Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Vermont Side of the CT River: Lancaster to DeBanville's Store 9;30 am

Thursday August 16, 2018


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, no traffic, plenty of Holstein cows along the way. ...very Vermont.
The weather looks good for us, the best day of the week, sunny and no chance of rain! (well at least by all the forecasts on Tuesday evening...)!!  Let's take advantage of this great forecast and head to Vermont!

This ride follows the southern section of VT102, starting from Lancaster, heading north to DeBanville's General Store. This store had been closed and for sale for a few years, but it reopened last year. We can get food and ice cream there for lunch. 


Weather: Looks good. We might have some wind from the northwest, excellent for 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 Attitash 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, a few 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. 
Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13189233

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lovely Lovell Loops 9:00 am YES, Let's gp for it

Thursday, August 9, 2018

UPDATE as of 7:30 am Thursday:  The radar suggests that we could do fine with our relatively short morning ride.  Most of the activity is to our north and south.  Let's go for it, see you at 9:00.

Some forecasts indicate morning t-storms ONLY at 9:00 am, others indicate t-storms at every hour EXCEPT 9:00 am. Quite a conundrum for me as I deal with my welcome back to the Lower 48.  With the scattered nature of the storms and showers going through our area over these last few days, anything can happen.

It is therefore obvious that I set the time for us to meet at 9:00 and we will see what happens. If the weather looks bad out the window in the morning, and the radar indicates a storm on the way, the ride will be cancelled or postponed. I will post here if need be.


Lovely Lovell Loops

This is a newly designed ride thanks to Connie. A few weeks ago, Connie, Denise and I went out to give it a try. It is a great ride, hilly but not too hilly, quiet roads with lots of NEW PAVEMENT! Smooth black velvet! It is not a long ride so we should be able to get it done before any afternoon showers.  Short in mileage, but long on workout and scenery.

Start at the park next to the North Fryeburg Saco Valley Fire Station (corner or Route 113 and South Chatham Road). Park away from the fire station, leave that area open for the firefighters.

We head out on Harbor Road all the way to Lovell, then go up Christian Hill Road, head out by Ebenezer's Restaurant and then cross Route 5. We go up Old Waterford Road and do a scenic quiet but thrilling loop on Eastman Hill and Old Stage Road. Return is back by Ebenezar's, but then we head out to the Kezar Lake Narrows for a lakeside lunch and/or ice cream break and maybe a swim. Head back via Shave Hill (sometimes called Swamp Road, now newly paved!) and Harbor Road.

This is a 24 mile ride. It can be lengthened if the weather forecast allows us to add in Fish Street/MacNeil or MacNeil, up Fish, down Cornshop.

Here is the map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28020504


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Evans Notch from Shelburne Village and North Road 9:00 am

Thursday, August 2, 2018


I will not be able to join you this week, but here is a great ride that is mostly in the shade for a good warm day ride option. I will presume that there will be many riders who know this route well and can easily lead the way and help out any newcomers.

To make the ride a bit different, start in Shelburne Village instead of the usual Hogan Road/North Road parking area near the dam. By starting in Shelburne, 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, the river, perhaps a horse and a donkey that will want to join in, not a bad exchange. 

The ride goes over RR tracks and the Androscoggin River as we ride about 1 mile to North Road, takes a right turn at the triangle and then out about 5 miles to the iron bridge, crosses the river again and goes to Route 2. Take a right and ride a short distance on a wide shoulder on Route 2, then take the left onto the road up Evans Notch (Rt 113). 

Some will ride up to a small bridge for a nice, easy, gradual route upriver. After the small bridge, the steeper climb to the top begins. Some will climb to the top. Either way is a spectacular ride, and you can regroup down the river at the new bridge (where Irene took out the suspension bridge) for a snack on some shady rocks. Return to the cars by reversing the route. 

Mileage: About 32 if you do the whole ride to the top of Evans Notch, about 28 if you go to the bridge just before the climb goes from gradual to steep. 

Shorter option?  Start at the iron bridge for a really nice 18 mile ride. 

Time:  Ready to ride at 9:00 am in Shelburne Village. 
If you want to start at the iron bridge, look for riders coming across it at about 9:25-9:35. 

Meeting place and parking: Start from Shelburne Village, just off Meadow Road (a left turn off of Route 2 about 5 miles east from the route 16/2 junction in Gorham). After turning left into Meadow from Route 2 take a quick right onto Village Road. Take a left into the park and park on the left off the dirt pathway on the grass.  Meadow Road joins North Road at that grassy triangle intersection close to the Philbrook Inn. 

If you want to carpool, meet in Jackson, in the parking lot across the street from the J-Town Deli at 8:10 am.


Here is a map:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28223686


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cancelled due to the rainy forecast

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The forecasts just don't look good for a bike ride, so, unfortunately, I will cancel this Thursday's ride.
At least the dry conditions are being cured!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Brownfield Tour 9:00 am

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Also...see a FridayBike opportunity, info below...)

