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

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Damariscotta on Draft

We had a splendid "Independence Day Ride" last Saturday in Sidney, now in its 16th (or is it 17th?) year, with nothing to hold us up but a cattle crossing in betwixt two interstate on ramps. Yay, Sidney!  And many thanks again to leader, Jim Putnam, and all who took part. This Saturday we will venture down to Damariscotta and a very popular ride down the coast to Pemaquid Point.  Will there be a lobster crossing?  Who knows?  We'll have to find out!

Saturday, July 13th; 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. 38 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
 
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, or visit the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Take the Middle

We had some remarkable luck with the weather last Saturday in Belgrade Lakes, as the forecasts spoke of heavy rain and thundershowers, and the skies looked like they weren't kidding. But the rains never materialized despite it being dark and foreboding, so perhaps they were kidding all along. We did get in a very nice ride on nice new pavement, the darkness notwithstanding.  And we wouldn't be kidding to say that we have another fine ride in store for this Saturday - a classic Fourth of July ride from the Bean School on Middle Road in Sidney.  Hope you can join us!

Saturday, July 6th, SIDNEY:
"Independence along the Middle Road" - a mainstream  tour through the middle of Sidney & the middle of a prime farming district & the middle of Fourth of July preparations.
START:  9:00 AM at the James H. Bean Elementary School on Middle Road in Sidney.
Directions to the Bean School:
From south: I-95 North exit #120. Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean School is approximately one mile on the right.
From the north: I-95 South exit #120. Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean School is approximately one mile on the right.
DISTANCE:  16 or 30 Miles.
TERRAIN:  moderate with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS:  some fine back roads and Kennebec River views, and some Fourth of July paraphernalia, most likely.
LEADER:  Jim Putnam, put@roadrunner.com.

LINK TO RIDE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6799304

For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at hjmerrick@gmail.com, check out our blog, Posted Roads at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or follow us on Facebook.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

KVBC Bike Rides in July

Although it looks like we might have a damp weekend ahead, we are still hopeful that we can get in a ride Saturday morning in Belgrade Lakes. Meanwhile, here is the KVBC ride line-up for July, with some popular, tried & true rides from Sidney, Damariscotta and Gardiner, and perhaps some hot dogs in your future! Please join in!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Great Pond, Great Pavement

Last Saturday we had another wonderful joint ride with the Kennebec Land Trust on a new tour of many of their conservation properties. The day started to heat up and we just managed to finish back in West Gardiner before some thunderstorms rolled in.  Our thanks to Jean-Luc and everyone who came out for this special ride.  This Saturday we'll see if we can dodge potential thunderstorms again, as we meet in Belgrade Lakes for a tour over newly completed road projects and long stretches of smooth pavement.  Should be a treat!

June 29th, Saturday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Great Pond Go Round" - a new pavement tour through Castle Island, Belgrade, and Rome.
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:  15 or 24 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, Castle Island, and Blueberry Hill - possible post-ride stop at the bakery in Belgrade Lakes Village.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (short loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167541
(longer loop): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7167543
 
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.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Properly Pedal Pedal Properties

We had a great weather and a really fine ride last Saturday in Jefferson - lots of lupines and lake views!  Many thanks to Bryan and Holly, and the nice group that turned out.  It was great to have some newcomers along - hopefully they will come back for more!   This week we get to welcome the Summer Solstice, and to celebrate we will meet in West Gardiner for another adventurous tour of local conservation lands with the good folks from the Kennebec Land Trust.  Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday, June 22 - WEST GARDINER
"Property Pedal Tour" - a joint ride with the Kennebec Land Trust, cycling over a tour of some of their most scenic conservation lands.
DISTANCES: 17 or 36 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate - "suitable for all abilities"
HIGHLIGHTS: some great back roads with views of numerous local conservation properties with some of our dedicated experts who know them best.
LEADERS: Jean-Luc Theriault, jtheriault@tklt.org; Jim Floyd, jimfloyd@fairpoint.net
LINKS to ROUTE MAPS:
35 Mile loop - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30144764

Monday, June 10, 2019

Those Looping Lupines

The weather is finally heating up!  We had a great turnout for the ride in Norridgewock last Sunday - again, many thanks to Brian and Denise for another great ride!  This Saturday we will start in Jefferson for a very pretty ride (even without lupines, which are anticipated to be in full bloom) as we explore the back roads around Damaricotta Lake.  See you Saturday, and for those of you doing the Trek, Bon Route!

Saturday, June 15 - JEFFERSON
"Lupine Damariscotta Lake" - a most colorful circumnavigation of Damariscotta Lake.
START: 9:00 am at the Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road, Jefferson.
DISTANCE: 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads in full flower with a stop at the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder and the Bunker Hill Church overlook of the lake.
LEADER: Bryan Griffin, bjgriffin@roadrunner.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7254743

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.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Old Colby Loop

We had a wonderful ride last Saturday from Vassalboro to kick off the month of June. Still rather cool - the long-sleeved club jerseys and arm warmers came in handy - but we had a great turnout, and a great post-ride lunch. Many thanks to David and Laura! This Sunday we will head back up to Norridgewock for a popular training ride over the old Trek Colby Loop. See you Sunday!

