Wednesday, November 14, 2012

West Side Road, Kanc and Passaconaway Loop

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Looks like the sun will be shining and temperatures in the mid 40's. Fine for another November ride. How about meeting at the parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway for "The Usual": a ride down to Conway Village then up the Kanc to the covered bridge, Lower Falls or Rocky Gorge, return via Passaconaway Road. "The Usual" is a great late fall ride!

Meet at 10:30 am, ready to ride.

Carpool?  Meet at Grants at 10:00-10:05

Up to Lower Falls and back is 28 miles.

Maybe a burrito in North Conway after the ride?


Friday, November 9, 2012

SaturdayBike: Brownfield is Golden. 10:30 am

Saturday November 10, 2012

Saturday looks like a good day for a November bike ride. Starting from the Maine Visitor's Center, the Haleytown-Brownfield loop is typically a good choice for a chilly late fall day.

Meet at the Maine Visitors Center on Route 302, ready to ride at 10:30 am.

The loop including a stop at Burnt Meadow Pond and Sam Brown Hill is 23 miles. Do a lap on the bike path when we return and add 8 fantastic miles to the day!

Sunday, November 11

Anyone interested in a Dirt and Pavement Ride?? I have a few really fun loops that I would like to share! The dirt roads are drivable, not logging roads.  Riding a bike with wider tires (at least 28 mm, 32 mm better) makes the riding easier. A touring bike or hybrid works best. A mountain bike is OK but overkill on the dirt road and sluggish on pavement.

Check this blog later today, I'll have a map posted. Email me if you want to join in this Sunday.  If there is interest in this type of riding I will schedule more of these!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ride cancelled

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The nor'easter coming in tonight and tomorrow will cancel this Thursday's ride. It will be a good day to organize the house and get projects done, because the next week looks great for biking!!

I will post a ride for Saturday, and likely on some other days too. Check this blog if you want to do a ride.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Let's try for a ride

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Looks like a ride tomorrow might be possible. It would be nice to get a ride in these relatively mild temperatures, and do some sight seeing of the rushing rivers.

Meet at the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway at 10:00 am, ready to ride if the weather is dry. We can do West Side Road to Conway Village then up the Kanc to look at the Swift River. Return by Passaconaway Road and West Side Road. This would be about 28 miles. It is easily shortened if the weather turns wet, or lengthened if the sun comes out!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lakes and Pine Barrens Ride: Madison to Tamworth Loop


Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1528097

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn in North Fryeburg 10:00 am

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It should be a beautiful day for a quiet, traffic-free ride in the North Fryeburg-Chatham-Stow area!  
I am away again this Thursday, riding in the Boston area. 

Start 10:00 am, ready to ride, next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station at the corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road.  The ride will check out the status of the corn, potatoes, soybeans and turf fields. The route starts south on Route 113 to Cornshop, then Route 5, Fish, McNeil, Harbor, Union Hill, Meadow, the Stow Store and the Chatham Loop or the Basin. Choose your favorite route!

Basic ride to Stow Store: 23 miles. Add the Chatham Loop: 30 miles total. Add the Basin: 39 miles total. For a longer ride, start at the Maine Visitor's Center on Route 302 just over the NH border at 9:20 am. Ride up Route 113 to meet everyone at the fire station or as they ride towards Cornshop Road. Starting at the Visitors Center will adds about 18 miles round trip. If you want to carpool to North Fryeburg, meet at Grant's parking lot at 9:15.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

North Road and Evans Notch 10:00 am

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Since I am in VT riding a Gap on Thursday, I will share the fun by posting a Notch for ThursdayBike!

How about North Road to Evans Notch? It should be beautiful in the past-peak golds, rusts and copper.  To make it different, start in Shelbourne Village instead of the usual Hogan Road/North Road parking area near the dam. By starting in Shelbourne, you will cut out about 3 miles and 2 tough hills at the end of the ride. You add a mile of flat scenic farmland and river, not a bad exchange. 

Mileage: about 33 if you do the whole ride to the top of Evans Notch, about 30 if you go to the bridge just before the climb goes from gradual to steep. 


Time:  ready to ride at 10:00 am


Start from Shelbourne Village, just off Meadow Road (a left turn off of Route 2 about 5 miles east from the route 16/2 junction in Gorham). Meadow Road joins North Road at the triangle intersection close to the Philbrook Inn. 


After turning left into Meadow from Route 2 take a quick right onto Village Road. Park across from the library or in the ballpark. Bike back out to Meadow Road, take a right, cross the Androscoggin River bridge and take a right onto North Road at the grassy triangle.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FRIDAYBike? Foliage Ride? Lost Nation! 10:00am

The Lost Nation Loop 10:00am start

Thursday looks like a rainy day, but FRIDAY is the best day of the week with sunshine, warm temperatures and peak foliage. So I would love to do one of my favorite rides for spectacular scenery!  This ride dressed up in fall foliage is amazing!!

Farms, fields, horses, cows, mountain views, covered bridges, rivers, streams, villages, little white churches, closed papermills, etc. This ride has everything the region can offer!  Let's see what the tourists from all over the world are up here this week to enjoy!

