Sunday, July 5, 2020

Cobbossee, My Odyssey

We had another fine outing on the Fourth of July in Sidney, courtesy of Jim Putnam.  It started off cloudy and mercifully cooler than it has been of late, but cleared up and warmed up by the ride's end.  Many thanks to Jim and the 20 or so riders who turned out on the holiday. This Saturday we will revisit another classic club ride around Lake Cobbosseecontee, with an optional ice cream stop at the end. Please remember that we are following pandemic protocols: please bring a mask with you to wear when you are in close proximity with others, maintain a healthy distance between riders, and please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Join us if you can!

Saturday, July 11th - MANCHESTER
"A Cobbossee Odyssey": a tour around Cobbosseecontee Lake.
START: 9:00 A.M., at the parking lot on McArdle Street, just off Rt. 202W past the junction of Rt. 202 & Rt.17, between the Manchester Grange Hall and Fielders' Choice Ice Cream Stand. The parking lot is the first right after you turn on McArdle Street.
DISTANCE: 28.8 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling with some challenging hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: views of Cobbossee Lake, back roads of Winthrop, Manchester, West Gardiner, Litchfield, and Monmouth, and a potential ice cream stop conveniently at the end!
LEADER: Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com
Link to Ride Map (2015)http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6801528

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

Monday, June 29, 2020

Independence! Independence!


We had a really pretty ride around the 5 Boros of Vassalboro last Sunday, thanks to Jeanine, who put together the ride on short notice to substitute for the event in Greenville that was cancelled. The ride was well attended and well appreciated! This week we will "go forth on the Fourth" and revisit one of our popular, traditional rides on Independence Day in Sidney. We cannot emphasize enough that we are still following pandemic protocols, so riders should carry masks and use them when appropriate, maintain social distancing, and stay at home if feeling sick. We look forward to seeing you all, and if you cannot make the ride on the Fourth, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Saturday, July 4th, SIDNEY
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"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.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

July Rides

Here are the KVBC rides scheduled for July:
July 4, Saturday - SIDNEY - "Independence Day Ride"
July 11, Saturday - MANCHESTER - "Cobbossee Odyssey"
July 18, Saturday - VASSALBORO - "The Martyr's Ride"
July 26, Sunday - GARDINER - "Biking to Bowdoinham"
Pandemic Protocols are still important, and still in effect! Clean Hands, Clean Masks, Clean Bikes! Stick Together but Stay Apart!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Boros and Burros

We had another fine turnout on Father's Day in Mount Vernon for our first official ride of the summer.  The weather was hot, but mitigated by cooling shades lakeside, and on some fine descents.  This Sunday we have a new ride in Vassalboro to substitute for the annual event in Greenville that was postponed this year.  We are still observing social distancing and we strongly recommend riders bring and use masks when close together, spread out on the road, and please stay home if you are feeling sick.  Cycling is great medicine, so long as you take precautions.  Hope to see you Sunday! 

Sunday, June 28 - VASSALBORO
"The Five Boros of Vassalboro" - a thoroughly enjoyable tour of the boroughs of Vassalborough
START: 9:00 am at the Vassalboro Town Office Building, 642 Main Street (Rt. 32) in Vassalboro.
DISTANCE: approx. 30 miles.
TERRAIN: flat to rolling
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic summertime views east of the Kennebec over some fine back roads in Vassalboro.
LEADER: Jeanine Libby, jjlibby13@roadrunner.com.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

One Summer Solstice, Eleven Ponds

We had a record turnout and a superb ride last Sunday from Jefferson around Damariscotta Lake, with great weather and spectacular views, and fields full of lupines. Our thanks to Bryan and Holly for another great ride. The weather is heating up as summer officially approaches (5:44pm Saturday) and our first ride of the summer will be on Sunday, starting at a new location in West Mount Vernon. In case you have forgotten, we are still contending with a pandemic, so please remember to maintain distancing, bring a mask and use it in close quarters especially if you have to stop at a store, and stay home if you are feeling sick. Hope to see you Sunday!

