Friday, December 2, 2016

The Merry Roads of Nottingham


Welcome to December!  If the long-range forecasts are right, it appears as though December will be a lot colder and nowhere near as mild as it was last year.  So we may not have many opportunities to ride, but this weekend is looking dry, at least, with lots of sun on Sunday.  I have a 26-mile ride planned from Readfield Center that can be shortened if need be, and we'll stop at the Apple Shed in any case.  Perhaps we'll see you then!
Sunday, December 4 - READFIELD
"The Wayfarers of Nottingham" - a prelude to winter for all you merry men and equally merry women.
START: 10 AM, at the Readfield Post Office in Readfield Center at the junction of Rt.s 17 and 41.
DISTANCE: 26 miles, more or less.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: a tour along little-known byways, including Nottingham Road, in Readfield, Wayne, Fayette, and Kents Hill, with a stop at the Apple Shed Bakery.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6991798

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Down China Way

We lucked out with some really mild weather on last Sunday's ride in Oakland and Sidney, and we had a great group of 15 riders turn out - a welcome diversion from the turbulent week prior. Will we have further respite this Sunday in Vassalboro and China? Well we will certainly get to ride with friends! (Unless it's raining - rain cancels in November. Watch for a follow-up email on Sunday morning around 8 am if the weather is questionable.) Hopefully the weather holds and we'll see you on Sunday!

SUNDAY, November 20th, EAST VASSALBORO
"All the Tea (or Coffee) in China" - a delightful tour over the hills and dells of Vassalboro and China.
START: 10:00 AM at the Vassalboro Historical Society parking lot just north of the China Lake boat landing on Rt. 32 in East Vassalboro (not the boat landing in South China).
DISTANCE: approx. 20-25 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: a selection of great, scenic rural Maine roads with great views of China Lake and surroundings, and a possible stop at the Green Bean Coffee Shop.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6815798
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KennebecValleyBicycleClub.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Falling Leaves

We had a great time riding about the local haunts on our pre-Halloween cemetery ride in Wayne on Sunday, with lots of colorful foliage and costumes. Speaking of costumes - I'm pleased to report that the second batch of KVBC jerseys have been shipped and may actually arrive in time for the ride on Saturday! The ride on Saturday? Oh, yes - we will meet at the Belgrade Center for all Seasons on Saturday for our last ride in Daylight Savings Time for the year. If the weather holds in the weeks ahead we'll check out Standard Time, too, but for those of you looking forward to KVBC long-sleeve jerseys (and the other assorted jerseys on order) this Saturday may be your lucky day! Those of you who can't make Saturday's ride, fear not - I'll get your jerseys to you one way or another. Stay warm!

November 5th, Saturday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Take It or Leaf It" - a tour around the lakes through Belgrade, Rome, and Mount Vernon.
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:  28 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, Blueberry Hill, and a possible stop at the cafe in Mount Vernon.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Round About the Cemeteries

We had a rather cold, damp, blustery ride from Farmington to Industry last Sunday, but we saw some great Fall scenery on Cape Cod Hill and around Clearwater Pond, and we had some fun exploring the Whistle Stop Rail Trail. We'll close out October this Sunday with a pre-Halloween ride in Wayne, and hope that the chills will only be supernatural and not meteorological. Hope to see you then!

Sunday, October 30th - WAYNE 
"Wicked Wayne" - a Halloween ride featuring some historic cemeteries along some quiet back roads (maybe too quiet). 
START: 10:00 AM at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne.
DISTANCE: about 20 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, creepy in spots.
HIGHLIGHTS: at least five local cemeteries, including the circular Wing family cemetery and the Kent family cemetery; the Kents Hill orchard, a notorious, unsolved historic crime scene, and other local haunts. 
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784, or check out the KVBC Facebook Page.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Industrial Back Country

We had a fine ride last Sunday from Smithfield on roads flanked with great Fall foliage. Our thanks to Larry Childs for leading the ride, and to all who took part.  Hopefully the splendid Fall weather and scenery will continue into this weekend as we ride from Farmington to Industry.  Please note that with the weather turning cooler we will be starting a bit later, at 10 am, to give the morning more time to warm up.  See you Sunday!