The full loop is 50 miles, but a really nice 30 mile option is possible out of Lancaster. Email me if you plan to come on the ride and let me know if you prefer the shorter version. At least one person will do the 30 miler, so we can arrange carpooling. marianneborowski@yahoo.com

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 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 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.

For the map:
Start time: 10:00 amready to ride

Carpooling: If you want to carpool, meet at the Attitash parking lot at 8:50 am

Directions to Whitefield: Route 302 through Crawford Notch to the light at Twin Mountain four corners. Take a right onto Route 3 and follow it to the center of Whitefield, a tiny town green with gazebo.
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
Shorter Option:  30 miles  This spring, Tom, Denise and Walt did a shorter, easier loop out of Lancaster, parking at the Shaw's Supermarket. If you want to do this version, meet at the Whitefield Gazebo and drive up to Lancaster. You will meet the 50 mile riders at the dairy farm at the corner of Lost Nation 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?). The place called Lost Nation, where we will ride (don't blink or you may miss it...), is not geographically contained within The Republic of Indian Stream, so I am curious as to how they are historically related. Can anyone help with this history?Information about the Republic of Indian Stream: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Indian_Stream

About the novel, Lost Nation, by Jeffrey Lent: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Nation-Jeffrey-Lent/dp/0871138433

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall colors in Jefferson Valley 10:00 am

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The colors are coming out, so now starts the series of bike rides that I think provide the best fall foliage panoramas. This is a fall version of The Lupine Ride, with great views of the Presidentials, Wambek and Cherry Mountain. It is an easier ride than most, lots of flat roads and no big climbing.  I am in CT this week and will not be on this ride, but I did the ride last Friday to check it out, and with the perfect weather forecast for Thursday, this should be a great ride! If you can't make it this Thursday, try to ride it at some point during the foliage season to enjoy the views!

I rode Valley Road and it was is MUCH better condition (as of Friday!!) than when we rode it in June. The loose stones have been ground into the road or tossed aside.  I wish for you the tailwind that that pushed me to 15 mph on the dirt without peddling the entire way, and I wish that the wind direction switches for your return route. Whipple Road (the dirt road leading from the dairy farm to route 116) was NOT in good shape for riding. It was very loose and stoney. 

Start time: 10:00 am ready to ride 

Bring lunch or snacks - no food or water available on this version of the ride. 

Meet at the parking lot on the west (Randolph) end of Pinkham B Road at the rail trail crossing. 

Carpool: Meet at the Jackson Ski Touring/Wentworth Golf Club parking area across the street from the J-Town Deli at 9:15 am.

Ride length: 28 miles, with a 22 mile option if you don't ride the route 115-115A triangle and just go to the campground on Valley Road. 

Route description: Cross Route 2 over to Durand Road. Ride it all the way up to the end of the dead end and walk the path up to Route 2. Ride about 2 miles and take a left onto Valley Road. Ride out Valley to Route 115. Take a left and ride up to the intersection with Cherry Mountain Road (on left) and Route 115A (on right). For something different and more views, take a LEFT onto Cherry Mountain Road. Ride out and back, soak up the views on the flat road, turn back where the road goes uphill. Return to Route 115, cross over it onto Route 115A and ride this out past the raircar home and cemeteries to the dairy farm in the Jefferson Valley. Since Whipple Road was not in good shape, ride to the right here and cross the Israel River, stop and enjoy the view. Reverse and return by Valley Road stopping at the campground for lunch. The store there is closed on Thursday, but you could use the picnic tables there, or eat by the pond next to the campground. Head back by Valley Road then choose either Route 2 or Durand Road for the smiling downhill back to Pinkham B. I wish I were there....

Directions to the start: The start is at the Randolph end of the Pinkham B Road. There is parking right next to where the Presidential Rail Trail crosses Pinkham B. Access Pinkham B road from the Dolly Copp Campground entrance off of Route 16. As you drive down the hill on Pinkham B and come out of the woods, where there are 2 houses on the left, the rail trail crosses the road at a public works department building. There is parking on the left side near the rail trail.

If you don't want to drive Pinkham B's dirt and "pavement", drive route 16 to Gorham, follow it left at the intersection towards Berlin and then take a left on Route 2 at the traffic light. Go up the big hill and down the other side. Just after the hill flattens, Pinkham B Road will be on your left. Take the left and drive about 0.5 mile to the parking area near the rail trail on the right.










For a map:
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/18419892

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tour de Mt Washington, 10:00 am

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I have been a tourist for the last 2 weeks enjoying great rides, interesting places and fun company. In returning home I want to continue the fun!!  So this Thursday's ride is a way to play tourist in our own backyard, enjoying the amazing sites that we have right here at home. Looks like the weather will be good, clear but chilly!

This ride is relatively short in mileage but big on scenery and attractions. It includes panoramic Presidential views, the Cog Railroad (if we decide to climb up to the station), Upper and Lower Ammonusuc Falls, the Mount Washington Hotel (we could go in and look around). We eat lunch or snacks on the rocks next to the Lower Ammonusuc Falls. If needed, food can be obtained at the general store near the Twin Mountain 4 corners.