Sunday, June 21st - WEST MOUNT VERNON
"Eleven Ponds" - a tour past many of the hidden ponds and lakes in Mount Vernon, Fayette, Chesterville, and Vienna.
START:  9:00 AM, at the boat landings on Echo Lake and Taylor Pond on Rt. 41 at the junction of Sandy River Road; the nearest street address is 1156 ME-41. There is a bridge and a dam and a free-standing brick chimney as landmarks. Park in either boat landing lot on opposite sides of the road.
DISTANCE:  14 and 29 miles.
TERRAIN:  Rolling with a few good hills (and one memorable one).
HIGHLIGHTS:  rural back roads winding through many small ponds and lakes, and across the top of the Chesterville Esker.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick, hjmerrick@gmail.com293-3784.
 
Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club rides are open to members and to the cycling public.  Helmets are required of all riders at KVBC events.  In case of severe weather, scheduled rides may be postponed or designated as "show & go" rides at the discretion of the ride leader.  For ride updates and reports, check out the KVBC blog at http://postedroads.blogspot.com or follow us on Facebook.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Lupines and Fish Ladders

We started out June with a great turnout last Sunday in Vassalboro.  Our thanks to the Lipmans, who not only organized another fine ride, but also adapted to the COVID-19 limitations and figured out a way to "socialize at a distance" after the ride.  This Sunday we will head out to Jefferson for a great loop around Damariscotta Lake.  Please remember that we are still working to "flatten the curve." Maintain a healthy distance between each other while riding and stopping, bring masks to use when in close quarters, and please stay home if you are sick.  Stay well, and see you Sunday!

Sunday, June 14 - 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.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Update: This Saturday's Ride Rescheduled to Sunday

The KVBC ride from Vassalboro this Saturday has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 7, at 9:00 am, due to the forecast of thunderstorms.  See you Sunday!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bike Rides in June

Here are the KVBC Bike Rides for JUNE:
Saturday, June 6: Vassalboro - "Velo Vassalboro"
Sunday, June 14: Jefferson - "Lupine the Lakes"
Sunday, June 21: Mt. Vernon - "Eleven Ponds"
Sunday, June 28: Vassalboro - "Five Boro's of Vassalboro"
Please remember that pandemic protocols are in effect! Clean Masks - Clean Hands - Clean Bikes!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Back to Vassalboro

We had a fine ride around the Colby Loop on Saturday. There were 15 of us, so we broke into two riding groups, and the weather and the roads were better than expected.  Many thanks to Duncan, who was leading his first KVBC ride, although hardly anyone would've noticed.  This Saturday we have rescheduled one of our favorite club rides in Vassalboro.  We are permitted to ride in larger numbers, but pandemic protocols are still in effect.  Maintain social distancing, bring a mask for use in close quarters, and do not attend if you are feeling sick or have recently been in contact with anyone who has. There will be an opportunity for distant socializing outside after the ride - please bring a lawn chair and your own beverages.  Hope to see you behind your mask Saturday!

Saturday, June 6th- VASSALBORO
"Velo Vassalboro" -  a scenic tour around the China Lake region
START:  9 am  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 wide apart after the garages in the large dirt parking lot after the condo buildings.
DISTANCE: approx. 18 or 31 miles, with 1,200 or 2,000 feet of climbing respectively
TERRAIN:  Moderate to Hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of China Lake and Webber Pond,  gentleman farms and country homes along the Neck Road.  If desired, stay afterwards to socialize (distantly) with fellow bikers over light snacks.  Please bring a lawn chair and your own beverages.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com
LINK to ROUTE MAP (2018)https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7254750

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Accelerating through the Loop

