Last ride of August 2015

RSVP requested, either by Facebook (see our group page) or our email address:  SlowBicycleSocietyES@gmail.com

Bike BBQ    Sunday, Aug 30th   4:00  

4th Anniversary Ride

followed by a BBQ picnic & Planning Session for our 5th year!

Ride Begins & Ends at the home of

Chris & Alison

(corner of Bayview & Magnolia Ave., Fairhope)

Hamburgers & Hotdogs provided by hosts

Bring a side, salad, or dessert to share.   ALSO, BYOB & bring ideas for rides and your calendars!!

Summer 2015 Rides

Summer 2015

Below are the major group rides for  Summer  2015. Some are on Saturdays, most are on Sundays.

 

There are not any “ride leaders” assigned, so enjoy the ride with whomever show’s up.  Use the planned route or make your own route.   Ride safely and have a great summer!

UPDATED 6-23-15

  • Saturday, June 27th  9:00 a.m.   Milton, Florida Blackwater Heritage Rail-Trail

We will be leaving from the Milton Trailhead, riding north along this 10 mile rail-trail, then back.  There is some parking along the trail, and more in the surrounding neighborhood including a local church parking lot.  This is a rural trail that makes a very long, but flat and enjoyable route.  See map below for trailhead location.

DRIVE OVER MEETUP:  Meet behind the Cracker Barrel at the Spanish Ft/Malbis Exit, at 7:30 a.m., if you’d like to follow someone or carpool to the Milton Trailhead.

See this link for more on the Blackwater Heritage Trail

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  • Sunday, July 5th  5:00 p.m.   Fairhope Pier/Bluff to Grand Hotel

Meeting on the bluff above the Fairhope Pier, near the Marietta Johnson statue.  We will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel then back.  This is about an 8 mile route, depending on side-trips.

  • Sunday, July 12th  5:00 p.m.   Summerdale Ride

IMG_1573  Meetup beside the clock in downtown Summerdale park.  From Hwy 59 and County Rd. 32, go east on 32 for 1 block.  Take a left at the 4 way stop (CR 71), then proceed approximately 1 mile north, past the red light.  Clock and park are on the right.

This route is about 11 miles of almost flat countryside roads with views of farms, school, and peanut processing plant.

  • Sunday, July 19th  5:00 p.m.   Mullet Point to Grand Hotel

This route rides north along the Eastern Shore Trail to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, loops by the Confederate Rest Cemetery, then back to Mullet Point Park, (which is 5 miles south of Grand Hotel, just of scenic Hwy 98, on County Road 1). 11 miles roundtrip. Very flat and suitable for riders of all abilities.

  • Sunday, July 26th  3:00 p.m.   Magnolia Springs Ride

12 mile ride in the countryside south of Magnolia Springs with 2 views of the Magnolia River and glimpses of Mobile Bay. Longhorn cattle and quarterhorses in pastures.

Directions: Driving from Magnolia Springs at the intersection of US 98 and CR 49, go south on CR 49 and turn right (west) on County Rd 26. Go over the creek bridge and look for Vernant Baptist Church on the right. We will start our ride there. These are 2 lane country roads with long gradual inclines. Bring water and blinky lights.

  • Sunday,  August 2nd  5:00 p.m.   Fairhope Pier/Bluff to Grand Hotel

Meeting on the bluff above the Fairhope Pier, near the Marietta Johnson statue.  We will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel then back.  This is about an 8 mile route, depending on side-trips.

  • Sunday, August 9th  3:30 p.m.   Flippers in Orange Beach 

Meetup at Flippers Restaurant at the Bear Point Marina. (5749 Bay La Launch Ave, Orange Beach, AL).   Riding east, back toward Orange Beach, then returning for dinner afterwards at Flippers.

Magnolia Springs Ride for Sunday, May 17th

Sunday, May 17th –   3:00 p.m.

12 mile ride in the countryside south of Magnolia Springs with 2 views of the Magnolia River and glimpses of Mobile Bay. Longhorn cattle and quarterhorses in pastures.

Directions: Driving from Magnolia Springs at the intersection of US 98 and CR 49, go south on CR 49 and turn right (west) on County Rd 26. Go over the creek bridge and look for Vernant Baptist Church on the right. We will start our ride there. These are 2 lane country roads with long gradual inclines. Bring water and blinky lights.

April 26th – Mullet Point to Pelican Point

After our post-ride picnic, we found this great artwork and saying:  "A car runs on money and makes you fat.  A bike runs on fat and saves you money."

Sunday, April 26th:  5:00 p.m. 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 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.

NOTE:  The previously scheduled “Historic Homes Tour Ride” was revised due to the cancellation of the Historic Homes Tour.  Darn!

Also, send your ideas for May 2015 rides!

Sunset Ride for Sunday, April 19th

Sunday, April 19th – 5:30 p.m.   Fairhope Pier/Bluff to Grand Hotel

EST  Meeting on the bluff above the Fairhope Pier, near the Marietta Johnson statue.  We will ride south along the Eastern Shore Trail toward Point Clear’s Grand Hotel. This is about an 8 mile route, depending on side-trips.  Sunset is at 7:20’ish, so bring some after-ride refreshments and a folding chair or blanket and we’ll enjoy the sunset together (if the rain doesn’t get us!)