Sunday, October 23rd:  FARMINGTON
"The Ups and Downs of Industry":  a ride through the picturesque hills and hollows of Farmington, New Sharon, and Industry.
START:  10:00 A.M., at the Hannaford Plaza on Rt. 4 in Farmington, about a mile south from the junction of Rt. 4 and Rt. 27, towards Wilton.  Park near the entrance to the shopping plaza.
DISTANCE:  25-30 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS:  quiet back roads along the Sandy River, spectacular panoramic views from the ridgetops of New Sharon & Industry, Clearwater Pond at Allens Mills, and an optional run along the Whistlestop Rail Trail.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club and its rides contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, or check out the KVBC Facebook Page.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Eights, Figuratively

We are definitely into Fall with crisp temperatures and a sudden onset of colorful foliage - great riding weather! This Sunday Larry Childs will take us on a tour of Smithfield, touching on Belgrade, Rome and Mercer - a club favorite. Hope you can join us!

Sunday, October 16th - SMITHFIELD 
"Route 8 Figure 8" - a scenic tour through Smithfield, Belgrade, Rome, and Mercer.
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.
DISTANCES: approx. 15 and 30 miles. 
TERRAIN: moderate to moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many scenic lake views and back roads with lots of Fall foliage.
LEADER: Larry Childs.  
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2015)http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6800182  

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 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paths, Off Beaten

We started off October a bit cold and damp on the ride in Chesterville on Saturday and on the Cadillac Challenge on Sunday. Both rides were quite nice, regardless, and special thanks are due to John Lanoue for leading Saturday's ride and hosting a post-ride gathering after he and his compatriots finished the first leg of a lengthy tour the previous day. Kudos also to the nine (count 'em, nine) KVBC members on the Cadillac contingent - a fine showing for so far afield. The tentatively planned KVBC ride this weekend in Freeport has had to be postponed due to the unexpected absence of the leader (Get Well Ken!) and may be rescheduled at another time. Thanks to David Lipman, we have a new KVBC ride this Saturday in Vassalboro - please note the 10 am start to allow an extra hour for the morning to warm up. Hopefully the weather will follow suit, and we can all warm up to some great Fall cycling!

Saturday, October 8th - VASSALBORO
"Off the Beaten Path, or, The Paths that Can't be Beat" - a hitherto unexplored (by us) tour around Vassalboro and environs.  
START: 10 am at the home of David and Laura Lipman. Condo is after Natanis Golf Course at 6 Arrowhead Drive 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. 25 miles.
TERRAIN: Moderate hills  
HIGHLIGHTS: Fall foliage along an assortment of fine back roads in and around Vassalboro, including a mile-long descent.  
LEADER: David Lipman.

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, or keep up to date via our Facebook page.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pontoon or Poutine?

We had a beautiful Fall day for the ride last Saturday from Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Fest. Crisp temperatures, bright sunshine, and some superb apple pie, doughnuts, and other treats at the festival in Monmouth. And the ride wasn't too bad, either!  Hopefully we'll have more of the same this Saturday as John will take us into October with another great ride in Chesterville.  Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday, October 1st - CHESTERVILLE
"Three Peaks and a Pontoon" - an early fall foliage tour of the ponds and ridges around Livermore, Fayette, and Chesterville.
START: 9:00 am at the Sand Pond Parking Lot; from Chesterville Center (by the Chesterville Corner Store at the junction of Ridge Rd, Dutch Gap Rd, and Zions Hill Rd) take Zions Hill Rd north for 1/4 mile, turn left on Borough Rd for approx. one mile, then turn right on Sand Pond Rd; the parking lot is about 1/2 mile in.
DISTANCE: 30-35 miles.
TERRAIN: moderately hilly with several good hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: some fall foliage viewpoints on scenic back roads including the famed Ridge Road along the Chesterville Esker, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leader's camp, followed by a potential pontoon boat ride on the lake.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
 
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club find us on Facebook, or contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com or 293-3784.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Apple Fest!

