Since the summer of 2013, Russ Lamer has led “loop and lunch rides” on the Eastern Trail. Each has offered a loop ride on either the off-road or on-road sections of the trail (or both!) , as well as a refreshing restaurant lunch along the route.
Read about previous rides further below on this page. There is a slideshow of ride pictures at the bottom.
2020 Loop & Lunch Rides on the Eastern Trail:
Obviously the COVID-19 virus had all plans for this year in flux, but we are happy to have been able to hold a few rides and take measures to keep everyone safe.
Our final Loop and Lunch ride of the year has been cancelled for Saturday and moved to Sunday, October 18. If you are available to ride on Sunday, please email Bob LaNigra. Weather looks good with temps in the low 60s and partly sunny. This ride will start at the Thornton Academy parking lot in Saco. Registration starts at 9:00 am. Be prepared to ride by 9:30 am. The route will take us along some of the back roads, west of TA, to Broad Turn Rd,, Pine Point Rd, along Grand Ave. to Camp Ellis with lunch at either Cia Cafe or Run of the Mill Rest. Ride will be approx. 30 miles.
Please email Bob LaNigra if you have questions.
For each ride, check in time begins at 9 a.m. and rides start at 9:30 a.m. The rides are capped at 25 (or perhaps even fewer!).
- Safety is a high priority: riders will sign a waiver at check-in, and provide emergency contact info; a ride sweep will accompany all rides
- Wear a helmet
- Be able to average a speed of 13 to 15 mph
- Make sure you bring sunscreen, money for lunch and a bottle of water or two.
Here are some of the rides that were held earlier in 2020:
September 26 – This ride started at the Wainwright Recreation Complex and proceeded along Black Point Rd., to Ferry Beach, Higgins Beach, Kettle Cove, Portland Head Light, Bug Light and then return on the Eastern Trail with a lunch stop at the Sea Dogs Restaurant.
June 8 – This ride started at Bug Light in South Portland taking the ET Greenway to Wainwright field then continued on the road on Highland Avenue to Black Point Road to Prout’s Neck, back to 77, right at Sprague Hall down to the Sprague estate entrance and back to 77 and then to Two Lights and back to 77. We stopped at C-Salt for lunch before returning to Bug Light.
Examples of Some Other Past Loop & Lunch Rides
August 24, 2019 – The group of 18 riders started out at Thornton Academy on the Eastern Trail, and 16 ended up at Bug Light before going to Scratch Bakery in South Portland for lunch. After a delicious lunch, we had a great ride back. Only one flat tire on our return trip…but everyone was smiles when we arrived at the Thornton Academy parking lot. Perfect day for riding.
October 19, 2019 – This was the annual Tweed or Crazy Sweater Ride. We started at Wainwright Field in South Portland, crossed the Scarborough Marsh on the ET and then took the road into Old Orchard Beach to Route 9 Camp Ellis and on to Saco. After lunch at Cia we returned to Wainwright on the ET.
August 29, 2015 – This Loop & Lunch Bunch ride was held on another perfect day, and was 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
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.
Great rides, great people, great food! Check back here on on the Events page for details on upcoming ET Loop & Lunch Bunch Rides.