A route from East Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island to the beginning of the Puppy Dog Route in Greenfield, Ma...on as much dirt as possible. I'm going to guess that its about 45% dirt roads, with the rest uncongested and sometimes quite scenic paved roads. Mrs Trip and I have been scouting this route for a while, and I'm relatively satisfied with it. We have a variation that I'm hoping to connect up with the Hampster Ride in NH to make a complete loop of New England when combined with the Puppy Dog Route, NNEAT, and the Hampster. I've also experimented with an east-west route across Connecticut to meet up with the Trans Mass trail, but that one is proving to be more difficult. I don't know if anyone else is interested, but living in Rhode Island this has become our favorite route up north. It starts at East Beach...that's the ocean out there! Do a donut in the sand! Then its along "Sand Road" for a little ways From there, its on to pavement. The route runs right past Burlingame State Park, which has a campground...although it's full a lot, so you probably need to make a reservation. http://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationBurlingame.html Further along it hits another spot of gravel and then passes over I-95. Then you're into more gravel: Runs north through Rhode Island on mixed gravel and paved backroads, then heads into Connecticut. Goes through Thompson, CT, a really quaint New England town: Its paved for quite a ways now. You enter Massachusetts on Dresser Hill Rd, a nice ride on a high ridge with sweeping views and almost always a cool breeze. Also on here is "The Clam Box" with good food and ice cream! After Spencer, MA there's some quiet country roads. Loring Hill Rd runs through a wildlife preserve, and proved to be the toughest part of the ride. We had a hell of a time getting the bikes past this mud pit because I was too stubborn to take the panniers off. Up around Quabbin is tough, because there's a lot of old, unused roads there, but they are pretty much all off limits because of the reservoir. Once around it, though, there's a lot more gravel and dirt. The route runs through Wendell State Forest, where we followed Jerusalem Rd past this interesting rock formation Unfortunately, despite the good roads ...there is a gate up there. We easily rounded it and rode a rougher section that came out in a farmyard. Can't recommend that, though, so the track skips Jerusalem Rd and meets Montague Rd early. From there, its through Millers Falls, Turners Falls, and ends at Colrain Rd in Greenfield. Once I figure it out, I'll attach the GPX file. I don't want to disappoint anyone...its largely paved, but its pretty good (if I do say so myself) considering what we have to work with in southern New England. Why East Beach? Well, everyone knows that Rhode Island has the best beaches...in CT there's no surf, and further east, there's too much congestion. And I thought some of you Green Mountain Boys might like to see the ocean. If you are familiar with mid-state Massachusetts, maybe you can offer some additional ideas. Like the Hampster Ride, The PDR, and the others, I wanted the route to be suitable for loaded big bikes, so there's some possible hero sections I've omitted, but there are also a couple of sections that I would rate as a little more challenging than anything I've ridden on those other rides. Comments and suggestions...I'm looking forward to them!