RIDE-CT: Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry Offers Diversion After Car Shows

It was on the way home after scouting two car shows today, and searching for a place to grab lunch, that I found myself meandering down unfamiliar roads that eventually took me to the loading ramp of the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry in central Connecticut.

Since I needed to get back on the west side of the Connecticut River to get home, I had three options:

– Backtrack to Portland and take the Arigoni Bridge, which would put me on Route 9 northbound in Middletown.

– Continue north to East Hartford and cross the river on I-84 and battle traffic until Farmington.

– Or pay the weekend price of $6, take the ferry and link up with Route 9 at a point closer to home.

The choice was obvious.

The ferry is actually a barge capable of carrying three cars as well as motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. It’s shuttled back and forth across the river by a diesel-powered towboat named the Cumberland.

The ride wasn’t long but it was fun. What makes it special is realizing that the Rocky Hill-Glastobury Ferry is the oldest ferry service in the United States. It dates back to 1655. (That’s not a misprint.)

Didn’t get to enjoy the ferry ride as much as I’d have liked because of the need to shoot some video:

A Trip Worth Taking…

About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy prep school, he holds a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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