By Bob Peterson
Here are two bike rides easily accessible from the Grantham Park
& Ride, or from South Cove or the former ECA Office parking area for those
looking to finish with an uphill slog.
Corbin Covered Bridge,
This is a relatively flat, 20-mile, out-and-back ride on Route
10 through Grantham and Croydon to a covered bridge over the Sugar River in Newport. Route 10 has good shoulders for most of the
ride, although the traffic can be heavy during the morning and afternoon
Heading south on Route 10, you’ll pass by the Grantham Fire Station
and Post Office as well as the Dunbar Free Library. In Croydon you’ll pass by
the Village School and Croydon Fire Station, as well as Loverin Hill Road. Loverin
Hill is a “worthy” hill, meaning it’s worthy of the name “hill.” It’s worth
climbing if you want hill training and a scenic loop back to Route 10 in Croydon
In Newport turn right off Route 10 onto Corbin Road and stop
at the covered bridge. Have a snack and check out the bridge, the fishers and
kayakers on the Sugar River, as well as Parlin Field Airport’s paved and grass
On your ride back to the Park & Ride, consider taking
right turns onto Camel Hump Road in Newport and Bouldervale Road in Grantham
for short, scenic jug-handle diversions off Route 10.
As you complete your ride, think about the natural
phenomenon you’ve likely experienced: most of the time there’s a head wind both
ways on Route 10. How can that be?!
Starting at the Grantham Park & Ride, head south on Route
10 through Grantham. Turn left on Route 114 just before the Dunbar Free Library
and the Grantham United Methodist Church. Continue on Route 114 past Mount Trashmore,
Grantham’s transfer station, and climb several rolling hills into the Village
Continue on Route 114, passing Lake Kolelemook (pond 1) on
your left, climbing several more hills to the intersection of Route 114 and Little
Sunapee Road at the bottom of a steep downhill. Turn right onto Little Sunapee Road,
keeping Little Lake Sunapee (pond 2) to your right.
Turn right at the intersection with Otterville Road passing Goose
Pond (pond 3) and Otter Pond (pond 4) on your right. Continue to the
intersection and turn right onto Route 11 and then turn right onto Springfield
Road in Georges Mills. Look to the left just before the turn and you may be
able to see Lake Sunapee (pond 5).
Turn left off Springfield Road onto Stony Brook Road, crossing
under I-89 and passing Baptist Pond (pond 6) on your right. Continue on Stony Brook,
down a steep hill passing Palazzi Pond (pond 7) on your right.
Turn left at the intersection of Stony Brook and Route 114.
Follow Route 114 into Grantham to the intersection with Route 10 and turn right
to go back to the Park & Ride.
Seven ponds, light traffic, and nice scenery are the rewards
for climbing a few hills on this 21-mile ride.
I’ll be looking for you on these rides this summer!
Bob Peterson is an enthusiastic
cyclist who rides 1,500-1,700 miles per year. He developed his skills as the
“sweep” on group rides and a tour leader with Bike Vermont (now Discovery
Bicycle Tours) in Woodstock, VT.