Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thursday, July 2

Check back in on Wednesday evening to see if the weather will allow us a ride this Thursday, JULY 2nd.
I was hoping to set up a ride to The Basin, but if the weather is iffy, I might just have to cancel..... Let's hope the weatherfolks have a better forecast...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thursday, June 25th

The Bear Notch Loop

The day looks great for a bike ride if we start early and end before the heat and/or the thunderstorms. Let's do the Bear Notch Loop before the summer traffic gets out there!

Start time: 9:00 am, ready to ride

Start location: Public parking area behind the Eastern Slope Inn, North Conway

Route: The counterclockwise loop. Get the climbing over with early this way. When you make it to the top of Bear Notch Road (mile 15), enjoy the endless downhill (with a tailwind..) on Bear Notch Road, the Kanc and Passaconaway. This is 25 miles of downhill or flat cruising. One of the best rides outside of Storyland!

Take a look at the elevation profile on the map:


Total Miles: 39

Shorter Option: Start at the Attitash parking lot and ride up Bear Notch Road. Start at 9:15, take your time and those that started at Eastern Slope should catch up with you on Bear Notch Road.

Summit Bear Notch then either return back to your car at Attitash (total of about 15 miles) .... OR....!! If you have a friend that started at Eastern Slope ... Ride the rest of the loop to enjoy the Kanc/Passaconaway/West Side to Eastern Slope and have your friend drive you to your car at Attitiash. This would cut out about 8 miles.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thursday, June 18th

The North Road Ride

It appears that we can get a ride in in the morning and early afternoon before the rain comes in for the next few days....

The North Road Ride (Gorham to Bethel) would be a good one to get away from the "Rally in the Valley" road noise and traffic. A 9:00 ready to ride start would be the best bet for completing the ride before afternoon showers.

Start time: 9:00 am, ready to ride

Total Mileage: 39 miles

Destination: A riverside park in Bethel. Bring lunch and snacks.

Starting Point: North Road in Gorham. Park at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road. There is not a lot of available space here, so carpooling is recommended.

Carpool: Grants/Old Dunkin Donuts parking lot at 8:00 am

Directions to North Road: Drive north on route16 over Pinkham Notch, take a right on route 2 east, drive about 3 miles to North Road which on the left just after a big stone house. Cross the river on the dam and go about 1/4 mile to where North Road bears sharp right. Hogan Road parking area is on the left.

Shorter option: Start at the iron bridge in Gilead. This would be at about the 9 mile mark for those who are starting from Gorham, so it cuts out 18 miles of riding. Park in the canoe parking area to the south of the bridge, then ride over the bridge and wait for the rest of us to meet you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday June 11th Rained Out

Unfortunately, the weather forecast just doesn't look good for a ride tomorrow.
But, the rain is really good for our gardens! Just think of how green and lush it will be for our Thursday Ride next week!

Saturday's weather looks better, so here is the info about the Saturday Velo Club ride:

Saturday is the Annual Bike Swap at the Moat from 8:00 am to 1:00

If you want to do a ride, Trish Ashworth will host a ride to the Rocky Gorge on the Kanc. Leave from the Bike Swap at 9:00 or meet the riders at the public parking area behind the Eastern Slope Inn at 9:15. The ride will go down West Side Road to Allen's Siding to Passaconaway Road to the Kanc and end at the Rocky Gorge. It is 30 miles round trip form the Eastern Slope to Rocky Gorge, 24 miles round trip if you turn back at the Albany Covered Bridge.

If you want a longer, faster ride, go with John Renda around Mt Washington. See the details on http://www.mwvveloclub.org/

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thursday June 4th: Lakes and Pine Barrens

Jackie is back on land again, so let's celebrate by riding a route she put together many years ago! This route includes some nice water views, so she will recall her weeks on the ship.....

The Lakes and Pine Barrens Ride starts at the King Pine Ski Area parking lot (across the street from the lifts), travels south down route 153, then goes east though the Ossipee Pine Barrens on Bennet Road. The route goes by Camp Calumet at the northern tip of Ossipee Lake, crosses Route 16 and goes on Route 25 in West Ossipee for about a mile, then takes old route 25 and 113 into Tamworth Village.

We can eat at the picnic tables behind The Other Store (or the other store next to it...). You can buy food and/or ice cream there. After the lunch stop in Tamworth, return via Depot Road, the northern end of Silver Lake, East Madison Road, and up and over the hill back to King Pine.

The distance is 34 miles.

Meet at the King Pine Ski Area parking lot at 10:00 am, ready to ride.

For those from the Glen/Bartlett/Jackson area, meet for carpooling at the Grant's (old Dunkin Donuts location) parking lot at 9:00 am.

Here is a map:

View Interactive Map on MapMyRide.com