Wednesday, July 5, 2017

North Road from Shelbourne to Bethel 9:00 am

Thursday, July 6, 2017 

Looks like good weather for Thursday! How about heading up to Bethel via North Road? It should be a fine time to do it, getting out of the valley away from holiday traffic. North Road is a gem -- it runs parallel to Route 2 on the north side of the Androscoggin - scenic, quiet, perfect bicycling road!

To make the ride a bit different, start in Shelbourne Village instead of the usual Hogan Road parking area. It cuts out some miles, cuts out a few sharp climbs at the end, and adds a nice ride on a quiet road with nice views.

Start: Ready to ride at 9:00 am. Note Earlier starting time:  Summer time!!!

Total Mileage, about 35. 

To get to the parking area take Route 16 north to Gorham, take a right on Route 2 heading east, go about 4.5 miles. Take a left into Shelbourne Village, (might be signed as Meadow Road) then very shortly afterward take a right into the tiny village. Park in the playing field/ballpark (Chester Hayes Memorial Park) on the left side of the road (via a dirt driveway).

Bring lunch to enjoy at the riverside park in Bethel. There is a convenience store just before the park, if needed.

Carpool?  If you want to carpool, meet in Jackson at the parking lot across the street from the J-Town deli at 8:10 am, otherwise, see you in Shelbourne.

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