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,
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club find us on Facebook, or contact Jim Merrick at 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,


For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at, 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,  

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,; and Denise Crowell,

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784,, 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,