Tuesday, September 18, 2018

NEW RIDE: Effingham and Province Lake Loop 9:30 am

Thursday, September 20, 2018

We have a new ride for this week's ThursdayBike! Dave Sias will share one of his favorite rides with us this Thursday.

Be Ready to Ride at the parking lot at the boat launch just south of the junction of Routes 153 and 25 in Freedom. This is about a 50 minute drive from Beautiful Downtown Glen, 25 minutes form Conway Village.

Here is the description from Dave:


Effingham/Province Lake/Ossipee Loop

This ride goes south on Rte 153, from Rte 25,  through Effingham, Center Effingham, South Effingham and around Province Lake with a short stretch in Maine.  The quaint historic area in Effingham is a treat and home to the location of the first Normal School in New Hampshire.  A little over a mile past Province Lake the route turns Northwest on Pickpocket Road with some nice views and travels on Granite Road and Rte 171 over to Ossippee, after crossing Rte 16.  Heading back on Rte 28 we cross Rte 16 again and turn right onto Elm St. after a very short stretch on Rte 16. Then a left turn onto Green Mtn Road at Pine River takes us back to Rte 25 and a one mile stretch on Rt 25 back to the start, 29 miles total.  While mostly relatively flat, there is a 1/2 mile climb at 2 miles and a 3/4 mile climb at 10 miles just past Province Lake.  On Pickpocket there are three very short but steep "rollers" on the first part of that road.

Start point is the boat launching ramp parking area on Rte 153 just 100 yards south of Rte 25.  Park on the left on pavement or on the right on the grass.

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

If you want to Carpool: 

From Glen: Meet at 8:20 at the back end of the Grant's supermarket parking lot

From Conway: Meet at the State Liquor Store Plaza, southern end parking area near the closed IGA and bank, 8:50.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

VT Side of the CT River to Pittsburg and Colebrook 9:30 am

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 

Carpools Depart from Attitash at 7:45 am
Ready to Ride in Bloomfield at 9:30 am

The weather forecast looks great for Thursday, let's do a fantastic ride and get some miles in. This ride is my favorite ride in NH!  Ride alongside the Connecticut River, farm fields, cows, horses, 2 waterfalls, 2 covered bridges, panoramic views, cross the 45th parallel! History too: "The Republic of Indian Stream" which declared itself an independent nation in 1832. We will ride over the 3 rivers involved in this border dispute between the US and Canada. (see links for history, below).

The ride starts on Route 102 in Bloomfield, VT at a parking area just south of DeBanville's General Store (which was re-opened last year). The ride is lollipop shaped, gently going up the CT River to lunch in Pittsburg, NH. It then turns south climbing an interesting hill followed by a 20 mile mostly downhill reward back to the car. It has been labeled by a friend from the midwest as a "Disneyland E-Ticket". See the photo on the right?? Ride through Colebrook on the way back, stop at the coffee and pastry shop, and cross the CT river back into VT for a nice downstream cruise back to DeBanville's Store. Of course there will be a tailwind on the way back.

Distance: 58 miles, mostly flat, one climb. This is an easy 58, easier than many 40 milers we have done!! This is the ride to log your longest mileage of the season, perhaps?

Shorter version? OK. Many options because you can do out and back on the VT side of the CT River on Route 102. To the shady town green in Canaan, VT and back is 43 gentle, scenic miles. 

My suggestion for a shorter ride that has the E-Ticket return from Pittsburg: Start from Colebrook and do the loop along the CT River to Pittsburg, returning by the fun downhill.  This is a 40 miler that has all the major highlights, just cuts the miles down by avoiding the the flat cruising along the CT River to DeBanville's. There is a large public parking lot in Colebrook across form Howard's Diner (sadly, Diner closed last time I was there).

Ready to ride in Bloomfield at 9:30 am.

Carpool from the far end of the Attitash parking lot at 7:45 am. According to the map app, it should be a 1.5 hour drive. For those of you living north of the notch, contact me and I can put you in touch for carpooling, if you like.

