Monday, August 19, 2019

Door to the Cellar

We had another splendid ride from Wayne on Saturday, and we had a fine turnout despite some rather cool, cloudy conditions that looked rather unsettled but turned out to be fine. We explored some great back roads, including some new gravel options that really took some of us off the beaten path. Many thanks to Fritz and Susan for leading, and for all who came out! This Sunday we will head out to the coast for a tour around the Camden hills that will feature a stop post-ride at the Cellar Door Winery. Please note the 10 o'clock start, and see you then!

August 25th, 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 in the past 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.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

What? Wayne?

We had a fine ride last Saturday on the Tour de Whitefield. The weather held up very nicely despite some dubious forecasts, and we had a great post-ride lunch at the ride leaders' - many thanks to the Griffins! This Saturday we will work our way over to Wayne for another fine route with an all new gravel option for the adventurous. For the not-so-adventurous, skinny-tire folks, there will be a fully paved option, too. See you Saturday!

Saturday, August 17th - WAYNE
"Which Way to Wayne?" - a high summer ramble from Wayne to Fayette, Livermore, Leeds, and Winthrop.
START: 9 am at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne
DISTANCE: 37 or 24 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to moderately hilly; an optional route with some gravel riding.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads with some great views, and a possible post-ride stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne
LEADER: Fritz Onion, fritz@pluralsight.com.
LINKS to ROUTE MAPS:
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, August 8, 2019

Whitefield Start Correction

Please note that Saturday's ride start is at 184 NORTH Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield - not to be confused (hopefully) with plain Hunts Meadow Road or South Hunts Meadow Road - the linked map route below has it marked as the ride's "END".  See you Saturday!

Saturday, August 10 - WHITEFIELD
"Tour de Whitefield" - a rural tour through the rolling hills and farms of Whitefield, Pittston, Jefferson and Windsor.
START: 9:00 am, at 184 NORTH Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield, about 2 miles south of the junction of Rt. 17 and North Hunts Meadow Road. Park near the garage or on the grass along the driveway.
DISTANCE: about 32 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: lots of scenic rural roads around the Sheepscot River Valley, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leaders'; if you plan to stay for a while after the ride, please RSVP to the ride leader below - thanks!
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com, 207-332-1775 (cell).
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7270666

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.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Aiming for an Amish Ride

Last Saturday we had a great ride from Richmond to Wiscasset over some really nice back roads, under fair skies, and in fine company. The stop at Treats bakery was much appreciated as well. Our thanks to David Lipman for another fine ride. This Saturday we will return to Whitefield, home to a sizeable Amish colony, and also home to our ride leaders who are planning both a great ride and a post-ride lunch at their house. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, August 10 - WHITEFIELD
"Tour de Whitefield" - a rural tour through the rolling hills and farms of Whitefield, Pittston, Jefferson and Windsor.
START: 9:00 am, at 184 Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield, about 2 miles south of the junction of Rt. 17 and North Hunts Meadow Road. Park near the garage or on the grass along the driveway.
DISTANCE: about 32 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: lots of scenic rural roads around the Sheepscot River Valley, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leaders'; if you plan to stay for a while after the ride, please RSVP to the ride leader below - thanks!
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com, 207-332-1775 (cell).
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7270666

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.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Richmond to the Sea

We had a great turn-out and a fine ride last Sunday from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Special thanks to Joe Renda, who scoped out and marked the route in advance, and then didn't get to ride with us as he was on call.  I'm sure we'll do it again next year!  This Saturday we will head down to Wiscasset from the Richmond boat landing for another really nice ride.  Hope you can join us as we kick off the month of August!

Saturday, August 3rd - 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.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791013
 
 
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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ambling into August

Here is the KVBC Ride Calendar for August! A full slate of rides: down the river, around the lakes, deep into Amish country, and a vineyard tour near the coast! And lest we forget, we are still on for tomorrow's KVBC ride from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Lots of great riding coming up!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Bowdoinham by Bike

It was excessively hot last Saturday on the hot dog ride from Kents Hill, but we managed to acquit ourselves admirably, especially in the hot dog consumption department. Many thanks to Patrick Cain and his cohorts at Kents Hill for treating us to hot dogs (as advertised) and smoothies and watermelon (unadvertised, and much appreciated on a hot day).  They all did a great job!  This Sunday we will set out on one of our most popular rides from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Geology Joe is out marking the route, although he might not be able to ride with us on Sunday. Should be cooler than last week, thankfully, so we hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 28th - GARDINER
"Biking to Bowdoinham" - a tour of the southern Kennebec Valley through Gardiner, Richmond and Bowdoinham.
START:  9:00 AM, at the Laura Richards School, Rt. 201 in Gardiner, 1.5 miles south of the junction of Rt. 201 and Rt.s 126/9 (the junction near the A-1 Diner).  The school is a modern brick building with a "spiked ball" sculpture, on the west side of Rt. 201, on the left past the Gardiner Armory (just as you enter the "thickly settled" area).  Park in the lot on the north side of the school.
DISTANCE:  40 miles.
TERRAIN:  Moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  quiet back roads along streams and farmland south & west of Gardiner.
LEADERS:  Joe Renda, geologyjoe@gmail.com, Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2015): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6654861