Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Not-So-Early Bird

After a few false starts, we managed to get in a nice ride to finish off November last Saturday in Belgrade Lakes.. We'll see if the moderate weather continues into December, as we'll try for another group ride on Sunday in Oakland.  I still have a few jerseys to distribute, so if you haven't picked yours up yet let me know if you can on Sunday, or let me know how I can get yours to you.  Otherwise, see you Sunday!

Sunday, December 3 - OAKLAND
"The Messalonskee Meander" - a backroads tour through Oakland and Sidney.
START: 10:00 AM at the Oakland Post Office at the corner of Oakland Road and East School Street.
DISTANCE: 25 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to rolling, a short section of unpaved surface.
HIGHLIGHTS: quiet back roads along the shore of Messalonskee Lake and the Kennebec River.  Possible pre-ride and/or post-ride get-together at the Early Bird Cafe in Oakland.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-2784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6753840

NOTE: in case of wet and cold weather conditions, the ride may be cancelled.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Post-Thanksgiving

Well, we definitely got rained out last Sunday (although I have to give an honorable mention to David, who rode over to my house afterward to pick up his jerseys). We'll try again this Saturday and hope for better conditions to work off all the extra calories taken in on Thursday.. For those who have yet to pick up their new KVBC jerseys I will again have those at the start. Meanwhile, have a great Thanksgiving, and see you Saturday!

November 25th, Saturday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Post-Thanksgiving Ride" - a tour through Castle Island, Belgrade, and Rome.
START:  10:00 A.M., at the Belgrade Community Center on Rt. 27, a half mile south of the Village of Belgrade Lakes, on the right (northbound) just past the Great Pond Marina.  Park in the community center parking lot nearest the street (just as you turn in).
DISTANCE:  15 or 24 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to "moderately" hilly (translation: there are hills on this ride).
HIGHLIGHTS: views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, Castle Island, and Blueberry Hill - possible post-ride stop at the bakery in Belgrade Lakes Village.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167541
(longer loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167543
 
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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blueberry Thrill

November has been wild and woolly, with power outages, downed trees, frozen pipes, and some occasional snow flurries. We may see a break this Sunday if the rains clear out, and since this is our 15th year lets try another 15-mile ride (with an optional longer route) in Belgrade Lakes. We'll head out through Castle Island, up Watson Pond Road to Blueberry Hill, and finish with a stop at the bakery at Hello Good Pie in Belgrade Lakes Village. If it is raining and in the 40s at the start we won't ride. Those of you who ordered new KVBC jerseys will have an added bonus, as the jerseys have been shipped and should arrive in time for Sunday's ride. Even if you don't ride, you can pick up your jerseys at the start and join us at the bakery! Hope to see you Sunday!

November 19th, Sunday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Blueberry Thrill" - a tour through Castle Island, Belgrade, and Rome.
START:  10:00 A.M., at the Belgrade Community Center on Rt. 27, a half mile south of the Village of Belgrade Lakes, on the right (northbound) just past the Great Pond Marina.  Park in the community center parking lot nearest the street (just as you turn in).
DISTANCE:  15 or 24 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to "moderately" hilly (translation: there are hills on this ride).
HIGHLIGHTS: views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, Castle Island, and Blueberry Hill - possible post-ride stop at the bakery in Belgrade Lakes Village.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167541
(longer loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167543
 
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, November 1, 2017

Winthrop at the Gazebo

We had an interesting ride from Wayne last Sunday.  The weather forecast was about as accurate as CMP power restoration estimates, and the roads were quite wet. Still, we had a nice ride - kudos to those who turned out and especially those who wore creative costumes - they made quite a hit at the stop at the Apple Shed in Kent's Hill. Saturday's weather "looks" favorable, and it will look absolutely outstanding if we get power back, so let's plan for our first ride in November this Saturday in Winthrop - we may have a new cafe to check out!

Saturday, November 4th - WINTHROP
"Winthrop by the Gazebo" - a tour around Winthrop and Monmouth.
START: 10:00 AM at the Winthrop Town Boat Landing on Maranacook Lake, near the gazebo on Coady Street, off of Memorial Drive. If the boat landing parking lot is full, there are additional spaces around the corner on Summer Street, lakeside.
DISTANCE: 18 or 24 Miles.
TERRAIN: Rolling, with a few stiff hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Back roads beside rolling orchards, lakeside summer camps, small hidden hamlets, and a possible cafe stop in Winthrop at ride's end.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.

LINK to RIDE MAP: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6721791
 

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

All Hallows, All Felloes

We had a wonderful Fall day last Sunday on the ride from Farmington to Industry.  Started out a bit cool and cloudy, but the skies cleared and we had lots of bright sunshine on Fall colors out around Clearwater Pond, where the fish were jumping and the cyclists were looking a bit lively as well.  Let's hope they look better than undead on this Sunday's Halloween ride in Wayne!  Costumes optional (we had some clever ones last year) - helmets still required and loose, chain-catching garments discouraged. You still have some time to prepare, but Sunday will be here quicker than you can say "Boo."  See you then!

Sunday, October 29th - WAYNE
"Wicked Wayne" - a Halloween ride featuring some historic cemeteries along some quiet back roads (maybe too quiet). 
START: 9:30 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 Kents Hill orchard, 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 16, 2017

Industrial Colors

We had a great pair of rides last weekend.  Denise and Brian led us on a scenic metric century to the Wire Bridge in New Portland, and then treated us to chili for lunch at their house afterwards.  On Sunday, Ken Louis led us on a coastal ride from Freeport that started out in dense fog and mist, but eventually cleared up and turned out quite nice.  Thanks to you all!  This Sunday we will once again head out in foliage country with a ride from Farmington to Industry and Clearwater Pond.  See you Sunday!

Sunday, October 22nd:  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:  25-30 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  quiet back roads along the Sandy River, spectacular panoramic views from the ridgetops 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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Saturday the Wire Bridge, Sunday at Bean's


Last Sunday's ride to the Wire Bridge was postponed due to unsettled weather.  Which means we get a do-over this Saturday with better weather and even more resplendent foliage!  And that's not all - we will also have our scheduled ride Sunday in Freeport with some spectacular riding along the Maine coast.  A great double header, and we hope you can join us!

Saturday, October 14th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"The Wire Bridge Metric" - a Fall Foliage Metric Century plus, along the scenic Carrabassett River, through Norridgewock, Madison, Anson, New Portland and New Vineyard.
START: 9:30 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 65 miles
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Fall foliage along the Carrabassett River, and the historic Wire Bridge in New Portland, a civil engineering landmark built in 1866, perhaps the only one of its kind still in existence.
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, 485-6793, bbowk321@yahoo.com; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336, denisemcrowell@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 15th - FREEPORT
"Freewheeling around Freeport" - an oceanside tour around Freeport and Brunswick and vicinity.
START: 9:30 AM in downtown Freeport at the lower parking lot across from L.L. Bean's Outlet next to the train station office which has a lighthouse on the building.
DISTANCE: 25-35 miles
TERRAIN: moderate
HIGHLIGHTS: some fine roads with spectacular seashore vistas. Possible post-ride lunch in town with numerous options, such as the Maine Beer Brewery with wood-fired pizza.
LEADER: Ken Louis, klouis17@hotmail.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.