Start at the Eisenhower Wayside Park which is on the right side of Route 302 a couple of miles after passing through Crawford Notch. We ride back up the notch to Mt Clinton Road. The road is probably not in much better shape than before, but is OK to ride if you take it easy and enjoy the
shady green tunnel. We could climb up to the Cog Railroad or just enjoy the downhill cruise, stopping to look at Upper Ammonusuc Falls. We then ride out to the Twin Mt 4 corners and stop to enjoy the Lower Ammonusuc Falls.

Start:  10:00 am at the Eisenhower Wayside Park

Total distance: 25 miles; with shorter options.

Carpool:  Attitash parking lot, far end, 9:15 am.

Here is a map:
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/137821612

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ThursdayBike on vacation this week

Thursday, September 13th

There will be a ThursdayBike Ride NEXT week!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Wonalancet Loop. 10:00 am


Thursday, September 6th

The weather looks good for The Wonalancet Loop! 
Bob Houlihan will host this ride!
This ride is a ThursdayBike Group favorite! It is very scenic, dripping with New England quaintness.

Distance: 30 miles

Meeting place: Parking lot at McDonald's and Tram Store (old Mt. Whitter ski tram station) located on the east side of the junction of Route 16 and route 25 in West Ossipee.
From Conway, drive south on route 16 to the traffic light at the 16/25 junction. Go straight at the light, then turn left into the parking lot for the McDonald's and Tram Store. Park on the right side of the lot, where we will not interfere with the McDonald's customer parking.

Meeting time: Ready to ride out of the Tram parking lot at 10:00 am. From Glen it is a 27 mile drive, from Conway Village it is a 16 mile drive.

Carpool: For the Glen/Jackson folks, carpool out of the Grants parking lot. Be there at 8:50 in order to leave the lot promply at 9:00 am. 


Terrain: Farms, fields, forests, mountain views, marshland, horses, churches, stone walls, riverside riding, etc, etc. Part of the ride will be on the road designated as The Chinook Trial (route 113A from Tamworth to Wonalancet). Chinook was a famous sled dog: www.theheartofnewengland.com/LifeInNewEngland-Chinook-Trail.html
Some flat riding at the start, a wonderful downhill at the end, which means, that in the middle there are a few short steep rolling hills and moderate hills that will burn some calories so that you can enjoy your lunch with ice cream at the...

Food Stop: The Other Store in Tamworth Village (at ~mile 24). Bring your own or get a nice lunch and/or ice cream here and eat at the picnic tables in the back of the store.

Here is the ride map:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1539603

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

North Fryeburg to Stow Store and Beyond, 9:00 am

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It should be a beautiful day for a quiet, traffic-free ride in the North Fryeburg-Chatham-Stow area!  

Start 9:00 am, ready to ride, next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station at the corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road. The ride will check out the status of the corn, potatoes, soybeans and turf fields. The route starts south on Route 113 to Cornshop, then Route 5, Fish, McNeil, Harbor, Union Hill, Meadow, the Stow Store and the Chatham Loop or the Basin. Choose your favorite route!

Basic ride to Stow Store: 23 miles. Add the Chatham Loop: 30 miles total. Add the Basin: 39 miles total. For a longer ride, start at the Maine Visitor's Center on Route 302 just over the NH border at 8:20 am. Ride up Route 113 to meet everyone at the fire station or as they ride towards Cornshop Road. Starting at the Visitors Center will adds about 18 miles round trip. If you want to carpool to North Fryeburg, meet at Grant's parking lot at 8:15.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bethel to Andover, Rivers and Fields 9:30 am start

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Looks like a beautiful day for a great ride along the rivers and fields of western Maine!
The route to Andover from Bethel is a beautiful ride on quiet roads. 

Start at the park (where we picnic on the North Road ride) on the Androscoggin River in Bethel 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 an old iron bridge, then another left onto Route 2 and shortly afterwards, a right onto Whippoorwill Road.
At the end of Whipporwill, go left onto Andover Road, then turn right onto East Andover Road, taking another right onto Covered Bridge Road and climb a short hill. (left, left, right, left, right, right!  Check the map!) All these manoevers keep you on the eastern side of the Ellis River. You will finally cross the Ellis a mile before arriving at the Andover Town Green, complete with a gazebo, and general store.    Great lunch stop!
Return via the western side of the Ellis river on Route 5, take a left to cross the Lovejoy covered bridge (Maine's shortest covered bridge) then retrace the route back to the cars via Covered Bridge Road, East Andover Road, Andover a Road, Whippoorwill and Intervale Road.    


Total distance: 49 miles

Shorter Option:  


Rumford Corner to Andover and back by Whipporwill Road and back via Route 5 is about 25 miles. Park at the intersection of route 2 and route 5 on the side of the Ellis river. There is a small parking area on the right side of route 2 at this intersection just before the bridge over the Ellis. Ride east on route 2 a short distance and take a left onto Whipporwill to join the ride.

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, you can park along Main Street in Bethel, also there is parking near the convenience store/DunkinDonuts on Route 2 right at where the bike path crosses the river.



Carpool: Meet at the parking lot across from the J-Town Deli at 8:20 am. 



To see a map of the ride click the link:


http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/9696224

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

9:30 am Crank Some Crawford and Greet the Coast to Coast riders


Thursday, August 16, 2012

.......Due to the wet weather forecasted for early Thursday morning, I have changed the start time to 9:30 am to get drier conditions, hopefully!!!.......


