Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Esker Me Anything


We had a nice, clear late-spring day for our ride Monday from Readfield - much warmer and sunnier than the regularly scheduled ride on Sunday.  The route was very pretty, traffic was modest perhaps due to the holiday, and though it was breezy we actually had some impressive tailwinds.  Our thanks to Lydia for rescheduling and leading on short notice!  This Saturday we will venture out of West Mount Vernon past many scenic ponds, over some challenging hills, and across the remarkably flat Chesterville Esker.  Hope you can join us!

Saturday, June 25 - 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.  Long route has approx. 1/4 mile of gravel surface.
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.com, 293-3784.

LINK to RIDE MAP (Long): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39591548
LINK to RIDE MAP (Short): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39591616
 

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. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Meandering a Little Later


Due to forecasts of cold, wet conditions for Father's Day we have decided to take advantage of the holiday and shift the start of this weekend's KVBC ride to Monday, June 20, Juneteenth, at 10:00 am.  Please note the change in time and day, and pass this info along to anyone who may be planning to ride but is not on our email list.  Thanks to Lydia and everyone for being flexible, and see you Monday!


Monday, June 20th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 10:00 am at the Maranacook Middle School, lower paved parking lot, Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot.
DISTANCE: about 27-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at the Apple Shed Bakery in Kents Hill..
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, lydialeimbach@gmail.com.

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

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Meandering and Meandering


We had another beautiful day for our ride from Jefferson last Saturday. We rode on some very scenic back roads past fields of lupines in full bloom.  Many thanks to the Griffins who returned to Maine barely a week ago, just in time to lead their ride!  Join us this Sunday, Father's Day, Juneteenth, as we ride out of Readfield for yet another tour of the lakes district (please note that this ride has been moved up a week from its listing in the original schedule).  See you then!

Sunday, June 19th - READFIELD
"The Maranacook Meander" - a lakeside tour through Readfield, Winthrop, Wayne and Kents Hill
START: 9:00 am at the Maranacook Middle School, lower paved parking lot, Millard Harrison Drive, off of Rt. 17 about one quarter mile north of Readfield Depot.
DISTANCE: about 27-30 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: many lakeside and hill top views; optional stop at the Apple Shed Bakery in Kents Hill..
LEADER: Lydia Leimbach, lydialeimbach@gmail.com.

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

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Pining for Lupines


 

We had more fine weather for last Sunday's ride around Cobbossee Lake. The roadsides were flanked by an abundance of wild and cultivated flowers, and were in pretty good shape, except for a torn-up gravel section on the return route (my apologies). This Saturday we will circle another lake and hopefully see even more flowers on a very pretty route in its own right. Hope you can join us!
Saturday, June 11 - 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, bjgriffin1964@gmail.com

Monday, May 30, 2022

Odysseus Liked Ice Cream


 

We had an exceptionally beautiful day for our ride in Vassalboro last Sunday.  The routes were wonderful, the weather was superb, and the post-ride repast was, as always, first rate!  Many thanks to our leaders and hosts, David & Laura!  The Lipmans have also stepped up to lead this Saturday's Women's Ride on the Kennebec River Rail Trail from Augusta to Gardiner, part of BCM's Women's Ride series, the Augusta offering co-sponsored by the KVBC. For more information and registration, go to https://www.bikemaine.org/2022-augusta-womens-ride/.  Sunday we will meet in Manchester by Fielder's Choice Ice Cream for one of our traditional rides around Cobbossee Lake.  Hope you can join us as we kick off the month of June!

Sunday, June 5th - 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

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.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Women's Ride Returns


Next Saturday, June 4, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Women's Ride co-sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club returns to Augusta for a 20-mile ride on the Kennebec River Rail Trail. For more information and to register, go to bikemaine.org/2022-augusta-womens-ride

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

June Rides!


 Here is the KVBC ride line-up for June! Quite a few of our traditional, popular rides coming up! Remember, this Sunday's ride is in Vassalboro, and if you plan to attend the post-ride lunch please let Laura know at Laura.Lipman@roadrunner.com so she can get a head count. Thank you! And see you tomorrow, or if not, in June!