Wednesday May 23, 2012 | 08:00 AM

When you're trying to get a ride in after work, usually 20-25 miles is just the right distance to get out and back before the light disappears.

One of my favorite treks starting in my neighborhood (Northgate in Portland) is a 21-plus-miler that rolls through Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth, before circling back through Falmouth again and home to outer Washington Avenue in Portland.

At this time of year there are plenty of lilacs to smell along the rural roundways, the traffic is minimal on Falmouth, Winn, Tuttle and Middle roads and you get a small stretch of Route 88 before heading over the bridge near Martin's Point and jumping into the traffic for the final stretch up Washington Ave.

If you live in any of those areas hop on the saddle and follow along with the route I created on If you don't live nearby, throw the bike on the bike rack and then leave the car in the Shaw's parking lot.

Check out the route here.


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Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for

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