We had a great ride on Saturday in Livermore that featured a stop at Boothby's Apple Orchard. Many thanks to John Lanoue for leading the ride and arranging for an "apple shuttle" to carry bags of purchased apples back to the start. Sunday's ride ventured out to the Wire Bridge in New Portland, where we were treated to cider and apple cake thanks to Diane & John Macdonald, and we were all pleased to see John up and about just a week from his accident. Thanks also to Denise & Brian for another great ride! We continue with the apple theme on this Saturday's ride which a stop at the Monmouth Apple Festival - apple pies, apple turnovers, apple donuts, apple everything! Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 24th - WINTHROP
"Monmouth a la Mode" - a tour through Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival.
START: 9:00 AM at the Winthrop Town Boat Landing on Maranacook Lake, near the gazebo on Coady Street, off of Memorial Drive. If the boat landing parking lot is full, there are additional spaces around the corner on Summer Street, lakeside.
DISTANCE: 18 or 24 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 RIDE MAP: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6721791

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Monday, September 12, 2016

An Apple a Day - Wire Bridge in Play

We had another fine day for a ride on Saturday in Rome. We saw many of the legendary hills (maybe seven) of Rome, and even a miniature Stonehenge. The ancient aspects to the scenery were tempered by a mid-ride accident that was unsettling but could've been worse. I'm glad to report that John is back home recovering, with some new metal hardware in his hip. Get well, John! This weekend we have a doubleheader planned to coincide with the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Saturday we will have a 40-mile ride from Pike's Oasis to Boothby's Orchard (circa 1865) in Livermore, and Sunday we will venture out on a 65-mile ride from Norridgewock to the Wire Bridge (circa 1866) in New Portland. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 17th - LIVERMORE
"Boothby"s Apple Ride" - a tour of the ponds and ridges around Livermore and Chesterville, with an apple orchard stop.
START: 9:00 am Pike's Corner Oasis at the junction of Rt.s 106, 133, and Campground Road in Livermore.
DISTANCE: 40 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.  

Sunday, September 18th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"The Wire Bridge Metric" - a Fall Foliage Metric Century plus, along the scenic Carrabassett River, through Norridgewock, Madison, Anson, New Portland and New Vineyard.
START: 9:00 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 65 miles
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Fall foliage along the Carrabassett River, and the historic Wire Bridge in New Portland, a civil engineering landmark built in 1866, perhaps the only one of its kind still in existence.
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 Facebook Page.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Roaming Around Rome

We had a terrific ride Sunday in Wayne - great weather, great turnout, great route - and a top notch post ride gathering at the ride leaders'. Our thanks to Fritz and Susan for a special day! There are a lot of cycling events going on this weekend, with the Tour de Farms and the Maine Lighthouse Ride on Saturday, and Pedal the Penobscot and BikeMaine highlighting Sunday. We will venture out to Rome on Saturday for a scenic tour that is shorter and hillier than usual. You may lose count of the hills, but there are at least seven, and seven is an auspicious number. So they say. See you Saturday!

Saturday, September 10th: ROME
"The Seven Hills of Rome" - a roadside tour of the many hillside trails through Rome and Belgrade.
START: 9:00 AM, Rome Town Hall at the corner of Rt. 225 and Mercer Road, about 0.3 mi from the junction of Rt. 27 and Rt. 225.
DISTANCE: 20 miles.
TERRAIN: Moderately Hilly to Hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: the route passes 5 trailheads, Blueberry Hill and the Kennebec Highlands.  There is an optional short hike up French's Mountain to a spectacular scenic vista.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6800281

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Beans of China, Maine

We had a beautiful day for a bike ride in Lincolnville and Camden on Sunday, and Tammy led us out on a great route that shares many of the scenic back roads on the northern stretch of the BCM Lobster Ride and the East Coast Greenway. We topped off the ride with a stop at the Cellardoor Winery - always a nice treat. Our thanks to the winery staff for accommodating us and for Tammy for leading.  This Saturday we return to Vassalboro for a nicely brewed tour around China Lake and environs, including a potential stop at the Green Bean! Hope to see you on Saturday...