Thursday, July 19, 2018
This is yet another great ride that covers almost all of the pleasant biking roads in Brownfield, Maine. Starting out of the Maine Visitor's Center, the ride goes south on Haleytown Road, then turns left on Hampshire and goes into the village of Brownfield, bearing left onto Main Street, Route 160. Cross Route 5, staying on Route 160,  and cross the Saco River. Bear left to go up Lord's Hill Road, enjoy some views, enjoy the downhill, then right onto Rocky Knoll where you will do a few short but energetic hills. Return by Route 160 and then Pig Street for some nice flat riding.  Heading back on 160 and then Hampshire, bear left on good pavement to Sam Brown's Hill for more good views, a nice downhill and pleasant riding back on Hampshire and Haleytown.

Start at the Maine Visitors Center on Route 302, just over the border in Fryeburg, Maine.

Ready to ride at 9:00 am

Distance 32 miles. Many shorter options are possible!

Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13084230


FridayBike, Friday, July 20th:
I will not be able to join you all this Thursday ... but I can ride on FRIDAY.
Join me for "The Andover Ride". it is a fantastic 50 miler (I need the training miles!) starting from the riverside park in Bethel, Maine (where we enjoy lunch on the North Road ride). Ready to ride up there at 9:00 am.  Let me know if you will be there:  email:  marianneborowski@yahoo.com. If there are enough interested we can arrange carpools from the JacksonXC lot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lost Nation Loop 9:00 am in Whitefield

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday looks good for a long ride, high seventies, sunshine, so lets head out to do this really great ride.

Farms, fields, horses, cows, mountain views, 2 covered bridges, rivers, streams, villages, little white churches, closed papermills, Vermont and New Hampshire scenery. This ride has everything the region can offer! 

The full loop is 50 miles, but there is a really nice 27 mile option that avoids many of the climbs.  This is a nice 50, the climbing is in the first half of the ride, a good one for your "First 50-Miler".

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 (tiny white church) 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 long 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. This riverside cruising downstream from Groveton is superb biking!

Bring a lunch to eat at the white covered bridge in Groveton. Bring plenty of water. There is a convenience store/gas station near the covered bridge that is hopefully still open for water refills and snacks.

Start time: 9:00 amready to ride



Carpooling: If you want to carpool, meet at the Attitash parking lot at 7:45 am, otherwise, see you in Whitefield.

Directions to Whitefield: Route 302 through Crawford Notch to the light at Twin Mountain four corners. Take a right onto Route 3 and follow Route 3 to the center of Whitefield, a tiny town green with a gazebo. One hour drive from beautiful downtown Glen.

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, majority of the climbing happens early in the ride, when we are still fresh. (see elevation profile, below)

Shorter Option:  27 miles  A shorter, easier loop can be done out of Lancaster, parking at the Shaw's Supermarket. If you want to do this version, meet at the Whitefield Gazebo with everyone else at 10:00, get the plan, then drive up to Lancaster. You will meet the 50 mile riders at the big dairy farm at the corner of Grange 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? Lost Nation, by Jeffrey Lent). The place called Lost Nation, where we will ride (don't blink or you may miss it...), is not geographically contained within the former Republic of Indian Stream, which is closer to Pittsburg. On the Pittsburg/Colebrook bike ride we travel over the rivers that bounded the Republic of Indian Stream, which was the Lost Nation, but this is well north of where the village of "Lost Nation" is on a map. I have not been able to remedy this inconsistency!
For a history of The Republic of Indian Steam here is a short review: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Indian_Stream



Map, 50 mile ride:
From Whitefield: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28020766

Elevation profile:





Map: Shorter version, 27 miles, from Lancaster:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13191276

Elevation profile:








Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Thursday Kayak and 4th of July Parade info

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

With 95 degree temperatures and sunshine, it will just be TOO HOT to bike. Instead, let's take to the lake and kayak or canoe instead.  Frank has offered a lake adventure for us. His yard is near a boat launch on the north end of the lake (Kennett Beach). He has parking for our cars at his house at the north end of Silver Lake in Madison.

Let's meet at the kayak launch at 8:30 am, ready to launch. This should allow us some hours on the lake before the heat gets too much for enjoyment. This means you need to get there earlier to unload your boat and then bring your car back to Frank's driveway for parking (there is no parking at Kennett Beach, but Frank lives next to the park).

Directions to the kayak/canoe launch:

From Conway Village, at the traffic light, zero your odometer. Take route 16 south, then soon after the Subaru dealership take a left onto Route 113 to Madison. Follow route 113 south. As you near Madison Village, 113 will curve sharply to the right. Pass the elementary school, town hall, keep going, Frank's house is on the left on a little hill at about 8 miles. After his house, on the left, you will see the lake and you will cross a small bridge over a stream. Take a left into Kennett Beach after the bridge. This is about 8.2 miles from Conway Village.  Unload your boat and gear, then take your car to Frank's house to park. Try to be ready to launch at 8:30 am.

Bring swim gear, a hat, sunscreen, long sleeved shirt, lots of water and some food to enjoy while paddling. Helpful hints: Long-fingered bike gloves work great to protect from blisters and keep the sun off your hands.  Long length shorts or a towel to cover the top of your thighs so they don't sunburn while paddling.



4th of July Parade info:


UPDATE FROM SALLY MCMURDO, for CONWAY PARADE, TUESDAY JULY 3rd

"Can you let people know that the time for Conway parade was changed to 1:30, not 1:00. Anyone who wants to march with the rec group should show up at Hillside Avenue around 1:00."


