Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Riding Back to the 1720s

We have a special tour on tap for this Saturday in Smithfield, as we will once again visit the site of the Battle of Norridgewock, the climax of Father Rasle's War in 1724.  We hope to time our arrival to coincide with a site tour and interpretation led by Colby History Professor Daniel Tortora; the scheduled tour of the historic site is estimated to take about an hour, and involves walking about two-tenths of a mile on flat trails around the site (you may want to bring appropriate footwear if you are riding in cleats).  The tour is optional (i.e.: you can skip the walk around the historic village site if you like) but the site itself is very interesting - it's an opportunity to learn details about our local history that don't get much attention nowadays.  The ride will also explore some back roads in Smithfield and some quiet riverside roads in Norridgewock and Madison - there may be some short stretches of gravel to contend with, but we expect to find nice new pavement along the Rt. 8 construction project.  We may stop for lunch in Madison.  Hope you can join us!
Saturday, October 25 - SMITHFIELD
"Monuments, Missions, and Massacres" - a scenic and historic river tour through Smithfield, Norridgewock, and Madison.
START:  9:00 AM, at the new Smithfield Fire Station on Rt. 8 in Smithfield, about a quarter-mile north of the junction of Rt. 8 and Rt. 137.
DISTANCE:  approx. 30 miles.
TERRAIN:  moderate to moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  a tour of the Norridgewock Village Historic Site, an eighteenth century Abenaki Indian settlement and a French Catholic Mission wiped out by British soldiers in 1724.  Now a tranquil spot on the riverside, we will explore the site and its history, as interpreted by professional historians.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
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.
We welcome suggestions for improving our rides and encourage active participation of all members.  For more information, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC Facebook page.

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