Meet in the Attitash parking lot, ready to ride at 9:30. Ride up Route 302 towards Crawford Notch as far as you want to go, with a regroup/lunch/ice cream stop at the Wiley House. About 30 miles round trip to the notch, or less as you please.

Why Crawford this Thursday? 

Every other year Cycle America runs their Coast-to-Coast bike tour right through this area - from Littleton to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds via Crawford Notch. Their picnic lunch stop is typically in the Attitash parking lot. 

Among a larger group, there are about 30 riders who have pedaled 4,000 miles from Seattle during the last 9 weeks. They will finish their ride in Gloucester on Saturday afternoon. 

Two riders that did the ride along with Tom and I ten years ago are celebrating their coast to coast anniversary by joining in on this year's ride for the last few weeks. We look forward to greeting them as they come down Crawford Notch!  

I have enjoyed having the Thursday Bike Group out on the road waving and welcoming the riders to the White Mountains. I hope the weather will be good!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

West Side Road and Passaconaway

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Looks like we can get a ride in tomorrow morning before the weather changes to high humidity and afternoon thunderstorms.  How about the local favorite, West Side Road and Passaconaway to the Albany Covered Bridge and then, if you wish, up the Kanc a bit. With an early start we can get the ride in without traffic and without too much sweat. 

Start at 8:00 am, ready to ride, in the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn. 

Distance to the Albany Covered Bridge and back is about 23 miles. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Brownfield in August

Thursday August 2nd, 2012


There are a variety of weather forecasts for Thursday, so let's do the Brownfield Loop -- it has options for long or short versions that you can choose from, depending on your energy level and on the rain threat.

Meet: Maine Visitors Center, Fryeburg. It is on the right, just over the NH-ME border on Route 302.

Time: Ready to ride at 9:00 am

Distance 32 or 21 miles

Longer option: Cross route 5/113 and get some hill climbing on the triangle loop. 32 miles total

Shorter, easier option: 21 miles (does not include the hilly triangle on the east side of route 5/113). There are options to make this ride even shorter if desired. 23 miles if we check out Burnt Meadow Pond for a lunch stop.


Map:




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Unsettled Weather....Kanc and Passaconaway

Thursday, July 26th 2012 DUE to DARK DAMP WEATHER and THREAT of a SHOWER, don't be surprised if nobody shows up today for the ride..... Looks like there may be some showers on Thursday, but most forecasts suggest that they will be in the afternoon or evening. Some forecasts suggest precipitation earlier. I am going to suggest a local ride that can be shortened or lengthened depending on the sky conditions. Meet at the parking lot behind the Kennett Middle School in Conway Village at 8:30 am. We can go up the Kanc as far as we like, then return via Passaconaway Road. It would be nice to get up to Rocky Gorge or the Russell Colbath House. Total mileage can be from 14 miles up to about 35.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vermont Side of the Connecticut River, Northern Section

Thursday, July 19th, 2012  9:45 am

The weather forecast looks absolutely fantastic for this Thursday, so we need to do an absolutely fantastic ride to celebrate the return of cooler, dryer, bluebird days. I have been waiting for a perfect day to do this ride, and here it is!!! This ride is my favorite ride. Ride alongside the Connecticut River, farm fields, cows, horses, 2 waterfalls, 2 covered bridges, panoramic views, cross the 45th parallel! History - "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. The ride is lollipop shaped, gently going up the CT River to Pittsburg, NH. It then turns south climbing an interesting hill with a 20 mile mostly downhill reward back to the car. The climb is like cranking up a roller coaster, then being released at the top for a fabulous downhill. It has been labeled by a friend as a "Disneyland E-ticket". Ride through Colebrook of the way back, 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, or your longest ever!

Shorter version? OK. Many options because you can do out and back on the VT side of the CT River on Route 102. To Canaan, VT and back is 43 gentle, scenic miles. To Colebrook and back is 27 miles. Ride as far as you like in between these towns, then meet the longer route riders in Colebrook at Howard's Diner for some pie.

Ready to ride at 9:45 am.

Carpool from the far end of the Attitash parking lot at 8:00 am. According to the map app, it should be a 1.5 hour drive.

Directions to the start: Route 302 to Twin Mountain, 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 with a kiosk describing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Park here tightly, as there is not a lot of space. Overflow can be on the NH side of the river in North Stratford. Warning-there is no porta potty here.

The map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/114661305

For info on The Republic of Indian Stream" check these:

http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/27-the-republic-of-indian-stream-1832-1835
http://www.cowhampshireblog.com/2006/05/21/new-hampshire-missing-places-indian-stream-republic-1829-1836/
http://afkabob.com/nhhistmk/nhhistmk6.htm

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thursday, July 12th 2012

"Don't Yank the Krank" Bethel to Bryant Pond, Maine Looks like the weather will be great for a ride by the beautiful woods, farms and lakes of Maine!

This ride will take us from Bethel to Bryant Pond, the site of last hand-cranked telephone exchange in the USA. This little town is also famous for a 3-story outhouse. It also has a convenience store, a larger-than-life telephone monument and great lakeside dining.

But Wait... there's more!!!