Information on the BARTLETT 4th of July Parade, marching with the Bicycling Club Banner:  Same routine as in the past:

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 (bring ear plugs...), old cars and "floats". Politicians and Miss Mt. Washington 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 4th of July 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. Meet at the Attitash parking lot at 9:45 am, ready to ride, at the far west end of the lot, away from the lifts, in the shade. We can ride over to Bartlett Village before Route 302 turns into a linear parking lot of annoyed drivers. After the parade, get a bowl full of strawberry shortcake made by the church ladies and gents. 
By then the traffic should clear for our return to our cars at Attitash. 

Meet at 9:45 am, ready to ride at Attitash. I have some red white and blue bling for you for decoration.


Information on the CONWAY 4th of July parade, marching with the Recreation Path Banner. Parade starts at 1:00 pm. Information below from Jill at the Gibson Center:

“July 4th parade information for Conway 2018

Update from Sally McMurdo,  on Tuesday July 3rd:

Can you let people know that the time for Conway parade was changed to 1:30,not 1:00.Anyone who want sto march with the rec group should show up at Hillside Avenue around 1:00.

The parade will run from Hillside Ave (near covered bridges) to the Kennett Junior High School, and floats will dismantle by HAM Arena.
The parade starts at 1PM and will last for 20 minutes (that is all the time we are allowed since it is a State Road)   
People are welcome to line up, starting at noon.  But don’t wait in line too long without keeping cool, we don’t need anyone passing out (as has happened in the past).  All floats and vehicles need to be in place by 12:30.

We are allowed to hand items to people along the way, but not allowed to just throw stuff that might cause people to run into the street.

The Community Outreach Committee is planning on marching/riding, etc. in the Conway 4th of July parade to promote the Rec Path. We're looking for people of all ages and abilities to be in the parade behind our banner.
It'd be fun for people to" dress up" as rec path users- runners, walkers, bird watchers, roller skiers,  snow shoers (carrying their shoes of course), dog walkers,,  people with carriages, wheelchairs and the like. Bring a group and come join us! The more the merrier!”







Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Rainout This Thursday. Here is info on July 4th parades, Bartlett 11:00 am and Conway1:30 pm

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

No matter how many weather forecasts I search through, all are in agreement that this Thursday is a washout, not a bike day.  See you next week!

Parades:

4th of July is NEXT WEEK, Wednesday, wow, so here is information for you if you, your friends and family would like to proudly ride your bikes in a parade!! It is crazy, silly fun.. Dress up in red, she and blue bling, and enjoy!  Do Bartlett or Conway or both.

Information on the BARTLETT 4th of July Parade, marching with the Bicycling Club Banner:  Same routine as in the past:

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 (bring ear plugs...), old cars and "floats". Politicians and Miss Mt. Washington 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 4th of July 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. Meet at the Attitash parking lot at 9:45 am, ready to ride, at the far west end of the lot, away from the lifts, in the shade. We can ride over to Bartlett Village before Route 302 turns into a linear parking lot of annoyed drivers. After the parade, get a bowl full of strawberry shortcake made by the church ladies and gents. 
By then the traffic should clear for our return to our cars at Attitash. 

Meet at 9:45 am, ready to ride at Attitash.


Information on the CONWAY 4th of July parade, marching with the Recreation Path Banner. Parade starts at 1:00 pm. Information below from Jill at the Gibson Center:

“July 4th parade information for Conway 2018

Update from Sally McMurdo,  on Tuesday July 3rd:

Can you let people know that the time for Conway parade was changed to 1:30,not 1:00.Anyone who want sto march with the rec group should show up at Hillside Avenue around 1:00.

The parade will run from Hillside Ave (near covered bridges) to the Kennett Junior High School, and floats will dismantle by HAM Arena.
The parade starts at 1PM and will last for 20 minutes (that is all the time we are allowed since it is a State Road)   
People are welcome to line up, starting at noon.  But don’t wait in line too long without keeping cool, we don’t need anyone passing out (as has happened in the past).  All floats and vehicles need to be in place by 12:30.

We are allowed to hand items to people along the way, but not allowed to just throw stuff that might cause people to run into the street.

The Community Outreach Committee is planning on marching/riding, etc. in the Conway 4th of July parade to promote the Rec Path. We're looking for people of all ages and abilities to be in the parade behind our banner.
It'd be fun for people to" dress up" as rec path users- runners, walkers, bird watchers, roller skiers,  snow shoers (carrying their shoes of course), dog walkers,,  people with carriages, wheelchairs and the like. Bring a group and come join us! The more the merrier!”


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Presidential Views: Bretton Woods to Jefferson 10:00 am

Thursday June 21, 2018

Here is a ride to celebrate the first day of summer. This ride also celebrates the beauty of the Presidential Range and the great views from Bretton Woods, Twin Mountain and the Jefferson Valley.  This ride has some long gradual climbs, but nothing too serious. The lupines are still in bloom and we will pass some fields of them along the way.

Meet at the Bretton Woods Ski Area. Park in the big lot across from the fitness center, which is on the right just after you turn off Route 302 into the Bretton Woods Ski Area entrance.

Meet at 10:00 am, ready to ride.

