prudence, no patience

by
par
Drew Pflaumer
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Providence

20

mi

km

Distance

distance

90

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

3

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

2

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

35

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

prudence, no patience

by
par
Drew Pflaumer
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Distance

Distance

20

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

90

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

3.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

35

Difficulty

difficulté

Intermediate

description

la description

One of the chillest days you can have riding off-road

Step One: Get to Prudence Island. The FERRY from Bristol is the only public option. You can log an extra 15 miles each way if you bike to Bristol from Providence. However, RIPTA bus #60 can help you. The ferry landing on Prudence Island (PI) is a pretty bustling parking lot and there will be a burst of cars when you get off the ferry. Solid chance those are the last cars you see until it’s time to go home.

The pavement fades out quickly while heading north from the ferry terminal. You’ll experience a mix of gravel sizes, dirt types, and grasslands on your way past a farm (wave at the cows) to the northern tip of the island where there are some cool old foundations and beaches. From here you can see Providence to the north, Colt State Park to the east, and the smaller, uninhabited Patience Island to the west.

Turn back south (you have to backtrack here but if you made it this far you already know that) and hug the opposite coast to reach the southern tip of the island through a mix of terrain. Next, you’ll find your first giant mystery concrete slab road! The giant pier is a great place for lunch if you haven’t eaten yet before you round the end of the island and head back north on the mystery slabs (this end of Prudence Island used to be a naval base).

Explore the rest of the island at your leisure but make sure you don’t miss the last ferry home! There are roads through the Research Reserve and trails through the forests on the island. When you head back to the ferry, spare a few minutes to check out the Prudence Island Lighthouse and the accompanying view of the Mount Hope Bridge. Downtown Bristol has plenty of good food and drinks on offer before you start the last leg home!

route created on
2/2/21
  • View of Providence from across the bay from the northern end of the island
  • AMPLE opportunity to throw yourself into the ocean for a quick refresh
  • Virtually zero traffic to deal with

  • THERE ARE NO SERVICES ON THE ISLAND
  • EXCEPT for a small store near the ferry landing, open sporadically- Don’t bank on it!
  • Ticks are serious- come prepared and check yourself afterward

  • North End ruins!
  • South End pier!
  • A genuine lighthouse!
  • Cows!

  • There is everything you could want to eat or drink in Bristol 
  • BUT PI ONLY HAS A SINGLE SMALL SHOP AND NO PUBLICLY AVAILABLE WATER

rocky, dirty, muddy
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highlights

  • View of Providence from across the bay from the northern end of the island
  • AMPLE opportunity to throw yourself into the ocean for a quick refresh
  • Virtually zero traffic to deal with

what to know

  • THERE ARE NO SERVICES ON THE ISLAND
  • EXCEPT for a small store near the ferry landing, open sporadically- Don’t bank on it!
  • Ticks are serious- come prepared and check yourself afterward

points of interest

  • North End ruins!
  • South End pier!
  • A genuine lighthouse!
  • Cows!

food / hydration

  • There is everything you could want to eat or drink in Bristol 
  • BUT PI ONLY HAS A SINGLE SMALL SHOP AND NO PUBLICLY AVAILABLE WATER

terrain

rocky, dirty, muddy

route map

la plan de route

photos

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