Herb Coolidge & Joan Lore have worked together to bring to life a bounty of rides from their home state of Maine in the Northern USA.

There’s a lovely variety and uniqueness to these routes and even a ride through the snow which is one of only a handful of its kind on FulGaz.

The duo normally split their time between Maine and Colorado and have contributed some great rides to FulGaz along the way.

Thanks Herb & Joan for this great collection.

Winter Fat Bike Loop

This Fat Bike outing takes place in Range Pond State Park and follows popular hiking trails until heading out upon the Pond itself which is populated by people spending the day ice fishing. For the Fat Bike experience, set your bike weight to 25 pounds and enjoy.

10.40KM
DISTANCE
41:13
DURATION
55M
ELEVATION

Crank The Kanc

The first sixteen miles offer gradual but constant grades. The last five miles are when things start looking up. The course offers many views of the scenic Swift river and surrounding glacially scraped mountains.

34.35KM
DISTANCE
1:42:28
DURATION
736M
ELEVATION

Shelburne Dam to Bethel

Starting at where the Appalachian Mountain trail crosses the highway for the last time in New Hampshire, this ride crosses the Androscoggin River, which was at one time one of the top ten most polluted rivers in the United States and the inspiration for the Clean Water Act of 1972!

30.28KM
DISTANCE
54:04
DURATION
276M
ELEVATION

Johnson Hill To Scribner Hill

This ride takes in typical views and scenery of the foothill country of South Western Maine, USA Lots of stone walls, some old houses and fields. There are three climbs, Johnson Hill, Heath Road and a part of Scribner Hill that are pleasing.

14.64KM
DISTANCE
40:41
DURATION
311M
ELEVATION

Hurricane Mountain

Have a good warmup before this one. The climbing starts immediately, with a few breaks until you get to the gate (this is a seasonal road – too steep to plow snow). From then on, relentless until you get to the top.

6.38KM
DISTANCE
26:18
DURATION
387M
ELEVATION

Harpswell

For a sample of coastal Maine riding, this starts out from Dyer’s Corner, rides out on the peninsulas with several side trips for views, ends at South Harpswell, and provides several nice views of Maine’s scenic coast ending on dock.

33.09KM
DISTANCE
1:14:53
DURATION
326M
ELEVATION

Biddeford Pool

This lovely, flat Maine coastal ride travels around Biddeford Pool, Fortune Rocks and ends at Granite Island, home to the Rachel Carlson Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see lots of traditional seashore homes and multiple ocean views.

21.93KM
DISTANCE
45:38
DURATION
95M
ELEVATION

Evans Notch

This early Autumn ride has some very nice scenery of farmland and the Mountains.

29.77KM
DISTANCE
1:14:20
DURATION
543M
ELEVATION

PinePoint to Camp Ellis

This stretch of the Maine Coast is a very popular summer vacation area and packed with motels and a few high risers. Starting out by a salt water marsh, the ride will finish at a very small village with some great Atlantic Ocean views at the end. This is as flat as it gets – a great warm-up or cool down cruise

17.74KM
DISTANCE
37:43
DURATION
74M
ELEVATION

Hurricane Mt - Heading-West

This route is often used to train for the annual world-famous Mt Washington Auto Road Hill Climb time trial race, which is held in August just a few miles to the north. The fun begins at the gate, which is closed when the snow begins, not to be opened again until spring.

5.77KM
DISTANCE
25:52
DURATION
375M
ELEVATION

Bailey Island

Starting near Dyer Corner and heading out on Rt 123, this ride takes a left on Mountain Road and then a right on rt 24, crosses Orrs Island and then crosses a nationally historical Cribstone bridge.

22.25KM
DISTANCE
47:09
DURATION
280M
ELEVATION

Sweden Road

The Sweden Road (AKA Route 93) is typical of rides in the Western Maine foothills. They tend to be straight, even when the inclines go double digit and rather unpopulated except for the occasional farm. There are some good countryside scenes to be enjoyed on this early autumn day.

17.53KM
DISTANCE
42:48
DURATION
291M
ELEVATION

Grafton Notch

This ride travels on one of Maine’s more scenic roads up though Grafton Notch, which is a classic example of a U-shaped valley carved out by glacial action during the last ice age and home too a popular state park.

37.34KM
DISTANCE
1:21:06
DURATION
488M
ELEVATION

Bear Notch

This ride features some nice farmland and then forest scenery as it goes up the gradual climbs of the Passaconaway road , crosses a covered bridge over the Swift River, and continues on the Kancamangus Highway. Things become a bit more challenging as it turns off onto the seasonal Bear Notch road climb. 

34.04KM
DISTANCE
1:23:02
DURATION
467M
ELEVATION

Empire Road to Pottle Hill

A nice ride in the foothills of Western, Maine – this ride goes past the Range Pond State Park entrance, climbs several short but steep hills and terminates atop Pottle Hill which provides a nice view.

22.50KM
DISTANCE
49:02
DURATION
298M
ELEVATION

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