The route will head out onto 302 west to Twin Mountain, and takes right onto Route 3 at the lights. Another right onto Route 115 for a gradual up and then over to the scenic vista, overlooking Pondicherry and the Jefferson Range. We continue on a great downhill all the way to a left onto Israel's River Road. We will head up to the village of Jefferson to the general store/gas station where there is food, ice cream and a grassy park to picnic. We then return to Route 115A, head back up to the Scenic Vista and return to Bretton Woods.

Total distance is 39 miles. To shorten the route to 30 miles you could park at the tourist info center with the gazebo and cog railway locomotive in Twin Mountain at the junction of Route 302 and Route 3 and join in as the riders pass by, maybe around 10:20ish.

If you want to carpool, meet at the far end of the Attitash ski area parking lot at 9:15 am, otherwise, see you at Bretton Woods!

map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27844638

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Weather issues...RIde Cancelled

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

I just don't like the forecasts for this Thursday-- looks like cool temperatures with clouds and wind in the early morning but as the morning progresses the showers will come in.

I regret to just have to cancel the ride.

See you next week!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Lady Slipper Orchid Ride: Kanc to Bear Notch Road 10:00 am

Thursday, June 7th, 2018


The Lady Slipper Orchids are now blooming in the woods. Over the past few years there has been a nice display of these orchids alongside Bear Notch Road from the Kanc up to around the gate area.

Let's go up the Kanc along the Swift River, head past Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. We turn right onto Bear Notch Road. The goal is to head up past the gate and enjoy the typically beautiful display of Lady Slipper Orchids along the right side of the road. Head to the summit of Bear Notch Road if you like, otherwise just go to see the orchids. 

Our return will be that great downhill on Bear Notch and the Kanc to the Albany Covered Bridge. On the way back we could stop at the Russel Colbath House, it might be open by now.

We could stop to regroup at Rocky Gorge for a lunch break if the bugs are tolerable, then return to Conway via Passaconaway Road and the short ride on West Side Road and back over the Saco Covered Bridge to the parking lot.

Meet at the parking lot on Route 16 in Conway at the NH Liquor Store Plaza (used to have a Shurfine/IGA and bank). If we park at the ShurFine/bank end, the south end, we can access the road that goes over the Saco Covered Bridge directly by a back driveway. We then ride into Conway Village and then take the right turn up the Kanc. A bathroom stop at the Ranger Station might be required.

Meet at the ShurFine parking lot, ready to ride at 10:00 am. Bring a snack or lunch.
Distance: about 26 miles, longer if you climb to the summit of Bear Notch.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Basin 10:00 am


Thursday, May 31, 2018 

The Basin 


Since the Saturday ride was unable to achieve The Basin due to threatening weather, let's try it again. Complete the task, this time the weather should cooperate. 

Ride as far as you like, many options to choose from if you need to shorten your mileage. Check out the foals at the farm on Cornshop Road, if you like. Check out the former location of the Red Iron Bridge. Stop at the Stow Store for lunch or snacks. Do the Chatham loop. It's all good.

Meet at the corner of South Chatham Road and Route 113 in North Fryeburg, alongside the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station. As you already know, please do not block the fire station parking area. Bugs here can be intense by the wetland area. Use the porta-potty at the little white church.

The last quarter mile up to The Basin is a dirt road, and I am not sure of its condition at this point of the season, or the bug count. If it is a wash out, you may want to just use the campground at the entrance as the lunch and/or turnaround spot. This dirt road may be in  better shape than some of the paved roads in the area. Be careful, especially on Fish Street, It could use a repaving.

The starting time, ready-to-ride will be 10:00 am. Robert will be your Cruise Director.

Doing the ride starting south on 113 all the way to Cornshop for Mares-and-Foals viewing will give you about 34 miles. Taking a left onto Fish Street at the church (and port potty) and left on MacNeil, it will be about a 29 mile ride.  Or, just go to the Stow Store. It' all good.

Map for the grand tour:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13138318
 ENJOY!!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Snowville Loop 10:00 am

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Nice day for the Snowville Loop!
Meet at the riverside park, on the right, just past the Conway Police Station on East Conway Road. The road is called Meetinghouse Hill Road. Drive down the entrance road to the parking and picnic area on the Saco River. Ready to Ride at 10:00 am.

The ride goes back out to East Conway Road, then left to the stop sign, take a left onto Route 302, cross the Saco River, take a left at the lights to head towards Center Conway, then take a right onto Mill Street to ride by the beach on Conway Lake, up Brownfield Road to Hampshire St, and up the famous Asparagus Hill. This hill is the yearly test of how far you can ride up before having to jump off the bike before tipping over...


The reward is a great ride to Crystal Lake. Maybe the lakeside picnic tables are set up for our lunch  If not, we can use the picnic tables located in the pines on the lake a short distance down 153 on the left, before the Eaton Store. Head to the Eaton Store for some snacks, if needed.


Return by Route 153 to Stark Road (right turn at the four corners). This is a nice riding road that cuts out half of Route 153 and avoids Conway Village lights and traffic. At the end of Stark Road, where it meets Route 113, you can take a right onto Odell Hill Road, which runs parallel to route 113 for a short distance. Then you pop out back on 113 and come to the lights at Route 302 where you go left. Take the right back onto East Conway Road and right again after the police station into the park.


