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      Leisurely bicycle outing in Manchester, CT.  If you like to move slowly, chat with friends and see what’s around you, this is the bike outing for you. 

      WHEN: 10 AM Friday May 9, 2014

      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.  The trailhead 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 Email him here.  If unable to email, call 561 315-0528.
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      Howdy,
      Let’s wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond Sunday, May 11th.

      Let's meet at 10:00 AM at the Shady Glen restaurant, 840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, on Rte. 6 on the Manchester / Bolton line.  We can have a long or short hike there by simply turning around or not.   

      So I know even one other person is coming and don't run my dogs elsewhere that morning, please RSVP yes only by Saturday May 10th (Email me here.). If you change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one coming. I’ll go elsewhere closer to home then.

      Directions: Rte. I-84 E to Rte. 384 E, exit 5, Rte. 85.  End of ramp turn left.  Go up and down hill to a light.  That is Rte. 6.  Turn left.  Restaurant c. 1.5 miles ahead on left.

      Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk 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 at this free drop in event as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs running about them.
      RAIN  CANCELS.
      Hope to see you on the trail!
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      Hartford Sierra Club Kayaking Turtle Cove, Essex, CT: 10 AM Sunday May 25th.
      Free event open to club members and the public.

      Meet at the town of Essex Kayak/Canoe launch off Teal Road just north of the town center. We’ll paddle to the island opposite the museum and into Turtle Creek Cove off the CT River.  This lush Nature Conservancy property is a tidal estuary whose channel supports wild rice and eel grass in bracken tidal marshes.  In May it’s blooming amid mountain laurel thickets and beech groves.   

      You can rent a kayak at Black Hall River marina in Old Lyme among other sites found by Googling “kayak rentals Essex, CT.”

      Directions: For GPS use 1 Teal Lane, Essex. Take Rte. 9 to exit 3, Rte. 154, then left onto West Avenue, veering left onto N. Main Street and immediate right onto Bushnell Street where you see a marina. Go left onto Teal Lane. Grassy parking lot and easy put in setup for kayaks/canoes.

      Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water.

      Please RSVP email yes only to this email address  by 5/24 or to be placed on Renee’s email kayak list for outings through mid October.
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      Leisurely bicycle outing in Manchester, CT.  If you like to move slowly, chat with friends and see what’s around you, this is the bike outing for you. 

      WHEN: 10 AM Sunday June 1, 2014

      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.  The trailhead 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 (email me here)  If unable to email, call 561 315-0528.




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