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Sunday, June 8, 2014

From The Open Road....

Massabesic Lake is a lake in southern New Hampshire, United States, covering about 2,561 acres (1,036 ha)[1] (equivalent to about 4 sq mi or 10 km2) within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. Because it provides drinking water for Manchester, swimming and water skiing are not allowed there.[2] Popular sports on the lake are sailing, fishing, kayaking and mountain biking. The recreational trails along the lake provide beautiful views of the lake and the town of Auburn.
Besides flowing into the Manchester water system, the lake's water feeds Cohas Brook, leading to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is an Indian name, meaning "place of much water" or "near the great brook."
Native American legends claim that the famous New Hampshire chief Passaconaway died on Lake Massabesic. A settler reported that the elder chief was headed towards Loon Island on the east side of the lake, which was "a place of fond memories of the aged chief's young past". When he was in the north part of the lake, a thunderstorm was being formed, which "was a sign of the presence of the Great Spirit". Then, a lightning bolt hit the canoe in which Passaconaway was riding in, and he and the canoe were disintegrated instantly.

That view of the lake is taken from the point I marked with the red arrow on the map below.  There is some nice riding on those back roads.

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