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April 2019 ORFS Schedule

Put a little Spring in your step with our lively group each Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
April 2nd---SUGAR RIVER TRAIL, Kelleyville to Claremont ---Leaders, Bill and Kathy Coombs, 763-2307 or 603-309-0228. DIRECTIONS: From New London, take Rt. 11 through Newport toward Claremont. Around 4 miles, turn left at Chandler Mills Rd. just before Kelleyville bridge opposite Blood Car sign on right. Go about two miles to parking area on right. You have he opportunity to walk through 3 covered bridges! Hike as !omg as you want before meeting for Lunch at Imperial Chinese Buffet on he right before the Wal-Mart turn off in Claremont.

April 9th---ROWELL HILL WALK from Silverbergs' house at 101 Winslow Circle, New London---Leader/hosts are Rosemary and John, 526-7940/606-748-4201. DIRECTIONS: From New London, take Rt. 11/114 and turn right at the Presbyterian Church. Continue until you see Rowell Hill Rd. on your left. Follow downhill to the third right which is Winslow Rd. Go 1/4 mile, and right onto Winslow Circle at the "Y" to #101, a red house on your right. You can park near their home and walk as long as you choose around the lovely neighborhood. Generous homemade lunch provided when you return.

April 16th---SIMON PIERCE, PATH of LIFE, and HARPOON BREWERY, Windsor, VT. ----Leaders are George and Nancy Smith. 802-436-2616/802-369-4048. Enjoy a triple feature: watch resident artists creating items which are for sale in their gift shop; walk through a unique sculpture garden and enjoy lunch in a popular brew pub! DIRECTIONS: TAKE I-89N past West Lebanon to VT. Get on I-91S and go until exit 9. Turn left to Windsor. Go 2 to 3 miles until you see Simon Pierce sign on right. Park anywhere in their huge parking lot.

ARRIL 23rd----LUNA-SEE LODGE in SPRINGFIELD ----The Green Man and Green Goddess of LUNA-SEE LODGE cordially invite you to enter their glorious GREEN SCENE for a tantalizing taste of Spring! Leaders/hosts are Kathy and Bill Coombs, 763-2307. DIRECTIONS: Take I-89 from New London, turn right off Exit 12A, and take George's Mill Rd. to Rt. 114 /Main St. Turn left and go 2 miles to Lake Kolelemook town beach on your right. Coombs' brown house is right across the street at # 2643 Main. Park where possible. After your hike to the cemetery or around the lake loop, go inside to experience the GREEN GALORE potluck buffet. (List of what Kathy is making, along with green food suggestions for you to choose from and bring will be sent in a separate e mail later.) Please wear some green and expect to participate in some ridiculous relays flinging green slime, scarfing pistachio pudding and passing mini Martians. Green prizes awarded for best outfit, best sport and winning teams. Afterward you may agree that it's not so easy being green!

ARRIL 30th-----COLLETTE TRAIL in ENFIELD----Leaders are Bill and Kathy Coombs, 763-2307/603-309-0228. A lovely trail along rushing Bicknell Brook creating cascades and waterfalls. You can cross a rope bridge and go see Crystal Lake, then enjoy your lunch on the promontory. Hiking poles are necessary. Bring lunch and portable chairs. DIRECTIONS: from New London take Rt.11 East to Potter Place. Turn left on Rt.4A and go 15 miles toward Enfield past Grafton Pond Rd. to next right sharp turn at Boys Camp Rd. Continue over a small bridge and angle park on the left. The trailheads are on either side.

Monthly coordinators, Bill & Kathy Coombs, 763-2307.

May 2019 ORFS Schedule

May 7- Hike lovely MINK BROOK TRAILS in HANOVER and have soup, drinks, and desserts at Knight’s home following. Leaders/hosts, Brenda and Jim 277-9306. Directions: to the trail from I-89, exit 18- go north on Rte 120 past the hospital. Bear left at the Y by the small co-op and gas station onto Lebanon St. Go thru a few lights then left on Rte 10 at the T. Go down Rte 10 about ½ mile almost to the bridge then turn left on Brook Road. Follow about 0.03 mile to ball field parking lot. To Knight’s house afterward- 6 Storr’s Rd. Go back thru Hanover, turn right onto Lebanon St., and look for signs on your right as you pass the co-op and gas station. Storr’s Rd is the LAST st. on your right going uphill just before the white picket fence on the right. Good idea is to follow someone who knows. {NH Atlas: pg 32, J-2 & pg. 62, J-6} WEDNESDAY ALTERNATIVE WEATHER DATE


