"Connecticut Beach & Country Skate / Bike"
along the Westport, Southport & Fairfield shore
11:30AM at Westport Train Station (South side of the track)
Saturday July 23, 2011
ALONG THE WESTPORT, SOUTHPORT & FAIRFIELD SHORE ENDING AT WESTPORT BEACH
WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 11:30 AM SKATE STARTS! The skate / bike is free and starts after the 11:11 AM NY Train arrives.
WHAT: Join us for the 17th Connecticut Beach & Country Skate and Bike Tour. An exciting 24 mile route, done in two 12 mile parts, pre + post lunch. Optional 12 miles only. Includes 3 miles inland past beautiful homes on smooth roads in addition to the awesome Connecticut shoreline. This 12 miles each way skate is roughly 4 times the Central Park loop. If 12 miles is enough, you have the option of taking the train back to starting point for the beach party, or to go home. You should be comfortable skating at an intermediate level or biking in a group on roads with light traffic. We stop half way for lunch at the quaint Firehouse Deli in Fairfield, footwear required. Alternatively, bring your lunch and picnic in park across the street.
WHERE: Starts at 11:30 AM at Westport Train Station (South side of the track)
BY TRAIN: GROUP-UP AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION'S CENTRAL INFO BOOTH (42ND & PARK AVE.) BY 10:00 AM WITH TRAIN TICKET IN HAND. CATCH THE 10:07 TRAIN TO WESTPORT TRAIN STATION (NEW HAVEN LINE). CAN ALSO MEET TRAIN AT 125TH & PARK AT 10:17. ROUND TRIP TRAIN TICKET IS $21.50.
BY CAR: If you drive, the Westport train station is just off northbound Interstate 95, Exit 17, right, first left. Meet on the South side of the tracks. Parking is free on weekends.
AFTERWARDS: We usually finish skating about 5PM, hang out on Westport Beach, have a swim, clean up at outdoor showers, and maybe eat at 'Joey's By the Sea' right on Compo Beach. Lobster Roll, Salads, Burgers, Veggie Burgers, and Paul Newman's foods available. Alternatively, we may just hang at the Beach where beach food available. In any case, bring beach gear that can be left in car at train station and driven to beach.
Trains head back to NYC after Skate / Bike regularly till midnight: : 4:29PM, 5:06PM, 5:29PM, 6:31PM, 7:31PM, 8:31PM, 9:57PM, 10:45PM, and 11:56PM.
BIKE NOTE: * * * BIKES ON TRAIN NEED PERMIT: If you want to come by bicycle, you have to have a bike permit for the train. You can get the lifetime $5 permit the same day or before by previously downloading and filling out permit application at MTA bike webpage
additional information: http://www.mta.info/lirr/about/Bicycles/.
YOU ARE PARTICIPATING AT YOUR OWN RISK AND ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY. Waiver signing required. HELMET & WRIST GUARDS REQUIRED, other protective gear is recommended.
Meet on the South side of the tracks. Parking is free on weekends.
Questions to Eric at email Eric_Poullain@yahoo.com.