Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Back to Purgatory

Last Saturday's ride in Livermore brought us some great roads, fresh apples, and fine company - hard to top! Many thanks to John for leading, and a special note of thanks to Missy for driving the "apple shuttle" to carry apples from the orchard back to the start. This Saturday we will return to Litchfield after a too-long hiatus, to rediscover another beautiful ride past the Litchfield Fairgrounds and through Purgatory itself (if that's what it takes to get to the Black Crow Bakery). Note the 9:30 am start. See you Saturday!

Saturday, September 22nd - LITCHFIELD
"Pedalling in Purgatory - the Tour de Litchfield" - an exploration of the back roads of Litchfield.
START: 9:30 AM at the Libby-Tosier Elementary School parking lot next to the historic Litchfield Academy, at the junction of Rt. 197 and Academy Road in Litchfield Corners.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to rolling.
HIGHLIGHTS: quiet back roads and ponds in Litchfield, and possibly a stop at the Black Crow Bakery.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Apples Away!

We had a beautiful, smooth ride over the rolling hills around Smithfield, Mercer and Oakland last Sunday - it's not often we get to ride almost an entire route on fresh, new pavement. Many thanks to Larry for leading and to the fine group who turned out despite the rather chilly weather. This weekend looks like it will warm up again before it starts to turn cooler in earnest, and we have another great ride in Livermore Falls to take advantage of it. Plus we'll be stopping at Boothby's Apple Orchard to check out the early Fall harvest first-hand. See you Saturday!

Saturday, September 15th - LIVERMORE FALLS
"Boothby"s Apple Ride" - a tour of the ponds and ridges around Livermore and Chesterville, with an apple orchard stop.
START: 9:00 am at the store formerly known as Pike's Corner Oasis (now Mallard Mart) at the junction of Rt.s 106, 133, and Campground Road in Livermore.
DISTANCE: 40 miles.
TERRAIN: moderately hilly with several good hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: great back roads with numerous scenic views, and a stop at Boothby's Orchard, a family-owned farm for seven generations going back to 1865. We plan to have a vehicle at the orchard to transport any apples you buy back to the start! 
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.  

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lakes Fit to Loop

Last week's ride from Richmond was a real treat, especially the ride stop at Treats in Wiscassett. We had lots of nice roads with little traffic and great scenery - our thanks to David for leading another great ride. This Sunday we will scope out some newly paved roads around Smithfield, starting at the Sweet Dreams store at the junction of Rt.s 8 and 137. Hope you can join us!

Sunday, September 9th - SMITHFIELD 
"Route 8 Figure 8" - a scenic tour through Smithfield, Belgrade, Rome, and Mercer.
START: 9:00 AM, at Sweet Dreams Convenience Store on Rt. 8 in Smithfield, at the junction of Rt. 8 and Rt. 137. Please park in the back of the lot away from the store entrance..
DISTANCES: approx. 10, 17 or 30 miles. 
TERRAIN: moderate to moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many scenic lake views and back roads with new pavement!
LEADER: Larry Childs, lrchilds@roadrunner.com.  

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, or check out our club blog, "Posted Roads" at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or keep up to date via our Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Richmond to the Sea

We had a fine ride last Sunday around Lincolnville and Camden out of the Cellardoor Winery. The weather could hardly have been better, and the roads could hardly have been smoother (most of them). It was a great way to close out August and our thanks to Tammy for leading the ride! With August behind us we head into September and the approach of Fall. We'll kick it off on Sunday with another great route from Richmond to Wiscasset. See you Sunday!

Sunday, September 2nd - RICHMOND
"Wheeling Down to Wiscasset" - a tour along the river through Richmond, Dresden, and Wiscasset.
START: 9 AM at the public landing in Richmond (also known as Fort Richmond Park) at the junction of Front Street (Rt.24) and Main Street (Rt.197). Park in the public lot next to the landing.
DISTANCE: approx. 35-40 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with one or two significant hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic views along the river and Wiscasset, with a possible stop at Treats in Wiscasset and the Old Goat at the ride's end.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791013
 
Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club rides are open to members and to the cycling public.  Helmets are required of all riders at KVBC events.  It is also recommended that you bring with you on KVBC rides:  a map of the area in case you stray off route; tools for simple roadside repairs, especially a tire pump, spare tube and/or patch kit; water bottles or hydration systems; personal ID and a small first aid kit; and money for purchasing snacks & drinks en-route.  In case of severe weather, scheduled rides may be postponed or designated as "show & go" rides at the discretion of the ride leader. Route maps are subject to modification due to road conditions or other considerations.
 
