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!
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.
I can report that it is VERY hilly here. Our daily rides have been averaging around 45 miles with over 3000 feet of climbing.
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).
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
I appreciate the condolences, and thanks for reading!
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.
Britt, thanks for your kind words about my Dad. We are enjoying following the guys on Sweetpea, and disappointed about the way it turned out for you.
So great to see you, even if only digitally. Take care and have fun!
We’ll see you soon!!
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!
I appreciate the kind words about Dad. And I have to admit those onion rings tasted as good as they looked!
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.
Thanks for your kind words of condolence.
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.
I appreciate the condolences, and my Dad was in Maine last summer enjoying the lobster himself!
omg, now i REALLY want lobster, instead of just wanting it! YUM! looks like a good trip.
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.
Thanks for the condolences. We ran into some pals of yours at ETR – The Gellmans. We didn’t make it to a Lickity Splits…unfortunately
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.
Thanks for your kind and very sweet words of condolence.
I’m glad to see that you are out and about…are you guys back on the bike yet?
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.
Dave and Nancy Smith
Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words of condolence. I’m glad you are following our adventures…but we do miss you at GTR!
Love your tandem blog, my husband and I are planning some epic tandem rides and you are giving us great ideas 🙂
I’m so glad you are reading and enjoying the blog!
As an ice cream addict, I did get lobster ice-cream in Bar Harbor. Love your posts.
Thanks Becky, and thanks for reading!
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!