The ride is nice and quiet, along the Androscoggin River (essentially a continuation of the North Road experience), fields, farms and forest plus shore side riding on North Lake in Locke Mills. No Notches! This will be a welcome relief from the traffic and noise around the Mt. Washington Valley in tourist season.

This ride starts out of the riverside park in Bethel -- the picnic destination on the North Road ride. The first 12 miles follows Intervale Road which parallels the Androscoggin River as it flows north towards Rumford. We turn east towards Bryant Pond, go through the village, try to find that famous outhouse, pay our respects at the Hand Crank Telephone Monument, then go to the lake for our picnic lunch. The return is by North Pond in Locke Mills, then by East Bethel Road (look for some interesting sculptures on the left), then back to the cars via Intervale Road.

The ride will start at 9:30 am at the Bethel town park on the Androscoggin River at the intersection of the bike path and Route 26 (where we always eat lunch on the North Road Ride).

Drive to Bethel via Route 2 and take a right on Bridge Street, at the flashing light (soon before crossing the bridge over the Androscoggin). Drive about 0.5 mile to the park, on the left at the stop sign.

Ride distance is 40 miles.

Ready to ride at 9:30 am!!

If you want carpool, meet at the Jackson Ski Touring/Wentworth Golf Club parking area across the street from the J-Town Deli at 8:15 am. Otherwise, see you in Bethel!



See map link at the bottom of this post...


Here is some info on Bryant Pond:

www.roadsideamerica.com/map/631

www.privateline.com/mt_telephonehistory/iv_the_telephone_evolves/07_part_g/

"Bryant Pond achieved some national fame and media attention beginning in the mid-1970s when its family-owned Bryant Pond Telephone Company became the last hand-crank telephone exchange in operation in the United States. When in 1981 the local company, operating from a two-position magneto switchboard in the living room of owners Barbara and Elden Hathaway, was purchased by the Oxford County Telephone & Telegraph Company, a nearby larger independent company. A movement called "Don't Yank The Crank" was organized by David Perham and Brad Hooper in a valiant but futile effort to keep their beloved crank phones. The effort was not ultimately successful, and the last "crank" calls took place on 11 October 1983, when a modern dial exchange was placed in service."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kezar Lake Narrows 9:00 am

Thursday, July 5th 2012 Let's get away from the traffic in the valley and get off the busy roads. Let's try the Kezar Narrows Loop starting in North Fryeburg. If we get an early start we should have pleasant temperatures. Union Hill Road has some dirt and sand on it, but we can pick our way through it and walk if necessary. I hear that there are mosquitos out there in Maine, so be prepared. Mosquitos? Sand? Can it be worse than July 4th holiday week traffic jams and tourist drivers in their "Rent Me" motor homes? Start the ride at the park next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station (as you know, park away from the fire station where the firefighters may need to park). Ready to ride at 9:00 am. The ride goes through the farm fields via Cornshop, Fish and McNeil, cross the Red Iron Bridge, up Union Hill Road, and over (bearing right at forks in the road) to the Kezar Lake Narrows. Just before the steel lattice bridge at the Narrows and before the snack shop at the Narrows is a narrow road leading to a shady narrow picnic area on the narrow part of the lake. Picnic tables and porta potties are there. Return is is by Christian Hill Road to Lovell and then a short ride on Route 5 to Shave Hill Road and back onto Harbor Road to the parking area. Be sure to stop and enjoy the views before dropping down into Lovell. Total ride is 26 miles, relatively short but you get a few short hills to climb. We should be done before it gets too hot.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bartlett 4th of July Parade

I just returned from CT and have not had time to put together a good ride for Thursday yet....stay tuned, I will post it tomorrow. In the mean time, 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, old cars and "floats". Miss Mt Washinton 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 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. If you want some entertainment tomorrow morning, meet at the Attitash parking lot at 10:15 am, ready to ride, at the far end of the lot in the shade. We can ride over to Bartlett Village before 302 turns into a linear parking lot of annoyed drivers. We can see the festivities and parade, and get a bowl full of strawberry shortcake made by the church ladies, and then ride River Road until 302 relaxes. Maybe next year Thursdaybikers can enter the decorated bike contest.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kanc to Rocky Gorge and Russell Colbath House, 9:30 start

Thursday, June 28th 2012 Forecasts look reasonable, with some talk about thunderstorms happening in the afternoon. One forecast shows some residual rain in the morning, but most forecasts show sun in the morning with pleasant temperatures. Let's ride locally and hope for the best! 9:30 start, ready to ride at the Kennett Middle School Parking Lot in Conway Village. We will ride up the Kanc To Rocky Gorge (about 10 miles) and if the skies look good, continue up to the Russell Colbath House which is just past Bear Notch Road (about 14 miles from the start). Return via a downhill cruise on the Kanc and then that great ride down Passaconaway Road. Total of about 29 or 21 miles.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Denmark and Hiram