We have rescheduled the planned KVBC ride in Vassalboro to June 6, switching places with the ride from Waterville which will now take place this Saturday, and we will close out May with the classic Colby Loop.  Pandemic Protocols are still in effect and groups are still restricted to ten riders (hopefully not for much longer).  You must sign up with the ride leader in advance.  Maintain distancing, bring a mask for use in close quarters, carry enough water and snacks to avoid having to stop, and please do not attend if you are sick or have recently been in contact with anyone who has been sick.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 30 - WATERVILLE
"Over the Colby Loop" - a classic circuit from Waterville to Oakland, Smithfield, and Norridgewock
START: 9:00 am 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. YOU MUST PREREGISTER WITH THE RIDE LEADER TO PARTICIPATE.  THE SIGN-UP SHEET CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q7BwHw_yOOOx9xbaXloKYIufF6RsdbrsUp5ksXg9SMU/edit?usp=sharing 
DISTANCE: 34 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills; some recent road construction on Rt. 139
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic farmland, lakes and streams, and good roads with hopefully little traffic
LEADER: Duncan Tate, datateme@gmail.com

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mind the Gap

We had another fine ride last Saturday out of Jay under clear blue skies.  Traffic was fairly light, temperatures cool, air quality excellent, and there was an abundance of spring flowers and greenery.  We did have some relentless head winds and some tire trouble on some rough spots, but all-in-all, a very nice day.  This Saturday we will return to a favorite club ride in Vassalboro.  You must preregister in advance with the ride leader - groups are restricted to ten riders - and pandemic protocols are in effect.  Maintain social distancing, bring a mask for use in close quarters, and do not attend if you are feeling sick or have recently been in contact with anyone who has.  There will be an opportunity for distant socializing outside after the ride - please bring a lawn chair and your own beverages.  Hope to see you behind your mask Saturday!

Saturday, May 30th- VASSALBORO
"Velo Vassalboro a l'ecart" - ("Bike Vassalboro at a gap") 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 wide apart after the garages in the large dirt parking lot after the condo buildings. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE WITH THE RIDE LEADER. GROUPS ARE LIMITED TO TEN RIDERS.
DISTANCE: approx. 18 or 31 miles, with 1,200 or 2,000 feet of climbing respectively
TERRAIN:  Moderate to Hilly
HIGHLIGHTS: Views of China Lake and Webber Pond,  gentleman farms and country homes along the Neck Road.  If desired, stay afterwards to socialize (distantly) with fellow bikers over light snacks.  Please bring a lawn chair and your own beverages.
LEADER:  David Lipman, dlipman@lipmankatz.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Play's the Thing

We had a great ride last Sunday out of Norridgewock, with nice weather and some fine new pavement, and a number of familiar faces we hadn't seen in a while. Our thanks for Denise & Brian for revising their planned ride to better follow pandemic protocols, and a special thanks to Cynthia for handing out some homemade masks. This Saturday we will head out from Jay, and it looks like the weather will finally be warming up. Please remember we are still following social distancing and all the pandemic protocols; you must pre-register with the ride leader by Friday evening; bring masks for when in close quarters, enough water & snacks for the distance (there may be a convenience store en route); and do not come if you are feeling sick or have been in recent contact with anyone who has. Stay well, and see you Saturday!

Saturday, May 23rd - JAY
"May in Jay with Room to Play" - 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. YOU MUST CONTACT THE RIDE LEADER TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE AND RESERVE A SPOT ON THE RIDE. GROUPS ARE LIMITED TO TEN RIDERS.
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

Friday, May 15, 2020

Cycling Distances in a Pandemic

A cyclist practicing at the Shangfa Acrobatic School with 5 very adept passengers - not exactly social distancing, but still in a group less than ten!


A Note on Cycling Distances in this Pandemic: one well-publicized, recent study has recommended avoiding pacelines or close riding directly behind anyone, but rather cycling side by side or staggered in more of an echelon formation. Riding at a moderate pace, it suggests that you should maintain a 30-foot distance between you and the rider in front of you (think of a large UPS delivery truck or school bus in between) and a 60-foot distance when riding at a fast clip (more the length of a tractor-trailer). The study focused mainly on runners and the risk of exposure (not the risk of infection), and it relied extensively on modelling and there are many real world conditions that may have effects the study did not account for. But the recommendations are still worth considering. The full paper can be found here: http://www.urbanphysics.net/Social%20Distancing%20v20_White_Paper.pdf and one critical response to the article can be found here: https://www.wired.com/story/are-running-or-cycling-actually-risks-for-spreading-covid-19/
Both articles emphasize the importance and benefits of exercise. Stay Safe and Be Well!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Meter Squared is a Meter Spurned

