This is a word of warning for those who may not enjoy rough passage.
A look at the maps will show the eastern half of the bow tie has one of the longest sections of pavement on the ride, but do not be deceived, it also carries many of the roughest sections of the route. Luckily, the first taste of this comes early with the first section of cued instructions right at the end of map 1. This section is relatively short but will give a good sample of longer section to come in the eastern half. If someone does not enjoy this section, they would be well advised to return to Willimantic and rejoin the western half of the looped headed towards East Hampton. If however, you find that first cued section manageable, I say with little reservation, what follows are some of my favorite sections of the loop.