This ride was originally scheduled in early August, but was cancelled due to the rainy weather.
Steve describes the day:
There is brand new pavement all the way to Bridgeton on Rts. 160 and 117. It would be about a 3 and 1/2 hour round trip with some rolling hills through Denmark and a chance to get a snack in Bridgeton with a swim at our cottage after.
Cottage is at Lovewell Pond Fire Lane 15 (Cranberry Drive) off Rt. 113 Just north of the Airport Rd past the Boat Launch Rd and Rapputack. It's a half mile drive in, Bring towel and bathing suit. Since this is a distance, carpooling is suggested.
Meet at Cranmore parking lot for carpooling ready to leave by 8:45 to reach Brownfield store before 9:30. Suggested route is to start out on the new pavement following Rt. 160 toward Denmark. I like to loop to the left after crossing the Saco at the big curve to Lords Hill Road, then right on W. Denmark road back to the new pavement (Rt. 160). Then straight to Jct. with Rt 117 and stay on rt 117 toward Bridgeton to blinker at top of hill, turn left on Hio Ridge Rd. Continue on this rural, scenic road to Rt.302 (where there is a wide shoulder) turn right and ride into Bridgeton where there are lots of choices for lunch. I usually stop at the bakery opposite the super market on the main Street. There used to be a nice little restaurant sort of kitty- corner from the bakery. There are lots of interesting shops in town.
We plan to meet at the restaurant on or before 12:00 noon before heading back. To return, head back up through town to top of hill and turn left around the monument on S. High st. out past the hospital to the new pavement and stay on 117 and 160 all the way back to Brownfield.
The round trip is about 34 miles. For a shorter distance ride of about 30 miles, I would suggest staying on Rts. 160 and 117 both to and from Brownfield to Bridgeton. There is no avoiding a number of rolling hills, but the new pavement is great. They didn't even have the yellow lines painted last Sunday.
Once back at the store in Brownfield, drive back toward Fryeburg on Rt. 113 approx. 4 and 1/2 miles past the Airport Rd. and the boat launch Rd. turn right on fire lane 15 (Cranberry Dr.) 1/2 mile in is our cottage and go for a swim in Lovewell Pond. Bring suit and towel.
Ride Leader: Steve Swenson