We had a rather unseasonably cold day on last Sunday's ride from Readfield (snow flurries on Mother's Day? Seriously?) but it was a very nice ride.  We were able to observe and follow distancing protocols - even with a stop (curbside) at the Apple Shed in Kents Hill.  Many thanks to Lydia for leading and for picking the less snowy day on the weekend. This Sunday pre-registered riders will meet in groups of 10 (or fewer) in Norridgewock for a 30-mile ride around East and North Ponds in Smithfield. You must contact the ride leaders to reserve a spot. You should bring a mask for moments in close quarters, and all the water and snacks you might need.  Please maintain proper distances, and forego attending if you feel ill or have recently been in contact with someone who has been sick. Hope to see some of you, distantly, fairly soon!

Sunday, May 17 - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Norridgewock by 1 meter squared" - a mid-May tour through Norridgewock, Smithfield, and Mercer.
START: 10:00 am at the Mill Stream Elementary School, 26 Mercer Road, Rt.2, in Norridgewock, approx. 1/4 mile west from the monument square at the junction of Rt.2 and Rt.8 and Rt.201a. Please park well apart at the ride start.
DISTANCE: about 31 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads around North and East Ponds in Smithfield, and hopefully some springlike weather.
LEADERS: Denise Crowell, denisemcrowell@gmail.com, and Brian Bowker, bbowk321@yahoo.com. YOU MUST CONTACT THE RIDE LEADERS BY SATURDAY TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THE RIDE. GROUPS ARE LIMITED TO 10 RIDERS.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Aloof in Maranacook

We had a successful ride from Vassalboro last Sunday, observing pandemic protocols and riding in a small group of less than ten riders. Many thanks to Jeanine and everyone who helped us work out the logistics of the ride.  This week we will again follow the social distancing rules on Sunday's ride from either Readfield or Wayne, limited to groups of no more than ten preregistered riders.  You can find a sign-up sheet here: Maranacook Meander Sign Up.  Please remember to stay at least six feet apart from others, bring a mask (which you don't have to wear while riding, only in close quarters) and all the water and snacks you need.  Please do not come if you are feeling unwell, or if you have recently been in contact with anyone who has.  If you cannot make the ride, by all means go for a ride on your own, and hopefully we will see you on the road soon!

Sunday, May 10th - READFIELD - WAYNE
"The Maranacook Meander, Adroitly Aloof" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 10:00 am, preregistration required, park well apart and bring masks 

Ride Start One: Maranacook Middle School parking lot, 45 Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot.
Ride Start Two: Wayne Elementary School, 40 Pond Road, Wayne.
DISTANCE: about 27 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at the Apple Shed in Kents Hill (curbside pickup only).
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, mrsl330@yahoo.com. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE BY SATURDAY EVENING VIA THIS LINK:  Maranacook Meander Sign Up.  Each group is limited to 10 riders.

LINK to ROUTE MAPhttp://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6864286

Friday, May 1, 2020

Distant China


This Sunday’s KVBC ride around China Lake will go forward with some experimental planning to keep in compliance with the current social distancing requirements.  We will have three groups, each with a maximum of 9-10 riders, starting from three locations around China Lake equidistant from each other. YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE RIDE LEADER IN ADVANCE BY 5PM ON SATURDAY to get a spot, and you will be assigned to a starting location. Jeanine and her two junior assistant ride leaders (Jim and Tom) will each lead a group from their respective starting locations. This ride is for KVBC ride veterans only – we may accept newcomers at future rides.  Please do not arrive for the ride unannounced, or if you are ill, or if you or someone in your household has had flu-like or respiratory symptoms in the past two weeks.  Masks are recommended (you don’t have to wear them while riding, only in close areas).

