Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lakes, Foests and Pine Barrens Ride: Madison, Freedom and Tamworth 10:00 am

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Lakes and Pine Barrens Ride will start at the Madison Selectmen's Town Offices Parking lot (Route 113, 1923 Village Rd, on the right side of the road just before the library when driving west; the building is up a driveway from the road). There is a large lot in the back of the building. The route travels east and over the hill to Route 153 then south to Bennet Street. Taking a right on Bennet we go east alongside the Freedom Town Forest and Ossipee Pine Barrens. The route goes by Camp Calumet at the northern tip of Ossipee Lake, crosses Route 16 and goes on Route 25 in West Ossipee for about a mile, then takes Old Route 25 and 113 into Tamworth Village.

We can eat lunch at the picnic tables behind The Other Store because it should be warm enough for a picnic!. You can buy food and/or ice cream there. After the lunch stop in Tamworth, return via Depot Road, the northern end of Silver Lake, East Madison Road to our cars.

The distance is 33 miles.

Meet at the Town Offices parking lot at 10:00 am, ready to ride. The afternoon temperatures will be in the mid 60s to 70!

For those from the Glen/Bartlett/Jackson area, if you want to carpool, meet at the back of Grant's parking lot at 9:00 am.

Here is a map:


Info on The Pine Barrens:



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Lost Nation Ride, 10:00 am start from Whitefield Gazebo

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Thursday looks perfect for a ride, low sixties, sunshine, foliage and a tailwind, for sure. All the weather forecasts were in sync with this, for a change!! Easy planning! So it is fitting that we do a good long ride that should be beautiful in the fall colors!! This is one of my many favorites for spectacular scenery! 

Farms, fields, horses, cows, mountain views, 2 covered bridges, rivers, streams, villages, little white churches, closed papermills, Vermont and New Hampshire scenery. This ride has everything the region can offer! 

The full loop is 50 miles, but there is a really nice 27 mile option that avoids many of the climbs.  

The Lost Nation Loop starts in Whitefield at the town green with the gazebo in the center. We ride east towards Jefferson on Route 116, then North Road through Grange and Lost Nation (tiny white church) to Groveton. We then ride about 2.5 miles down Route 3 (wide shoulder) to Northumberland and cross the CT River into Guildhall, VT. We ride the VT side of the CT River on Route 102 then cross the long Mt. Orne Covered Bridge just south of Lancaster. We ride almost to Dalton along the NH side of the CT River and then take route 142 back to Whitefield. This riverside cruising downstream from Groveton is superb biking!

Bring a lunch to eat at the white covered bridge in Groveton. There is a convenience store/gas station near the covered bridge, but I am never certain if any of these northern NH stores are still open, better to have some food with you!

Start time: 10:00 amready to ride

Carpooling: If you want to carpool, meet at the Attitash parking lot at 8:40 am

Directions to Whitefield: Route 302 through Crawford Notch to the light at Twin Mountain four corners. Take a right onto Route 3 and follow Route 3 to the center of Whitefield, a tiny town green with a gazebo. One hour drive from beautiful downtown Glen.

Parking in Whitefield: There is parking around the town green in the center of Whitefield (intersection of Routes 3, 116, 142). 

Ride Distance: 50 miles, majority of the climbing happens early in the ride, when we are still fresh.

Shorter Option:  27 miles  A shorter, easier loop can be done out of Lancaster, parking at the Shaw's Supermarket. If you want to do this version, meet at the Whitefield Gazebo with everyone else at 10:00, get the plan, then drive up to Lancaster. You will meet the 50 mile riders at the big dairy farm at the corner of Grange Road. You will have cut out the longest and steepest climbs. 

History ?: Lost Nation seems to always be associated with The Republic of Indian Stream, (perhaps because of the book written about this interesting region of NH? Lost Nation, by Jeffrey Lent). The place called Lost Nation, where we will ride (don't blink or you may miss it...), is not geographically contained within the former Republic of Indian Stream, which is closer to Pittsburg. On the Pittsburg/Colebrook bike ride we travel over the rivers that bounded the Republic of Indian Stream, which was the Lost Nation, but this is well north of where the village of "Lost Nation" is on a map. I have not been able to remedy this inconsistency!
For a history of The Republic of Indian Steam here is a short review: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Indian_Stream

Note on that Pittsburg/Colebrook/Route 145 amazing bike ride...There is a section of Route 145 that has been closed due to construction, supposedly ready to open by late October. IF we continue with good enough weather to head up there to do this ride on the reopened road, I will certainly set it up!

Map, 50 mile ride:

Elevation profile:

Map: Shorter version, 26 miles:  http://www.mapmyride.com/us/northumberland-nh/lost-nation-loop-from-lancaster-route-110831617

Elevation profile:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Andover Ride 10:00 am

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Looks like Thursday will be a good day for a scenic ride along the rivers and fields of western Maine. I have not been impressed with the foliage progress so far, whether at home, western NH, Vermont or Adirondacks. So what not try western Maine to see if it is any better there?

