Monday, October 14, 2019

Bicycle Repairman! But How?

We had a rather cold, dark, and drizzly day for the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival ride last Saturday, but the Fall colors brightened the day (and the hot food at the many vendors in the village also hit the spot). Thanks to Ellen Wells for helping set up the ride and getting us outside! This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the classic Monty Python sketch, "Bicycle Repairman," and if you missed it 50 years ago, here it is again: https://dai.ly/x2howud.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 19th - EAST WINTHROP
"Bicycle Repairman" - If only we knew where to find him! Or her. A ride along the shorelines of Lakes Maranacook, Annabessacook, and Cobbosseecontee, in search of some Monty Pythonesque heroes.
START: 10:00 AM at the parking lot of Tom's Bike Boutique, 2208 Rt.202 in East Winthrop, across from D.R Struck's Nursery.
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monty Python's "Bicycle Repairman" with some nice lakeside runs along back-roads in near peak Fall foliage through Winthrop, Monmouth, and Manchester, and ending (where else?) at a bicycle repair shop.
LEADER: Brian Bowker, 485-6793, bbowk321@yahoo.com; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336, denisemcrowell@gmail.com.
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick, 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook or check out the KVBC blog at: http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Belgrade Bikes!

We had a fine ride to Boothby's Apple Orchard from Livermore last Saturday on a rather frosty morning. Many thanks to John Lanoue for leading and providing an "apple shuttle" to carry purchased apples back to the start, and a tip of the helmet to all of his weary friends who ventured out and rode with us. This Saturday we will return to Belgrade Lakes for a joint ride with the Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village to celebrate the town's new official 'Park & Bike' locations, as well as a stop of the many activities and venues of the Belgrade lakes Harvest Festival, including Winterberry Farms and Hello Good Pie! Note: since it has turned rather chilly in the mornings (and to time our arrival at the festival) we will start this Saturday at 10:00 am. Hope to see you then!

Saturday, October 12 - BELGRADE LAKES
"Belgrade Bikes!" - a tour in and around the Belgrade Lakes bicycle 'Park & Bikes' with a stop at the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival
START: the 'Park & Bike' at the Belgrade Town Office, 990 Augusta Road, Rt. 27
DISTANCES: 10 or 30 miles
TERRAIN: flat to hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: a stop at Winterberry Farm and the Belgrade Lakes Harvest Festival, arts & crafts, cider pressing and other samplings, Blueberry Hill and some fall foliage.
LEADERS: Jim Merrick (for KVBC), 293-3784. hjmerrick@gmail.com, and Ellen Wells (for Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village)
LINK to ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7416124

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On to October

Here is the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Ride Calendar for October! Autumn is here, and for some, the preceding months were just a warm up!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Biking by the Bushel

We had a great ride last Saturday from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival. Great weather, great turnout, and great apple pie!
This Saturday we will return to another apple-themed ride as we head out from Livermore to Boothby's Apple Orchard, and kick off the month of October! And a number of us plan to venture up to Bar Harbor on Sunday for the annual Cadillac Challenge. A great weekend of riding ahead!
We have added a short ride to this Saturday's KVBC ride in Livermore Falls, and the links to both of the route maps are added below. See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 5th - LIVERMORE FALLS
"Boothby's Apple Ride" - a tour of the ponds and ridges around Livermore and Chesterville, with an apple orchard stop.
START: 9:00 am at the store formerly known as Pike's Corner Oasis (now Mallard Mart) at the junction of Rt.s 106, 133, and Campground Road in Livermore.
DISTANCE: 27 or 39 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.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799282
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7415978

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or the KVBC Facebook page.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Or a Slice of Cheddar

The weather is looking very good for tomorrow's ride from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival.  To mix things up a bit and avoid some road construction I have modified the route of the long ride and added about six miles so it is now about 39 miles long (and if you stop for pie at the festival you'll probably need the extra miles).  I know some of you like to download the route maps prior to the ride so I have updated the online route map below.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Saturday, September 28th - READFIELD
"Monmouth a la Mode" - a tour through Readfield and Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival.
START: 9:00 AM at the Readfield Elementary School, 84 South Road, Readfield.
DISTANCE: 29 or 39 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 ROUTE MAP (long)https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7414674
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7413905

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, September 23, 2019

A La Mode

We had a great ride on the last day of Summer from Waterville last Sunday.  It was a bit foggy at first, but turned out to be a fine day as the long ride ventured out to Canaan, and the shorter ride out to Benton and Fairfield.  Our thanks to Camille who arranged the ride on short notice and put together a memorable route.  This Saturday we head out from Readfield to the Monmouth Apple Festival for the first ride for Fall.  Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 28th - READFIELD
"Monmouth a la Mode" - a tour through Readfield and Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival.
START: 9:00 AM at the Readfield Elementary School, 84 South Road, Readfield.
DISTANCE: 29 or 33.5 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 ROUTE MAP (long): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7411865
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7413905

