May 2016 – Slow Rides for the Month

Backcountry trail logo Sunday, May 1st     Orange Beach BackCountry Trails,  4:00 

This ride in Orange Beach along the BackCountry Trails. The group will start from the trailhead at the Sportsplex in Orange Beach. This is located just off Canal Road, just east of the Toll Bridge. Continue through the parking lot, past the big soccer fields. You’ll see an arched entryway to the trails. For more info on the trails, see http://www.backcountrytrail.com/. or see Trail Map HERE.   Dinner afterwards at a local restaurant.

 

marrietta johnson statue  Sunday, May 8th     Mothers Day Ride from F’hope Bluff,  4:00 

Beginning at the Marietta Johnson statue on the Fairhope Bluff, 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, May 15th     Mullet Point Park to Grand Hotel,  4:00 

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.

Sunday, May 22nd    Mullet Point to Pelican Point,    4:00     

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 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.

fhope memorial fountain on bluff  Sunday, May 29th    Memorial Weekend Ride, begins at Veterans Memorial Fountain on the F’hope Buff,  PICNIC to follow    4:00  

Meet near the sidewalk along Magnolia Street and in front of the Veterans Memorial Fountain in the Buff Park (across from Knoll Park).   We will be riding on the sidewalks and side streets of Fairhope.    Some hills.  Picnic to follow on the bluff, so bring a dish to share, your own beverage, and a lawn chair.  Molly will provide a table, paper plates, utensils, and napkins.

 

Saturday and Sunday – Earth Day Weekend Events

April 23rd, Saturday     Earth Day Ride   

Starts At 5:15.  This ride will celebrate the Earth Day Mobile Bay event that will take place at the Fairhope Pier on Saturday.  We will gather for the bicycle ride at the top of the Fairhope Bluff, near the Marietta Johnson statue, riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward the Grand Hotel and back.  About 9 miles, some hills on the return ride.

ALSO…

  • bike valet logo from ipad    Volunteers are Needed for the FREE Bike Valet Service at Earth Day Mobile Bay 2016   

Shifts needing Helpers

9:45-11:45      

11:45-2:00    

2:00-4:00

4:00-6:00 & Breakdown


April 24th, Sunday   

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 1.20.07 PMOcean Springs Ride 10:00 AM

Meet at Ocean Springs Railroad Depot (1000 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS) at 10:00 am. Plenty of parking at the train depot. Travel time from Fairhope to Ocean Springs is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  We will ride around Ocean Springs approximately 10 miles-mostly flat areas on an organized bike trail (but not a separated bike path). Lunch afterwards. Directions to Ocean Springs:   I-10 West to Mississippi Exit #50 (Ocean Springs/St Martin)-take left at end of exit ramp onto Tucker Rd. Tucker Rd becomes Washington Ave. Go 3 miles from I-10-cross Highway 90 and the Railroad Tracks and take a left on Robinson St-Depot is on left.

 

March and April: Arts and Crafts thru Earth Day

 

 

April 10th, Sunday   4:00  Olde Towne Daphne Ride    Olde Towne Daphne Ride

8 mile roundtrip beginning at the Daphne Public Library, riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail through Olde Towne Daphne then on to Sibley Street public bay access point.  Slow pace but quite hilly in places along the trail.

April 17th, Sunday   4:00   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 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.

April 23rd, Saturday     Earth Day Ride   

Time TBD, but should be late afternoon (Waiting for Entertainment Schedule from Earth Day Committee)   This ride will celebrate the Earth Day Mobile Bay event that will take place at the Fairhope Pier on that day.  We will gather for the bicycle ride at the top of the Fairhope Bluff, near the Marietta Johnson statue, riding south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward the Grand Hotel and back.  About 9 miles, some hills on the return ride.

April 24th, Sunday   UPDATED 4-8-16

    Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 1.20.07 PMOcean Springs Ride –  10:00 AM

Meet at Ocean Springs Railroad Depot (1000 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS) at 10:00 am. Plenty of parking at the train depot. Travel time from Fairhope to Ocean Springs is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  We will ride around Ocean Springs approximately 10 miles-mostly flat areas on an organized bike trail (but not a separated bike path). Lunch afterwards. Directions to Ocean Springs:   I-10 West to Mississippi Exit #50 (Ocean Springs/St Martin)-take left at end of exit ramp onto Tucker Rd. Tucker Rd becomes Washington Ave. Go 3 miles from I-10-cross Highway 90 and the Railroad Tracks and take a left on Robinson St-Depot is on left.

 

 

**NOTE:  Due to conflicting schedules and a lack on interest the Chief Ladiga trip has been postponed.  

Volunteers Needed for Bike Valet for Arts & Crafts in Fairhope

bike valet logo from ipad

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

FOR the 2016

Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Bike Valet Service


Check your calendars and please consider a shift or two to assist with the Bicycle Valet and Handicapped Parking sevice.  Offered by the Fairhope Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Baldwin County Trailblazers.  Email your preferred volunteer time slot to:  info@theTrailblazers.org


Bike Valet & Handicapped Parking Volunteer Schedule

Friday, March 18th  (This day typically is dominated by overseeing the Handicapped Parking area)

Morning:  6:30-9:30  (very early shift is to keep unauthorized vehicles from parking in Handicapped area) Need 1    

9:30-noon  Need 2-3  

noon-2:30  Need 2-3   

2:30- 6:00  Need 2-3   

Saturday, March 19th   

6:30 – 9:30   – Molly

9:30 – Noon  Need 3-4  

noon-2:30  Need 3-4    

2:30- 6:00  Need 2-3    

Sunday, March 20th

   6:30-9:30     Need 1  

   9:30- noon   Need 2-3   

   noon -2:30   Need 2-3   

   2:30-5:00 & Breakdown   Need 1-2   

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!