First Two for December

lights on bikes   Sunday, Dec 7th at 5:30 p.m.
Tour of Lights in Olde Towne Daphne: starting at Daphne Library (north side parking lot) we will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail, dipping in to some of the nearby neighborhoods to enjoy their Christmas lights and decorations. Make sure that you have lights on your bicycle. We will have dinner afterwards in Olde Towne Daphne.

Sunday, Dec 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Fairhope Pier to Grand Hotel: We will begin at the bluff above the Fairhope Pier (beside the Marietta Johnson statue) riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail to the Gand Hotel and back.

One More for October… and November rides too!

halloween bike Thursday – October 30th - 6:00 p.m.   Haunted Bicycle Ride:  Beginning at the Fairhope Civic Center (west end of parking area, near Church St.), we’ll be riding around Fairhope taking in the Halloween decorations.  Wear a costume if you like and make sure that you have working lights on your bicycle.

Saturday – Nov 1st -  Baldwin Bike Fest at the Foley Heritage Park:  Routes include 3, 10, 28, and 71 mile options.  See their website for info. http://baldwinbikefest.com/

Streets Alive  Sunday – Nov 2nd -  Mobile Streets Alive:  We’ll meet-up at Cream and Sugar in Mobile (351 George Street in the heart of Mobile’s Oakleigh Historic).  Lunching at 12:30, ride beginning at 1:30 p.m. As a group we’ll bicycle to the event site.  See their website for more info on this street festival event:  http://www.mobilestreetsalive.org/

bike and film  Sunday – Nov 9th -  Post-Film Festival Ride  3:00 p.m.:  Beginning at McSherry’s in downtown Fairhope and riding around the downtown streets and sidewalks.  For info on the Fairhope Film Festival, see their website:  http://www.fairhopefilmfestival.org/

vet day bike Tuesday – Nov 11th -  Veteran’s Day: LONG Bike Ride and Sunset Service:   Bike Ride at 3:00 p.m. beginning at the bluff above the Fairhope Pier, beside the Marietta Johnson statue.  We’ll ride all the way to Mullet Point Park and back (16 miles total).  Afterwards (5:45 p.m.), a sunset prayer service will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial fountain in Henry George Park on the bluff.  Bring a lawn chair for the service and the sunset.

colony cemetery  Saturday – Nov 15th -  Fairhope Round-up Day Ride:  Before the ride, you’re invited to attend an outdoor play at the Colony Cemetery, staged by the Fairhope Museum of History.  We’ll attend the 11:00 show.  (Admission to the play is $10 per person with tickets available in advance at the museum and walk-ons permitted if the event is not sold out. For more information, call the museum at 929-1471.)    CLICK HERE for more Round-up Day info.   After the play, (12:00’ish)  we’ll ride from the Fairhope Civic Center out toward the east side of Fairhope.  Think lunch somewhere in the mix!

 

Sunday – Nov 16th -  Fairhope Pier to Grand Hotel   3:00 p.m.:   Meeting near the Marietta Johnson statue on the bluff overlooking the Fairhope Pier, we will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel. This is an 8-10 mile route, depending on side-trips.

 

Sunday – Nov 23rdNo ride planned, but you might enjoy the Fairhope Christmas Open House in downtown, 1 – 5 p.m., with live entertainment and refreshments throughout town.

turkey bike  Sunday – Nov 30th -  Work off the Turkey Ride  2:00 p.m.:  Beginning at Pelican Point (at the mouth of Weeks Bay), we’ll ride to Mullet Point (5 miles), then on to the Grand Hotel (5 more miles), and then…. see how it goes, but, maybe, on to the Fairhope Pier (3 more miles).  Then back!    Perhaps a 26 mile roundtrip route, or less, if you like.

“Wear Pink” and other Details for Sunday, Oct 12th – VOLUNTEER Day & Ride in Orange Beach

Pink Ribbon2  Pink Bike  WEAR PINK or Pink-out your bike on Oct 12  –  VOLUNTEER Day at the Infinity Bicycles Breast Cancer Awareness Ride in Orange Beach.   We have 10 Slow Bicyclists who’ve volunteered to help with the event.  Others are welcome to:

  • join us for last-minute volunteering:  9:20 a.m. at Orange Beach Sportsplex, on your bike with helmet.  We’ll ride out to join the other pre-scheduled volunteers on the trail.  Bring your own water and snacks.
  • sign-up and ride in the event (For Event details, follow this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/trek-breast-cancer-awareness-ride-infinity-bicycles-registration-11379675917)
  • or just join us for our after-event Slow Bike ride at 2:00 p.m.  Meet-up at the Trailhead at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.   After the event, we will ride the Orange Beach Backcountry Trails.   Food and fellowship to follow!
  • Vounteer then ride the Trails

October Rides

music  Oct 5th      Fairhope Pier to the Grand Hotel with Pops Concert    3:00 p.m.   Meeting near the south end of the Fairhope Pier Rose Garden or up on the hill beside the Marietta Johnson statue. We will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel then back. This is an 8-10 mile, very flat route.  Afterwards, stay around for the Baldwin Pops Concert on the Bluff. Bring your own lawn chair, beverages, and refreshments.

