Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Basin 9:30 am



Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

How about Fryeburg Farm Fields and the Basin? Hopefully the weather will be good for you!! Ride as far as you like, many options to choose from.  Check out the former location of the Red Iron Bridge. Check out the new pavement on Union Hill Road (only about a mile, but we'll take it!!) Stop at the Stow Store for lunch or snacks. The spring fields will be green and beautiful!

Meet at the corner of South Chatham Road and Route 113 in North Fryeburg, alongside the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station. As you already know, please do not block the fire station parking area.

The last quarter mile up to The Basin is a dirt road, and I am not sure of its condition at this point of the season. If it is a wash out, you may want to just use the campground at the entrance as the lunch and/or turnaround spot.

The starting time, ready-to-ride will be 9:30 am.

Doing the ride starting south on 113 with a left on Fish St and left on MacNeil, it will be a 28 mile ride.  Add another 5 miles if you add the Cornshop-Rt 5-Fish Street loop.    


 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

West Side Road to Rocky Gorge, 9:00 am

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The weather forecast suggests a good ride tomorrow morning!  There are 7 bikers who are headed south to bike the C&O Canal-GAP route, DC to Pittsburgh, so I am setting up a local ride for those who are remaining here to hold the fort and continue the ThursdayBike riding!!

How about an old favorite local ride, this time to check out if there is any water in the Swift River going through Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy gorge-side.

Head down West Side Road all the way to Conway Village, then go up the Kanc along the Swift River. Return via Passaconaway, perhaps go into Grandview to explore the new roads and do the loop.

Park in the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, ready to ride at 9:00 am.

Distance is 32 miles. 

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Vermont Side of the Connecticut River to Pittsburg

News Note: On Tuesday, September 13th, I will be presenting a talk and slide show on the Erie Canal, a combination of history and the bike tour that I did with other ThursdayBikers last summer.  July 4th, 2017 will be the 200th anniversary of the start of the Erie Canal construction! The presentation will be at the Bartlett Public Library at 7:00 pm.


Vermont Side of the Connecticut River to Pittsburg


Thursday, September 8th, 2016 
Carpools Depart from Attitash at 7:45 am
Ready to Ride in Bloomfield at 9:30 am

The weather forecast looks great for Thursday, let's do an absolutely fantastic ride and get some miles in! This ride is my favorite ride in NH!  Ride alongside the Connecticut River, farm fields, cows, horses, 2 waterfalls, 2 covered bridges, panoramic views, cross the 45th parallel! History too: "The Republic of Indian Stream" which declared itself an independent nation in 1832. We will ride over the 3 rivers involved in this border dispute between the US and Canada. (see links for history, below).

The ride starts on Route 102 in Bloomfield, VT at a parking area just south of DeBanville's General Store (which was closed and for sale last time we were there). The ride is lollipop shaped, gently going up the CT River to lunch in Pittsburg, NH. It then turns south climbing an interesting hill followed by a 20 mile mostly downhill reward back to the car. It has been labeled by a friend from the midwest as a "Disneyland E-Ticket". See the photo on the right?? Ride through Colebrook on the way back, stop at the French Bakery Cafe, and cross the CT river back into VT for a nice downstream cruise back to DeBanville's Store. Of course there will be a tailwind on the way back.

Distance: 58 miles, mostly flat, one climb. This is an easy 58, easier than many 40 milers we have done!! This is the ride to log your longest mileage of the season, perhaps?

Shorter version? OK. Many options because you can do out and back on the VT side of the CT River on Route 102. To the shady town green in Canaan, VT and back is 43 gentle, scenic miles. To Colebrook and back is 27 miles. 

My suggestion for a shorter ride that has the E-Ticket return from Pittsburg: Start from Colebrook and do the loop along the CT River to Pittsburg, returning by the fun downhill.  This is a 40 miler that has all the major highlights, just cuts the miles down by avoiding the the flat cruising along the CT River to DeBanville's. There is a large public parking lot in Colebrook across form Howard's Diner (sadly, Diner closed last time I was there).

Ready to ride in Bloomfield at 9:30 am.

Carpool from the far end of the Attitash parking lot at 7:45 am. According to the map app, it should be a 1.5 hour drive.

Directions to the start: Route 302 to Twin Mountain four corners, turn right at the light onto Route 3. Drive up Route 3 through Whitefield, Lancaster and Groveton. Turn left in North Stratford, NH to cross the CT river into Bloomfield, VT on Route 105. Take a left onto Route 102 immediately after you cross the river, DeBanville's store is (was) on the corner. Drive under the railroad bridge and you will see the dirt parking area on the right with a kiosk describing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.   There is an attractive outhouse in the woods near the parking lot. 

The map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/114661305

For info on The Republic of Indian Stream check these:

www.bigthink.com/strange-maps/27-the-republic-of-indian-stream-1832-1835
www.cowhampshireblog.com/2006/05/21/new-hampshire-missing-places-indian-stream-republic-1829-1836/
www.afkabob.com/nhhistmk/nhhistmk6.htm

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

North Road to Bethel 10:00 am

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

Hooray! September!

It looks like a possibility of showers early in the morning on Thursday. I wanted to post a Vermont Side of the CT River Ride but I don't want to go that far with iffy morning weather. Next week!