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Please note:  Due to the forecasted very warm weather, we will start this ride at 8:30 Thursday morning.  See you there!
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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 Bill Ballou has offered to be the ride planner and host for this do this week's ride!!     Bill will lead this new Thursday ride (34 miles) that will take us through the tranquil Denmark and Hiram, ME countryside on well paved and generally lightly travelled roads. We will proceed through Denmark, ME, around Hancock Pond and Sebago Pond, to the Hiram Country Store where we will loop back towards our starting point.  This is a relatively easy ride and very scenic. We will have rolling hills much of the way and the few bigger climbs we will have are relatively short. We will start at the store located at the blinker light at 5 corners in Brownfield, ME (junction of routes 5/113 and Rt. 160). Please park to the far rear of the dirt lot and be ready to ride at 8:30. See you there. Start at the store at 5 Corners – Brownfield on Rt. 160 toward Denmark Take Lords Hill Road / Rocky Knoll Rd. loop back to Rt. 160 Pass through Denmark and take right onto Berry Road Continue onto Hancock Pond Road, Convene Rd. and Sebago Rd. to Hiram Store Return via Rt. 117 to Denmark and Rt. 160 back to car Total miles = 34

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

North Road to Bethel 10:00 am

June 14th, 2012

With the motorcycles in the valley, how about heading north to escape the noise?  North Road is typically a good option for peace and quiet, and we haven't done the ride to Bethel yet this season. I will not be here for ths ride, I am off on a bike tour. Looks like another sunny Thursday!!  Enjoy!!
 
Start at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road, on the north side of the Androscoggin River, ready to ride at 10:00 am.

Total distance to the riverside park and back is 39 miles.

CARPOOLING: If you would like to carpool, meet in Jackson at the golf course parking lot across from the J-Town Deli at 9:00.

For a map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/871217



To get to the starting point, drive north over Pinkham Notch on Route 16. Turn right at the intersection with route 2 in Gorham. Drive about 3 miles, and turn left onto North Road, just after a beautiful stone house and barn. Cross the river at the dam, and proceed about 1/4 mile to where North Road bears sharply right. Hogan Road, a dirt road with access to several trail heads, comes in from the left, and there is a dirt parking area there. (Those of you from the Fryeburg area probably do best by driving up and over Evans Notch).

The entire ride on North Road to the picnic area alongside the river in Bethel, and back, is 39 miles. The ride is not difficult - it has a mix of flat sections, rolling hills, a few short granny gear climbs, lots of farm and mountain scenery and occasional views of the river. Near the end, just before reaching Route 2/Route 5, there is a bike path that turns right at a red fire hydrant and goes behind the water slide park. The path goes for 1.1 miles, ending at a nice riverside picnic spot (and porta-potty).
Although there are many options for food in Bethel, it easiest to bring your own lunch.

Shorter Options:

For the best shorter option, do the eastern (Bethel) portion of North Road. This starts at the Gilead bridge at a parking area for boaters. This option allows you to meet up with everyone and have lunch together at the riverside park. This is a 20 mile option.

Drive to the Gilead steel trestle bridge (Bridge Street) via Route 2 (look for it on the left soon after the intersection with the road that goes over Evans Notch - after the new Route 2 bridge), park at the canoe parking area on the southwest side of the bridge, ride across the bridge and join the riders there as they ride by on North Road at about 10:45.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

North Fryeburg to Stow Store 10:00 am

Thursday, June 7, 2012 It should be good riding weather in the morning. The weather may change in the afternoon, so let's do a local favorite that we haven't done in awhile. We are never too far from the car in this ride, so if the sky darkens we can high tail it back to the car. Start 10:00 am, ready to ride, next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station at the corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road. The ride will check out the status of the corn, potatoes, soybeans and turf (and roads!) after all the rain. The route includes Route 113, Fish, Harbor, Union hill, Meadow, the Stow Store and the Chatham Loop or the Basin. Choose your distance on the weather. Basic ride to Stow Store: 23 miles Add the Chatham Loop: 30 miles total Add the Basin: 39 miles total For a longer ride, start at the Maine Visitor's Center on Route 302 just over the NH border at 9:20. Ride up Route 113 to meet everyone at the fire station. Starting at the Visitors Center will adds about 18 miles round trip. If you want to carpool, meet at Grant's parking lot at 9:15.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Lupine Ride in Randolph and Jefferson

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Lupine Ride
Ready to Ride at 10:00 am

(See below for info on another Franconia Notch Bike Path Ride on FRIDAY)

It looks like Lupine Season is starting a little bit earlier this year. The lupine webcam at Sugar Hill shows the blooms.  Tomorrow's weather looks like clouds and some patches of sunshine, so it should be fine for a Thursday ride!  (Better than yesterday!!!) 

The Ride:  The route goes by some of the best displays of panoramic scenery and lupine fields in the area. The lupine photo that I have had on this blog for 2 years now shows the beauty - I promise to update these photos...).

The ride includes the entire length of Valley Road, a hidden treasure, running in the valley parallel to Route 2 but without the traffic. Valley Road lacks pavement for about 2 miles. but the riding on it is typically fine- take your time and view the lupine! Durand Road is a terrific ride also, lined with summer houses from the 30's and their nice gardens. Lunch and snack stop will be at the Isreal River Campground.

Start time: 10:00 am ready to ride at the parking lot on the west end of Pinkham B Road at the rail trail crossing.

Carpool: Meet at the Jackson Ski Touring/Wentworth Golf Club parking area across the street from the J-Town Deli at 9:10 am.