Vounteer then ride the Trails  Oct 12    VOLUNTEER Day at the Infinity Bicycles Breast Cancer Awareness Ride in Orange Beach.   Please contact Molly by Sunday, Oct 5th if you wish to volunteer. After the event, we will ride the Orange Beach trails. Time TBD. For Event details, follow this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/trek-breast-cancer-awareness-ride-infinity-bicycles-registration-11379675917

Oct 19           Ocean Springs Ride “Do-over” & The Shed BBQ for Lunch:   10:00 a.m.   Meet at the L& N Train Depot (Visitors Center).  This is a 15 mile bike loop featuring the downtown area, old Ocean Springs historic district (residential area, no path but very little traffic), front beach and east beach (wide paved trail along beach), Gulf Islands National Seashore Davis Bayou, salt marsh area, picnic tables, pavilion, RESTROOMS (This is the half way point), then back again. Ride is a bit hilly (similar to Daphne) and no formal path but not a lot of traffic.  Join the group for an after-ride Bar-B-Q lunch stop at “The Shed.”

Getting There: 1 ½ hr. Fairhope to Ocean Springs (I-10 West to Exit 50, 609 South all the way down to Ocean Springs. Cross over Bienville Blvd (rt. 90), Cross over railroad tracks and take an immediate left onto Park Rd. and another immediate left into the parking lot of Train Depot (Visitors Center)

butterfly  Oct 26           Mullet Point to the Grand Hotel   3:00 p.m.   Come celebrate the Monarch Butterfly season. Begins at Mullet Point Park on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. We ride along the paved Eastern Shore Trail north to the Grand Hotel, take a rest break, then return to Mullet Point Park. 10 miles roundtrip. Very flat. Appropriate for Beginners and Families. Takes about an hour and a half to complete at our slow, social pace.

Slow Rides for September

september

  • Sept 7 (Sunday)  Mullet Point to Weeks Bay Bridge - 5:00 p.m.    Meet at Mullet Point Park in Point Clear (on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel).  We will ride “out and back” along both the Eastern Shore Trail and some county roads to reach the Weeks Bay Bridge.  Some hills.  About 11 miles total.
  • Sept 14th (Sunday)  Mullet Point to Pelican Point - 5:00 p.m.  Begins at Mullet Point Park.  We will ride on County Road #1, southeast to Pelican Point at Weeks Bay.  We’ll take a rest break, then return to Mullet Point Park. 10 miles roundtrip. Very flat.  Takes about an hour and a half to complete at our slow, social pace.
  • Sept 21st (Sunday)  Daphne Ride beginning at the Daphne Public Library (north parking lot) – 4:00 p.m.  Leaving from the library, we will ride along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Bay Front Park in Daphne.  This route will include some off-road treking through the Village Pointe Preserve, passing beside the Jackson Oak, then back out onto the Trail.  Some hills.
  • Sept 28th (Sunday)  Ocean Springs, Mississippi Ride & The Shed BBQ for Lunch:   10:00 a.m.   Meet at the L& N Train Depot (Visitors Center).  This is a 15 mile bike loop featuring the downtown area, old Ocean Springs historic district (residential area, no path but very little traffic), front beach and east beach (wide paved trail along beach), Gulf Islands National Seashore Davis Bayou, salt marsh area, picnic tables, pavilion, RESTROOMS (This is the half way point), then back again. Ride is a bit hilly (similar to Daphne) and no formal path but not a lot of traffic.  Join the group for an after-ride Bar-B-Q lunch stop at “The Shed.”

Getting There: 1 ½ hr. Fairhope to Ocean Springs (I-10 West to Exit 50, 609 South all the way down to Ocean Springs. Cross over Bienville Blvd (rt. 90), Cross over railroad tracks and take an immediate left onto Park Rd. and another immediate left into the parking lot of Train Depot (Visitors Center)

The Rest of HOT August – a few Rides…

music  Sunday, August 24th – 5:00 p.m.:  Courtyard 311 – Music to follow!   Beginning at (or near) Courtyard 311 in Downtown Fairhope, on Fairhope Ave, between Section and Church Streets.  The Doc Rogers and the Rock Dodgers Band  is suppose to be playing from 6-9 p.m.  It’s going to be too hot to ride far, so we’ll stroll easily around town, then return for some cool refreshments and live music.

labor day Sunday, August 31st, – 5:00 p.m. :  Labor Day Stroll beginning at the Fairhope Pier Rose Garden (or on top of the bluff if you don’t want to climb the hill).  Riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail, then back.