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Cycle Around the Lakes with EKAL’s New Bike Rentals

Being in New Hampshire in the summertime includes lots of outdoor activity—the season is perfect for boating, swimming, hiking, and biking! Here in the Lakes Region, with our pristine waters surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, there is plenty of opportunity for all of these activities and more, and one of the best ways to explore it all is on bicycle. EKAL Activity Center in Meredith, NH, well known for providing all kinds of fun on the water, is now offering bike rentals to help folks have fun on land, too!

EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls is a full-service lake activity shop right on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Since 2012, they have been offering a variety of water activities, which now include antique speedboat rides, pontoon cruise charters, and rentals of kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and aqua cycles. This summer, EKAL has added a fleet of bicycles that guests can rent to cruise the scenic roads around the area, making them the only bike-rental shop in Meredith, or even the entire north end of the Lakes Region.

“It was a natural additional to our offerings at EKAL,” says Scott Crowder, director of EKAL. “We find that when people are at the lake, enjoying the outside is one of the main focuses. We have the water activities well covered but did not offer anything on the land. Early and late in the season, when there is a chill in the air, some people are deterred from the water, but the bikes are perfect. When you think of Nantucket or Cape Cod, biking is synonymous with a vacation there. We have a great area to ride here in the Lakes Region with many less trafficked roadways that hug the shoreline and offer great views of the lakes and surrounding mountains. The WOW Trail, a rail trail, is also slated to come to Meredith in the coming years, which will provide an amazing ride along Lake Winnipesaukee down through Weirs Beach and towns to the south.”

EKAL has over 20 bicycles in their new fleet. They are cruiser and road bike style, all with gears. They also have kids’ bikes and a few trailers for the smaller children, which can be towed behind an adult bike. The shop has the whole experience covered—helmets are provided with all rentals. There’s lots of great cycling throughout the Lakes Region, so EKAL also offers bike racks for cars should anyone want to rent the bikes and transport them to another location.

In addition, the crew at EKAL has published a suggested bike route map for people who want to ride right from the shop in Meredith. Says Scott, “We have identified rides spanning 3 miles all the way to 18 miles on roads that are low on car traffic and easy to ride. These routes explore Meredith Neck, taking riders down roads that hug Meredith Bay, towards Spindle Point or the end of Meredith Neck down by Cattle Landing. One route takes riders to the top of Blueberry Hill, which offers beautiful views of the lake. Our Lake Waukewan routes cut through Main Street and explore the neighborhoods surrounding this small body of water. Riders can stop for a swim at Waukewan Beach or Pinnacle Park Beach.”

“The response has been great so far,” says Scott. “We have seen [the bicycles] be very popular on the cooler or windy days when people want to avoid the water activities. One group came back saying it was one of the ‘coolest rides’ they have ever been on. They didn’t realize the roads that surrounded the lake were so easy to ride, and they really enjoyed seeing all the different waterfront properties along the routes.”

EKAL offers full- and half-day bike rentals through the summer and early fall season. For more information, please visit www.ekalactivitycenter.com, email info@ekalactivitycenter.com, or call 603-677-8646.

For more great bike routes throughout the Lakes Region, please visit www.lakesregionbicycling.com/rides/ or www.lakesregion.org/play/climbing-hiking-biking/.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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