Distance = 25 miles 

Ready to Ride at 10:00 am! 
Here is a map of the ride:
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/21252684

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kranc Some Kanc 10:00 am

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

In honor of this Saturday's Kranc the Kanc event, let's Crank SOME Kanc. How about the Sugar Hill Scenic Vista as the goal? It is a gradual uphill alongside the river, relatively flat after Rocky Gorge, then a short steep spot just before the Scenic Vista. It is a pleasant downhill back to the car via the Kanc and Passaconaway Road. There is very little traffic on the Kanc at this time of the year, let's enjoy it while it is all ours!  


Where to meet: IGA/
ShurFine and NH Liquor Store Plaza parking lot on Route 16 in Conway. Park at the southern end of the lot near the IGA. We will ride out the back of the lot, over the covered bridge, into Conway Village and out to the Kanc. 


When: 10:00 am ready to ride at the IGA. 


Bring: Water and Lunch to enjoy with a view. We can eat at the Sugar Hill Scenic Vista, or Rocky Gorge.


How Far? To the Sugar Hill Scenic Vista and back: 37 miles


You can bike as much or as little of the Kanc as you want. For shorter options:
To Bear Notch Road and back - 26 miles
To Rocky Gorge and back ~18 miles

To Albany Covered Bridge and back ~14 miles

Want More?? Kranc the Kanc to the summit and back:: ~44 miles

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fields of North Fryeburg 10:00 am

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It should be a beautiful day for a scenic, easy ride in the North Fryeburg-Chatham-Stow 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, potato, soybean and turf fields. Is there a new family of foals at the draft horse farm? The route starts south on Route 113 to Cornshop, then Route 5, Fish, McNeil, Harbor, Union Hill, Meadow, the Stow Store and, if you like some extra miles, the Chatham Loop. 

Basic ride to Stow Store: 21 miles. Add the Chatham Loop: 28 miles total.

If you want to carpool to North Fryeburg, meet at Grant's parking lot at 9:15. Otherwise, see you in North Fryeburg!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

West Side Road, Conway Village, Kanc and Passaconaway Loop 9:00 am

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Looks like if you get out early enough, the biking will be good. The forecasts seem to indicate some showers coming in by noontime.  With the warm weather, I think it is worth a try to get in an early morning ride!

How about the old favorite: Start at the Eastern Slope Inn, do West Side Road all the way to Conway Village, then take the Kanc up to the Albany Covered Bridge. Return by Passaconaway Road and West Side back to the cars.

Meet at the public parking lot BEHIND the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, ready to ride at 9:00 am. The entrance to this parking lot is immediately after going under the railroad bridge as you drive down River Road from the traffic light on Route 16.

I will not be able to join you this week, but see you on the Tuesday Dirt and Pavement or next ThursdayBike.

If you are interested, access the info for the Tuesday D+P ride on a new blog site:  www.tuesdaydirtnpavement.blogspot.com

Enjoy!!

The ride should end up at about 25 miles.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tuesday Dirt and Pavement

Hi Bike Friends,

For those of you interested in the Tuesday Dirt and Pavement Rides, you can get the info 2 ways:

 -- Go directly to the NEW blog site: www.tuesdaydirtnpavement.blogspot.com

 -- Access the blog via the bike club calendar posted on www.mwvbicyclingclub.org

There is a 16 mile ride posted for tomorrow, May 1st, 10:00 am, ready to ride out of the Maine Visitors Center on the Fryeburg Bike Path (on route 302 just over the border in Maine). For more details and a map, go to the blog site above.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cancelled, yet again.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hopefully you were out enjoying the last few days of glorious weather. The next few days look like lots of rain, so the skiing or biking is cancelled, yet again. The rain will clean up the roads, so hopefully we will be back to ThursdayBike next week!

Reminder:  I will post Tuesday Dirt and Pavement rides on this blog site. I will try to post on Sunday if the weather forecast is easy, might post on Monday if I need the extra day to determine what the weather will do.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cancelled due to yucky weather

Thursday, April 19, 2018

We should either be skiing in a tee shirt or biking, but the weather doesn't look good for either activity. Cancelled. See you NEXT week in the sunshine!!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Prospect Farm or East Pasture 10:30am

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

With the snow still good, Robert has suggested xc skiing up at Prospect or East Pasture. Meet Robert at the JSTF parking lot right next to the lodge, golf course side, at 10:30 am for carpooling up to East Pasture or Prospect. You can decide which place to go by all the latest reports from skiers.

I will see you next week!

Will we ski or bike next week???

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Taking the day off.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

With the freezing temperatures overnight and the high wind forecasted for tomorrow, I think I am just going to have ThursdaySki take a day off.

Will next week be ThursdaySki or ThursdayBike? It's that 'tweeter season...

See you Thursday evening at the Bike Club Party, Red Fox at 5:30-7:30 pm!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

JacksonXC 9:30am East Pasture?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Looks like spring skiing for Thursday, warm and partly sunny, might be able to ski in a tee-shirt!

Let's meet at the JacksonXC lodge and choose the best trail of the day. My first pick is East Pasture. It was groomed on Tuesday, should be fine in the warm temperatures and softer snow. We will make the final call when we meet.