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Summer Sets

We had a great pair of rides last weekend. Joe Renda led the KVBC ride on Saturday over some adventurous mixed road surfaces in Pittston and Dresden, which we all proudly survived - and we would've even beaten the rains had it not been for one slow rider riding sweep. Many thanks to Joe! On Sunday a group of us took part in the 3rd annual Share the Road with Carol commemorative ride, which took place in Windsor and Whitefield in near perfect weather with a near record turnout. Our thanks to all the ride organizers and volunteers! This weekend looks to have more summer-like weather as we head out on a new end-of-Summer ride from Waterville to Canaan, and welcome in the start of Autumn. Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, September 22 - WATERVILLE
"A Somerset Sortie" - a tour through Somerset County on the last full day of Summer.
START: 9:00am at Colby College, visitor parking at the Lower Athletic Center Parking Lot, corner of Mayflower Hill and Campus Drive, beside the Alfond Athletic Center and across from the baseball fields. DISTANCES: 29 or 39 miles. TERRAIN: moderate with some hills. HIGHLIGHTS: country roads up and down the Kennebec and inland from Canaan to Benton, ushering the Fall season. LEADER: Camille Chamberland, camillec@gwi.net. LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long):https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27657814 LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short):https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/28033074

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Share the Road with Carol


This Sunday, Sept. 15, is the annual "Share the Road with Carol" ride in Windsor and Whitefield, and we like to have as many KVBC folks turn out that can. Tomorrow, Sept. 12, is the last day for pre-registration: https://www.bikereg.com/43246  (there will be day-of-the-event registration available, too).

Also a reminder: if you are interested in ordering a new KVBC jersey (and/or cycling cap) you have one week left to get your order in: https://teamstore.ascendsportswear.com/…/kennebec-valley-b…/. So far, about half of you who expressed interest have submitted orders, so don't miss out!

Gravel Benedict

We had an outstanding turn-out for a fine ride and an exceptional post-ride gathering on Sunday, as one of our club ride leaders and faithful ride attendees, Jim Floyd, is relocating northward. Many thanks to the Mitchells for both ride leading and offering their lakeside cottage for the post-ride festivities, and to all who turned out and brought great food to the potluck to share.  This Saturday we will tackle an all-new ride from Pittston that includes some mixed road riding over gravel and pavement, so bikes with wide tires are recommended.  If there is heavy rain on Saturday the ride may be postponed to Sunday - we will have updates later in the week.  See you then!

Saturday, September 14 - PITTSTON
"Benedictine Pathways" - an introduction to mixed road riding, both pavement and gravel, along scenic back roads in Pittston and Dresden.
START: 9:00 AM at the Pittston Consolidated School, 1023 Pittston School Street off of Rt.126 in Pittston.
DISTANCE: about 33 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate; includes approx. 7 or 8 sections of gravel roads, averaging a mile or so (more or less) in length; bikes with low gearing and 28c or 32c tires recommended.
HIGHLIGHTS: an expedition over scenic, mostly paved back roads with well-maintained gravel sections; the route passes by the historic Reuben Colburn House, once Benedict Arnold's HQ.
LEADER: Joe Renda, geologyjoe@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New Jerseys! And Caps!


The new Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club jerseys - and caps! - are available for ordering online, now through September 17.  Here is the link to the KVBC store: https://teamstore.ascendsportswear.com/store/kennebec-valley-bicycle-club/

The jerseys are available in what they call the "Elevate" style, in a full range of sizes and in both a "Club" and "Sport" fit, in long-sleeve, short-sleeve, and sleeveless jersey styles.  Check their sizing and style charts carefully before ordering.

The store will also carry KVBC cycling caps as an accessory.  The caps are apparently made from the same material as the jerseys, rated at a UPF factor of 25+.  We may have additional accessories offered at some future date, but for now, the "store" has only jerseys and caps.


Ordering from the store is said to be similar to ordering from Amazon.  There are options of having your purchases sent directly to you (at an additional shipping charge) or to the club (and we will distribute them when they come in).  The "store" is open for ordering for two weeks, so if you plan to order a jersey, get your order in by September 16 to be on the safe side.  Any questions, send them along and we'll try to get answers for you promptly.  Many thanks to Jake for working on the design and ordering details!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Fare-Thee-Well Floyd

We have a special treat in store for the ride this Sunday at the Belgrade Community Center. One of our club ride leaders, Jim Floyd, is moving to Pembroke, down Eastport way. While we try to figure out a way to get him back down here to lead the annual "Wake Up the Earth" ride to start our season every spring as he's done for many years, we're planning a send off ride and party for him this Sunday just a few miles away at the ride leader's house. More details from Lynn Mitchell: "Social at Lynn's house will follow the ride. We'll throw some chicken on the grill. Bring your favorite dish to share and feel free to bring your favorite water toys....kayaks, paddle boards & swimsuits. And spouses! I live a short distance from the start at 316 Timberpoint, on Long Pond. From the BCC after the ride turn left on Rt 27, take first right onto Castle Island road, take first left onto West road, go approximately 1 mile then turn right onto Timberpoint. Timberpoint is a dirt camp road. 316 is approximately 1.4 miles down on the left." See you all Sunday!