Saturday, August 27th - VASSALBORO
"Hills and Beans" - a scenic tour around China and Vassalboro.
START:  9am  at the home of David and Laura Lipman.  Condo is after Natanis Golf Course at 6 Arrowhead Drive 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. 27 miles.
TERRAIN:  Moderate to Hilly, with some short, steep hills
HIGHLIGHTS: an assortment of fine back roads in China and Vassalboro, views of China Lake, and a possible stop at the Green Bean, a fine local coffee shop.
LEADER:  David Lipman.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2105): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6793255

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Cellar Door

Come join us this Sunday for a special Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club ride in Camden and Lincolnville.  This is one of several superb rides scoped out and led by KVBC member Ray Giglio, and it is part of our tribute to Ray that we continue to celebrate his many contributions to the club.  Described as a little bit of French wine country in mid-coast Maine, the ride will feature a stop at the Cellardoor Winery, and some back roads in a area that we don't get a chance to ride in (as a group) that often.  Part of the route will trace part of the East Coast Greenway, and the ride will have other treats in store.  Hope to see you on Sunday!

August 21st, 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. 
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, depending if a loop from Camden to Rockport is taken and if we return to the winery via Rt. 52 or via Rts. 1 and  173.  The route is moderately hilly, and some of the road surfaces are showing wear although many have been resurfaced recently. 
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 picnic tables outside the winery store are available for us to use after our ride.  We can bring a bag lunch, or they sell beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies.  And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting.
LEADERS:  Tammy Jones and Jeanine Libby..
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 our Facebook page.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Wiscasset Treats

We had beautiful weather Sunday morning for the Century on Rt. 105 from Augusta. It did warm up, however, and the heat and the hills persuaded a number of the participants to cut the ride short. We still had fun though (at least people are still talking to me) and David Lipman has just the antidote with a splendid ride in store for this Sunday, as we ride from Richmond to Wiscasset. There will be a stop at Treats, too!  Hope you can join us!

Sunday, August 14 - 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 and the Richmond Coffee Shop at the ride's end.
LEADER:  David Lipman.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791013
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 or check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Century RESCHEDULED for SUNDAY!

Due to the weather forecast for potentially fierce thunderstorms, rain, and otherwise hot and humid conditions for Saturday, we are RESCHEDULING the KVBC Century rides for SUNDAY, August 7. Sunday is forecast to be sunny and dry, and much cooler and less humid.  The ride start times and distances will remain the same for Sunday. Sorry for any inconvenience; if you have shared the previous ride info with others off-list please alert them to the change in schedule. Thanks, and see you SUNDAY!

The first KVBC Century Ride will be held this SUNDAY, August 7, in Augusta.  There will be options of 25, 50, 62, and 96 miles.  The Century will follow Route 105 its entire distance from Augusta to Camden and back (with options to tack on some additional miles to make an even 100 or 105 miles).  This is a self-supported out-and-back tour, over very quiet, scenic back roads - there is one traffic light on the entire route.  There are four general stores spread out about ten miles apart over the course.  The current weather forecast for SUNDAY is for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s - we will be starting the Century and Metric Century rides at 8 am to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures; the other rides will start at 9 am, although you are free to start earlier (or later) if desired.  Be advised that Route 105 is hilly and can be narrow and winding at times - you should only attempt to ride a distance that you are confident of completing, unless you have arranged to have someone meet you and shuttle you back to the start.  Helmets and signed waivers are required.  Please let the ride leader know in advance if you don't plan to return to the start.  If you have any questions, please call Jim Merrick at 207-293-3784 (but not after 9 pm on Saturday) or email at hjmerrick@gmail.com.  Hope to see you SUNDAY!
SUNDAY, August 7th - AUGUSTA
"105 on 105" - a Century ride from Augusta to Camden and return.
START: 8 AM (for the Century and Metric Century), 9 AM (for the Half Century and Quarter Century), at Hannaford's off of Cony Circle in Augusta.  Please park in the far end of the lot away from the store entrance.
DISTANCES: 26, 50, 63, and 96 miles.  The longer three routes are out-and-back, so the distances can be shortened or lengthened if desired.
TERRAIN: rolling to hilly, especially near Camden.
HIGHLIGHTS: very nice back roads with some beautiful scenery, especially in Appleton and Camden; riding end-to-end on a single numbered route, considered one of Maine's most scenic.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAPS:
QUARTER CENTURY: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922171
HALF CENTURY: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922166
METRIC CENTURY: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922173
CENTURY (Outbound): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6921825
CENTURY (Inbound): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6921832

