Connecticut may not be the biggest state, but it definitely has its fair share of scenic roadways that are perfect for a day of motorcycle riding. Whether it’s late spring, when the landscape comes alive or fall, when the foliage forms a brilliant backdrop, these roads offer riders a great chance to get away from the stress of everyday life and let the wind carry them to a peaceful state of mind.
Northeast CT Country Loop
Starting in Ashford, this trip runs east on Route 44 and features a number of small villages and old farms. The loop consists of routes 198 to 171, then 169 to 197 and back to 171. This takes you through out-of- the-way towns, including Quinebaug, Pomfret and Woodstock. In addition to the rolling farmland, you’ll also be treated to scenic forests and old country towns. Parts of the ride touch on Nipmuck State Forest and Natchaug State Forest. The area is sparsely populated, which means traffic is minimal and you can ride for long stretches without hitting a stop sign or traffic light. However, this also means there aren’t many roadside amenities, so plan on eating ahead of your trip. The roads are in good shape and as long as the weather is nice, this trip is great for easing back and enjoying a nice ride.
Northern CT Border Run
Running parallel with the Connecticut and Massachusetts state line, this trip begins at the intersection of Route 169 and 190 in North Woodstock. Head west on Route 197, which will turn into Route 190 roughly 25 miles into the ride. Running through Nipmuck State Forest, there are very few towns on this route, so it is recommended that you fill your gas tank before taking off. However, the lack of civilization is offset by the beautiful forests and widespread farmland of northern Connecticut. Traffic is light and there are few distractions in terms of signs and lights, but there is plenty of wildlife, so keep an eye out for deer and other animals running across the road. Although far removed from towns, the roads are in good condition and provide a few twists and turns to keep the ride exciting. This ride is perfect for a fall foliage trip and a warm October day can’t be beat.