Ride length: 26 miles, with extra loop options if anyone wants to go further

Directions to the start: The start is at the Randolph end of the Pinkham B Road. There is parking right next to where the Presidential Rail Trail crosses Pinkham B. Access Pinkham B road from the Dolly Copp Campground entrance off of Route 16. As you drive down the hill on Pinkham B and come out of the woods, where there are 2 houses on the left, the rail trail crosses the road at a public works department building. There is parking on the left side near the rail trail.

If you don't want to drive Pinkham B's dirt and "pavement", drive route 16 to Gorham, follow it towards Berlin and take a left on Route 2 at the traffic light. Go up the big hill and down the other side. Just after the hill flattens, Pinkham B Road will be on your left. Take the left and drive about 0.5 mile to the parking area near the rail trail on the right.

Map: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/nh/jefferson/829127656358752350

Nice photos of lupine in Jefferson:

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/christopherwisker/5794974164/


http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/lupine,nh/Interesting


FridayBike

Betsey Harding has suggested another ride on the Franconia Notch Bike Path. Many ThursdayBikers did not go last week seeing the rain and gloom over here on this side of the mountains. Those that did ignore the pouring rain on the drive over there had a great day in the sunshine (luckily!!).

For those that might like to do the ride (or do it again!) on another sunny day before the tourists crowd the bike path, meet at Loon Mountain, in the ski area parking lot at 10:00 am, ready to ride.  Carpool out of Attitash at 9:00 am. At the time I write this there are at least 6 people going. From Loon it is a 30 mile ride, round trip. For a 19 mile ride, start at The Flume parking lot at the entrance to the bike path. Meet the other riders there at 10:45-11:00.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Franconia Notch Bike Path 10:00 am

Thursday May 24, 2012 I think we have good enough weather to ride the Francinia Notch Bike Path this Thursday. I like riding it early in the season, before it gets too crowded. Meet at the Loon Ski Area parking lot, ready to ride at 10:00 am. The bridge leading to the parking lot was damaged by Hurricane Irene, but is passable now due to a temporary bridge. Starting at Loon, we ride the back roads of Lincoln to Clark's Trading Post, up Route 3 to The Flume, then enjoy the roller coaster of a bike path. It is about 32 miles round trip. For those that want a shorter ride, start at The Flume for a 19 mile ride. Park near the bike path, at the northern end of the lot, up on the left relative to the entrance off of Route 3. Meet the riders coming up from Loon at about 10:45-11:00. If you want to carpool meet at the Attitash parking lot at 9:00 am. If you like, there is good food and home brew at the Woodstock Brewery for apr├Ęs-bike. If you have the NPR or NHPTV discount card bring it for a 2-for-1 meal deal. Here is a map:http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/7074752

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

North Road to Evans Notch 10:00 am

Thursday, May 17, 2012 Looks like a great forecast for the next 6 days!! Hooray!! We haven't had a ride up north yet this season, so let's do the North Road to Evans Notch ride. We did not do this last year, and this is a good time to do it with spring green canopies, rushing water in the river and no traffic. Meet at the intersection of Hogan Road and North Road, ready to ride at 10:00 am. To get to the parking area take Route 16 north to Gorham, hang a right on Route 2, go about 3 miles and take a left onto North Road, shortly after passing a stone house. Hogan Road is on the left shortly after crossing the dam over the Androscoggin River. The distance from the start to the top of the notch, round trip, Is about 35 miles. Don't want to summit the notch?? A great destination is a small bridge located at the start of the climb to the top. Up to this point the ride up is gradual, but gives you a wonderful cruise back down. This chops off about 3 miles total. I actually think North Road is harder than Evans Notch-- the notch is gradual; North Road has some short stiff granny gear climbs. We can find a sunny spot on the river to have a snack. Hopefully the bugs are not too bad!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Unsettled Weather Default Ride

Thursday, May 10th 2012 There might be a chance to ride between the rain or drizzle predicted for early Thursday morning and late in the day. I will throw this out there and you can look out your window and decide whether it is OK to ride or not. Here is the old favorite iffy weather ride: Meet at 10:00 in the parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway. The ride will be the usual West Side Road to Passaconaway and up the Kanc to Lower Falls. You can make it longer or shorter depending on the conditions in the sky. Total miles round trip to Lower Falls is about 25 miles.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thursday May 3rd, 2012

The weather still does not look too good -- kinda like today, dreary cold and damp.  If you really want to ride, check this site at 8:00 am and perhaps I can post a short local ride that is not in the wet damp weather.  Something like WestSide -Passaconaway or other default ride. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crank Some Crawford 10:00 am

Thursday, April 19th 2012

Let's do a ride with a little elevation gain to get our hill climbing gears warmed up! There is not much traffic these nice April days. It is a good time to ride route 302 towards Crawford Notch.

Destination: Lunch at the pond across from the Willey House. Pack your own lunch.

Meet at the Attitash parking lot, ready to ride at 10:00 am.

The ride to the Willey House from Attitash up route 302 is about 29 miles round trip. It is NOT HARD -- it is easier than Bear Notch Road, a gradual climb with flatter sections of relief. The ride back is marvelous.