Directions to the start: Route 302 to Twin Mountain four corners, turn right at the light onto Route 3. Drive up Route 3 through Whitefield, Lancaster and Groveton. Turn left in North Stratford, NH to cross the CT river into Bloomfield, VT on Route 105. Take a left onto Route 102 immediately after you cross the river, DeBanville's store is on the corner. Drive under the railroad bridge and you will see the dirt parking area on the right with a kiosk describing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.   There is an attractive outhouse in the woods near the parking lot. 

The map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/114661305
For info on The Republic of Indian Stream check these:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Indian_Stream
https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/27-the-republic-of-indian-stream-1832-1835
www.cowhampshireblog.com/2006/05/21/new-hampshire-missing-places-indian-stream-republic-1829-1836/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

North Fryeburg, maybe The Basin 9:00


Thursday, September 6, 2018 

Morning weather update:  Still widely conflicting forecasts (?)  Let's ride. North Fryeburg is an easy place to shorten a ride if the weather moves in!  See you there!


I am keeping the ride local and early today due to conflicting weather reports. Looks like there could be rain and storms in the afternoon, 3:00, which would be just fine, but one forecast, by NOAA, shows the chances occurring earlier. So here is my best guess as of Wednesday morning!

Let's meet in North Fryeburg at the corner of South Chatham Road and Route 113, alongside the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station. As you already know, please do not block the fire station parking area. No bathroom facilities here, use the porta-potty at the little white church at the corner of Fish Street.

Start, Ready to Ride, 9:00 am


We can head to Cornshop to view sunflowers and horses, then take Fish downhill - because it was paved!!! We head to the Stow store and either do the Chatham loop or continue to the Basin. We can make this decision by the forecast and best estimate of the rain/storm arrival. Ride as far as you like, many options to choose from if you need to shorten your mileage. 

IF the forecast looks like a early arrival of bad weather check this blog in the morning for an update. No riding in the rain or storms!

The starting time, ready-to-ride will be 9:00 am

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

North Road to Bethel, 9:00 am

Thursday, August 30, 2018

With warm temperatures and the busy, trafficy roads full of pre-Labor Day vacationers, the North Road to Bethel ride is a shady, quiet alternative.

I cannot be with you on this Thursday, but I am sure that one of you (?) will take on the role of host and welcome a new rider who will be joining in on this ride!

Meet at the North Road starting point, in the parking area at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road, north of 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.

Total distance: About 39 miles

Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13189960

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Apple Acres from Brownfield, 9:00 am

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday looks like a great day for a bike ride!!

Dave and Connie created this ride a few years ago and everyone loved it!  It is early for the apple season, likely the farm store is closed, but the views are still there!


Start the ride from the Brownfield Community Center, head to Route 160 via Pig Street. At about 10 miles, turn left on Tripptown Road, across from a cemetery, then left on Durgintown Rd. These roads are shady, scenic, quiet biking gems. Stop at Apple Acres for the view, then continue downhill and turn left on scenic River Road to Hiram. The 4-Corners Store has reopened so perhaps you may want to take a short side trip there for snacks and chocolate milk. Return by a short sprint on Route 113/5 then left on Notch Road (but, no notch to climb) and then back onto Route 160 back to Brownfield.

Distance is about 35 miles. 


Dave and Connie will be the hosts for this ride.


Meet at the Brownfield Community Center, ready to ride at 9:00 am. 


To drive there from the Conway area take Route 302 to the Maine border and take a right onto Haleytown Road. Take a left onto Hampshire Road towards Brownfield Center. Bear left at the Y junction with Route 160. The community center will be at about 0.7 mile on your right. It is approximately 30 minutes from North Conway Village, about 45 minutes from Glen.


Carpool if you like, from the back of Grant's parking lot, 8:00 am. Otherwise, see you in Brownfield.


Here is the map:  https
://ridewithgps.com/routes/13096250

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