Sunday, June 9th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Over the Colby Loop" - a seemingly impossible yet surely accomplished tour of Norridgewock, Fairfield, Waterville, Oakland and Smithfield.
START: 9:00 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 40 miles
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: the old Colby Loop from the Trek Across Maine, and perhaps some of the ride leader's famous cookies!
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 blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or the KVBC Facebook page.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Round About Vassalboro

We had a fine ride last Saturday in Jay, with warm weather and some splendid scenery. Some of the roads could've been smoother, or dryer, but we had a great turn-out and a fun ride. This Saturday we will return to Vassalboro for a ride around one of our club's favorite areas. Please note that there will be a post-ride luncheon at the ride leaders' so an RSVP (as detailed below) to let them get a head count would be much appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, June 1st- 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. 19 or 31 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 check out our club blog, "Posted Roads" at http://postedroads.blogspot.com, or keep up to date via our Facebook page.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

UPDATE: Sunday's Ride in Jay Moved to Saturday

The KVBC ride in Jay scheduled for Sunday has been moved up to Saturday at 9:30 am, due to forecasts of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.  Sorry for the late notice - the weather for Saturday is looking very nice, and hopefully we can get a good ride in.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 25th - JAY
"May in Jay" - a scenic river ramble up and down the Androscoggin.
START: 9:30 am, Jay Plaza on Rt.4 near the junction of Rt.140. Park along the north end of the parking lot away from Hannaford's.
DISTANCE: 27 or 47 miles.
TERRAIN: mostly flat with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads and farmland along the Androscoggin River, Norlands Living History Center, and an adventurous option.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7340593
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7347142

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jay in May

We had a great ride last Saturday from Norridgewock, and we had a great turnout with another group of riders joining up with us for a ride through Norridgewock and Skowhegan. Our thanks to Denise and Brian - especially for the post-ride cookies - and to John and his group that came in from New Hampshire. It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is upon us already. We will finish off the month of May with an all-new ride from Jay that will explore some little-traveled roads along the Androscoggin River. We'll look forward to seeing you; otherwise, have a great holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 26th - JAY
"May in Jay" - a scenic river ramble up and down the Androscoggin.
START: 9:30 am, Jay Plaza on Rt.4 near the junction of Rt.140. Park along the north end of the parking lot away from Hannaford's.
DISTANCE: 27 or 47 miles.
TERRAIN: mostly flat with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads and farmland along the Androscoggin River, Norlands Living History Center, and an adventurous option.
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com, 293-3784.
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Long Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7340593
LINK to ROUTE MAP (Short Ride): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7347142

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Run for your Lives - Alewives!

"Fish on a Bicycle" by Steven Gregory, 2005
"See the Alewives" - David Lipman has offered to lead a ride on Sunday afternoon, May 19 at 1:30 pm, from the Red Barn Restaurant, 455 Riverside Drive in Augusta. The ride will venture out to the Webber Pond Dam and fish ladder to view the spring run of the alewives, approx. 20 miles round trip. There will be opportunities for ice cream and other food at the ride's end. For more info, contact David at dlipman@lipmankatz.com. Thanks David!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bigelow Big or Low

We had a terrific ride last Saturday in Readfield, despite the cooler than expected "Spring" weather. We had a really fine turnout, with some new faces - Welcome! Thanks again to Lydia for leading and sweeping the ride. This Saturday we head north to Norridgewock for a route that runs along both banks of the Kennebec, crossing the river twice, and adds a possible stop at Bigelow Brewery on the way back. Due to insurance reasons, we ask that riders not consume any alcoholic beverages enroute, but you can still purchase some for later if you wish - we will have a vehicle to shuttle purchases from the brewery back to the ride start. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, May 18th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Bigelow by Bike" - an early Spring tour through Norridgewock, Madison, and Skowhegan.
START: 10:00 AM at 434 Fredericks Corner Road, about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock.
DISTANCE: approx 38 miles, with some shorter options available
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: some great riding along country roads, river crossings in Norridgewock and Skowhegan, and a possible stop at the Bigelow Brewery.
LEADER: John Lanoue, john.lanoue@avid.com

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.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Meandering in Maranacook

The weather is finally starting to warm up, breaking into the 60s last Sunday in time for the KVBC Ride out of Gardiner. We had a fine turn-out and some great roads with new pavement and little traffic. This Saturday we have another classic ride in Readfield (one that is featured on BCM's "Where to Ride in Maine" webpage). Here's hoping the weather continues to warm up and that you can join us! See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 11th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 10:00 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 (if they're open).
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, mrsl330@yahoo.com.
LINK to ROUTE MAP: http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286