Thursday, November 8, 2018

Armistice Day


We had a really nice ride last Sunday in Readfield. The chill in the November air was tempered by the bright sunshine, and no one seemed to mind that we had a head wind no matter which way we turned. The weather ahead looks like it intends to turn cold and even snowy way too soon, but Sunday looks clear - which is fortunate, because it is the Centennial of Armistice Day! Hopefully we will spend a part of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at an almost forgotten WWI monument on the shore of Great Pond at the historic Camp Merryweather in Belgrade. The monument is at the end of a dirt road which is rideable, but you might want some wider rubber underneath you. We will determine the distance of the ride at the start, dependent on conditions. Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, November 11 - SMITHFIELD
"Armistice Obelisk" - an adventurous back road jaunt on the Armistice Day Centennial to an obscure WWI monument on Great Pond.
START: 10:00 am at Sweet Dreams Convenience Store at the junction of Rts.8 and 137 in Smithfield. Park in the far end of the lot adjacent to the store.
DIST
ANCE: 19 miles, with longer and shorter options.
TERRAIN: moderate with a few hills. The road to the WWI monument is approx. six tenths mile of gravel (1.2 mi round trip).
HIGHLIGHTS: a visit to the Camp Merryweather WWI Memorial on Great Pond to commemorate the end of the War to End All Wars.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK TO ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7314491

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November in Nottingham

Robin Hood Head Tube Medallion, 1944
Some clarification: the ride in Readfield is tomorrow, Sunday, November 4 (not the 3rd, as the original email stated).  Also, we will be on Eastern Standard Time tomorrow, as we turn the clocks back tonight.

Last Sunday’s ride was nearly a wash-out, with a steady drizzle and temperatures on the wrong side of 40, but we did get in a short ride, just because.  This weekend is looking dry, at least on Sunday, with lots of sun and on the right side of 40.  We have a 26-mile ride planned from Readfield Center that can be shortened if need be, and we'll stop at the Apple Shed in any case.  Perhaps we'll see you then!

Sunday, November 4 - READFIELD
"The Wayfarers of Nottingham" - a prelude to the off-season for all you merry men and equally merry women.
START: 10 AM, at the Readfield Post Office in Readfield Center at the junction of Rt.s 17 and 41.
DISTANCE: 26 miles, more or less.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: a tour along little-known byways, including Nottingham Road, in Readfield, Wayne, Fayette, and Kents Hill, with a stop at the Apple Shed Bakery.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6991798

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Saturday Ride in Wayne Postponed to Sunday

The weather outlook for this Saturday has deteriorated markedly from earlier in the week, so we will switch the ride start to Sunday at 10 am in hopes that the wet weather will clear out and we can get the ride in.  If the rains continue and the temperature stays in the low 40s we will most likely cancel.  Keep your fingers crossed, and if we do have to cancel this weekend take heart - there is a possibility of a special ride on Nov. 11, Armistice Day.  Hopefully we will have chances for more riding ahead!

Sunday, October 28th - WAYNE
"Wicked Wayne" - a Halloween ride featuring some historic cemeteries along some quiet back roads (maybe too quiet). 
START: 10:00 AM at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne.
DISTANCE: about 20 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, creepy in spots.
HIGHLIGHTS: at least five local cemeteries, including the circular Wing family cemetery and the Kent family cemetery; the Apple Shed on Kents Hill, a notorious, unsolved historic crime scene, and other local haunts. 
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784, or check out the club blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 22, 2018

A' Wailing in Wayne

We had a splendid ride last Saturday from Farmington to Industry, despite the rapidly cooling temperatures of late. This weekend we close out October with our semi-traditional ride around Halloween in Wayne, originally scheduled for Sunday.  The weekend forecast is for temperatures in the low to mid 40s, with sunshine on Saturday and rain, snow and sleet on Sunday.  We'll go for Saturday.  Meet at the Wayne Elementary School on Pond Road.  Costumes optional - do remember helmets and avoid any loose, chain-catching accessories.  And dress warmly!  See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 27th - WAYNE
"Wicked Wayne" - a Halloween ride featuring some historic cemeteries along some quiet back roads (maybe too quiet). 
START: 10:00 AM at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne.
DISTANCE: about 20 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, creepy in spots.
HIGHLIGHTS: at least five local cemeteries, including the circular Wing family cemetery and the Kent family cemetery; the Apple Shed on Kents Hill, a notorious, unsolved historic crime scene, and other local haunts. 
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784, or check out the club blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Industrial Cycling

A hearty thanks to all of our substitute ride leaders (six at last count!) who offered to stand in and lead rides the past two weeks, as we dealt with last-minute scheduling conflicts, illnesses, and other unforeseen miscues. Your offers and efforts are truly appreciated!  We are getting deep into Fall, the foliage is near peak and the frost is on the pumpkin, so this week we will venture out from Farmington to Industry and Clearwater Pond, returning via an optional run along the Whistle Stop Rail Trail. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, October 20th:  FARMINGTON
"The Ups and Downs of Industry":  a ride through the picturesque hills and hollows of Farmington, New Sharon, and Industry.
START:  9:30 A.M., at the Hannaford Plaza on Rt. 4 in Farmington, about a mile south from the junction of Rt. 4 and Rt. 27, towards Wilton.  Park near the entrance to the shopping plaza.
DISTANCE:  approx. 30 miles, including an optional 3.5 miles of hard-packed gravel which can be bypassed on pavement.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  quiet back roads along the Sandy River, spectacular panoramic views from the ridge tops of New Sharon & Industry, Clearwater Pond at Allens Mills, and an optional run along the Whistlestop Rail Trail.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club and its rides contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, or check out the KVBC blog, "Posted Roads" at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Roll Out the Barrels

Our thanks to David Lipman for leading the ride last Saturday in Augusta, and kudos to the KVBC contingent who tackled the Cadillac Challenge on Sunday. The Fall foliage is really starting to come out locally, and what better way to experience it than revisiting a splendid ride from Oakland this Sunday! Meet at the Oakland Post Office at 9:30 am. There is lots of great Fall riding ahead!

Sunday, October 14 - OAKLAND
"Barreling through Oakland" - a tour around Oakland, Norridgewock, New Sharon, and Smithfield.
START: 9:30 am at the Oakland Post Office at the corner of Oakland Road and East School Street.
DISTANCE: about 40 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: fine back roads with lakeside views and near peak foliage.
LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjjones@colby.edu.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2017)https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7130262

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, find us on Facebook, or check out our blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

KVBC Rides in October

Here is the revised KVBC Ride Calendar for October. Many THANKS to our volunteer ride leaders who stepped up offer rides on the open dates! Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons for riding in Maine, and we hope you can take part in some of these upcoming rides, starting this Saturday in Augusta, 9 am at the Big Apple on Riverside Drive!