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

105 on 105

The first KVBC Century Ride will be held this Saturday, August 6, in Augusta.  There will be options of 25, 50, 62, and 96 miles.  The Century will follow Route 105 its entire distance from Augusta to Camden and back (with options to tack on some additional miles to make an even 100 or 105 miles).  This is a self-supported out-and-back tour, over very quiet, scenic back roads - there is one traffic light on the entire route.  There are four general stores spread out about ten miles apart over the course.  The current weather forecast for Saturday is for sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s - we will be starting the Century and Metric Century rides at 8 am to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures; the other rides will start at 9 am, although you are free to start earlier (or later) if desired.  Be advised that Route 105 is hilly and can be narrow and winding at times - you should only attempt to ride a distance that you are confident of completing, unless you have arranged to have someone meet you and shuttle you back to the start.  Helmets and signed waivers are required.  Please let the ride leader know in advance if you don't plan to return to the start.  If you have any questions, please call Jim Merrick at 207-293-3784 (but not after 9 pm on Friday) or email at hjmerrick@gmail.com.  Hope to see you Saturday!
Saturday, August 6 - AUGUSTA
"105 on 105" - a Century ride from Augusta to Camden and return.
START: 8 AM (for the Century and Metric Century), 9 AM (for the Half Century and Quarter Century), at Hannaford's off of Cony Circle in Augusta.  Please park in the far end of the lot away from the store entrance.
DISTANCES: 26, 50, 63, and 96 miles.  The longer three routes are out-and-back, so the distances can be shortened or lengthened if desired.
TERRAIN: rolling to hilly, especially near Camden.
HIGHLIGHTS: very nice back roads with some beautiful scenery, especially in Appleton and Camden; riding end-to-end on a single numbered route.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAPS:
QUARTER CENTURY: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922171
HALF CENTURY: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922166
METRIC CENTURY: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6922173
CENTURY (Outbound): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6921825
CENTURY (Inbound): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6921832

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday in Bowdoinham

We had a nice, smooth ride last Saturday, most of which on fresh new pavement, from Farmington north to Strong and New Vineyard. Little traffic and great mountain and river views - a real Maine tour!  Many thanks to John MacDonald and his "crew" for a great ride.  This Sunday we will revisit a club favorite as we ride from Gardiner to Bowdoinham.  As always, we hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 31st - GARDINER
"Back Roads 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 new 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.
LEADER:  Joe Renda.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2015): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6654861
 
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 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook.

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Vineyards and White Elephants