Meet at the lodge at 9:30 am. I still have a freebie day pass to give to anyone without a season's pass, last chances this week to give it away!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bretton Woods Nordic

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yes, let's go to Bretton Woods! The storm is staying well south of us. According to the forecasts there may be a dusting to an inch of snow very early tomorrow morning and partial clearing in the afternoon. It won't be bluebird day up there but skiing there lately has been superb, so lets go enjoy it!

If Mountain Road is groomed we will do it. If it is not (has not been groomed since last weekend) it could be too firm for enjoyment. We will make that call when we get up there. If not Mountain Road, we can ski all over the Ammonoosuc System. The Stumpwalk Trail has been redone and it is really nice! We will include Wiley's Way, Tunnel, Sebosis, Porcupine to the new cabin (that replaces the yurt), Abenaki, Clinton, Crawford's Pass. At least!

Bretton Woods is half price any day with a JacksonXC Season's pass...don't forget to bring your pass!

If we do Mountain Road, you will need to purchase a one-time-up lift ticket. For those of you getting letters from your ski area employer, get one that works for the alpine area. An alpine day pass is convertible to nordic.

If it is windy in the morning, it should not be an issue. I was there 2 days ago in some strong wind, but all was OK in the woods.

Bring trailside lunch/snacks and beverage. We can eat at the cabin.

Carpool:  Meet at Grant's parking lot, right side by the strip mall area at 9:30.

For those not carpooling or driving over from the northwest, meet at Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 10:10.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

MT Washington Valley Ski Touring and "Michigans" 9:45 am

Thursday, March 15, 2018

For a change of scenery, I would like to ski the trails of Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. It would be a tour of all the trails from the Intervale, Ragged Mountain Equipment headquarters into North Conway and Whittaker Woods. For a special apres-ski event, Lisa Baughn will make "Michigans" for us. These special hot dogs with hamburger sauce (?) are uniquely from Lisa's stomping ground in the Plattsburgh, NY area (??...not Michigan?). They are available in that area at roadside stands. Lisa's home is conveniently located alongside the xc ski trails of Whitaker Woods.

What's a "Michigan"? We are quite fortunate to have Lisa, a Michigans expert, so let's see what this is all about. Come try one or two for lunch after skiing next week. Lisa will also have a home made soup for those who won't dare to try a Michigan.

The snow should be good for us after all these nor'easters. Great March skiing, likely good in April, too.

Link to trail maps:  http://www.mwvskitouring.org/trails.html

The Plan:

Ragged Mountain Equipment opens at 10:00 am, so the plan works around that:

For those of you driving in from SOUTH of North Conway Village, park in the Whitaker Woods Parking area which on the right, just north of the stoplight in North Conway Village. Meet there at 9:45 am. I will meet you there and we will carpool up to Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale on Route 16-302.

Those of you coming from Glen, Jackson and the Northern Extremes can just park at Ragged Mountain Equipment. Meet us there at 10:00 am, ready to ski. We will start skiing from here.

If you are time crunched and are unable to do the Michigans experience apres-ski, park with the others at the Whitaker Woods lot at 9:45. You will be close to your car at the end of the ski route so that you can get on your way without having to ski all the way back to Ragged!

We will get our tickets and start skiing from Ragged, trying to ski all the trails we can. Some may not be groomed but we can likely break trial easily on this nice snow. We will then work our way back though the hay and cornfield trails up to the Stonehurst Manor and enter the Whitaker Woods system. We will do a big loop in there and end up at Lisa' home which is trailside. We experience the authentic Michigans then slap the skis back on and ski one flat K back to our cars at the Whitaker Woods parking lot. A car or 2 will then bring skiers back to their cars spotted at Ragged.

PLEASE RECHECK THIS BLOG on Wednesday night FOR ANY CHANGES TO THIS PLAN in case of logistical issues. (The snow should not be an issue this time!)

Lisa and I would appreciate an approximate count of Michigans attendees. email me at marinaneborowski@yahoo.com  IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO ATTEND. That way Lisa can start making the hot dogs. Not a problem if you end up changing your mind, we just need an approximate number!


BRING YOUR JacksonXC PASS!

Trail passes for MWV Ski Touring are half price with a JacksonXC season's pass, free for Conway residents, or weekday passes are $10 for adults, $7 for 60-70, free for over 70.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Anyone for a WednesdaySki?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

With a storm coming in on Wednesday Night and Thursday, skiing and driving will not likely be fun in the wind and blowing snow.

Wednesday during the day looks good. Anyone want to ski on Wednesday -- meet at JacksonXC, in the lodge, at 10:00 am. We will do what is groomed -- either Prospect Farm or North Hall area, perhaps?  (UPDATE: 6 ThursdaySkiers had a great WednesdaySki today -Ellis-Wifferdill, South Hall out and back)

I will not post a ski adventure for this Thursday due to the storm. Enjoy the Snow Day!!!!

NEXT WEEK if conditions allow, I would like to ski the trails of Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. It would be a tour of all the trials from Intervale into North Conway and Whittaker Woods. For a special apres-ski event, Lisa Baughn will make "Michigans" for us. These special hot dogs with hamburger sauce (?) are uniquely from Lisa's stomping ground in the Plattsburgh, NY area (...not Michigan?). What's a "Michigan"? Come try one or two after skiing next week.. Let's hope that the new snow lasts for us until next Thursday!!

