Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Something About the Hot Dogs in Wings Mills

We had a great ride last Sunday in Vassalboro, and a delightful post-ride gathering at the ride leaders' afterwards.  Many thanks from us all to Laura and David Lipman!  This Sunday we will start off the month of June with another club favorite: Ken's Hot Dog Ride!  We'll meet in tiny locale of Wings Mills in Mount Vernon (directions below) for a very scenic ride and a Hot Dog cookout later.  Ken would appreciate if you email him at klouis17@hotmail.com so he can get an approximate headcount.  Hope you can join us!

Sunday, June 5th - WINGS MILLS (Mount Vernon)
"Hot Dog! - The Hot Dog Ride" (not because we'll ride like one but because we will want one) - a tour through Mount Vernon, Belgrade, North Augusta, and Manchester
START: 9:00 AM at 49 Marble Point Rd., Mount Vernon
      Directions to Start:
           From Augusta, take #27 North to Belgrade and turn left onto #135 (Christy's store and blinking light). Go 3 miles and right onto Wings Mill Rd; go 2.5 miles and right onto Marble Point Rd. which is just after crossing Belgrade Stream; it is a hard pack dirt road and we are the log home on the right).

           From Mount Vernon, Readfield: Take North Rd to Wings Mills Rd and go about 3 miles to Marble Point Rd; just after passing Bartlett Rd on the right, turn left onto Marble Point.

           Delorme Maine Atlas Map 12; A-4. Just west and across the stream from the intersection of Dunn Rd and Wings Mill Rd. (Marble Point is not listed by name on the map).

Park along the sides of the driveway wherever you can.
DISTANCE: 29 miles
TERRAIN: Moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of Belgrade Stream, Hamilton Pond, Stuart Pond, Messalonskee Lake, Doctor Pond, Silver Lake, Gould Pond, with a Hot Dog cookout lunch following the ride - swimming available also.  
LEADER: Ken Louis, klouis17@hotmail.com. (Please email Ken if you are planning to come so he can get a early headcount.)

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Very Verdant Vassalboro

We had a great ride from Readfield through Wayne and Winthrop last Sunday, with some great scenery and some terrific downhills off of Mt. Pisgah and Nickerson Hill! We also had a pleasant stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne, where they graciously opened early for us (a crowd of paying cyclists is hard to ignore).  Many thanks to Lydia - kudos for leading her first KVBC ride!  This Sunday we will venture to Vassalboro for some more great back road touring and a post-ride gathering at the Lipmans.  We hope you can join us - otherwise have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Sunday, May 29th - VASSALBORO
"Velo Vassalboro" - a scenic tour around the China Lake region
START:  9am  at the home of David and Laura Lipman.  Condo is after Natanis Golf Course on ARROWHEAD DRIVE off of Webber Pond Road 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 to Hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of China Lake and Webber Pond,  gentleman farms and country homes along the Neck Road.   Stay afterwards for a light lunch and to socialize with fellow bikers.  Please RVSP to laura.lipman@roadrunner.com so Laura can get an idea of how many will be staying for lunch.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com

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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Down to the Superintendent's Office

We had a superb ride with the Alewives last Saturday in Vassalboro. It was a great day weatherwise and we had an outstanding turn-out.  Many thanks to Jeanine for leading, and to the cooperative Alewives and even a surprise Eagle! Who knows what we will encounter on this Sunday's ride in Readfield? Looks like some good climbs and some terrific downhills - with a possible ice cream stop thrown in!  Hope you can make it!

Sunday, May 22nd - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 9:30 am at the Maranacook School Superintendent's Office parking lot, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot. The Superintendent's Office is the first left on the drive up to the High School.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne.
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Swim with the Fishes, Bike with the Alewives

We had another fine turn-out for what I'm told was a fun ride last Saturday in Skowhegan. Thanks again to John Lanoue for leading the ride and to the folks at the Oak Pond Brewery. This Saturday's ride will be in East Vassalboro as we go biking with the Alewives on their run up the Sebasticook, as well as explore some back roads where Alewives go not. See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 14th, EAST VASSALBORO
"Biking with the Alewives" - a tour along the banks of the Sebasticook River to the Spring Alewife Run at the Benton Dam.
START: 9:00 AM at Vassalboro Elementary School, 1116 Webber Pond Road, East Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: approx. 25 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate, with some hills and flat sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic river views and a stop at the site of the Benton Alewife Festival celebrating the return of the historic alewife spring run.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby.
Jersey Update: we are gathering orders for KVBC jerseys, and I neglected to say where you could mail your payments to.  The address is Jim Merrick, P.O. Box 214, Mount Vernon, Maine 04352.  It would be helpful if you could get your orders in to me by early next week. Many thanks!
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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

KVBC Club Jerseys

Hi Folks,
We are ready to put in an order for the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club jerseys!  I would like to get an order in by May 15, if possible, so we can have jerseys about 3 to 4 weeks later, sometime around mid-June.  If you would like to order a jersey, or several, I'll need to know:
How Many?
What Size(s)?
Zipper preference (3/4 or full-zip)?
The company, Champion System, has information on the fabrics and configurations they provide, as well as links to sizing charts: http://champ-sys.com/browse-custom-apparel/cycling-collection/mens-cycling-collection/tech-short-sleeve-jersey.html.  The basic jersey is the Tech Short Sleeve Jersey, at $48.00; the long sleeve version is $60.00.  They have jerseys with additional features, and you can add those to your order - I'll just need the additional specs.  All of the jerseys will be non-returnable, so pay heed to their sizing charts, etc., and contact me if you have any questions.
Then I'll need you to send me a check, made out to "James Merrick" in the amount of your order, or alternatively, you can pay me directly in cash on an upcoming ride.  But I will need payment before I put in an order.  Once the jerseys are delivered I can bring them on a ride and hand-deliver them; otherwise I'll need addresses where to send them.
Thanks for your patience.  If you're undecided by May 15, I may be able to place a second order later in the season, if there is enough additional interest.
Don't forget: tomorrow's ride is in Skowhegan at the Oak Pond Brewery at 10 AM!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Not Quite Cinco de Mayo

We had a fine ride around Lake Cobbossee last Sunday to kick off May and Bike Month. Many thanks to John Lanoue for leading, and for leading this Saturday's ride from the Oak Pond Brewery in Skowhegan on Siete de Mayo, which is not-quite Cinco de Mayo, but there is an optional microbrewery tour on tap, so maybe that's close enough. The weather forecast is for sunny skies and mid-60s, which sounds close enough for Anything de Mayo!  Please note the 10:00 am start.

Saturday, May 7 - SKOWHEGAN
"Ales and Acorns" - a not-quite Cinco de Mayo ride through Canaan, Skowhegan, Waterville and Hinckley.
START: 10:00 am at the Oak Pond Brewery, 101 Oak Pond Road, near the Skowhegan/Canaan town line. Directions at their website: http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/contact.asp.
DISTANCE: approx 38 miles
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: some little-traveled back roads, river views, and an optional brewery tour at the ride's end.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com.
LINK TO RIDE MAP: https://www.strava.com/routes/4024964
BCM Calendar Link: http://www.bikemaine.org/event2/kennebec-valley-bicycle-club-acorns-and-ales