We had a great ride Saturday in Rome - once we stopped counting the hills. There were seven of us who did the seven hills, and then some. Fortunately most of the climbing was in shade, as the morning gave way to mid-day heat and humidity. We have another fine stretch of weather ahead, by all accounts, and another classic ride to Bowdoinham coming up next Sunday. Summer is definitely here, so get out and get on your bike and join us!
Sunday, July 15th - 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 new 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: 40-45 miles.
TERRAIN: Moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: quiet back roads along streams and farmland south & west of Gardiner.
LEADER: Joe Renda.