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!”







Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Rainout This Thursday. Here is info on July 4th parades, Bartlett 11:00 am and Conway1:30 pm

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

No matter how many weather forecasts I search through, all are in agreement that this Thursday is a washout, not a bike day.  See you next week!

Parades:

4th of July is NEXT WEEK, Wednesday, wow, so here is information for you if you, your friends and family would like to proudly ride your bikes in a parade!! It is crazy, silly fun.. Dress up in red, she and blue bling, and enjoy!  Do Bartlett or Conway or both.

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.


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!”


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Presidential Views: Bretton Woods to Jefferson 10:00 am

Thursday June 21, 2018

Here is a ride to celebrate the first day of summer. This ride also celebrates the beauty of the Presidential Range and the great views from Bretton Woods, Twin Mountain and the Jefferson Valley.  This ride has some long gradual climbs, but nothing too serious. The lupines are still in bloom and we will pass some fields of them along the way.

Meet at the Bretton Woods Ski Area. Park in the big lot across from the fitness center, which is on the right just after you turn off Route 302 into the Bretton Woods Ski Area entrance.

Meet at 10:00 am, ready to ride.

The route will head out onto 302 west to Twin Mountain, and takes right onto Route 3 at the lights. Another right onto Route 115 for a gradual up and then over to the scenic vista, overlooking Pondicherry and the Jefferson Range. We continue on a great downhill all the way to a left onto Israel's River Road. We will head up to the village of Jefferson to the general store/gas station where there is food, ice cream and a grassy park to picnic. We then return to Route 115A, head back up to the Scenic Vista and return to Bretton Woods.

Total distance is 39 miles. To shorten the route to 30 miles you could park at the tourist info center with the gazebo and cog railway locomotive in Twin Mountain at the junction of Route 302 and Route 3 and join in as the riders pass by, maybe around 10:20ish.

If you want to carpool, meet at the far end of the Attitash ski area parking lot at 9:15 am, otherwise, see you at Bretton Woods!

map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27844638

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Weather issues...RIde Cancelled

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

I just don't like the forecasts for this Thursday-- looks like cool temperatures with clouds and wind in the early morning but as the morning progresses the showers will come in.

I regret to just have to cancel the ride.

See you next week!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Lady Slipper Orchid Ride: Kanc to Bear Notch Road 10:00 am

Thursday, June 7th, 2018


The Lady Slipper Orchids are now blooming in the woods. Over the past few years there has been a nice display of these orchids alongside Bear Notch Road from the Kanc up to around the gate area.

Let's go up the Kanc along the Swift River, head past Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. We turn right onto Bear Notch Road. The goal is to head up past the gate and enjoy the typically beautiful display of Lady Slipper Orchids along the right side of the road. Head to the summit of Bear Notch Road if you like, otherwise just go to see the orchids. 

Our return will be that great downhill on Bear Notch and the Kanc to the Albany Covered Bridge. On the way back we could stop at the Russel Colbath House, it might be open by now.

We could stop to regroup at Rocky Gorge for a lunch break if the bugs are tolerable, then return to Conway via Passaconaway Road and the short ride on West Side Road and back over the Saco Covered Bridge to the parking lot.

Meet at the parking lot on Route 16 in Conway at the NH Liquor Store Plaza (used to have a Shurfine/IGA and bank). If we park at the ShurFine/bank end, the south end, we can access the road that goes over the Saco Covered Bridge directly by a back driveway. We then ride into Conway Village and then take the right turn up the Kanc. A bathroom stop at the Ranger Station might be required.

Meet at the ShurFine parking lot, ready to ride at 10:00 am. Bring a snack or lunch.
Distance: about 26 miles, longer if you climb to the summit of Bear Notch.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Basin 10:00 am


Thursday, May 31, 2018 

The Basin 


Since the Saturday ride was unable to achieve The Basin due to threatening weather, let's try it again. Complete the task, this time the weather should cooperate. 

Ride as far as you like, many options to choose from if you need to shorten your mileage. Check out the foals at the farm on Cornshop Road, if you like. Check out the former location of the Red Iron Bridge. Stop at the Stow Store for lunch or snacks. Do the Chatham loop. It's all good.

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. Bugs here can be intense by the wetland area. Use the porta-potty at the little white church.

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, or the bug count. If it is a wash out, you may want to just use the campground at the entrance as the lunch and/or turnaround spot. This dirt road may be in  better shape than some of the paved roads in the area. Be careful, especially on Fish Street, It could use a repaving.

The starting time, ready-to-ride will be 10:00 am. Robert will be your Cruise Director.

Doing the ride starting south on 113 all the way to Cornshop for Mares-and-Foals viewing will give you about 34 miles. Taking a left onto Fish Street at the church (and port potty) and left on MacNeil, it will be about a 29 mile ride.  Or, just go to the Stow Store. It' all good.

Map for the grand tour:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13138318
 ENJOY!!!!!