Winter Rides – 2015

bike in snow  Check the weather, bundle up if necessary, and come on out for a Winter bicycle ride.

 Snow probably NOT included!

Sunday, January 24:  2:00 Start   Fairhope Bluff to Point Clear –  Meeting at the Marietta Johnson statue on the Bluff above the Fairhope Municipal 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, January 31:  2:00 Start    Mullet Point to Pelican Point –   Begins at Mullet Point Park on Baldwin County Road #1, which is 5 miles south of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL.  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.

Sunday, February 7:  2:00 Start    Olde Towne Daphne Ride –  8 miles roundtrip route beginning at the Daphne Public Library (north side parking lot), riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail through Olde Towne Daphne.  Ride as far as you’d like down the Montrose hill, then returning to library. This is SuperBowl Sunday!  

Sunday, February 14:  2:00 Start    Valentine Day – East Fairhope Ride  Meet in the parking area in front of FRED’s in Fairhope, way out near the trees and the sidewalk.  We will be riding on the sidewalks on the east side of town.  Sites we’ll visit include Idlewild subdivision, the Homestead Community Garden, and Volanta Park.  This is a very flat sidewalk route in the commercial area out near the 4-lane Hwy 98.

Slow Bicycle Trip on March 24th   Saturday, February 20:  10:00 a.m. Start    Grayton Beach Ride (Florida)  Saturday’s ride will begin at 10:00 a.m. from the Starbucks and Another Broken Egg parking area in Grayton Beach.  Feel free to arrive early and enjoy breakfast at either location, but know that it’s a busy place in the morning.  We will be riding east toward Rosemary Beach for lunch – 10 miles along sidewalks and multi-use paths beside Hwy 30-A. This is a VERY bicycle-friendly area.

NOTES on Grayton Beach Ride:

  • We’ll make Sunday plans – when we’re together in Florida, but think Pensacola Beach Ride on the return to Alabama.  
  • Additional information and maps of the bicycling paths and trails can be found HERE.

If you’d like to join us, feel free to come for the day, or stay for the weekend.  Some Slow Bicyclists have already made lodging reservations at Grayton Beach State Park, where there are cabins and camp sites.   There are many other lodging alternatives in the area including condos and hotels.  See the official tourism website for this area for other ideas and activities.

Sunday, February 28:  2:00  Start    Daphne Bay Front Park (Down the Road behind Publix)  This meet-up ride begins from Bay Front Park in Daphne.  There is a parking area with restrooms right beside the bay and pier. This route will include some off-road treking through the Village Pointe Preserve, passing beside the Jackson Oak, then out onto the Eastern Shore Trail.  Some hills.  Early dinner afterwards at Moe’s BBQ.  

 

All Rides are subject to weather delays or cancellations.  There are no ride leaders.  Just ride with whomever shows up.  Ride Safe.  Have Fun!

 

Sunday, January 10th

cousin vinnys  Sunday, January 10th:  Meet-up ride begins at Daphne City Hall parking lot, next to Cousin Vinny’s,  at 2:00 p.m.  LONG, HILLY ride to Fairhope and back along the Eastern Shore Trail!  (Ride as near or far as you like.)  Dinner afterwards at Cousin Vinny’s.

Christmas Lights Ride -Saturday at 5:30 pm

lights on bikes   Saturday, Dec 19th 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 and/or on your person.  We will have dinner afterwards in Daphne.

 

No Ride on Sunday, Dec 20th.  Merry Christmas to all!

Dauphin Island Ride – Sunday, Dec 13th

Bicycling Route begins with a Ferry Ride across Mobile Bay

Bicycling Route begins with a Ferry Ride across Mobile Bay

December 13thSUNDAY Ride on Dauphin Island.  We will meet at the Ft. Morgan Ferry Landing and ride across Mobile Bay to Dauphin Island.  We will be exploring the paved trails on Dauphin Island and making a lunch stop along the way.

For any who would like to carpool or at least caravan together from the Eastern Shore, we will meet in the Fred’s parking lot in Fairhope (way out by the trees) at 8:00 a.m.  Expect an hour+ trip to Ft. Morgan from Fairhope (remembering that Ft. Morgan is 25 miles west of Gulf Shores.)

We’ll leave our vehicles parked at the landing and take the 10:00 a.m. Ferry from Ft. Morgan to Dauphin Island.  There is a fare of $10.00 round-trip to ride the ferry.  For more information regarding the Ferry, Click HERE.

Bring water and snacks, if you’d like.  We will plan on a lunch stop at a local restaurant on the Island.  Expect this to be a long day’s adventure, but probably no more than 10 miles or so of riding, all at a very flat elevation.   We will try to be on the 3:30 p.m. return ferry.

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The following dates will allow you to make advanced plans, especially for out-of town trips.  Specific details will follow closer to the actual ride.  Unlisted dates will be filled-in later with mostly local rides.  Please email with any questions.

Nov 1 –  Long Leaf Trace in Hattisburg, Mississippi,  10:00 a.m.

Nov 15 (date corrected) – Fairhope Film Festival & Ride

Nov 29 – Work off the Turkey Ride – Fairhope Pier to Daphne Library & Back!

Dec 13 – Dauphin Island Ride

Dec 27 – NO RIDE

Jan 17 – King/Lee long weekend

Feb 7 – Mardi Gras weekend

Feb 20th – Grayton Beach & Hwy 30A in Florida, SATURDAY:

Information and maps of the bicycling paths and trails can be found HERE.  If you’d like to join us, feel free to come for the day, or stay for the weekend.  Some Slow Bicyclists have already made lodging reservations at Grayton Beach State Park, where there are cabins and camp sites.  There are many other lodging alternatives in the area including condos and hotels.  See the official tourism website for this area for other ideas and activities.  We will make plans for some type of ride on Sunday, Feb 21st also.  

Mar 13 – Bon Secour Wildlife/Gulf Shores

Mar 20 – Fairhope ARTS & CRAFTS

Mar 25  – Apr 3 (includes EASTER Weekend & Spring Break Week)

Planning an extended, multi-day trip on the  Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet trails.  Any who are interested, please email your thoughts/preferences on this trip:  slowbicyclesocietyes@gmail.com

For trail info, see:  http://www.chiefladigatrail.com/

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