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 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 Time: 10:00 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 8:45 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 10:00, 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, September 27, 2017

Local Favorite: Eastern Slope to Rocky Gorge 10:00 am

How about an old favorite local ride, this time to check the progress of the foliage along the Kanc by Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. A return to fall temperatures brings the 10:00 am start for this week. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy gorge-side.

Head down West Side Road all the way to Conway Village, then enjoy the Kanc along the Swift River. Return via Passaconaway.  

Park in the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, ready to ride at 10:00 am. I can't join in this week, off to help my mom again. 

Distance is 32 miles. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vermont Side of the CT River: Lancaster to DeBanvilles General Store 9:30 start

Thursday September 20, 2017

One of the ThursdayBike Group's favorite places is the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. Vermont Route 102 is a quiet rural road that is very scenic, has good fall colors, plenty of Holstein cows along the way. ...very Vermont.

This ride follows the southern section of VT102, starting from Lancaster and ends at DeBanville's General Store. This store has been closed and For Sale for a few years, rumor has it that has reopened. Let's check it out! We can get food and ice cream for the lunch stop, but bring some food to have on the bike, just in case. 

Weather: Looks good. We might have some wind from the north, will be a good tailwind for the ride back!

Ride Starts: 9:30, ready to ride, from the parking lot of Shaw's Supermarket in Lancaster, on the right side of Route 3 North, just north of the town center. 

Carpool if you like: Meet in the Atttitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts, 8:00 am. Otherwise see you in Lancaster.

Terrain: Lots of flat or very gradual ups and downs, some rolling hills requiring some work; no Asparagus Hill, easier than Snowville, easier than that hilly section of the Wonalancet ride, no notches. 

How far: 49 miles. See map below. (If you just have to get that 50 mile ride in for your record books - just continue up Route 102 from DeBanville's until your odometer says 25.00 then turn back!!)

Shorter Option?!!! Drive up a bit further up Route 3 north and cross the CT River via the bridge into Guildhall, VT and start from there. Park alongside the Town Green (bear right after you cross the bridge, then make a left alongside the green). This will take 18 miles off and give you a 31 mile ride. 

Directions: Route 302 to Twin Mountain 4-corners stoplight. Take a right onto Route 3 north. Follow Route 3 though Whitefield, then continue on Route 3 into Lancaster. Shaw's Supermarket is on the right, approximately 0.5 mile north of the center of Lancaster on Route 3. It is across the street from Dunkin Donuts. Park at the part of the lot closest to the road, furthest from the store entrance.

Bring: Snacks and water. Maybe DeBanvilles (or a new name?) will be there again for lunch and ice cream? 



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kinsman's Notch Loop 9:30 am

This is the season of EPIC bike rides with fall foliage viewing and perfect weather!! 

The weather forecasts for Thursday, as of Wednesday morning, indicate a mix of clouds and sunshine with temps in the low to mid 70's and light wind. The forecast is better for the Franconia area than for Jackson, typically it is the other way around. Let's go for this great ride! 

The ride is a 36 mile, counterclockwise loop which goes up the Franconia Notch Bike Path, turns off the path to head downhill via the Mittersill Ski slopes then skirts south of Franconia on Wells Road coming out near the glider airport. It then heads out Route 116 to the Kanc and climbs Kinsman's Notch from the easier, more gradual side. The downhill cruise back to the cars is a real treat!! Beautiful, epic ride, and the foliage is starting to turn!

We start and finish in Woodstock, at the public parking lot behind the storefronts across from the Woodstock Brewery. Great place to enjoy a burger and beer after the ride.

If the weather fails us and starts to threaten we can make the call at the top of the bike path and return to the cars downhill by bike path. This is a fabulous 28 mile ride by itself. 

To get to the parking lot in Woodstock:  Bear Notch Road and the Kanc to Lincoln, following the Kanc past the Route 93 interchange into Woodstock. Just as you are slowing down, after crossing the river, BEFORE approaching the traffic light in Woodstock at the Route 3 junction, there is an entrance to the public parking lot on your right. It is a big lot behind the storefronts on Route 3. If you miss this entrance, take a right into Woodstock onto Route 3 and drive about a block, looking for the parking lot entrance driveway on your right. It is BEFORE you reach the Woodstock Brewery.

Let's be ready to ride at 9:30 am.

Carpool from the Attitash parking lot (far end, away from the lifts) at 8:20 am. It is a one hour drive to Woodstock. If you have a NPR or NHPR discount book, bring it for the 2-fer deal at the Brewery.

Here is a map:


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Attitash to the Willey House 10:30 am

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I think we can get a ride in. This is an out and back, close to home with a downhill cruise back to the car. It is a good workout even if we can't do the entire route. If it starts to look threatening we can be back at our cars in time before getting wet!

Meet at the far end of the Attitash parking lot, away from the lifts, ready to ride at 10:30 am. I am starting this just a little later than usual because the weather looks better as the day goes on.
If we can do the whole ride to the Willey House, we would get in 29 miles. I hope we do!!

Let's see what happens!  If it is raining, don't bother!  We will hope for a better day next Thursday!!

See you at 10:30!!  A late start hoping for some sun!