Those that want to burn some extra calories can continue 2.5 miles up the notch to the Crawford RR station, then return to meet everyone else for lunch at the Willey House.

For a shorter option, start in Bartlett Village (24 miles total) or at the parking area for the Sawyer River Road (on the left, just after the new bridge over the Sawyer River; ~18 miles total).

Join the crowd as they ride by: ~ 10:15 at Bartlett Village, ~10:30 at Sawyer River Road.

Do you need a map? See the link below. Even if you don't need one, take a look at the elevation profile AFTER you finish the ride... and feel Good!!

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2356636

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Saturday Chowda' Fest Ride

Saturday April 14th 2012

Looks like we will have a Sunny Warm Saturday!!!

There will be a "Chowda' Fest" on Saturday afternoon in North Fryeburg at the Saco Valley Fire Station. This is where we often meet and park for rides in the North Fryeburg region. It is a benefit for the efforts to restore the Old Stowe Town Hall. It is lots of Chowda' tasting and a contest to determine the best Chowda' (can be clam, fish, lobster, corn or vegetarian).

I'll bet there is none of that "Manhattan" red stuff....

An eight dollar donation allows you all you can slurp.

Here is the link for the event:
https://kezarlife.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/stow-chowda-fest-flyer-2012.pdf

The festivities and tastings commence at 4:30 pm, so how about doing a ride in the North Fryeburg/Stow area first and then going for the Chowda' at 4:30?

The ride will start at the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station in North Fryeburg, corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road, then travels out to Cornshop Road, looping back on Fish Street to MacNeil, then up Union Hill Road to Meadow Road to the Stow Store. This will give a 23 mile ride. Adding the Chatham loop adds another 7 miles.

Meet at 2:00 pm.

Park far away from the fire station, off the road along the park or across the street so as not to block the area for the Chowda' Festivities.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weather to Ride or Weather not to Ride???

Thursday April 12th and Saturday April 14th "Chowda' Fest"


That is the question.....


I did a short ride today in sun, clouds, drizzle, rain and hail. Looks like a similar weather pattern again tomorrow. It was still nice to get out and pedal for awhile. Here is a meeting time and place and tomorrow morning look out your window and decide whether or not it is riding weather or not.


11:00 am, ready to ride in North Conway, at the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn. The ride will be either West Side Road and Passaconaway (20 miles) or a shorter Tour De North Conway (over to Cranmore, up Old Barteltt Road, Intervale Cross, route 16A to Town Hall Road and back). Route choice will be made at the meeting point depending on weather and depending on who (if anyone!!) shows up.



Sunny Warm Saturday!!!


Saturday looks like a great day to ride. I heard that there will be a "Chowda' Fest" on Saturday afternoon in North Fryeburg at the Saco Valley Fire Station. This is where we often meet and park for rides in the North Fryeburg region. It is a benefit for the efforts to restore the Old Stowe Town Hall. It alot of Chowda' tasting and a contest to determine the best Chowda' (can be clam, fish, lobster, corn or vegetarian). Eight dollars give you all you can slurp. Here is the link:




I am still arranging a meeting/parking place, since I don't want to interfere with the fest by parking in our usual spot.

The festivities and tastings commence at 4:30 pm, so I will set up a sunny, warm, mid-afternoon ride (start at 2:00) over in the North Fryeburg flats and Stow Store area (20 to 25 mile ride).

Check this blog or the Mount Washington Valley Bicycling Club website for more details - I will post details tomorrow night. If you don't want to ride but want to taste chowda, just meet the riders at the fest at 4:30.



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kanc-Passaconaway Loop from Conway Village

Thursday April 5th, 2012

Looks like Thursday will be a fine day for an early spring ride! Sunny and low 50's.

Let's do a short ride from Conway Village up the Kanc to Lower Falls then down Passaconaway Road back to Conway Village. This way we have a tailwind and a downhill ride back to the car. The Kanc has very little traffic in this season and Passaconaway is still gated, so we should have a quiet ride. For a longer option, ride up to Rocky Gorge.

Meet in Conway Village in the parking lot behind the Mountain Center Physical Therapy and the Laconia Savings Bank, near the junction of route 16 and 153.

Ready to Ride at 10:00 am.

Total distance: 15-20 miles depending on how far up the Kanc you travel before returning on Passaconaway Road

Also -- if you would like to ride on Saturday....

There is a Pancake Breakfast at the Bartlett Elementary School on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00. The maple syrup served with the pancakes is made by the 6th graders in the sugarhouse behind the school. All you can eat for $6 (adults) $4 (kids).

How about starting a ride out of the school parking lot (in front of the library) at 10:00 am?

If you want to energize on pancakes beforehand, meet at the school at 9:00.

Either park near the school, or, if you want to ride a bit first, meet at the Attitash parking lot, ready to ride to the pancakes at 8:45 am.

Ride options? One group could do Bear Notch Road, up and back (16 miles round trip from Attitash). Another group can do the River Road and Stillings Grant (11 flat miles round trip from Attitash). More miles? Do Bear Notch up and over and back (26 miles RT) or go up to Crawford Notch.

Put on your calendar: The Mount Washington Valley Bicycling Club Annual Spring Gathering at the Moat is April 24th starting at 5:30 pm: www.mwvbicyclingclub.org