April, May & June '03

Please note: HELMETS are now MANDATORY for all rides!

TERRAIN F = Flat with a few easy grades
R = Rolling hills with enough flat places to provide relief
H = Hilly, steep grades with some relief
S = Steep, for strong riders
PACE L = Leisurely with plenty of rest stops. Riding speed 10 to 12 mph
M = Moderate with occasional rest stops. Riding speed 12 to 16 mph
B = Brisk with fewer rest stops. Riding speed greater than 16 mph
Please note: If there is a question of bad weather, call the ride coordinator whose number is listed with the ride description [only the printed copies of the ride schedule contain phone numbers - web ed]. If you get no answer, (s)he is at the designated meeting area!!!


TUESDAY & THURSDAY night rides from Amherst
Meet at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights) at 5:15 PM Pace is 14-16 mph. Distance is between 20 - 28 miles until daylight diminishes. Ride as a group. There are NO Cue sheets.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY night rides from Greenfield
Meet at Bicycles Unlimited on High St. in Greenfield at 6:00 PM. Thursday ride is usually a little faster than Tuesday. Select a group based on how fast you want to go (fast group rides at ~20 mph avg.), fast and slow groups have separate leaders. No cue sheets. For more info, contact Bob Perry 413-772-2700 or BikeBob@crocker .com


APRIL 5 (Sat) - MT. BIKING IN ROBINSON STATE PARK - Meet at Robinson Park Elementary School on Begley Street in Agawam. (Call Walt for directions) at 9:00 AM for a ride in nearby Robinson State Park which borders the Westfield River. Bring snacks, lunch & water. We'll ride the abundant single track trails in the park.
COORDINATOR: Walter Chudzik


APRIL 6 (SUN) - BOOKMILL BONANZA; F-R/L-M/25 miles. We'll ride to the Montague Bookmill that has books and a little cafe where we might be able to buy juices, pastries, cookies & coffee. Meet at the Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right 1/4 mile north of the church at the lights) at 1:00 PM. Bring drinking water and DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER!
COORDINATORS: Ron DeGray - Cue sheet available online.
I hear there was a ride today, but I wasn't there. It had just snowed Friday!

APRIL 13 (Sun) - UP & DOWN THE RIVER & POET'S SEAT CLIMB; R/L-M/25 miles, with a climb UP to Poet's Seat! The view will be worth the effort. Meet at 1:00 PM in the Mt. Sugarloaf parking lot in South Deerfield on Rt. 116 just across the Connecticut River from Sunderland center. Bring water & munchies for the stop at the top of Poet's Seat. This will be a Multi-Club ride.
COORDINATORS: Al Shane & Marion Gorham - Cue sheet available online.
Sunny, 55°, stiff wind out of the north. Finally some spring-like weather! There was a good crowd today, 25 riders, I think. It was good to see John Marcil back riding again. He still doesn't have use of his right hand from a bad bike accident back in August of 2002. He had his bike modified to control braking and shifting (all 27 gears) with his left hand. This was a good starter ride after a long winter.
Click here for some pics of this ride.

APRIL 20 (Easter Sun) - A NON-DENOMINATIONAL RIDE; F-R/L-M/30 Miles. This 2 State ride will include stops at the Bradley Air Museum and in Granby CT for lunch. Meet at 10:00 AM in Southwick Mass. in the parking lot near the former Whalley Computers across the street from the Summer House on Routes 10 & 202. This is a joint ride with the Yankee Pedalers.
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski and Sally Peters

APRIL 27 (Sun) - SCENIC SUFFIELD; R/M/32, 40 or 44 miles. Enjoy a rolling, rural, road ride mainly through the back roads of town. Bring food and drink, as there are few stores along the route. Meet at 10:00 AM at Suffield Village Shopping Center on Bridge Street just east of the junction of Routes 75 and 168 in the center of Suffield, CT. This is a joint ride with the Yankee Pedalers. Be prepared for a traditionally windy day. Rain or wet roads cancels.
COORDINATORS: Steve & Suzanne Petke
Sorry about any confusion about this ride, it is listed in the printed rides scheduled as being held on SATURDAY, APRIL 27. We meant SUNDAY, APRIL 27. Nice weather today after yesterday's wash-out, sunny, around 70°.

MAY 4 (Sun) The Big Bike Ride: Guilford to Hammonassett; 35 or 50 miles, moderate. Enjoy scenic Connecticut shoreline in Guilford and Madison, with a lunch stop at Hammonassett State Park. Meet at 10:00 AM at the commuter parking lot at the intersection of I-95 and Rt. 77 in Guilford.
COORDINATORS: Mike and Fran Ungaro
Another beautiful, sunny day. Too bad I didn't do any bike riding. I'm still busy completely re-modeling our kitchen, but hope to see you next week in Amherst.

MAY 11 (Sun) - AROUND THE RANGE; R/L-M/33 miles. Ride around the Holyoke Range with a chance to see "The Seven Sisters" from both sides. The route passes by an old water-powered gristmill and scenic Mill pond. There will be a lunch stop at TailGate Picnic in South Hadley. Meet at 10:00 AM at Mill River Recreation Area off Rt. 63 in North Amherst (on right mile north of the church at the lights).
COORDINATORS: John & Karen Gustin
Only 7 riders on this perennial favorite today. We only went off course once, but we were all together and managed to take a different route to the "Tailgate Picnic" for lunch (which included a nice little down hill!) The weather cooperated and everyone had a good time, thanks to all that came.

