Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Vermont Side of the CT River: Lancaster to DeBanville's Store 9;30 am

Thursday August 16, 2018


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, no traffic, plenty of Holstein cows along the way. ...very Vermont.
The weather looks good for us, the best day of the week, sunny and no chance of rain! (well at least by all the forecasts on Tuesday evening...)!!  Let's take advantage of this great forecast and head to Vermont!

This ride follows the southern section of VT102, starting from Lancaster, heading north to DeBanville's General Store. This store had been closed and for sale for a few years, but it reopened last year. We can get food and ice cream there for lunch. 


Weather: Looks good. We might have some wind from the northwest, excellent for 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 Attitash 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, a few 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. 
Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13189233

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lovely Lovell Loops 9:00 am YES, Let's gp for it

Thursday, August 9, 2018

UPDATE as of 7:30 am Thursday:  The radar suggests that we could do fine with our relatively short morning ride.  Most of the activity is to our north and south.  Let's go for it, see you at 9:00.

Some forecasts indicate morning t-storms ONLY at 9:00 am, others indicate t-storms at every hour EXCEPT 9:00 am. Quite a conundrum for me as I deal with my welcome back to the Lower 48.  With the scattered nature of the storms and showers going through our area over these last few days, anything can happen.

It is therefore obvious that I set the time for us to meet at 9:00 and we will see what happens. If the weather looks bad out the window in the morning, and the radar indicates a storm on the way, the ride will be cancelled or postponed. I will post here if need be.


Lovely Lovell Loops

This is a newly designed ride thanks to Connie. A few weeks ago, Connie, Denise and I went out to give it a try. It is a great ride, hilly but not too hilly, quiet roads with lots of NEW PAVEMENT! Smooth black velvet! It is not a long ride so we should be able to get it done before any afternoon showers.  Short in mileage, but long on workout and scenery.

Start at the park next to the North Fryeburg Saco Valley Fire Station (corner or Route 113 and South Chatham Road). Park away from the fire station, leave that area open for the firefighters.

We head out on Harbor Road all the way to Lovell, then go up Christian Hill Road, head out by Ebenezer's Restaurant and then cross Route 5. We go up Old Waterford Road and do a scenic quiet but thrilling loop on Eastman Hill and Old Stage Road. Return is back by Ebenezar's, but then we head out to the Kezar Lake Narrows for a lakeside lunch and/or ice cream break and maybe a swim. Head back via Shave Hill (sometimes called Swamp Road, now newly paved!) and Harbor Road.

This is a 24 mile ride. It can be lengthened if the weather forecast allows us to add in Fish Street/MacNeil or MacNeil, up Fish, down Cornshop.

Here is the map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28020504


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Evans Notch from Shelburne Village and North Road 9:00 am

Thursday, August 2, 2018


I will not be able to join you this week, but here is a great ride that is mostly in the shade for a good warm day ride option. I will presume that there will be many riders who know this route well and can easily lead the way and help out any newcomers.

To make the ride a bit different, start in Shelburne Village instead of the usual Hogan Road/North Road parking area near the dam. By starting in Shelburne, you will cut out about 3 miles and 2 tough hills at the end of the ride. You add a mile of flat scenic farmland, the river, perhaps a horse and a donkey that will want to join in, not a bad exchange. 

The ride goes over RR tracks and the Androscoggin River as we ride about 1 mile to North Road, takes a right turn at the triangle and then out about 5 miles to the iron bridge, crosses the river again and goes to Route 2. Take a right and ride a short distance on a wide shoulder on Route 2, then take the left onto the road up Evans Notch (Rt 113). 

Some will ride up to a small bridge for a nice, easy, gradual route upriver. After the small bridge, the steeper climb to the top begins. Some will climb to the top. Either way is a spectacular ride, and you can regroup down the river at the new bridge (where Irene took out the suspension bridge) for a snack on some shady rocks. Return to the cars by reversing the route. 

Mileage: About 32 if you do the whole ride to the top of Evans Notch, about 28 if you go to the bridge just before the climb goes from gradual to steep. 

Shorter option?  Start at the iron bridge for a really nice 18 mile ride. 

Time:  Ready to ride at 9:00 am in Shelburne Village. 
If you want to start at the iron bridge, look for riders coming across it at about 9:25-9:35. 

Meeting place and parking: Start from Shelburne Village, just off Meadow Road (a left turn off of Route 2 about 5 miles east from the route 16/2 junction in Gorham). After turning left into Meadow from Route 2 take a quick right onto Village Road. Take a left into the park and park on the left off the dirt pathway on the grass.  Meadow Road joins North Road at that grassy triangle intersection close to the Philbrook Inn. 

If you want to carpool, meet in Jackson, in the parking lot across the street from the J-Town Deli at 8:10 am.


Here is a map:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28223686


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cancelled due to the rainy forecast

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The forecasts just don't look good for a bike ride, so, unfortunately, I will cancel this Thursday's ride.
At least the dry conditions are being cured!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Brownfield Tour 9:00 am

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Also...see a FridayBike opportunity, info below...)

Thursday, July 19, 2018
This is yet another great ride that covers almost all of the pleasant biking roads in Brownfield, Maine. Starting out of the Maine Visitor's Center, the ride goes south on Haleytown Road, then turns left on Hampshire and goes into the village of Brownfield, bearing left onto Main Street, Route 160. Cross Route 5, staying on Route 160,  and cross the Saco River. Bear left to go up Lord's Hill Road, enjoy some views, enjoy the downhill, then right onto Rocky Knoll where you will do a few short but energetic hills. Return by Route 160 and then Pig Street for some nice flat riding.  Heading back on 160 and then Hampshire, bear left on good pavement to Sam Brown's Hill for more good views, a nice downhill and pleasant riding back on Hampshire and Haleytown.