September 8th, Sunday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Jim's Send Off Spin and Social" - a tour through Belgrade Lakes, Readfield, and Wings Mills.
START:  9:00 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:  29 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, quiet back roads through Wings Mills - and a post-ride gathering at the ride leader's.
LEADER:  Lynn Mitchell, mitchell.lynn222@gmail.com
LINK to ROUTE MAP: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7407151
 
For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim at 293-3784, hjmerrick@gmail.com, find us on Facebook, or check out our blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

More September Rides!

Here is a revised KVBC ride schedule for September, just in time for, well, September!
Also, Bike Maine starts this weekend from Waterville (always gratifying to see them pass through our stomping grounds) and we are told they can use some volunteers for flagging duties on Sunday. If available and interested, contact the BikeMaine office at BCM.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

September Rides! September Rides!

Here is the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club ride line-up for September! Lots of great Fall riding ahead!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Lakes in a Field of Smiths

We've had some beautiful, fall-like cycling weather of late, and we're still not out of August!  We had a great ride from Lincolnville on Sunday - thanks to Tammy - and this weekend is looking good, too.  This Saturday's ride is in Smithfield, another classic tour with very pretty back roads.  We hope you can join us as we close out August and head into Fall.  If not, have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Saturday, August 31st - SMITHFIELD 
"Looping the Lakes" - a scenic tour through Smithfield, Belgrade, Rome, and Mercer.
START: 9:00 AM, at Tri-Pond Variety (formerly Sweet Dreams) on Rt. 8 in Smithfield, at the junction of Rt. 8 and Rt. 137. Please park in the back of the lot away from the store entrance..
DISTANCES: approx. 10, 17 or 30 miles. 
TERRAIN: moderate to moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many scenic lake views, summer camps, and back roads with new pavement!
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784 

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 19, 2019

Door to the Cellar

We had another splendid ride from Wayne on Saturday, and we had a fine turnout despite some rather cool, cloudy conditions that looked rather unsettled but turned out to be fine. We explored some great back roads, including some new gravel options that really took some of us off the beaten path. Many thanks to Fritz and Susan for leading, and for all who came out! This Sunday we will head out to the coast for a tour around the Camden hills that will feature a stop post-ride at the Cellar Door Winery. Please note the 10 o'clock start, and see you then!

August 25th, 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.The folks at the winery have in the past graciously allowed us access to restrooms and water before the ride, but please NO CLEATS in the building. Thank you.
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.
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 winery has tables outdoors on the deck overlooking the vineyard. They sell food & beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies. And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting.
LEADER: Tammy Jones, tjjones@colby.edu.   
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 the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow our Facebook page.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

What? Wayne?

We had a fine ride last Saturday on the Tour de Whitefield. The weather held up very nicely despite some dubious forecasts, and we had a great post-ride lunch at the ride leaders' - many thanks to the Griffins! This Saturday we will work our way over to Wayne for another fine route with an all new gravel option for the adventurous. For the not-so-adventurous, skinny-tire folks, there will be a fully paved option, too. See you Saturday!

Saturday, August 17th - WAYNE
"Which Way to Wayne?" - a high summer ramble from Wayne to Fayette, Livermore, Leeds, and Winthrop.
START: 9 am at the Wayne Elementary School, 48 Pond Road, Wayne
DISTANCE: 37 or 24 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to moderately hilly; an optional route with some gravel riding.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads with some great views, and a possible post-ride stop at Tubby's Ice Cream in Wayne
LEADER: Fritz Onion, fritz@pluralsight.com.
LINKS to ROUTE MAPS:
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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Whitefield Start Correction

Please note that Saturday's ride start is at 184 NORTH Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield - not to be confused (hopefully) with plain Hunts Meadow Road or South Hunts Meadow Road - the linked map route below has it marked as the ride's "END".  See you Saturday!

