Starting in the summer of 2013, Russ Lamer has led "loop and lunch rides" on the Eastern Trail. Each has offered a loop ride on either (or both!) the off-road or on-road sections of the trail, as well as a refreshing restaurant lunch along the route.
Read about previous rides further below on this page.
Schedule for Eastern Trail Loop & Lunch Rides 2017:
Hope you will join us this year for some fun rides on the Eastern Trail with good people. The rides begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Routes vary from 30 to 50 miles. Ride routes are designed to ride out halfway, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and ride back.
The proposed 2017 schedule:
Examples of Some Past Loop & Lunch Rides
June 7, 2014 - 20 riders turned out for the first Loop & Lunch ride of 2014. The weather was perfect with plenty of sunshine and just the right amount of summer breeze. Riders started on the Eastern Trail at Black Point and Eastern Roads in Scarborough then rode along the scenic coast through Old Orchard Beach to Camp Ellis then up Route 9 into Saco.
Lunch was at Run of the Mill Restaurant in Saco, and what an outstanding job the restaurant did waiting on the Loop & Lunch Bunch. Laura our waitress deserves one big medal for doing a superb job on taking orders and delivering everyone's food all at the same time. The service and food were an A+!
On the return trip, everyone worked up enough of an appetite for a stop at Bayley's Ice Cream on Pine Point Road in Scarborough before crossing the marsh back to the parking lot.
August 29, 2015 - The most recent Loop & Lunch Bunch ride was another perfect day, and a fun 38 mile ride for the ET Loop & Lunch Bunch. Fourteen riders started at the Eastern Trail at the Biddeford Medical Center, and took the off-road trail to Kennebunk. From there we took the on-road ET to Wells.
Lunch was at The Seed & Bean Restaurant.
Great rides, great people, great food! Look for details to come on the next ET Loop & Lunch Bunch Ride.
Photos provided by group ride photographer Bob Bernoth.