From I-495, take Exit 26, Route 62 West toward Berlin. After 2 miles, when Route 62 curves sharply to the right in the center of Berlin, turn left onto Linden Street, then left again (around the traffic island) onto South Street. Less than 1/4 mile down South Street, find the Berlin Memorial School driveway on the left. Go down the driveway and completely around the school to the large parking lot behind the school. Do not park in front of the school or near the soccer and recreation fields.
Bucolic, tree-lined rural roads with very little traffic, a particular treat when dressed in Fall colors. The 34-mile route is more hilly and includes several significant climbs, including the always-popular Green Street hill. The 24-mile route, while also hilly, avoids Green Street and is more rolling. Both routes include a 1/2-mile warm-up climb followed immediately by a breezy and fun one-mile downhill run before the split at mile 4.6. The routes merge again 13 miles from the end to share several more rolling hills and two additional downhill runs.
If you'd like to ride with a group, there will be two paced groups available:
- 24 mile route will have a group going 14-15 mph average
- 34 mile route will have a group going 16-17 mph average
PLEASE NOTE: Please use caution when entering and exiting the school parking lot! Student and community soccer matches will be using recreation fields adjacent to the school on the morning of our ride. Drive around the school to park only in the lot behind the school. DO NOT park in front of the school or adjacent to recreation fields. There is a porta-john at the school and rest rooms at the municipal building nearby. Please check the listing of this ride on the website for changes or cancellation before going to the start location.