

Continue south to the intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 138 WEST, turn right, and go three

miles. NOTE: our new parking lot is 1/10th mile past the entrance to the Athletic fields and

tennis courts - enter on West Independence Way, between brick building and Hall of

Drive Time 45 minutes from Providence

Descriptio This ride passes through scenic areas of South County. The long ride passes by South

County coastal areas. Stop at the Watch Hill Coast Guard Station and lighthouse for a

fantastic view of the ocean.
re: Rhode island RideSingleThreaded
Jun 27, 2003 1:13 PM
This ride provides the same features that I described above. The URI starting point is about 10 miles north of Narragansett. As it is a NBW ride the road is probably already fairly well marked prior to the turns, in case you can't wait and need to get out at 5 AM.

That's a nice ride.