Sunday, May 3rd – SOUTH CHINA, NORTH VASSALBORO, CHINA VILLAGE
“China at a Distance” – a tripartite tour around China Lake
START: 10:00 AM, in Three Groups, limited to Pre-registrants in multiples of 10, as Assigned, park well apart and wear masks:
1st Starting Point:  North Vassalboro Town Hall Rt 32 Main Street in North Vassalboro
2nd Starting Point:  Ice Cream Place on LakeView Drive next to Circle K in China Village
3rd Starting Point:  South China Public Library on Village Street in South China
DISTANCE: about 20 miles
TERRAIN: rolling with some hills
HIGHLIGHTS: cycling and distancing around China Lake.
PRIMARY LEADER: Jeanine Libby, PLEASE CONTACT JEANINE BEFORE 5 PM SATURDAY TO GET ON THE LIST FOR SUNDAY’S RIDE: jjlibby13@roadrunner.com, jlibby@clubaycc.org, or by cell or text 858-5500.
LINK TO RIDE ROUTE (starting locations vary): https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6815798

Thursday, April 30, 2020

May is Bike Month - No, Really!

May is fast upon us, and May is Bike Month, and is seems like every bicycle clothing manufacturer is busy cranking out...masks.  Here in Maine we are still under the same restrictions as last month - no more than 10 people at any gathering or event - and that's with masks.  With luck, that may be raised to 50 in June, but for the time being we will abide by those constraints.  Will we have any group rides?  That is still "to be determined" although some of us are looking into trying out some possible "social distancing" rides for small groups, with an eye for testing out parameters for when we can ride in larger groups.  Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime we will try for some more creative "virtual spins" coinciding with our previously scheduled rides.  Get out and ride in any case!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Remotely Retro

For a number of years now we have talked about organizing a Retro Ride, where members could show up with some vintage wheels that aren't often seen in group rides (well, with some exceptions).  We finally scheduled such a ride for April 26, in Waterville, but given the current situation and lockdown, we have to postpone riding in a group, lest we all become retro.  But that doesn't mean you can't venture out with your vintage machines on your own!  Feel free to dust off your old steeds and take a spin, and take a picture, too.  A "vintage" bike is one that is vintage to you.  Those of you who buy a new bike every year, last year's bike might do.  It should at least be roadworthy.  We'll try to compile a gallery of Retro Rides after the fact.  And if we do get to reschedule the ride in the future, the photos will serve as a preview.  Take care, and stay well!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

KVBC Ride Postponements

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all well, staying safe and responsible, and getting out and riding.  In case you didn't know, the governor's current "Stay Healthy at Home" executive order does consider outdoor exercise an essential activity, including bicycling:  "Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking [ Yay!], BUT, only in compliance with the social gathering restriction in Executive Order 14 and all applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." [Darn.]  That means you can go out and ride, but not in groups larger than ten, which effectively means no group rides while the executive order is in effect - currently through the end of April, and quite possibly beyond.  Some cycling groups have already cancelled all of their scheduled rides for May.  We haven't gone quite that far, but we have postponed indefinitely the "Wake Up the Earth Ride" scheduled for April 19 in Augusta, and most likely the "Retro" bike ride in Waterville on April 26.  We will reappraise the situation for KVBC rides in May as we get more information.

I did try to devise some strategy to allow for social distancing on our social rides (if that isn't a contradiction in terms) such as: signing up in advance, restricting congregating at ride starts and no waiting in groups at turns, staggered starts, avoiding stores and restrooms, staying far enough apart to avoid other riders "respiration zones" (which no one seems to know what that means), and it all comes back to: "What's the point of having a group ride when you can't ride in a group?"  Also, I don't feel it is right to ask our volunteer ride leaders to risk exposure to themselves and their families, so we will abide by the group riding restrictions as long as they are in effect.

I do encourage everyone to go out and ride.  I did go so far as to work up an alternate "Wake Up the Earth" ride that starts at the Belgrade Town Office and doesn't pass any stores, and if you are looking for a spring ride, here it is: https://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7422505.  I hope to scope out some other potential rides during our hiatus, and I'm thinking of doing a 50-mile ride on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (solo, of course).  Meanwhile, take care everyone, and stay well!