Monday, September 30, 2013

The Basin, 9:30 am

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Looks like a great day for the views on the route to The Basin. Perfect fall weather!!!! The farms of Fryeburg are harvesting potatoes and corn, and the foliage on the hillsides should be colorful!

Meet at the park next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station, corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road.

Start at 9:30 am, ready to ride.

Head south to the little white church on the corner of Fish Street. Take Fish to MacNeil, then go up Union Hill Road, then onto Meadow and head to the Stow Store. Continue up route 113 to The Basin. The dirt road up to the Basin is sometimes rough, so it might be better to walk it. The foliage and the view at the pond should be beautiful!!

Total distance:  28 miles


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lost Nation Loop 10:00 am

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday looks like a good day for a fall foliage ride, with warmer temperatures and less wind than we have had lately. The foliage north of the notches is really progressing, at about 75% of peak according to the TV news, so it is time for this ride!! 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 come here to enjoy!

The full loop is 50 miles, but a really nice 27 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 27 miler, so we can arrange carpooling.

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 am, ready 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:  27 miles  Last year, 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. 

About the novel, Lost Nation, by Jeffrey Lent:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Bench Press Ride

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This week's ride will celebrate the 4 new benches installed on the Mountain Division Recreation Trail in Fryeburg. These benches were sourced by Dave Kinsman, purchased by the MWV Bicycling Club, and installed by the Fryeburg Public Works Department. Dave Kinsman has organized a photo shoot and press release for the benches, and ThursdayBikers can be in the photos!  Dave calls this event "The Bench Press"!!

Meet at the Maine Visitor's Center parking lot, in Fryeburg, ready to ride at 9:30 am. 

The ride will do the photo shoot then cruise the bike path to locate the 4 benches, then return and do the nice new pavement on Haleytown Road. Ride out to the 5 corners in Brownfield and return via Pig Street and Sam Brown Hill. Total miles, including the 8 on the Bikepath, will be about 27. Shorten it a few miles if you bypass Sam Brown Hill. 

Enjoy the festivities snd the ride!  See you all next week!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ride Cancelled

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The forecasts I am seeing for Thursday look stormy. I will cancel this week. Next week should be a ride out of the Maine Visitor's Center to officially welcome the benches. Hope for good weather!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back to the Basics...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

West Side Road and Passaconaway and up to Rocky Gorge.  Keeping it simple this week.

9:00 meeting in the parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn, ready to ride. Celebrate the return of quiet roads for awhile before leaf peepers show up.

I counted, and there are 15 ThursdayBikers out on bike tours this week. Quite an international event, with 10 on various bike paths in Quebec, 3 in England,and 2 on the UP of Michigan. It's addictive and contagious!!!

Next week may be a ride on the Fryeburg Bikepath to celebrate the new benches!