Loop & Lunch Rides

LoopLunch2017 1.jpgSince 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 has all plans for this year in flux, but we are hoping to plan and hold a few rides as long as everyone is not in lockdown.

Our first Loop and Lunch ride of the year will be held August 22, 2020.
We will meet at the parking lot at the end of the Saco Mill Brook Industrial Park, and be prepared to ride by 9:30 am.
Route will be along the Eastern Trail to Bug Light. A portion is off road. We will stop for a snack or lunch, at either Scratch Bakery or the new Broadway Sea Dog Brewery Co. (former Easy Day Bowling and Restaurant which has a large outdoor patio,) The route should be approx. 30 to 32 miles. (Or, if you would like to bike fewer miles, you could start at the Eastern Trail Pine Point parking lot, which would be approx. 25 miles or meet at the Eastern Road lot, which would be approx. 20 miles.)

Please email Bob LaNigra if you plan to join us, ASAP, or at least by Thursday, August 20. You can also let him know if you will be meeting the group along the trail for a shorter ride.

Here are other tentative dates for this year’s rides:

  • September 26
  • October 17

Routes have not been planned yet.  Look for those to come.  Anyway, put these dates in your calendars and we will see where things go from here. Take good care of yourselves and stay safe and well my friends.

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!) so please contact Russ Lamer at crankoneta@gmail.com before a ride date to let him know you are riding.

June 7 Loop & Lunch BunchRequirements:

  • 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 brief descriptions of the rides that were held in 2019:

June 8th – 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.

August 24th – The August 24th ET Loop & Lunch Ride was a lot of fun, and filled with unusual happenings. 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.

September 28th – This ride was a Kittery to South Berwick loop on the Eastern Trail. Karen Saltus led the ride from Kittery to South Berwick mostly along the Eastern Trail on lovely and quiet back roads, around 33 miles.

October 19th – 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.

Examples of Some Other 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 – 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.

Great rides, great people, great food!  Check back here on on the Events page for details on upcoming ET Loop & Lunch Bunch Rides.