We welcome suggestions for improving our rides and encourage active participation of all members.  For more information, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com or via the club blog, Posted Roads at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or check out the KVBC Facebook page. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

KVBC Rides for September

Here are the KVBC rides coming up in September. Please note that the weekend of Sept. 23-24 is still open! If you have a ride in mind, this opportunity could be yours! Also, the Sept. 29 "Share the Road with Carol" ride is actually not a KVBC ride, but that is an open date in the calendar, it is close by for many of us, and it is a very worthy event, so it is listed here. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the date. Hope you can make some of these rides as we head into Fall!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cellar Door Ride Update

A few updates for this Sunday's KVBC ride from the Cellar Door Winery: we are informed that the Winery might not be open for us to have access to restrooms and water until after the ride start, so plan for alternatives.  Also, the ride announcement did not provide any terrain description: the route is quite hilly in sections, particularly around the Camden Hills and the wonderfully-named Moody Mountain.  Expect your mood to be uplifting - it is a very pretty ride!

August 26th, Sunday: LINCOLNVILLE 
“Out Through the Cellar Door” – a circuit of Megunticook Lake, including Camden and the Cellardoor Winery and vineyard in Youngtown (Lincolnville).  
START: 10:00 A.M., at the Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd, one mile east of Route 52. Please park along the winery driveway leading up the hill across from the store, and not in the customer parking lot behind the winery store.The winery may not be open for us to have access to restrooms and water before the ride, but if it is, please no cleats in the building. Thank you.
DIRECTIONS: From Camden, take Rt. 52 north for 5 miles and turn right onto the Youngtown Rd for one mile. See the Cellardoor Winery website for map and detailed directions: http://mainewine.com.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: Moderate to quite hilly, especially in the Camden Hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the winery store and take a walk through the vineyards. Numerous lake views during the ride. Camden (& Rockport). Part of the route is the official East Coast Greenway interim on-road coastal route.
LUNCH: The winery has tables outdoors on the deck overlooking the vineyard. They sell food & beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies. And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting.
LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjjones@colby.edu.   
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6800276

Monday, August 20, 2018

Still Lots of Riding Ahead - No Wining

We had beautiful weather and a splendid ride on Sunday over some great back roads through Wayne, Fayette, Leeds and vicinity. The scenery was first rate, the company was grand, and we even got treated to lemonade at the summit of Mt. Pisgah! Our thanks to Fritz, who managed to lead the ride on one or more bikes, despite some challenging mechanical difficulties. This Sunday we will head out to Lincolnville and the Cellardoor Winery, situated in an elaborately refinished barn nestled in the hills outside of Camden, and venture out over another very popular route. Hope to see you Sunday!

August 26th, Sunday: LINCOLNVILLE 
“Out Through the Cellar Door” – a circuit of Megunticook Lake, including Camden and the Cellardoor Winery and vineyard in Youngtown (Lincolnville).  
START: 10:00 A.M., at the Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd, one mile east of Route 52. Please park along the winery driveway leading up the hill across from the store, and not in the customer parking lot behind the winery store.The folks at the winery have graciously allowed us access to restrooms and water before the ride, but please no cleats in the building. Thank you.
DIRECTIONS: From Camden, take Rt. 52 north for 5 miles and turn right onto the Youngtown Rd for one mile. See the Cellardoor Winery website for map and detailed directions: http://mainewine.com.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the winery store and take a walk through the vineyards. Numerous lake views during the ride. Camden (& Rockport). Part of the route is the official East Coast Greenway interim on-road coastal route.
LUNCH: The winery has tables outdoors on the deck overlooking the vineyard. They sell food & beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies. And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting.
LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjjones@colby.edu.   
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6800276

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow our Facebook page.