We had a great ride last Saturday from Norridgewock, thanks to Brian and Denise. A most enjoyable route over roads many of us had not traveled, passing through towns we hardly knew existed.  It was hot in the sun, but we had some occasional cloud cover and some shady roads.  The ride was not without some unintended drama, as we had some odd electro-mechanical problems, posing a high-tech challenge solved by some low-tech ingenuity (read: sticks and stones) and some gritty single-speed riding by one of the ride leaders.  We all made it back OK, in time for a splendid ice cream social which really topped off a fine day.  We have another northern excursion this Saturday, heading up the Sandy River from Farmington to Strong and New Vineyard.  And Sunday is the BCM Lobster Ride in Camden. Some fine riding ahead!
Saturday, July 23 - FARMINGTON
"Sandy River Ramble" - an all-new tour from Farmington to Strong and New Vineyard.
START: 9 am at the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Gazebo on Rt.s 4 and 27 just north of Farmington Center.  The parking lot is on the left, north-bound.
DISTANCE: 22 or 27 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to moderate with one long hill.
HIGHLIGHTS: views along the Sandy River, a stop at the White Elephant in Strong, and a possible post-ride stop at Gifford's in Farmington.
LEADER: John MacDonald, stmac237@gmail.com.
LINK to RIDE MAP: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6902582
Remember that the BCM Lobster Ride is Sunday, and if we have a large enough KVBC contingent we will qualify for a small rebate or discount off the registration fee.  So far I have heard from Ken Louis, Tammy Jones, Joe Lacroix, Bryan Griffin, Jim Floyd, Lynn Mitchell, Scott Bennington, and Fritz Onion.  If I don't have your name on the list and you want to join us, please do!  And let me know once you are registered - thanks!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

You Say Tomato, I Say Tommaso (or maybe Tiramisu)

We had a fine ride down the Pemaquid Peninsula on Saturday, despite some wet weather to start the ride off. Many thanks to David Lipman for leading, and for the undeterred folks who braved the weather and turned out. The rains returned in force on Sunday, washing out the 2nd ride planned for the weekend, but we were grateful to David for getting one of the rides in. This Saturday we will venture north to Norridgewock for a tour through Somerset County followed by an ice cream social at the ride leaders' house! Please join us!

 
Saturday, July 16 - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Cycle Somerset" - a tour through Norridgewock, Madison, Solon, Cornville, and Skowhegan.
START: 9 am at Brian Bowker & Denise Crowell's house, 434 Frederick Corner Road, Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: 50-55 miles
TERRAIN: moderately hilly
SYNOPSIS: Norridgewock to Madison via Father Rasle Rd. past sprawling tomato greenhouses, then along the Kennebec River to Solon (where we will stop at a store in case provisions are needed). We will proceed to Cornville, down the West Ridge Road to Skowhegan and back to Norridgewock.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ice Cream Social to follow the ride at Brian and Denise's house. Spouses, significant others, or families are welcome to join us for the post ride Ice Cream Social. Approximately 3pm?
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, bbowk321@yahoo.com, and Denise Crowell, denisemcrowell@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

One if by Land, and Two by the Sea

We had a great ride Saturday in Sidney to kick off the holiday weekend.  Many thanks to Jim Putnam for leading his "Independence" ride up and down the Kennebec and Middle Road, and to the great group of riders who turned out!

We have a "double-header" planned for this weekend.  This Saturday's KVBC ride will return to the scenic Pemaquid Peninsula with a great ride along the shore.  There will be a follow-up ride on Sunday around Boothbay.  These routes are not only scenic, but also a great trip to the coast, and there are many great places to stop and see the sights.  Contact the ride leader for suggestions for overnight accommodations.  Hope you can join us for one or both of these rides!  To those of you with KVBC jerseys, we'd like to get a group picture on one of the rides this weekend, so if you can wear your jersey that would be great! Have a Happy Fourth!
 
Saturday, July 9th; DAMARISCOTTA
"Drafting Through Damariscotta" - a tour through Bristol, Bremen, Pemaquid and Damariscotta.
START10:00 AM at Hannaford's supermarket, 469 Main Street (Business Rt. 1) in Damariscotta.
DISTANCE:  approx. 40 miles.
TERRAIN:  Moderate to rolling with no major hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads within the Pemaquid Peninsula, fresh and salt water views abound.
LEADER:  David Lipman,  dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791021


Sunday, July 10th: BOOTHBAY
"Bicycling Through Boothbay" - a seaside tour around Boothbay, Barter, Sawyer, and Southport.
START: 9:00 AM at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing, off of Knickerbocker Road just north of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
DISTANCE: 20+ miles.
TERRAIN: easy to moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: more ocean views and seaside villas, plus a stop for lobster rolls at the Trevitt General Store.
LEADER:  David Lipman,  dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6802082
 
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 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com or check out the KVBC Facebook page.