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!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

North Fryeburg and Green Hill Road Loop 10:00 am

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Looks like cool weather with some clouds and wind. This is a relatively short ride that is a good workout and should be light on the traffic. Connie hosted this ride about a month ago and it was a good one!! I will not be able to ride with you, I am with my Mom.

Start at the Maine Visitor's Center on Rt  302, just over the state line. Ride out the bike path and take the first left at the auto repair business and go into Fryeburg, and out to Route 302. Take a left on 302 and quick right after the post office on River Road to head out on Route 113 past Weston's Beach, then bear right to stay on Rt 113.

Take a right at the closed convienince store to stay on Rt 113 and head to North Fryeburg. Take a right at the little white church to head out on Fish Street, then left onto MacNeil, left again on Old Harbor, continue left to Harbor Road. At the intersection of Harbor Road and Rt 113, go right, and take a left into South Chatham Road just after the Saco Valley Fire Station. The road has quite a bit of potholes in this section, but will change to good pavement soon. The road name changes to Green Hill Riad, you will go up and down, eventually passing Hurricane Mt Road, then enjoy a flat/downhill cruise all the way back to Sherman's farm stand. Take a left there to head back to Fryeburg and retrace the route back to the bike path and the Maine Visitors Center.

Total distance: 27 miles.

Meet at the Maine Visitor's Center, ready to ride at 10:00 am.

Here is a map:


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