Monday, June 10, 2019

Those Looping Lupines

The weather is finally heating up!  We had a great turnout for the ride in Norridgewock last Sunday - again, many thanks to Brian and Denise for another great ride!  This Saturday we will start in Jefferson for a very pretty ride (even without lupines, which are anticipated to be in full bloom) as we explore the back roads around Damaricotta Lake.  See you Saturday, and for those of you doing the Trek, Bon Route!

Saturday, June 15 - JEFFERSON
"Lupine Damariscotta Lake" - a most colorful circumnavigation of Damariscotta Lake.
START: 9:00 am at the Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road, Jefferson.
DISTANCE: 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads in full flower with a stop at the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder and the Bunker Hill Church overlook of the lake.
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7254743

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.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Old Colby Loop

We had a wonderful ride last Saturday from Vassalboro to kick off the month of June. Still rather cool - the long-sleeved club jerseys and arm warmers came in handy - but we had a great turnout, and a great post-ride lunch. Many thanks to David and Laura! This Sunday we will head back up to Norridgewock for a popular training ride over the old Trek Colby Loop. See you Sunday!

Sunday, June 9th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Over the Colby Loop" - a seemingly impossible yet surely accomplished tour of Norridgewock, Fairfield, Waterville, Oakland and Smithfield.
START: 9:00 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 40 miles
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: the old Colby Loop from the Trek Across Maine, and perhaps some of the ride leader's famous cookies!
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, bbowk321@yahoo.com; and Denise Crowell, denisemcrowell@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.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Round About Vassalboro

We had a fine ride last Saturday in Jay, with warm weather and some splendid scenery. Some of the roads could've been smoother, or dryer, but we had a great turn-out and a fun ride. This Saturday we will return to Vassalboro for a ride around one of our club's favorite areas. Please note that there will be a post-ride luncheon at the ride leaders' so an RSVP (as detailed below) to let them get a head count would be much appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, June 1st- VASSALBORO
"Velo Vassalboro" - a scenic tour around the China Lake region
START:  9am  at the home of David and Laura Lipman.  Condo is after Natanis Golf Course on ARROWHEAD DRIVE off of Webber Pond Road heading north. (Not to be confused with Fairway Drive. Use Barrows Road on your GPS and we are the next road on the  left after that)  Please park after the garages in the large dirt parking lot after the condo buildings.
DISTANCE: approx. 19 or 31 miles
TERRAIN:  Moderate to Hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of China Lake and Webber Pond,  gentleman farms and country homes along the Neck Road.   Stay afterwards for a light lunch and to socialize with fellow bikers.  Please RVSP to laura.lipman@roadrunner.com so Laura can get an idea of how many will be staying for lunch.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.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.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

UPDATE: Sunday's Ride in Jay Moved to Saturday

The KVBC ride in Jay scheduled for Sunday has been moved up to Saturday at 9:30 am, due to forecasts of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.  Sorry for the late notice - the weather for Saturday is looking very nice, and hopefully we can get a good ride in.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 25th - JAY
"May in Jay" - a scenic river ramble up and down the Androscoggin.
START: 9:30 am, Jay Plaza on Rt.4 near the junction of Rt.140. Park along the north end of the parking lot away from Hannaford's.
DISTANCE: 27 or 47 miles.
TERRAIN: mostly flat with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads and farmland along the Androscoggin River, Norlands Living History Center, and an adventurous option.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7340593
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7347142

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jay in May

We had a great ride last Saturday from Norridgewock, and we had a great turnout with another group of riders joining up with us for a ride through Norridgewock and Skowhegan. Our thanks to Denise and Brian - especially for the post-ride cookies - and to John and his group that came in from New Hampshire. It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us already. We will finish off the month of May with an all-new ride from Jay that will explore some little-traveled roads along the Androscoggin River. We'll look forward to seeing you; otherwise, have a great holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 26th - JAY
"May in Jay" - a scenic river ramble up and down the Androscoggin.
START: 9:30 am, Jay Plaza on Rt.4 near the junction of Rt.140. Park along the north end of the parking lot away from Hannaford's.
DISTANCE: 27 or 47 miles.
TERRAIN: mostly flat with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads and farmland along the Androscoggin River, Norlands Living History Center, and an adventurous option.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7340593
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7347142

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Run for your Lives - Alewives!

"Fish on a Bicycle" by Steven Gregory, 2005
"See the Alewives" - David Lipman has offered to lead a ride on Sunday afternoon, May 19 at 1:30 pm, from the Red Barn Restaurant, 455 Riverside Drive in Augusta. The ride will venture out to the Webber Pond Dam and fish ladder to view the spring run of the alewives, approx. 20 miles round trip. There will be opportunities for ice cream and other food at the ride's end. For more info, contact David at dlipman@lipmankatz.com. Thanks David!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bigelow Big or Low

We had a terrific ride last Saturday in Readfield, despite the cooler than expected "Spring" weather. We had a really fine turnout, with some new faces - Welcome! Thanks again to Lydia for leading and sweeping the ride. This Saturday we head north to Norridgewock for a route that runs along both banks of the Kennebec, crossing the river twice, and adds a possible stop at Bigelow Brewery on the way back. Due to insurance reasons, we ask that riders not consume any alcoholic beverages enroute, but you can still purchase some for later if you wish - we will have a vehicle to shuttle purchases from the brewery back to the ride start. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, May 18th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Bigelow by Bike" - an early Spring tour through Norridgewock, Madison, and Skowhegan.
START: 10:00 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 38 miles, with some shorter options available
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: some great riding along country roads, river crossings in Norridgewock and Skowhegan, and a possible stop at the Bigelow Brewery.
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.