2014-10-10 / Community

‘Discover the Eastern Trail’ ride planned

The last in the series of Discover the Eastern Trail will be held on Saturday, Oct.18. Shawn Works will lead the bike ride that will start at Kennebunk Elementary School at 9 a.m., making a loop southward on the road and then continuing northward on the off-road trail.

The total distance will be 8 to 10 miles, returning to Kennebunk Elementary School.

The ride is open to the first 20 riders and spots are available on a first comefirst serve basis. Riders must be 13 or older; anyone younger than 18 needs an adult signed permission and an adult to accompany them.

Helmets are required and water is highly recommended.

For more information, contact Shawn Works at shawnworks@gmail.com or 752- 1105.

The ride will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

The rides allow for a moderate pace, emphasizing safety and the pleasure of bicycling along the trail. The group will stop occasionally at points of interest and concentrate on features of local historical or natural significance. Each ride will have a leader and a sweeper.

When completed, the Eastern Trail will connect the Piscataqua River in Kittery with Bug Light on Casco Bay in South Portland with a 65-mile, mostly off-road greenway.

The Eastern Trail follows the route of the historic Eastern Railroad, the first rail line connecting Boston and the Portland area.

It extends through 12 communities in York and Cumberland counties. The Eastern Trail is the Southern Maine portion of the 2,900 mile East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais.

The Alliance welcomes opportunities to educate groups about its goal. To schedule a no-cost Eastern Trail slide show, send an email to eta@easterntrail.org or call the office at 284-9260.

For more information about the Eastern Trail visit www.easterntrail.org.

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