Trail passes are half price with a JacksonXC season's pass, free for Conway residents, or $15 for adults, $10 for over 60.  More details next week!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Rocky Branch, North Hall, Maple, Keeney One Way Epic: 9:00 am

Thursday March 1, 2018  9:00 meet at Thompson House Eatery

Thursday Weather Update:  All looks good!!  See you at 9:00!


Skied this Tuesday and it was epic and beautiful and sunny and springtime. Susie and I never had to walk on dirt, but the sunny beach area at the top of Maple Mountain that may require some stepping on dirt spots by Thursday. Not a problem. Great lunch spot in the sun. The trails are in fabulous shape.  It looks like we can do this epic ski this Thursday in spring conditions!

I will be monitoring the weather and conditions over the next day/night so please do check back on this site on Wednesday evening to double check that the plan is still good.

We will do a one way ski from the Rocky Branch parking lot, starting up the North Hall, around Maple Mountain Loop, down to the South Hall and take the Keeney back to the Ellis and back to our cars. We can choose to ski down the South Hall and the connector to shorten the trip if we want. Total will be about 18 Km.

We will then retrieve the cars parked at the Rocky Branch. Those coming from up north (Tom, Pam..) -- meet us a the Rocky Branch Parking lot at approximately 9:20 am.

Others meet in Jackson in the parking lot behind the Thompson House Eatery at 9:00 am. There is plenty of parking there without fighting for spaces in the JacksonXC lot during the NH school vacation week.

Bring lunch to eat in the sunshine, snacks and beverage, sunscreen, sunglasses, happy hat, Hawaiian Shirt??


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ellis to Rocky Branch one way or out & back JacksonXC Lower Parking lot , 10:00 am

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday Morning Update:  Not much has been groomed because of the warm temps that did not drop until the early hours of the morning. Looks like the most epic trip we could do today is either a one way Rocky Branch to Jackson via the Ellis or the out and back for more exercise.  Lets see who shows up and we can finalize the plan.

Meet in the parking lot, across from the J-Town Deli, 10:00 am

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL is on Sunday, I am going, plan to stop at every place. Anyone want to join me? I typically start early at the Eastern Inn and ski Whittaker and the fields all the way to Ragged Mt to arrive at the start time (11:00 am), then taste the chocolate all the way back to the car. I bring a Tupperware container because even a small taste at each place it is too much to ingest in one day!


I was hiking up in the Gorham area today, and I checked out the Presidential Rail Trail for a possible ThursdaySki that was AWAY from all the vacation week hustle-bustle. Unfortunately, the sunny spots are either ice or dirty snow, some places even dirt. I think we need to do that adventure once we get more snow!

So, back to the default: JacksonXC. With the wet drippy snow today and the below freezing temperatures tonight, I think groomed trails are the way to go for a good ski tomorrow.

I will look at the grooming report early in the morning and put together an adventure for us. East Pasture would be fun, so would a one-way trip from the Rocky Branch parking lot, up the North Hall to Maple to South Hall to Keeney. It might be necessary to walk a few sections, maybe carrying microspikes in our packs would be a good insurance against the low snow/icy sections just in case.

Check back tomorrow mounting for a plan.

Meet at the JacksonXC parking lot, the far away section across from the J-Town Deli. It will likely be too crowded in the lodge to meet there. We probably will be carpooling to the start.  Meet there at 10:00 and we will proceed form there!

Bring food, beverage and sunscreen!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bear Notch Ski Touring 9:30 am

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I just returned from checking out the skiing at Bear Notch. It was fabulous!!  I skied all over the place including the snowmobile trails, everything was perfect, a Valentine's Ski-Love Day. Then the sun came out and it was beach day on the snow!

Thursday's weather forecast is in our favor. Yesterday's forecast indicated rain by 2:00, but the recent forecast delays the rain to the evening. We may have clouds but the temperature should start off at freezing then head up into the mid 40's. Good day on soft snow, hopefully like what I had today.

Let's meet at the Thorne Pond parking lot at 9:30 and carpool over to Bear Notch. Thorne Pond is located across Route 302 from the entrance of the Bear Peak Ski Area. It is on the right as you drive Route 302 towards Bartlett Village, just after the railroad tracks and cemetery.

If you are coming from Bartlett Village, just meet us at Bear Notch Ski Touring at 9:45 am.

The Yates Farm area (across the Saco off of River Road) has been groomed and also all the trails in the Fields of Attitiash. The snowmobile trails should be soft also...so many possibilities. We will establish the route once we see the morning grooming report.

I have a few freebie passes for Bear Notch Ski Touring that I will be glad to give out.

Seniors (age 60+) are $15.




Tuesday, February 6, 2018

JacksonXC 10:00 am

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I will be skiing at Craftsbury this Thursday - I think we will need to have a ThursdaySki over there sometime soon....let's discuss this for a plan...

Until than, I am just going to set up the default plan -- Meet at 10:00 am at the lodge of JacksonXC, be ready to ski. Pick the best adventure of the day. With all the beautiful snow there should be some good options!!

