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      End your work week with a leisurely bicycle outing.  If you like to move slowly, chat with friends and see what’s around you, this is the bike outing for you. 

      WHEN: Every Friday evening at 5:30  pm in Manchester, CT.  This weekly series begins July 11 and continues through the summer. 

      WHERE: At the Manchester trailhead of the Hop River State Park Trail. The parking lot is off of Colonial Road, just east of the intersection of Colonial Road and Parker Street (adjacent to the AAMCO transmission shop). You can use 184 Colonial Rd, Manchester, CT 06042 for a GPS address.  Grades are gentle on this hard-packed dirt trail, a former railroad line.  We will bike out an hour and then return to the parking lot.  For information about the trail, go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&Q=493304&deepNav_GID=1650 

      Bicycle helmets are mandatory on Sierra Club bike outings.  You will be required to sign a Sierra Club waiver at the trailhead.   Go to http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ if you want to read it beforehand.

      You must register with Trip Leader Ron Haines please email me here If unable to email, call 561 315-0528. Meet at the brown Honda Odyssey. 
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      Hike Penwood State Park, Sunday 7/13 10am (Simsbury, CT)

      Let's wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park.  We meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance.  We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!

      Please RSVP yes only by 7/12. Email me here If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead.  You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

      Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield.  Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178.  Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185.  Turn right onto Rte. 185.  Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.

      Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us.  Messes on the trail must be removed. All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.

         RAIN CANCELS.
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      Kayaking: Monday 7/14 5:00pm (Windsor, CT)

      After work kayaking Rainbow Reservoir and Farmington River, Windsor, CT

      Meet Monday 7/14, 5pm at boat launch at 118 Merriman Road, Windsor, CT. No fee to launch and free parking. We'll paddle the 243 acre reservoir that is tree lined with only a few houses set back from the water. Then head up the Farmington River towards North Bloomfield and Simsbury before returning to the launch site.

      Map of area and trip route at: http://www.bostonkayaker.com/cgi-bin/bkonekpage.cgi?pagekey=farmingtonrainbow

      RSVP email by 7/13 Email me here or to be placed on an email kayaking list for evening and weekend outings.
      There is a  free spare seat in a canoe on this paddle.  Safety vests must be worn at all times.Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.

      Take care, Renee
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      Kayaking: Meet 10am on Saturday, 7/26/14 at Gardner Lake state boat launch, 147 Old Colchester Road, Salem. 528 acre lake with many nooks to investigate.  Hopefully eagles will be there again as they were last year! Free launch and parking.  Plus there's a small beach area to swim and picnic after we paddle, so bring food and a swimsuit.

      Directions
      : From the junction of Route 354 and Route 82 in Salem, proceed north on Route 354 for 0.1 mile and turn right into the boat launch area. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. 

      RSVP email yes only by Friday, 7/25  Email me here and provide cell phone to contact that morning if we must go elsewhere in case of weather.  Please feel free to forward this notice to friends who may be interested. 

      One paddler is offering a spare seat in his long metal canoe whenever he joins us.  If interested, please let me know.   Take care,  Renee
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      Kayaking: Meet at 10 AM on Sunday,  8/3/14 at Lake Williams, Lebanon
      Free event open to club members and the public. This is a 250-acre pond that’s 2.5 miles long.  About 3/4 of the shoreline is undeveloped with mostly deep woods surrounding.  It has seven islands in the southern end of the lake, two with houses.  A nice contrast to the open lake is the far east end where there’s a secluded pond guarded by small rocky islands.

      Directions: Take Rte. 2 to Rte.66E to Rte. 85S to Rte. 207.  Access is easy put in at southern end of lake at intersection of Rte. 207 (Old Exeter Road)  and Colchester Road.  Small parking lot there.

      Safety vests must be worn at all times. There is a  free spare seat in a canoe on this paddle.
      Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.
      Please email RSVP yes only by 8/2. Email me here.
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      Hike Penwood State Park, Sunday 8/10 10am (Simsbury, CT)

      Let's wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park.  We meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance.  We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!

      Please RSVP yes only by 8/9. Email me here  If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead.  You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

      Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield.  Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178.  Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185.  Turn right onto Rte. 185.  Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.

      Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us.  Messes on the trail must be removed. All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.

      RAIN CANCELS.

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      John D Calandrelli,
      Mar 27, 2014, 8:56 AM
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