Thursday, November 19, 2015

Messalonskee Meander

There has definitely been a chill in the air lately, but that didn't stop us from having a fun ride last Saturday in Farmington.  Lets try for another ride this Sunday in Oakland and Sidney - if it is raining at the ride start the ride will likely be cancelled, although there will be an option to meet an hour or so before the ride for breakfast at the Early Bird Cafe in Oakland.  Lets hope the rains hold off and we can get another ride in!
Sunday, November 22 - 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.
NOTE: in case of wet and cold weather conditions, the ride may be cancelled.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Little Bit of Everything

We had a rather blustery ride last Saturday in Belgrade Lakes, but despite it being a bit colder than expected, we had some great tailwinds and a really nice ride. Most folks seemed open to riding again if the weather stayed favorable - this weekend looks cool and dry, so we'll meet in Farmington for a ride that will cover a little bit of everything: some hills, some back roads, maybe some short sections of gravel along the Sandy River and the Whistlestop Rail Trail. We'll also have the option of stopping for a bite to eat or just to warm up in Farmington near the ride's end.  Hope to see you then!

Saturday, November 14th - FARMINGTON
"The Everything Bagel Ride" - a tour featuring, well, a little bit of everything.
START: 10:00 AM at Hannaford's Plaza, Rt.s 2 & 4 in Farmington.
DISTANCE: 22 or 26 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: back roads along the Sandy River (possibly a mile or so of unpaved surface), the scenic ridge on Cape Cod Hill, possible stop in Farmington for lunch or a bagel, and maybe a stretch on the Whistlestop Rail Trail.
LEADER: Jim Merrick.
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at, or follow us on Facebook.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Lakes

We had a really fine ride last Saturday in Wayne, making the rounds of the round cemeteries.  The weather was quite pleasant, and the forecast is for more of the same this Saturday!  Let's meet at the Belgrade Community Center in Belgrade Lakes for a tour around Great Pond and the Kennebec Highlands.  We may get together afterwards for lunch in the village.  There may even be some fall foliage left on some late-turning trees.  Hopefully we can keep turning out this late in the season ourselves.  See you Saturday!

November 7th, Saturday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"The Lakes in November" - a tour around Great Pond through Belgrade, Rome, and Smithfield.
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:  23 or 30 miles, with a short option of 15 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to "moderately" hilly (translation: there are hills on this ride).
HIGHLIGHTS:  post-peak foliage views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, Castle Island, and Blueberry Hill.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick,
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim at, or find us on Facebook.