Monday, October 14, 2019

Bicycle Repairman! But How?

We had a rather cold, dark, and drizzly day for the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival ride last Saturday, but the Fall colors brightened the day (and the hot food at the many vendors in the village also hit the spot). Thanks to Ellen Wells for helping set up the ride and getting us outside! This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the classic Monty Python sketch, "Bicycle Repairman," and if you missed it 50 years ago, here it is again: https://dai.ly/x2howud.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 19th - EAST WINTHROP
"Bicycle Repairman" - If only we knew where to find him! Or her. A ride along the shorelines of Lakes Maranacook, Annabessacook, and Cobbosseecontee, in search of some Monty Pythonesque heroes.
START: 10:00 AM at the parking lot of Tom's Bike Boutique, 2208 Rt.202 in East Winthrop, across from D.R Struck's Nursery.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monty Python's "Bicycle Repairman" with some nice lakeside runs along back-roads in near peak Fall foliage through Winthrop, Monmouth, and Manchester, and ending (where else?) at a bicycle repair shop.
LEADER: Brian Bowker, 485-6793, bbowk321@yahoo.com; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336, denisemcrowell@gmail.com.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook or check out the KVBC blog at: http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Belgrade Bikes!

We had a fine ride to Boothby's Apple Orchard from Livermore last Saturday on a rather frosty morning. Many thanks to John Lanoue for leading and providing an "apple shuttle" to carry purchased apples back to the start, and a tip of the helmet to all of his weary friends who ventured out and rode with us. This Saturday we will return to Belgrade Lakes for a joint ride with the Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village to celebrate the town's new official 'Park & Bike' locations, as well as a stop of the many activities and venues of the Belgrade lakes Harvest Festival, including Winterberry Farms and Hello Good Pie! Note: since it has turned rather chilly in the mornings (and to time our arrival at the festival) we will start this Saturday at 10:00 am. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, October 12 - BELGRADE LAKES
"Belgrade Bikes!" - a tour in and around the Belgrade Lakes bicycle 'Park & Bikes' with a stop at the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival
START: the 'Park & Bike' at the Belgrade Town Office, 990 Augusta Road, Rt. 27
DISTANCES: 10 or 30 miles
TERRAIN: flat to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: a stop at Winterberry Farm and the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival, arts & crafts, cider pressing and other samplings, Blueberry Hill and some fall foliage.
LEADERS: Jim Merrick (for KVBC), 293-3784. hjmerrick@gmail.com, and Ellen Wells (for Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village)
LINK to ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7416124

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On to October

Here is the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Ride Calendar for October! Autumn is here, and for some, the preceding months were just a warm up!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Biking by the Bushel

We had a great ride last Saturday from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival. Great weather, great turnout, and great apple pie!
This Saturday we will return to another apple-themed ride as we head out from Livermore to Boothby's Apple Orchard, and kick off the month of October! And a number of us plan to venture up to Bar Harbor on Sunday for the annual Cadillac Challenge. A great weekend of riding ahead!
We have added a short ride to this Saturday's KVBC ride in Livermore Falls, and the links to both of the route maps are added below. See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 5th - 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: 27 or 39 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.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799282
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7415978

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.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Or a Slice of Cheddar

The weather is looking very good for tomorrow's ride from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival.  To mix things up a bit and avoid some road construction I have modified the route of the long ride and added about six miles so it is now about 39 miles long (and if you stop for pie at the festival you'll probably need the extra miles).  I know some of you like to download the route maps prior to the ride so I have updated the online route map below.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Saturday, September 28th - READFIELD
"Monmouth a la Mode" - a tour through Readfield and Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival.
START: 9:00 AM at the Readfield Elementary School, 84 South Road, Readfield.
DISTANCE: 29 or 39 Miles.
TERRAIN: Rolling, with a few stiff hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Back roads beside rolling orchards, lakeside summer camps, small hidden hamlets... and the Monmouth Apple Festival: a great little small town festival devoted to celebrating all things pomological in one of Maine’s classic apple towns. The festival features lots of hot, baked apple pies and other apple treats, yard sales and open houses, fun and games, and self-guided tours of the Monmouth Historical Society’s many unique museum buildings and shops.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.

LINK to ROUTE MAP (long)https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7414674
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7413905

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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

A La Mode

We had a great ride on the last day of Summer from Waterville last Sunday.  It was a bit foggy at first, but turned out to be a fine day as the long ride ventured out to Canaan, and the shorter ride out to Benton and Fairfield.  Our thanks to Camille who arranged the ride on short notice and put together a memorable route.  This Saturday we head out from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival for the first ride for Fall.  Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 28th - READFIELD
"Monmouth a la Mode" - a tour through Readfield and Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival.
START: 9:00 AM at the Readfield Elementary School, 84 South Road, Readfield.
DISTANCE: 29 or 33.5 Miles.
TERRAIN: Rolling, with a few stiff hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Back roads beside rolling orchards, lakeside summer camps, small hidden hamlets... and the Monmouth Apple Festival: a great little small town festival devoted to celebrating all things pomological in one of Maine’s classic apple towns. The festival features lots of hot, baked apple pies and other apple treats, yard sales and open houses, fun and games, and self-guided tours of the Monmouth Historical Society’s many unique museum buildings and shops.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.

LINK to ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7411865
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7413905

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, September 17, 2019

Summer Sets

We had a great pair of rides last weekend. Joe Renda led the KVBC ride on Saturday over some adventurous mixed road surfaces in Pittston and Dresden, which we all proudly survived - and we would've even beaten the rains had it not been for one slow rider riding sweep. Many thanks to Joe! On Sunday a group of us took part in the 3rd annual Share the Road with Carol commemorative ride, which took place in Windsor and Whitefield in near perfect weather with a near record turnout. Our thanks to all the ride organizers and volunteers! This weekend looks to have more summer-like weather as we head out on a new end-of-Summer ride from Waterville to Canaan, and welcome in the start of Autumn. Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, September 22 - WATERVILLE
"A Somerset Sortie" - a tour through Somerset County on the last full day of Summer.
START: 9:00am at Colby College, visitor parking at the Lower Athletic Center Parking Lot, corner of Mayflower Hill and Campus Drive, beside the Alfond Athletic Center and across from the baseball fields. DISTANCES: 29 or 39 miles. TERRAIN: moderate with some hills. HIGHLIGHTS: country roads up and down the Kennebec and inland from Canaan to Benton, ushering the Fall season. LEADER: Camille Chamberland, camillec@gwi.net. LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long):https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27657814 LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short):https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/28033074