See you next week!  I would hope that next week we will do an adventure ...perhaps at Bretton Woods (hopefully there will be enough new show to be able to do the Mountain Road Loop!!) or maybe a backcounty excursion!

Enjoy this beautiful snow!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

JacksonXC, Keeney Loop, 10:00 am!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My first idea for ThursdaySki this week was a loop tour on Bear Notch Road and the Experimental Forest Trails. I tested a part of this route today, and I was not impressed enough to set it up for tomorrow. It was good uphill, but a bit squirlly and bumpy on sections requiring snowplowing on the way back down. I will wait until the snow is softer for this adventure.

Sooooo, lets head back to JacksonXC. the skiing there has been good lately. Freshly groomed trails are necessary for a good ski!

The Keeney Loop was groomed last night, so I suggest we do that! It is a 17k challenge, one of the finest ski routes in the valley! Bring food and beverage for energy!

We will have some new fresh snow on top of the crust, and it should still be snowing in the morning. Let's meet in the lodge at 10:00 am.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

JacksonXC, 10:00 am

Thursday January 25th

Looks like the snow survived fairly well after this second round of January Thaw. Whew!!!

I will not be able to join you for this week's ThursdaySki. However, I am setting up a 10:00 meeting time at JacksonXC for those of you who want to ski. You can decide on the trails with the best conditions of the day and head out!! Check with the front desk staff for the best info!

Thank Snow!!  See you next week!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

JacksonXC, Keeney loop OR Prospect Farm?...10:00 am

Thursday, January 18th


THURSDAY morning update:  Neither Keeney nor Prospect groomed last night, but Ellis is groomed to Winneweta and Eagle - Wave area is also groomed. I guess my first choice for today is the Ellis all the way on the groomed and maybe with the powder we can explore further to view the river damage out there. The trees are covered with snow, it should be winter wonderland. We can discuss the options when we meet!!



OK, we have good weather in the forecast and we survived January Thaw. Whew.

The coverage on the trails is amazingly good considering the deluge. Funky spots are due to river and stream ice dams and flooding, but it seems that the Piston Bully has worked wonders to repair the trails for us.

I think the key to an excellent ski will be fresh grooming of the snow-cone-icy base with today's fresh powder. Although the first grooming after the rain and freeze up was good but challenging, the second grooming of the trails provided fast and great skiing.

Let's meet at JacksonXC at 10:00, ready to ski. I will look at the grooming report in the morning and try to decide on the best route for us. My selections would be, if freshly groomed, the Keeney Loop, clockwise OR Prospect Farm. Maybe Maple Mountain Loop will be done, that would be nice on a sunny day!!!

Check this blog in the morning, I will update with my best call on the route!

Bring some snacks and beverage to enjoy in a sunny spot on the trail!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bear Notch Ski Touring: Grand Bartlett Bear Tour 9:30 am at Attitash

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE: As of 8:00 am on Thursday:  Weather looks good for us. See you at Attitash or at the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

The January thaw must now be upon us...the temperature on Thursday will be in the mid 40's, wow, shocking to our cold-adapted systems! There will be a strong wind from the west. This adds up to a good ski over at Bear Notch Ski Touring, with protected skiing in the woods and a tailwind at the end of the tour.

Here is a map of Bear Notch Ski Touring:  http://www.bearnotchskitouring.com/trail-map.html

First choice Plan, my favorite do-it all plan:

Meet at the Attitash parking lot in the area next to Matty B's, towards the back near the RR tracks, at 9:30 am. We will leave a few cars here for those who do the entire one-way expedition. We then get into the other cars and drive over to Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

We start skiing at the touring center likely about 10:00 am heading uphill and around the Bartlett Brook trails system (up Trail #7 and wiggle around 22 and parts of the 5s and 6s), We then head east crossing Bear Notch Road then enjoy the downhill to the trails to the RR tracks (Trail #s 40 and 42) We then ski with a tailwind on the tracks towards Bear Peak, cross Route 302 and ski along Thorne Pond then on the trials behind Attitash Mountain Village (#50 and maybe even 52, 53, 54, 55, which are in the Fields of Attitash, Saco Riverside and woods) then back to the cars. The RR tracks and the Fields of Attitash area trails have been groomed over the last few days and look great.

This route option covers it all, and we may decide to shorten some of this if needed due to skier preferences. We can edit as we go, but all is groomed and ready to enjoy, so with the mild temperatures why not try for the entire tour?

If you are time limited you can always shorten the loop to return to the ski center or we can arrange to park your car at Thorne Pond so you can finish there. All is possible!

If you are coming from Bartlett, just meet us at the touring center, no need to drive to Attitash. You will be driven back to your car at the end of the ski.

I will watch the grooming reports and we can modify this Grand Tour if need be. With the warm temperature, the snow should be soft and fast!

For seniors (over 60), the trail fee is $15.

Bring beverage, lunch or snacks to eat along the trail.

Hawaiian shirts??


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wait until next week.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year to all!

I think it is probably best to cancel this week's ThursdaySki. The snow starts at about 7:00 am so we all would be driving in the snow and likely in the windy conditions, worse on the way home than the way in.

Stay tuned for next week!  I want to plan an away ski at Bretton Woods or Bear Notch to do the epic routes there!