MAY 11 (Sun) - The e-Ride: East Windsor, Enfield, East Longmeadow and Ellington; 40 miles, flat (900 feet of climbing). Enjoy this spring warm-up ride through three counties in two states. Bring food and drink or buy lunch at the Ellington Town Green. Meet at 10:00 AM at Chester's Plaza on Route 140 in East Windsor. Take exit 45 off I-91 and follow Route 140 east for 1.5 miles. This is a joint FHF - Yankee Pedalers - Cyclonauts ride. Rain or wet roads cancels.
COORDINATORS: Steve and Suzanne Petke

MAY 18 (Sun) - The Big Tree Ride; 44 miles, rolling, with arboreal attractions. Delightful ride on quiet back roads through Simsbury, Granby, Suffield and Southwick. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Weatogue Commuter Lot on Rt. 10/202 in Simsbury, 0.2 miles North of the junction with Rt. 185. This is a joint FHF - Yankee Pedalers ride.
COORDINATORS: Bruce & Franca Kitson

MAY 24 to MAY 26 (Fri thru Mon) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BIKING & CAMPING ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD. Ride to historic Oak Bluffs, Gay Head Cliffs, Menemsha fishing village, Edgartown, and Chilmark or just be a beach bum. There is no set schedule, and people are free to do their own rides using maps readily available at the ferry landing. We will be camping in Vineyard Haven at Martha's Vineyard Family Campground that has a group site in a nice wooded area away from RV's. Their group rate is $8.00/person/night, however, they require a minimum of ten persons, and advanced reservations with a 50% advance deposit.
Some people cook all their meals at the campground while others eat out at nearby restaurants. We generally cook breakfast in camp each morning and this year we'll continue the Outback Oven bake-off. Expect gooey pastries in the morning and gloppy desserts in the evening. Every year we have a great time!
Reservations and an advance deposit are required. Deadline for reservations and $$$ to Bob & Sally is May 9.
COORDINATORS: Sally Peters & Bob Kowaleski

MAY 25 (Sun) - SHOW & GO RIDE - For those who didn't go to the Vineyard, meet at 10:00 AM at Mill River Recreation area on Rt. 63 in North Amherst. (A quarter mile north of the light). Participants present will decide upon route and distance.

JUNE 1 (Sun) - Pumping to the Piscine Pools; F-R/M/40 miles. This ride will take us through the farmlands of Hadley and Sunderland to the Fish Hatchery in Montague where we can stare at primitive, wet, scaly creatures who in turn can stare back at us sweaty, polyestered creatures. After that we'll wind back through some hilly sections of Leverett for some more highly evolved, lung expanding, bipedal action. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Robsham Visitor's Center parking lot on Mass. Ave. on the U. Mass Campus in Amherst. Call Mike if you need directions.
Coordinator: Mike Gorczyca
Rained most of the day

JUNE 8 (Sun) - UP TO WENDELL; R-H/M/45-50 miles. The title says it all. There will be a "rest" stop at Lake Wyola. Meet at 9:00 AM at the new Hadley Elementary School on Rt. 47 North of Rt. 9 in Hadley.
COORDINATOR: Walter Chudzik
Cloudy, low 70's, but dry.

6:00 PM -----Arrive & Socialize
6:30 PM -----Potluck Dinner
7:30 PM-----Meeting
Main order of business is to fill the summer rides schedule, please consider being a ride coordinator. If you can't come to the meeting, you can always call Sally Peters ahead of time and she can put you on the calendar.

JUNE 15 (Sun) - Ride to the Flowers and the Latin Festival; F/R-L/M/40 miles, 1400 feet of ascent. Meet at 10:00 AM in Suffield Village parking lot, Suffield CT. Ride through Suffield, Agawam, Southwick to Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. Bring snacks/lunch or buy lunch at the food booths at the Latin Festival in the park.

JUNE 22 (Sun) - WHERE'S WYBEN?? R-H/M/35 miles. Where's Wyben? Come on this "wyde" and find out. We will have a real lunch stop at Sheldon's Deli. Meet at the Big Y parking lot (on Rt. 10) on the Easthampton/Southampton line at 10:00 AM. Bring plenty of water - this ride is RURAL!!
COORDINATORS: Charlie & Eileen Meyers
Rainy day...

JUNE 29 (Sun) - DON MAYNARD'S MEMORIAL GUILFORD CONNECTION; R/L-M/45 miles. This ride is a tribute to Don Maynard who was murdered in 1994. This year we will pass the hat to accept voluntary contributions for the Franklin County Bikeway. Come join fellow cyclists who will carry on the Guilford Connection ride in Don's memory. Meet at 10:30 AM at Greenfield Community College Parking lot, which is off Colrain Road just north of the I-91/Rt. 2 interchange. From I-91, take Exit 26 - Follow signs for Rt. 2 West (Mohawk Trail). Colrain Road is the FIRST Right. We'll cycle through Guilford and Vernon VT encountering a few "good" hills and 2 miles of Vermont DIRT (which is better than some Mass. pavement). Lunch will be at the Schoolhouse Grocery in Vernon, VT.
COORDINATORS: Bob Kowaleski & Sally Peters
Great weather, bunches of people showed up, including 5 tandems (I think).


PLEASE NOTE: Helmets are REQUIRED for all FHF rides. Bring drinking water, a spare inner tube that fits your bike & snack food. Prospective club members are welcome on FHF rides.