Start at the Maine Visitors Center on Route 302, just over the border in Fryeburg, Maine.

Ready to ride at 9:00 am

Distance 32 miles. Many shorter options are possible!

Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13084230


FridayBike, Friday, July 20th:
I will not be able to join you all this Thursday ... but I can ride on FRIDAY.
Join me for "The Andover Ride". it is a fantastic 50 miler (I need the training miles!) starting from the riverside park in Bethel, Maine (where we enjoy lunch on the North Road ride). Ready to ride up there at 9:00 am.  Let me know if you will be there:  email:  marianneborowski@yahoo.com. If there are enough interested we can arrange carpools from the JacksonXC lot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lost Nation Loop 9:00 am in Whitefield

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday looks good for a long ride, high seventies, sunshine, so lets head out to do this really great ride.

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.  This is a nice 50, the climbing is in the first half of the ride, a good one for your "First 50-Miler".

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. Bring plenty of water. There is a convenience store/gas station near the covered bridge that is hopefully still open for water refills and snacks.

Start time: 9:00 amready to ride



Carpooling: If you want to carpool, meet at the Attitash parking lot at 7:45 am, otherwise, see you in Whitefield.

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. (see elevation profile, below)

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



Map, 50 mile ride:
From Whitefield: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28020766

Elevation profile:





Map: Shorter version, 27 miles, from Lancaster:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13191276

Elevation profile:








Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Thursday Kayak and 4th of July Parade info

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

With 95 degree temperatures and sunshine, it will just be TOO HOT to bike. Instead, let's take to the lake and kayak or canoe instead.  Frank has offered a lake adventure for us. His yard is near a boat launch on the north end of the lake (Kennett Beach). He has parking for our cars at his house at the north end of Silver Lake in Madison.

Let's meet at the kayak launch at 8:30 am, ready to launch. This should allow us some hours on the lake before the heat gets too much for enjoyment. This means you need to get there earlier to unload your boat and then bring your car back to Frank's driveway for parking (there is no parking at Kennett Beach, but Frank lives next to the park).

Directions to the kayak/canoe launch:

From Conway Village, at the traffic light, zero your odometer. Take route 16 south, then soon after the Subaru dealership take a left onto Route 113 to Madison. Follow route 113 south. As you near Madison Village, 113 will curve sharply to the right. Pass the elementary school, town hall, keep going, Frank's house is on the left on a little hill at about 8 miles. After his house, on the left, you will see the lake and you will cross a small bridge over a stream. Take a left into Kennett Beach after the bridge. This is about 8.2 miles from Conway Village.  Unload your boat and gear, then take your car to Frank's house to park. Try to be ready to launch at 8:30 am.

Bring swim gear, a hat, sunscreen, long sleeved shirt, lots of water and some food to enjoy while paddling. Helpful hints: Long-fingered bike gloves work great to protect from blisters and keep the sun off your hands.  Long length shorts or a towel to cover the top of your thighs so they don't sunburn while paddling.



4th of July Parade info:


UPDATE FROM SALLY MCMURDO, for CONWAY PARADE, TUESDAY JULY 3rd

"Can you let people know that the time for Conway parade was changed to 1:30, not 1:00. Anyone who wants to march with the rec group should show up at Hillside Avenue around 1:00."


Information on the BARTLETT 4th of July Parade, marching with the Bicycling Club Banner:  Same routine as in the past:

If you have never been to the Bartlett 4th of July Parade, it is worth a trip. What a hoot!! It drips with small town charm. Lots of fire trucks (bring ear plugs...), old cars and "floats". Politicians and Miss Mt. Washington Valleys in tiaras perched in convertibles. It starts at 11:00. This is a big deal --- they actually close Route 302 for this event, causing a huge 4th of July traffic jam of confused, surprised and cranky tourists (and locals). But the show must go on! 

Best way to see this spectacle is by bike. Meet at the Attitash parking lot at 9:45 am, ready to ride, at the far west end of the lot, away from the lifts, in the shade. We can ride over to Bartlett Village before Route 302 turns into a linear parking lot of annoyed drivers. After the parade, get a bowl full of strawberry shortcake made by the church ladies and gents. 
By then the traffic should clear for our return to our cars at Attitash. 

Meet at 9:45 am, ready to ride at Attitash. I have some red white and blue bling for you for decoration.


Information on the CONWAY 4th of July parade, marching with the Recreation Path Banner. Parade starts at 1:00 pm. Information below from Jill at the Gibson Center:

“July 4th parade information for Conway 2018

Update from Sally McMurdo,  on Tuesday July 3rd:

Can you let people know that the time for Conway parade was changed to 1:30,not 1:00.Anyone who want sto march with the rec group should show up at Hillside Avenue around 1:00.

The parade will run from Hillside Ave (near covered bridges) to the Kennett Junior High School, and floats will dismantle by HAM Arena.
The parade starts at 1PM and will last for 20 minutes (that is all the time we are allowed since it is a State Road)   
People are welcome to line up, starting at noon.  But don’t wait in line too long without keeping cool, we don’t need anyone passing out (as has happened in the past).  All floats and vehicles need to be in place by 12:30.

We are allowed to hand items to people along the way, but not allowed to just throw stuff that might cause people to run into the street.

The Community Outreach Committee is planning on marching/riding, etc. in the Conway 4th of July parade to promote the Rec Path. We're looking for people of all ages and abilities to be in the parade behind our banner.
It'd be fun for people to" dress up" as rec path users- runners, walkers, bird watchers, roller skiers,  snow shoers (carrying their shoes of course), dog walkers,,  people with carriages, wheelchairs and the like. Bring a group and come join us! The more the merrier!”