April 26, 2005

Overly optimistic

The Rockingham Recreational Trail is a retired railroad right-of-way which is now used as a biking, hiking, snowmobiling trail. It stretches from the edge of GreatBay in Newmarket, to Manchester. Locally it passes through Raymond, which is about the midway point.

Janice and I have been talking for awhile about biking this trail from here to Lake Massabesic, which is near Manchester. Today we did it.

If I'd thought about it, I would have realized how long it was gonna take, but we just went for it, and I was a little surprised to discover that it took 2 1/2 hours EACH WAY.

Nice ride though. Many scenic views, burbling brooks, passing by historic villages, and lunch at the shore of Massabesic was nice.

When the final tally was in, the ride was 13.5 miles each way. 27 miles total. Because it's along former railroad tracks, there are no really steep parts, so the ride was not so hard, although there were occasional stretches of muddy ground. But the seat on my bike got very hard by the time we were done. Now my butt is very sore.

Posted by jackhodgson at April 26, 2005 06:52 PM