Having just finished residency, and with a baby due any day, my wife and I found ourselves staring at each other a lot in our apartment in Boston. On this particularly nice Monday late in June, we decided we needed to get out of town. She would spend the day on Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and I would get a change of cycling scenery.
Having done the Cape Ann loop a few times, I was looking for something new and so did some searching on Ride with GPS, and finally mapped out a route up the coast to Ipswitch and then back to Manchester-by-the-Sea on an inland route.
The ride starts up along the North Shore, on a route I’ve done before that has plenty of great ocean views. Just before going onto Cape Ann, I turned west and headed up towards Ipswitch, then from there out Jeffrey’s Neck Road for some more water views, now of Plum Island Sound.
Looping back into Ipswitch the route now goes inland, and while not as traditionally New England scenic, it does go through a surprising amount of horse farms. I was most surprised suddenly come upon a polo field with a game in progress just outside of Essex.
The complete ride is a bit over 40 miles, ending back at Singing beach. Note that parking at the beach is only open to the public on weekends, so any other time plan on starting and stopping a couple miles earlier in town.