Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rides for the next 2 Thursdays: Aug 17th The Basin and Aug 24 North Road

I am posting 2 rides to cover the next 2 Thursdays. The traffic will likely be bad in the pre-Labor Day vacation time, so I think it best to ride on the quietest roads possible and start early, 9:00 am.
 I will not be able to join you for either of these rides, and I think that next week I will be located in an area without reliable internet or cell service, so I will post that one now, too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017  9:00 am

The Basin 

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.  Stop at the Stow Store for lunch or snacks.

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 9:00 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.  

Thursday, August 24th, 2017  9:00 am

North Road to Bethel

Meet at the North Road-Hogan Road starting point, in the parking area at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road above the dam. 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 9:00 am. 

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

Toral distance: About 39 miles

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Andover Ride

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Looks like Thursday will be a good day for a great ride along the rivers and fields of western Maine!  It is time again to get out of the rapidly crowding valley and explore some quiet roads and places!

The route to Andover from Bethel is a gem, one of my favorites, worth the drive to Bethel. It is an extension of the North Road ride!!! It is a beautiful, mostly shady route on quiet roads. It is not a hard ride, only some short grinder hills on Intervale Road in the first 10 miles (and last 10 miles). The remainder of the ride is pleasantly gentle and scenic. It is a ThursdayBike favorite!

Start at the park on the Androscoggin River in Bethel 
(where we picnic at the end of the North Road ride) and go north on Intervale Road to where it ends at Route 232 in Rumford Corner.  Take a left and cross the Androscoggin River on the new bridge. A very short ride on Route 2 then right on Whippoorwill Road to Andover Road and eventually into the center of Andover where there is a great general store and perfect town green with gazebo for lunching.

Return south on Route 5 for a short distance, then cross the Lovejoy Covered Bridge (Maine's shortest covered bridge) then retrace the route back to the cars.

Total distance: 49 miles   (a short out and back on the bike path and you get a 50 miler)

Lunch: The Andover General Store is a good food and ice cream stop located across the park and gazebo. 

Starting Time9:30 am Ready To Ride from the riverside park at the end of the bike path in Bethel on Route 26 (our usual lunch stop with picnic tables, porta-potties and playground).

Parking: There are not a lot of parking spaces at the riverside park. If the lot is full, park near the convenience store/DunkinDonuts on Route 2 where the bike path crosses the Androscoggin River.

Carpool: If you want to carpool, meet in Jackson at the parking lot across from the J-Town Deli at 8:15 am, otherwise, see you in Bethel! 

Shorter Options:  

Park along the edge of Intervale Road, north of our starting point. You can cut out up to 16 miles this way (it is 8 miles to the intersection with East Bethel Road, located on the right off of Intervale Road where the cows are), and avoid the 2 hills at the very end of the ride!  Meet with everyone else at the park at 9:30, then drive up a ways, park, hop on your bike and join the group as we ride by! 

To see a map of the ride click the link:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brownfield, Hiram, Cornish Ride 9:00 am

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I see that the weather should be OK for us tomorrow with only slight chances of storms in the mid to late afternoon. By starting early, we will enjoy cooler temperatures and avoid any storms.

This ride is a shorter version, I think easier version of the classic Apple Acres Ride. The ride goes by Apple Acres, then drops south into Hiram and then Cornish, returning by South Hiram Road and Route 160. Perhaps some ice cream on the way?

Meet at the Brownfield Community Center on Main Street. Ready to ride at 9:00 am

Distance: 32 miles


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Will post a ride on Wednesday evening

Thursday, August 3, 2017

There are those annoying conflicting forecasts out there again for Thursday's weather. At issue is the timing of predicted scattered thundershowers. Timing will determine how far we can go!  The forecasts will hopefully converge by tomorrow evening....I will post then!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Brownfield Loop 9:00 am

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Looks like a good day until early afternoon with potential showers. How about the Brownfield Loop -- it has options for long or short versions that you can choose from, depending on your energy level and the weather forecast. You should return before the sky's threaten. 

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 am

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 you return and add 8 miles to the day.

I will not be joining you this week, see you next week!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Potato Blossoms, Corn and The Basin 9:00 am

Thursday July 20th, 2017

The potatoes are blooming in North Fryeburg and the corn is well more than knee-high!  Let's go see the blooms and the rising cornstalks along with the mountain views as we ride to The Basin. Let's start at 9:00 am to try to beat the heat of the mid day.

Meet in North Fryeburg at the parking area alongside the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station at the corner of South Chatham Road and Route 113. 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, particularly with the recent deluges. If it is a wash out, we may want to just use the campground at the entrance as the lunch, water bottle refill and turnaround spot. 

The starting time, ready-to-ride is 9:00 am.

Doing the ride starting south on 113 with a left on Fish St and left on MacNeil, then up Union Hill Road to the Stow Store and up to The Basin via Chatham (via clockwise route) it will be a 28 mile ride.  

We could add another 5 miles if we add the Cornshop-Rt 5-Fish Street loop.    

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cancelled due to Weather

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unfortunately, I decided to cancel this week's ThursdayBike. It seems that there are too many chances of rain and thunderstorms.

We have been quite fortunate with the weather and skirting the showers so far this season. Tomorrow just seems hard to predict!  Each weather forecast has a slightly different plan. Enjoy your day, and see you next week!