On The Road Again

Those of you who read my stoker’s epilogue may remember I shared that my 92 year old father was quite ill throughout our C2C adventure. In early June, about 5 weeks after I returned, my Dad passed away. He lived and died on his own terms. I miss him very much, but he had a great life which I try to celebrate every day by living my own great life!

with Dad several years ago

Our current adventure begins in Maine. Cycling, Acadia National Park and lobster are on the agenda, and we are doing our best to fulfill this mission.

Our first week on the road is in a tiny little cottage on Loon Hollow Lane (we are not too far from Bangor). We can see the little lake where the loons live, and at night we can hear their song, but we haven’t seen them yet.

Gingerbread House?

I can report that it is VERY hilly here. Our daily rides have been averaging around 45 miles with over 3000 feet of climbing.

Resting near the Penobscot River
Riding through hills and farmland

After seeing the width of the roads and the traffic in Acadia National Park we decided to hike rather than ride. The famous carriage trails are quite lovely, and we probably could have ridden on the surface, but we decided against it. One day we rode around the outskirts of the entire park on Mount Desert Island, and a second day we returned for hiking (it’s how we spent the one rainy-ish day).

Enjoying the carriage trails

We drove up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the Atlantic coast, and the first place to view sunrise in the U.S. for about 6 months out of the year. There is some hiking at the top and spectacular views and even at the end of July, it’s pretty darn cold up there!!

Windy and cold atop Cadillac Mountain

Meanwhile, on the lobster front, all is well. We’ve enjoyed ’em in rolls, in sliders, steamed, and grilled. After 5 days we broke our string of having “lob-stah” everyday, but we plan to start a new string as soon as possible.

Lob-Stah Roll
Grilled and served with ribs

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that this area of the country is flush in ice cream parlors. This makes me very happy, and we are doing our best to visit as many as we can. These photos give me the chance to show just how much I love ice cream, and that my nails are are still ready for their close-ups.

Post-ride refreshment
All great rides should end with ice cream!

Today we enjoy a change of pace ride. It’s flat along the Penobscot River and a sweet tailwind gets our pace over 17 mph for the day.

Enjoying the fountain after our flat, fast ride

We have one more day and ride near Bangor, and then we will relocate to another Air B&B rental in Portland, ME, where we look forward to visiting one of our favorite breweries!

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25 thoughts on “On The Road Again

  1. OMG!!! I want some lobster too. Maine truly is a lovely state but I agree , it can be really hilly. Sorry about your dad. Please accept our condolences. Enjoy your stay and hope to see you soon. Bruce and Susan Hansen

  2. Thanks for the update on your adventures. I love seeing all the cool places that you go. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Keep treasuring your memories of him.

  3. Very sorry to hear about your dad, Eve. You are doing him proud by living a large and joyful life! Happy to be following you guys again. And while the lobster and ribs looked good, those onion rings stole the show for me!

  4. Very sorry about your father.
    took my 10!year old stoker to Maine was called the light house tour. Flatter and easier than The other Maine tour. It wasn’t flat or warm. Everyday we woke up in salt water fog. Hard on chain. If was beautiful.
    I’d love ❤️ to go back.

  5. Sorry about your loss! Seth, Mitch, another friend and I just rode a 7 day tour on half bikes last month from Portland to Camden ME and back. I can attest to the hilly terrain in Maine. Beautiful state for sure! Have fun! Your dad would approve.

  6. The best ice cream i had was mocha chip at Lickity Splits. I guess mine was in RI and not sure where else they’re located. Have some for me if you can. Keep riding, smiling and blogging. Sending hugs about the sad news about your dad. He’s smiling at you now.

  7. Please accept our condolences. That picture of you and your dad is wonderful. We can see where you got kind and loving smile.

    Concerning those Lob-Stah Rolls, can you get them to-go? I am sure you could get two of those rolls stuffed into Roger’s jersey.

  8. Hi Eve and Roger,

    So sorry for your loss. Life deals us reality and we move forward. We miss the GTR; we are just getting old. My cousin’s son and his wife are tandering from Northern CA to his childhood home near Pittsburgh, PA. They meet up with his parents in a couple of days. The bicycle is a blessing and has been an important part of our life. Thank you for GTR. Keep stroking and stoking!

    See their blog at https://teamtwomuchfun.wordpress.com.

    Best regards,

    Dave and Nancy Smith

  9. Love your tandem blog, my husband and I are planning some epic tandem rides and you are giving us great ideas 🙂

    1. Hey you two – I know you are always reading, and I am always looking forward to hearing about your adventures – enjoy the lovely people of Maine when you get there!

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