Loop and Lunch Rides

Loop & Lunch Rides

LoopLunch2017 1.jpgJune 10 2017 Loop and Lunch RideSince 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 remaining 2017 schedule:

  • September 30th Update from Trip Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Currently 14 riders have signed up, so if you haven't done so yet, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let me know you are riding. Check-in and ride times are the same as always - 9 am check-in and 9:30 am ride time start.
    SMALL ROUTE CHANGE. Instead of starting at Bug Light in South Portland, we will meet and start at Wainwright Field (125 Gary L Marietta Way in South Portland). From there we will ride the trail to Broadway then to Lincoln St. and across the Veteran's Bridge to Commercial Street and the East End Trail. From there on to Cousin's Island and Little John. On the return trip, we will come across the Casco Bay Bridge to the ET and have lunch at the Easy Day Restaurant that is right near the trail...practically right on the trail. After lunch it is a short ride to Wainwright. Go here to see the lunch menu for Easy Day.
    CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP THIS RIDE. I'm sorry to say that I won't be leading this ride. I have a close friend in Arizona who is in critical health and isn't expected to live long, so I'm leaving for Arizona right away. Steve O'Connor and Bob LaNigra will be trip leaders for this ride. Steve will ride sweep and Bob will ride lead...he is very familiar with the route. I will miss you all.
  • October 21st This ride will be rescheduled since I will not return until the 21ST. I will let you know the new date later. Remember it will be a tweed/or Funky fall colors ride to celebrate Fall.).

June 7 Loop & Lunch BunchJune 2014 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 a bottle of water or two.

If you are interested in riding any or all of the above dates please contact Russ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

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.

First Loop & Lunch Bunch RidersLunch 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.

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