May 14-Hike Pine Ridge Rd area in Sunapee. Leaders are Al Peterson, 763 5456, and Eileen Gobeil. A couple options for dirt road, paved road, and trails into Dexters Inn. Directions: from Rte 11 Sunapee, take 103B ½ mi, R on Stagecoach Rd 1.0 mi, R on Young Hill Rd ½ mi, L on Pine Ridge Rd- go around loop counter-clockwise ¼ mi where you see the view, and park on rd by #82 (avoid mailbox for delivery). Bring lunch and some bring chairs to eat afterwards at Al’s. WEDNESDAY ALTERNATIVE WEATHER DATE


May 21- ACTIVITY is Mini-Golf at FORE-U GOLF CENTER WEST LEBANON. 298 Plainfield Rd. 298-9702. Leader is Lois Giblin, 526-8823. Play mini-golf with groups and/or practice on the driving range. Golf pro on hand. Eat at the Weathervane or bring lunch to eat at Golf Center’s picnic tables. Hot dogs and ice cream available. See greens coupon section for savings on pages 3 and 7 in Conn. River Valley telephone book. DIRECTIONS; Take I-89 North to exit 20. Turn left off exit onto Rte 12A South. Follow about 0.6 mile to traffic light. Turn right at Home Depot. Fore-U Golf Center is on south side. {NH Atlas: pg. 32, 11-A} WEDNESDAY ALTERNATIVE WEATHER DATE


May 28- HIKE or KAYAK around KEZAR LAKE in WEST SUTTON. Leaders- Al Peterson 763-5456, Skip Hause. First paddle of the season. Make a loop around the island will see wildlife on a tributary, or walk as far as you want on the rural road around the lake. Bring lunches to eat at picnic tables in Wadleigh State Park. DIRECTIONS: Rte 114 South towards North Sutton. After passing general store on left, turn right onto Wadleigh Rd. then left onto the parking lot. Kayakers can put in across the street but plan to carry lunch in boat. Hikers can walk or drive to picnic spot. {NH Atlas: pg. 34, J-5} (Wednesday may not be available for a weather date)


June 4- HIKE or KAYAK OTTER POND, New London. Leaders: Eileen Gobeil and Al Peterson. Bring lunch to have at the beach. Please observe the ‘no parking’ signs on the right side of Otterville Rd. DIRECTIONS: Rte 11 at the New London/Georges Mills line. WEDNESDAY ALTERNATIVE WEATHER DATE


Slower Spokes for Older Folks

Slower Spokes for Older Folks will be operating again this year, on Wednesdays. It is the easier biking group for those who want time “to smell the roses” as well as get some exercise. Somewhat shorter rides, somewhat easier routes, and a definitely more leisurely pace characterize this group. If you might be interested, send an email to Mary Eysenbach: eysen@tds.net. Starting date will depend on the weather. Suggestions for routes always welcome.


2019 COA Thursday Bike Schedule

4/25/19 - Elkins,Kesar Lake, Hominy Pot
5/2/19 - Quechee Woodstock Return, 16 miles, easy route
5/9/19 - KEARSARGE VALLEY LOOP Shaker, 16 miles
5/16/19 - Elkins, Cilleyville, Andover – c. 20 miles, easy route
5/23/19 - Contoocook, Penacook 20 miles, easy route
5/30/19 - Plesant Lake-Wilmot, 13 miles, easy toute
6/6/19 - Mascoma Lake – 23 miles (2 miles dirt, several miles rail-trail), easy route
6/13/19 - Warner, Contoocook, Blackwater Dam, 21 miles, easy route
6/20/19 - Enfield, Canaan Street – about 20 miles, easy except for three hills -.20 miles
7/4/19 - Ride cancelled for holiday
7/18/19 - SPRINGFIELD BOG LOOP, 13 miles
7/25/19 - New London 4 Lakes, 27 miles, moderate route
8/1/19 - Hanover, Etna, Lyme –moderate plus, c.900’ gain, 28 miles
8/29/19 - Andover, Franklin – 23 miles; more challenging
9/5/19 - Arround Lake Morrey, 20 miles, moderate
9/12/19 - Warner, Blackwater and Ice Cream, 30 miles
9/19/19 - Stratham, Rye,Greenland, 30 miles
10/3/19 - Newfound Lake 23 miles of moderate biking, 23 miles
10/10/19 - E Concord, Canterbury Shaker Village
10/17/19 - Rain date