Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Local Favorite: Eastern Slope to Rocky Gorge 10:00 am

How about an old favorite local ride, this time to check the progress of the foliage along the Kanc by Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. A return to fall temperatures brings the 10:00 am start for this week. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy gorge-side.

Head down West Side Road all the way to Conway Village, then enjoy the Kanc along the Swift River. Return via Passaconaway.  

Park in the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, ready to ride at 10:00 am. I can't join in this week, off to help my mom again. 

Distance is 32 miles. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vermont Side of the CT River: Lancaster to DeBanvilles General Store 9:30 start

Thursday September 20, 2017

One of the ThursdayBike Group's favorite places is the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. Vermont Route 102 is a quiet rural road that is very scenic, has good fall colors, plenty of Holstein cows along the way. ...very Vermont.

This ride follows the southern section of VT102, starting from Lancaster and ends at DeBanville's General Store. This store has been closed and For Sale for a few years, rumor has it that has reopened. Let's check it out! We can get food and ice cream for the lunch stop, but bring some food to have on the bike, just in case. 

Weather: Looks good. We might have some wind from the north, will be a good tailwind for the ride back!

Ride Starts: 9:30, ready to ride, from the parking lot of Shaw's Supermarket in Lancaster, on the right side of Route 3 North, just north of the town center. 

Carpool if you like: Meet in the Atttitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts, 8:00 am. Otherwise see you in Lancaster.

Terrain: Lots of flat or very gradual ups and downs, some rolling hills requiring some work; no Asparagus Hill, easier than Snowville, easier than that hilly section of the Wonalancet ride, no notches. 

How far: 49 miles. See map below. (If you just have to get that 50 mile ride in for your record books - just continue up Route 102 from DeBanville's until your odometer says 25.00 then turn back!!)

Shorter Option?!!! Drive up a bit further up Route 3 north and cross the CT River via the bridge into Guildhall, VT and start from there. Park alongside the Town Green (bear right after you cross the bridge, then make a left alongside the green). This will take 18 miles off and give you a 31 mile ride. 

Directions: Route 302 to Twin Mountain 4-corners stoplight. Take a right onto Route 3 north. Follow Route 3 though Whitefield, then continue on Route 3 into Lancaster. Shaw's Supermarket is on the right, approximately 0.5 mile north of the center of Lancaster on Route 3. It is across the street from Dunkin Donuts. Park at the part of the lot closest to the road, furthest from the store entrance.

Bring: Snacks and water. Maybe DeBanvilles (or a new name?) will be there again for lunch and ice cream? 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kinsman's Notch Loop 9:30 am

This is the season of EPIC bike rides with fall foliage viewing and perfect weather!! 

The weather forecasts for Thursday, as of Wednesday morning, indicate a mix of clouds and sunshine with temps in the low to mid 70's and light wind. The forecast is better for the Franconia area than for Jackson, typically it is the other way around. Let's go for this great ride! 

The ride is a 36 mile, counterclockwise loop which goes up the Franconia Notch Bike Path, turns off the path to head downhill via the Mittersill Ski slopes then skirts south of Franconia on Wells Road coming out near the glider airport. It then heads out Route 116 to the Kanc and climbs Kinsman's Notch from the easier, more gradual side. The downhill cruise back to the cars is a real treat!! Beautiful, epic ride, and the foliage is starting to turn!

We start and finish in Woodstock, at the public parking lot behind the storefronts across from the Woodstock Brewery. Great place to enjoy a burger and beer after the ride.

If the weather fails us and starts to threaten we can make the call at the top of the bike path and return to the cars downhill by bike path. This is a fabulous 28 mile ride by itself. 

To get to the parking lot in Woodstock:  Bear Notch Road and the Kanc to Lincoln, following the Kanc past the Route 93 interchange into Woodstock. Just as you are slowing down, after crossing the river, BEFORE approaching the traffic light in Woodstock at the Route 3 junction, there is an entrance to the public parking lot on your right. It is a big lot behind the storefronts on Route 3. If you miss this entrance, take a right into Woodstock onto Route 3 and drive about a block, looking for the parking lot entrance driveway on your right. It is BEFORE you reach the Woodstock Brewery.

Let's be ready to ride at 9:30 am.

Carpool from the Attitash parking lot (far end, away from the lifts) at 8:20 am. It is a one hour drive to Woodstock. If you have a NPR or NHPR discount book, bring it for the 2-fer deal at the Brewery.

Here is a map:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Attitash to the Willey House 10:30 am

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I think we can get a ride in. This is an out and back, close to home with a downhill cruise back to the car. It is a good workout even if we can't do the entire route. If it starts to look threatening we can be back at our cars in time before getting wet!

Meet at the far end of the Attitash parking lot, away from the lifts, ready to ride at 10:30 am. I am starting this just a little later than usual because the weather looks better as the day goes on.
If we can do the whole ride to the Willey House, we would get in 29 miles. I hope we do!!

Let's see what happens!  If it is raining, don't bother!  We will hope for a better day next Thursday!!

See you at 10:30!!  A late start hoping for some sun!