If we start a bit later in the morning, we can avoid these showers and get a good ride in. Look out your window and look at the radar in the morning before you head out. If it looks like more rain than predicted, or rain later than predicted, I will post a cancellation on this blog and might set up a shorter, more local ride in the afternoon.

Meet at the North Road starting point, in the parking area at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road. Get there by driving north on Route 16 to Gorham, take a right onto Route 2, go about 3 miles looking for the big beautiful stone house on the left.  After the stone house, take a left onto North Road. Cross the Androscoggin River at the dam and head up a short distance. Where the road bears hard right, you go left into the parking area on the dirt Hogan Road.

Ready to Ride at 10:00 am.

Bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy at the riverside park in Bethel.

Toral distance: About 39 miles



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Presidential Views via Mt Clinton Road and Base Road 9:00 am

Thursday, August 25th, 2016


Looks like the weather will be clear and sunny for Thursday!  Good for a ride with a view.

This ride is relatively short in mileage but big on scenery and attractions, and is a good work out, too. It includes panoramic Presidential views, the Cog Railroad (if you decide to climb up to the station), Upper and Lower Ammonoosuc Falls. We eat lunch/snacks on the rocks next to the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls or, for something different, at the top of the chairlift at Bretton Woods (free ride!).

Start at the Eisenhower Wayside Park which is on the right side of Route 302 a couple of miles after passing through Crawford Notch. It has a tall flagpole and it is a sledding hill in the winter. We ride back up the notch to the train station for a view of Elephant Rock, and then back to Mt Clinton Road. We could climb up to the Cog Railroad or just enjoy the downhill cruise, stopping to look at Upper Ammonusuc Falls. We then ride out to the Twin Mt 4 corners, turn back and stop to enjoy lunch at the Lower Ammonoosuc Falls. As an alternative lunch stop  we can stop at Bretton Woods Ski Area for a free ride up to the top of lift to eat our lunch on the deck of the restaurant. Bring lunch and a bike lock!

Start:  9:00 am at the Eisenhower Wayside Park

Total distance: approximately 25 miles; depending on options.

Carpool, if you like:  Attitash parking lot, far end, 8:15 am.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St Johnsbury, VT, 10:00 am



Thursday, August 18, 2016

The eastern section of the  Lamoille Valley Rail Trail opened officially at the end of last September. It is about 17 miles of trail from St. Johnsbury to Danville, ending alongside Joe's Pond. It is part of a project that is patching together pieces of the rail route to establish the longest continuous rail trail in New England, stretching about 100 miles across Vermont from S.t Johnsbury to St. Albans. Another 15 mile section opened this spring in the center of Vermont, I have not checked this new section out yet --stay tuned.

The surface is hard packed smooth stone dust. There are tunnels and bridges, lots of forest and good views of the Vermont hillsides. There is a good general store in Danville for hot soup, coffee and lunch.  When we did the trail last fall there were many bikers, pedestrians, dog walkers, and two horses out enjoying the trail. The weather forecast, as of this morning, looks good for this out-of-the-valley-experience. Escape from the local traffic!!

The surface is fine for all bikes. A mountain bike is overkill. Teeny tiny skinny tires might do OK IF you watch for the rougher spots. The only occasional surface issues I saw were at some of the road crossings, the interface between the trail and the road was not always perfectly aligned and sometimes soft. The trail climbs gradually all the way to Danville. It is a hardly noticeable climb. The downhill trip back, however, is a hoot! It is certainly the easiest, flattest way to travel east-west across any part of Vermont!! Thank you to the railroad designers and engineers!

Check out the website: www.lvrt.org

Time:  Ready to ride at the Lamoille Valley Rail Trailhead at 10:00 am.

Carpool? If you like, meet at Attitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts, at 8:30 am to carpool, otherwise, meet at the trailhead in St Johnsbury.
Round trip we will have a 34 mile car-free adventure!!

Bring snacks and lunch or stop at the General Store in Danville.We can eat on the shore of Joe's Pond.

Directions:

Take Route 302 over Crawford Notch towards Bethlehem and get onto Route 93 north into Vermont. At the Route 91 interchange, go north on 91 for a very short distance, hardly off the entrance ramp. Take the first exit, Route 5, then take a right at the end of the ramp and go a short distance, noticing the sign for the bike path on the right. It is called Railroad Street or Main Street depending on map. Take the right and then immediate right again down a short steep slope into the trailhead parking lot. The map app says it is a 1 hour 15 minutes drive.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brownfield Loop, short and sweet for a hot day, 9:00 am start

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I was planning to post a ride in Vermont but the forecast for the heat and humidity has changed my mind. A short local ride in the morning is a better option, we can get the ride done before the heat cooks us.


How about the Brownfield Loop -- it has options for long or short versions that you can choose from, depending on the weather and sweat factor.

Meet: Maine Visitors Center, Fryeburg. It is on the right, just over the NH-ME border on Route 302.

Time: Ready to ride at 9:00 

Haleytown Road to Hampshire Road to Pig Street and back by Sam Brown Hill. Great view from the top!

The loop is 22 miles, cut it a few miles shorter if you like, bypassing Sam Brown Hill. Do a lap on the bike path when we return and add 8 miles to the day.