Saturday, August 10 - WHITEFIELD
"Tour de Whitefield" - a rural tour through the rolling hills and farms of Whitefield, Pittston, Jefferson and Windsor.
START: 9:00 am, at 184 NORTH Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield, about 2 miles south of the junction of Rt. 17 and North Hunts Meadow Road. Park near the garage or on the grass along the driveway.
DISTANCE: about 32 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: lots of scenic rural roads around the Sheepscot River Valley, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leaders'; if you plan to stay for a while after the ride, please RSVP to the ride leader below - thanks!
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com, 207-332-1775 (cell).
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7270666

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow our Facebook page.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Aiming for an Amish Ride

Last Saturday we had a great ride from Richmond to Wiscasset over some really nice back roads, under fair skies, and in fine company. The stop at Treats bakery was much appreciated as well. Our thanks to David Lipman for another fine ride. This Saturday we will return to Whitefield, home to a sizeable Amish colony, and also home to our ride leaders who are planning both a great ride and a post-ride lunch at their house. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, August 10 - WHITEFIELD
"Tour de Whitefield" - a rural tour through the rolling hills and farms of Whitefield, Pittston, Jefferson and Windsor.
START: 9:00 am, at 184 Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield, about 2 miles south of the junction of Rt. 17 and North Hunts Meadow Road. Park near the garage or on the grass along the driveway.
DISTANCE: about 32 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: lots of scenic rural roads around the Sheepscot River Valley, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leaders'; if you plan to stay for a while after the ride, please RSVP to the ride leader below - thanks!
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com, 207-332-1775 (cell).
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7270666

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or hjmerrick@gmail.com, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow our Facebook page.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Richmond to the Sea

We had a great turn-out and a fine ride last Sunday from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Special thanks to Joe Renda, who scoped out and marked the route in advance, and then didn't get to ride with us as he was on call.  I'm sure we'll do it again next year!  This Saturday we will head down to Wiscasset from the Richmond boat landing for another really nice ride.  Hope you can join us as we kick off the month of August!

Saturday, August 3rd - 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.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com.
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015): http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6791013
 
 
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 via the club blog, Posted Roads at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or check out the KVBC Facebook page

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ambling into August

Here is the KVBC Ride Calendar for August! A full slate of rides: down the river, around the lakes, deep into Amish country, and a vineyard tour near the coast! And lest we forget, we are still on for tomorrow's KVBC ride from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Lots of great riding coming up!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Bowdoinham by Bike

It was excessively hot last Saturday on the hot dog ride from Kents Hill, but we managed to acquit ourselves admirably, especially in the hot dog consumption department. Many thanks to Patrick Cain and his cohorts at Kents Hill for treating us to hot dogs (as advertised) and smoothies and watermelon (unadvertised, and much appreciated on a hot day).  They all did a great job!  This Sunday we will set out on one of our most popular rides from Gardiner to Bowdoinham. Geology Joe is out marking the route, although he might not be able to ride with us on Sunday. Should be cooler than last week, thankfully, so we hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 28th - GARDINER
"Biking 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 modern 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.
LEADERS:  Joe Renda, geologyjoe@gmail.com, Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2015): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6654861

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hot Dogs - A New Decade

Ken's Hot Dog Ride is moving to Ken(t)'s Hill! This Saturday we will have our annual Hot Dog Ride (shout out to the ride's founder, Ken Louis, who has moved afar, hopefully where there are still hot dogs) at the Kents Hill Alpine Sports Center near the junction of Rt.s 17 and 41 in Kents Hill. The club will again provide hot dogs and drinks, and you are welcome to bring things to share. The Alpine Center is equipped with a kitchen with fridge and microwave, and we will have a grill and some coolers (alcoholic beverages are not advised - remember, this is a high school). There are also rooms to change after the ride. There will be rides of 25 and 50 miles starting at 9 am, with optional metric and century routes for those so inclined (let the ride leader know if you want to start earlier than 9 am and he will send you cue sheets to go with the routes linked below). All of the routes will be unmarked with no support enroute, so plan for your independence accordingly. If Hot Dogs are not your thing, the Lobster Ride is scheduled for this Sunday at the Camden Snow Bowl.  We are hopeful of making this an annual event - many thanks to our hosts at Kents Hill Academy! Let's hope for a good turnout on Saturday!

Saturday, July 20 - KENTS HILL
"Ken(t)'s Hill Hot Dog Ride" - the annual KVBC cookout ride, in an all new location with a full slate of routes, and hot dogs, of course!
START: 9:00 am at the Kents Hill Alpine Sports Center, off Rt.41 near the junction of Rt.s 41 and 17 in Kents Hill (NOT the junction of these routes in Readfield Center).
DISTANCES: 25 or 50 miles, with possible options of 62 or 100 miles. The routes will be unmarked, but maps and cues sheets will be provided.
TERRAIN: variable, with flat, rolling, and hilly sections.
HIGHLIGHTS: great cycling roads and a post-ride hot dog roast at a great location overlooking the lake.
LEADER: Jim Merrick et al, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
Route Map - Quarter Century (25 mi): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7389322
Route Map - Half Century (51 mi): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7389324
Route Map - Metric Century (64 mi): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7389266
Route Map - Century (102 mi): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7390103