Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ride Cancelled due to forecast

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The forecast is for spotty showers in the morning. Might be OK to ride for an hour then get some drizzle, then clouds then drizzle. Not the most exciting weather to demand a bike ride. So, the ride is cancelled.  I hope for some warmer and sunny weather for next week -- perhaps  we can ride!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sunny day, let's ride; Maine Visitor Center to Monotomy Road 10:30 am

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Ok, I need to beat the cabin fever and get out on the bike. It will be a bright sunny day, up to 45 degrees, not too bad, xc ski clothing should work well to maintain the warmth.  Here is a short ride that does not have any huge hills so we will not sweat and chill.

We ride out the bike path then go into Fryeburg Village and out Icehouse Road then near the north end of Lovewell Pond, eventually crossing Route 302 and going out on scenic Menotomy Road. There is a gradual climb, we can go all the way to the end or cut it short depending on the weather.

Meet at the Maine Visitor's Center located just over the border in Fryeburg, ready to ride at 10:30 am.

Mileage? About 20 or 24 miles depending on the side trips we might take.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Default ride for the hearty ones 11:00am, Eastern Slope

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The temperature is going to be low and there will be some breeze, but that does not seem to stop this group of hardy cyclists. I could cancel the ride, but what the heck, I will post the default ride and if you are in need of pedaling, here you go:

11:00 am, ready to ride, public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn

Head out the usual West Side Road to Passaconaway, to the covered bridge or as far as you like to go.

I will not be able to join in, I am going to a Bike-Pedestrian conference in Concord. I may stop to get some miles on the Northern Rail Trail in Boscawen as I drive south. This trail is the longest rail trail in NH, 53 miles from Boscawen to Lebanon, hard packed stone dust. It will be extended south to Concord eventually!

See you next week!

Happy Gravel Grinders: Great D+P ride on Tuesday in the sunshine! (OK, some wind and mid 40 temperatures, but the sun makes everything sweet!!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rain Cancels the Ride.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Looks like the rain will come in for Thursday. Unfortunately, I must cancel the ride.

The foliage is so beautiful... I really wish we could ride!  See you next week!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Short Local Ride on Thursday 9:30 start....Also, New Ride on Friday 10:00 start

Thursday, October 4, 2018

For THURSDAY:  The weather forecast looks OK but not great, likely we can get in a short local ride. Some of the forecasts suggest early morning fog, then partly sunny, then showers by 1:00.  Temperatures in the morning are 58 to 62, pretty good.

IF the weather looks good out the window in the morning, how about trying the classic ride down West Side Road to Passaconaway Road and up to the Albany Covered Bridge. We can turn around if the weather comes in early, go further if the sun stays out. The forecasts have not been trustworthy lately, so make your own decision from what you see in the early morning.

Meet at the public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway at 9:30 am, ready to ride.

Info for the FRIDAY ride:

Dave Sias once again has offered to host one of his favorite rides, particularly for fall foliage viewing. It starts in the Littleton, NH area, near the Moore Dam, and rides south on Route 135 to Woodsville. He says that much of the ride is up on a ridge with impressive views. The ride is about 40 miles.

Here is what Dave says about his ride:

The views along the ridge between Monroe and the Littleton line are spectacular, and the stretch between Monroe and Woodsville is very pleasant farm country.  All road surfaces are new or nearly new except for the first couple of miles south of Moore Dam and a bit near Woodsville.

The route is so good at foliage time I always do out and back on Rte 135. It is a 40 mile round trip ride Moore Dam to Woodsville. There are grassy areas at the covered bridge in Woodsville for lunch.

The starting point would be the parking area directly off exit 44 from Rte 93.  Coming off the exit you go straight across Route 135 into the lot.  

Let's meet at the parking area on the reservoir, at Exit 44, ready to ride at 10:00 am on FRIDAY.
Drive out past Bethlehem on Route 302, then get onto Route 93 north. After a few miles the reservoir will be on your right and the next exit will be Exit 44. Take the exit and at the intersection, go straight across Route 135 into the parking area on the shore of the reservoir.

From Glen, it is a 1 hour drive to the start.

Bring snacks and lunch to enjoy in Woodsville.

Car pool:  If you want to carpool, meet at the Attitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts at 8:45 am, otherwise see you there.

Here is the map: