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PLEASE NOTE: New ORFS routine. If the night before [the Tuesday outing] is extra rainy and might wash out the hiking trails or other venue, then the ORFS team leader will notify participants of the postponement until Wednesday of that same week.

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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 2019 ORFS Schedule

June 4th Hike or Kayak Otter Pond, New London

Leaders : Eileen Gobeil and Al Peterson

Al Home 763 5456, Cell 603229-2948

Bring lunch and chair to have at the beach.

Please observe the NO PARKING signs on the right side of Otterville road.

DIRECTION:From New London take Route 11 to Otterville Road on your right.


June 11th Hike and Kayak - Enfield, NH Mascoma Lake

Bring Lunch and chair to eat at the beach.

Leaders: Judy and John Reisch

Home # 603 523 2734 Cell# 401 573 3940

Hike Leaders: George and Nancy Smith

Home # 1 802 436 2616 Cell 1 802 369 4048

DIRECTIONS:From New London take Route 11 East to 4A left - North to Enfield.

After La Sallette Shrine you will see the lake and Shaker Bridge on the right.

Or take 1 89 to Ext 17 turn right on 4 to 4A and right to Shaker Bridge. Kayakers park at put-in, Hikers park in the upper parking lot.


June 18th Hike or Kayak - Kilowatt South Park, Wilder, VT

Meet at 10:00 AM Bring lunch and chairs

Kayak Leader: Jim Harris Home: 877 0254 301 502 6694

Hike Leaders: George and Nancy Smith - Home # 1 802 436 2616 Cell # 802 369 4048

Hikers will hike the kilowatt Park Trails, Kayakers will paddle north on the Connecticut River,

From 1 91 north in Vermont take Exit 12 and turn right toward Wilder on Bugbee St. go .3 miles and turn left onto Hartford Ave (Rte 5)

.,7 mile right on Depot St. .1 mil turn left on Norwich Ave. after 112 ft turn right on Passumpic Ave (no sign) goes over the rail road bridge.

Over the bridge turn left and then right and proceed down to the boat ramp. Park in the large lot to the right.


June 25th Hike or Kayak -Bradley Lake in Andover, NH

Meet at 10:00 AM Bring Lunch and Chair

Leader: Kayak: Jim Harris Home 877 0254, Cell# 301 502 6694

Hike Leader: Ed Blanchard Home: 526 2832

Directions: From New London take Route 11 east to Andover, NH just before the gas station, turn right on Lawrence St.in a short distance turn right on Bradley Lake Road which will take you to the lake put-in.


July 2nd Hike or Kayak Ompompanoosuc River and Connecticut River, Norwich, VT

Meet at 10:00 AM Bring lunch and chairs.

Leader Gene Stanphill Home 938 5683 Cell # 359 0822

Hike Leaders: George and Nancy Smith Cell # 802 369 4048

Directions: Take Ext 13 off ramp from 1 91 north in Vermont turn right toward Hanover before you cross the bridge over Connecticut River turn left on River Road. In a short distance turn right on Route 5 (Note about 5 miles for both roads to a rustic bridge over the river. Turn left at the next Old Bridge Rd to the put in.

Directions for the lunch area will come from George and Nancy.

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