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.

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